Welcome to
Eighth Grade Language Arts
with Mrs. Lothrop and Ms. Nichols.

a place to grow as readers, writers, speakers, listeners, and thinkers




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Suggested Supplies

  • a small three ring binder (or part of a larger binder)
  • lined paper
  • 2-3 dividers
  • pens, pencils, highlighters (three different colors), and sticky notes


This week in 418



3/13 - 3/24

We will be working with newspapers to better understand the world around us, what is "newsworthy," and how the newspaper as well as its articles are structured and organized.


3/6 - 3/10

We will continue drafting our group scripts, focusing on dialogue, stage directions, and format. We will also address group dynamics and how to establish group norms to facilitate productivity.


2/6 - 2/23

We will read and analyze The Miracle Worker as a mentor text for our play writing unit. We will focus on characterization, conflict, set design, and symbolism.


1/23 - 1/27

We will continue reading Thunder on Sycamore Street and focusing on characterization as well as character relationships.


1/16 - 1/20

We will finish our speech unit and begin reading a made-for-television play called Thunder on Sycamore Street.


1/9 - 1/13

At the beginning of the week, we will practice more public speaking techniques (vocal variety, body language, etc.) and begin presentation on Thursday, 1/12.


1/3 - 1/6

We will begin our speech project by

  • analyzing and creating visual aids,
  • analyzing and applying persuasive speaking techniques, and
  • determining and selecting keywords for note cards.


12/5 - 12/9

We will be in the Cybrary and Media Center to gather relevant data for our research papers. When we return to the classroom, we will organize the information we have and practice paraphrasing with our own sources.


11/28 - 12/2

We will learn how to avoid plagiarism in formal writing as well as how to use the note card, outline, and Works Cited features in NoodleTools. Here is the link to the slideshow from Monday and Tuesday. You will need to copy and paste the link into your browser.



11/7 - 11/9

We will wrap up our study of "The Haunting of Hathaway House" and reflect on our progress in the first marking period.


10/31 - 11/4

After final preparations, we will perform the three scenes from "The Haunting of Hathaway House." Our focus will continue to be on the effect of word choice, setting, and characterization on mood.


10/17 - 10/21

We will continue to explore how the reading of expository text differs from that of narrative text. Our focus will be on analyzing text structure to increase comprehension.

Don't forget that Friday is Empowerment Day!


10/10 - 10/14

We will confer with a peer to determine to what extent our scripts meet our goals of character development, tone, style, and format. We will finish the week with a look at the differences between reading narratives and reading essays.


10/3 - 10/7

We will develop realistic characters who make wishes that fit the tone of the script "The Wishgiver." We will draft a fourth scene that works as a natural extension of the original script.


9/26 - 30

We will learn about the similarities and differences between drama and other types of narrative writing. We will read a one act play and use STEAL charts to accurately analyze four of the characters.


9/19 - 23

We will finish up our exploration of character development, theme, foreshadowing, and vocabulary in "The Monkey's Paw." After Wednesday's quiz, we will study Edward Field's poem, "Frankenstein."


9/12 - 16

After completing our introductions to the class, we will begin reading "The Monkey's Paw," our first text from the horror unit.


9/6 - 9/9

We will spend these days using close reading, speaking, and listening to learn more about the course as well as our classmates.