8th Grade Honors English

Course Description

Katherine Albiani Mission Statement:

Katherine L. Albiani Middle School’s mission is to ensure a safe, healthy, and dynamic learning environment that provides all levels of learners universal access to a rigorous curriculum that promotes high standards of scholarship and citizenship.

Course Description

Honors English 8 addresses reading, writing, listening and speaking within a rigorous standards-based program.  Instruction will include reading comprehension, writing in narrative, argumentative, and informative/explanatory, language conventions, vocabulary development in meaningful contexts, and reference skills.  Students will study various genres including the short story, novel, drama, biography, poetry, and informational materials as dictated by California Common Core Standards.  Honors goes beyond English 8 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving.  The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus.

English Honors 8 is designed for students performing at the Standards Exceeded and/or Standards Met levels. Students do not have to apply for this course, but must be willing to accept the challenges of the course and make an earnest effort to do their best.

Supplementary Honors Works:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Twelfth Night  by William Shakespeare
Core Works:

 The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

 The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros



Dear Students:


It’s time to test your spelling skills in our annual school Spelling Bee.  Participants at each grade level will compete against each other.  Then the 7th and 8th grade winners will battle it out for the spot in the district spelling bee.  The final winner has the opportunity to not only participate in the district spelling bee, but also have a chance at the regional, state, and national contests.


KAMS Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, October 19th during lunch.  Only participants may be present for the contest due to the size of the classroom.  The winner of the school bee is welcome to invite family and friends to the district and regional bees. Come sign-up and get your list of words to study in Mrs. Richardson’s classroom (MJ7).


You MUST sign up and get your list of words by Friday, Oct. 9th to participate in the contest.


Both the 7th grade and 8th grade study words are attached. 


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Richardson.