Grade 8 ELA Information

  • The English curriculum at Rye Neck integrates the close, critical reading of a variety of literary genres with the development of reflective, analytical written work. While four years of English are required for graduation, Rye Neck’s English department offers a broad program of exciting core courses and electives rendering it possible for students to complete more than five years of credit in English.  

    Each course in the four-year sequence incorporates reading, writing, listening, speaking, presenting and viewing skills as outlined in the New York State Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards. In addition, students are required to develop facility with a variety of research formats employing both traditional print and modern technological media sources.  

    English courses 9-11 are Regents courses. Each grade level emphasizes selected parallels to social studies topics and also incorporates focused themes. All students take the Regents Comprehensive Examination in English in either June of sophomore year, or January of the junior year.

    English 8

    Curriculum Level: Grade level 

    State Examination: NY State English Language Arts Assessment 

    Frequency: Every day


    The eighth grade English curriculum incorporates New York State Common Core Standards for ELA as well as concentrating on the skills necessary to prepare students for the rigors of the high school’s college and career readiness. Students will work on their reading comprehension and writing skills, with an emphasis on expository writing. Through the use of literary and informational texts, students will focus on strengthening their skills in preparation for the high school English curriculum.


    Texts may include but are not limited to: Black Boy, Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbird, Twelfth Night, and Speak as well as selected supplementary texts, both classic and contemporary, most of which deal with the need for acceptance, speaking up for what is right, and the loss of innocence.