English 8 - Kolbe Academy

English 8

Grade Eight English is designed to teach students to speak and write correctly and effectively in the English language.  Students should progress, at this level, to an understanding of English grammar that should suffice for a lifetime of general usage with some amount of study of more complex construction.  The class will also emphasize, secondarily, training in the social graces, which are necessary for successful communication.

The grammar portion of this course concentrates on Part Two of the Voyages book.  Students will diagram sentences and develop their composition skills using the Sadlier Writing Workshop series. This book will aid the student in developing composition skills including developing thoughts in a logical manner, both for speaking and writing; writing narrative, informative, descriptive, and persuasive paragraphs and essays; test taking; and writing for different purposes, such as a newspaper, letters, research reports, and analyzing literature. 

Students taking this course will have a mid-term and final exam each semester.  Additionally, students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • Lepanto Grammar 8, Student Textbook,Lepanto Press
  • Lepanto Grammar 8, Teacher Answer Key, Lepanto Press
  • Writing Workshop Level C, Student Book, Sadlier-Oxford
  • Writing Workshop Level C, Teacher Answer Key, Sadlier-Oxford

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Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 4: Writing Workshop Activity Week 4: Writing Workshop Activity
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 13: Writing Workshop Activity Week 14: Writing Workshop Activities
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 18: Semester 2 Exam


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

7 – 8 (8th) 


Mrs. O’Connor

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Junior High Literature
Religion & Bible History 8
History 8

Online Companion Courses

Literature 8
Religion & Bible History 8
History 8 

Course Plan Sample

English 8

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.