Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts!
We are looking forward to meeting you in September. In preparation for our first classes together, we would like you to read a wonderful book: The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton.
Fun fact: S. E. Hinton wrote this novel when she was just 16. Yes, she’s female - but her publisher thought that readers might take her more seriously if her identity were obscured, especially since this is a story about boys. Good call? Who knows...but this book has sold more than 14 million copies since, and continues to be a favorite among middle school students everywhere.
Please take this assignment seriously, as we will base many lessons on it. Feel free to listen to a recorded version and follow along in the text, if that works best for you.
Complete the assignment ON A GOOGLE DOC (that you will ultimately transfer to a Google Classroom assignment). Remember to re-read your work, checking for accuracy in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar usage (they matter).
In addition, you are required to read one additional book of your choice -- fiction or nonfiction. In September, you will provide your teacher with the title and author of the book you chose to read for pleasure. That book has no required assignment.
- For your further reading pleasure, click here to check out this list for an assortment of books recommended by this year's 8th-grade readers.