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Welcome to Direct Language Arts Class
Direct Language Arts offers students a chance to take Language Arts classes in a smaller group and with the support of a special education teacher. Students work on grade level standards, as well as, on filling gaps that may exist in their understanding.

Daily practice and instruction will be provided in the areas of reading fluency and grammar. 
Current Focus
"Love That Dog"
Students will read and explore the novel "Love That Dog" by Sharon Creech. 

In addition, the students will be exploring a few famous poems, as well as, writing some poetry of their own.
Starting May 7th, students in Direct Reading will be working on a Vocabu-Lit lesson each week.  Please see the link on the left hand side of the page to help you practice and learn these words.
Elements of Plot
Students will continue to explore the elements of plot while writing their own short stories.
Comics & Graphic Novels
Students will explore both comics and graphic novels. They will gain an understanding of the writing style, as well as practicing the elements of plot and story development.

Vocabulary covered in this unit will include: antagonist, character, conflict, dialogue, exposition, graphic novel, comic strip, onomatopoeia, plot, protagonist, resolution, setting, and theme.
Students will explore research techniques, fact & opinion, & non-fiction reading. Students will research a toy inventor and write about the inventor's product, as well as the inventor.
Technical Writing
Student will explore sequence, clarity, and details through reading and writing technical documents.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Students will explore the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird."

8th grade students will travel to Bethel College to view a performance of "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Basic Reading & Writing Skills
Focus this unit will include Main Idea, Locating Details in Text, Fact and Opinion, and Using Details from a Text to support a main idea.
"Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf" Study
Students will read and study the writing genres presented in the novel "Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf." This unique book is told through reading a "collection of stuff" about the main character. 

Both reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing will be focused upon.
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Students are practicing building their classroom community, as well as, language arts skills.

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