Language Arts

  • 8th Grade Intensive Language Arts Decoding (04010819)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets One (1) Period Daily

    Description:  Intensive Language Arts Decoding is specially designed for students for whom reading and/or writing achievement limits their ability to fully benefit from the grade-level language arts course.  For these students, skill deficits in the area of decoding are the area of greatest need.  Students are admitted to these courses based on criteria that consider past performance and demonstrated readiness.  The course is specially designed to advance reading and writing skills that are below grade-level expectation.  Consideration for enrollment in this course is based on the specific needs addressed in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  The delivery model for this course will include the use of research‐based instructional programs and specially trained staff.  Additional minutes of instruction and specialized technology may also be offered.  Direct instruction and guided practice in phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary development, and fluency are aligned with each student’s specific areas of need. Students in these courses may be exposed to some of the Radnor Township School District core curriculum, but the priority is building skills in reading and written language to ensure future academic success in all areas.

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  • 8th Grade Intensive Language Arts Comprehension (04010811)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets One (1) Period Daily

    Description:  Intensive Language Arts Comprehension is specially designed for students for whom reading and/or writing achievement limits their ability to fully benefit from the grade-level language arts course.  For these students, skill deficits in the area of comprehension are the area of greatest need.  Students are admitted to these courses based on criteria that consider past performance and demonstrated readiness.  The course is specially designed to advance reading and writing skills that are below grade-level expectation.  Consideration for enrollment in this course is based on the specific needs addressed in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  The delivery model for this course will include the use of a research-based instructional program, and specially trained staff.  Additional minutes of instruction and specialized technology may also be offered.  Direct instruction and guided practice in comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, and phonics are aligned with each student’s specific areas of need.  Students in these courses may be exposed to some of the Radnor Township School District core language arts curriculum, but the priority is building skills in reading and written language to ensure future academic success in all areas.  This course is a double period course which spans over a Core period and one Encore period.

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  • 8th Grade Language Arts (04010813)


    Length:
     Year

    Format:  Meets Daily

    Description: Grade 8 Language Arts allows students to pursue rigorous coursework that is aligned with the Pennsylvania Core Standards.  Students are enrolled in this course based on criteria that consider past performance and demonstrated readiness.  Students in this course will develop grade-level appropriate skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and research.  Rigorous in- and out-of-class reading, challenging class discussions, and a variety of writing experiences will be required.  Summer assignments will also be required.  Major units of study in this course consist of:

    • Unit #1 - Literary Foundations through Science Fiction
    • Unit #2 - The Short Story:  Thinking Like a Writer
    • Unit #3 - Voices of Courage and Dignity in Their Own Words
    • Unit #4 - Drama and Argument
    • Unit #5 - Deeper Meaning through a Classic

    Self-selected readings, vocabulary, and grammar run concurrently with the above units.

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  • 8th Grade Accelerated Language Arts (04010813)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Daily

    Description:  Accelerated Eighth (8th) Grade Language Arts allows high-performing, highly-motivated, and academically-gifted students to pursue rigorous coursework that is tailored toward students who are performing two (2) or more years above grade level.  Students are admitted to accelerated courses based on criteria that consider past performance and demonstrated readiness. A Parent Override to access an Accelerated class is available for one subject/discipline (excluding math) per year. This course builds on and extends the range of basic content from the on-grade-level language arts course and pursues skills and content from advanced grade levels.  Students in this course will develop advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and research.  Rigorous in- and out-of-class reading, challenging class discussions, and a variety of writing experiences will be required.  Summer assignments will also be required.  Major units of study in this course consist of:

    • Unit #1 - Literary Elements and Memory
    • Unit #2 - Author’s Purpose:  Revealed Through a Hero’s Journey
    • Unit #3 - Drama and Argument
    • Unit #4 - Voice and the Vulnerability of the Innocent
    • Unit #5 - Justice or Injustice:  The Eyes of the Beholder

    Self-selected readings, vocabulary, and grammar run concurrently with the above units.

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