8th Grade Language Arts

Our Mission

The teachers in the San Marcos Middle School English/Language Arts Department believe that all students can acquire and develop the necessary English language skills to become better communicators, independent learners, and life-long readers. We know that when our students can read, write, speak and think clearly in English, they will be more successful in school and in their life beyond school. As teachers of 8th grade students, we are particularly aware of students' challenges as they transition to high school. It is our belief that the strength and health of our nation depends on thoughtful, well-educated citizens. It is our goal to prepare our San Marcos Middle School students to be clear-thinking, confident adults, who can comprehend and communicate effectively about the myriad of issues we face today. We believe they will then use these skills to creatively solve problems, developing a secure and successful future for all.

Curriculum

At San Marcos Middle School, Eighth grade English Language Arts classes uses the curriculum in SpringBoard textbooks. Our common theme throughout the year is  “Challenges”. This SpringBoard textbook follows a literacy workshop model, which provides opportunities for students to improve their reading and writing strategies. From this curriculum, students will learn how to make meaning, from their own experiences, in reading and writing. This course will allow students to read, write, think, collaborate, compose, and work in groups. Students will study a variety of authors in a variety of genres that include: Ray Bradbury, Walt Whitman, Elie Wiesel, William Shakespeare, Lois Lowry and the novel study of The Outsiders.They will study the Holocaust and units on Heroism, Utopia, and Comedy. Students will explore argumentative topics and develop research based assignments related to current events. Writing and reading assessments are given three times a year as well as a range of formative and summative assessments. Overall, these students will comprehend, appreciate, and respond to diverse selections of literature, including fiction, short stories, poetry, novels, drama, and nonfiction.

All three language arts teachers are here to assist their students to achieve success and leave SMMS as better and smarter individuals. Below are links to the three teachers in the 8th grade Language Arts department.

Ms. Bassett
Mrs. May-Dirkschneider 
Mrs. Rios