Eighth-grade English focuses on multiple literary genres, from novels and plays to newspaper articles and poetry, in order to help cultivate a lifelong love of literature. Students increase their reading comprehension and develop skills in literary analysis and critical thinking through the study of timeless novels, short stories, and poetry. Students continue to develop their own unique voices, both spoken and written, in whole class discussions, online forums, group chats, literary analysis essays, research papers, quote explications, and timed written responses. In particular, students grapple with relevant themes that transcend any one text, including ideas of childhood, innocence, and maturity; anti-intellectualism and ignorance; leadership and power; racism, oppression, and disenfranchisement; identity and purpose; empathy and perspective; and more. By also incorporating grammar application and vocabulary development, students acquire a fluid writing style that will serve them well in high school and beyond.