Curriculum and Supplies
The aim in Eighth Grade is to move from acquiring information about language use into learning how to analyze language, to understand how and why language works, and to embark upon the artful composition of written and spoken language. To accomplish this Eighth Graders at Heritage will complete a formal grammar program transitioning them from basic definitions to a more detailed analysis of complex sentence structure. The program is designed to equip students with the skills needed for the study of rhetoric--the art of persuasive and eloquent speaking and writing--and to prepare them to use language with precision and eloquence. In addition, students will begin to move through successive exercises in literary analysis, comprehension, and imitation and composition structured around the fable and narrative stages of the progymnasmata. Specifically, students will begin training in the art of narrative retelling developing skills which will propel them into the rhetoric stage of writing where they be able to discuss and defend what is true, beautiful, and good in a public forum, prepared for all of life’s writing assignments. Checklists and grading rubrics will be used to allow students to work at a mostly independent level developing self-editing techniques and attention to detail. Poetry memorization will also continue at this level with one poem memorized and recited every 6-8 weeks.