Students in grade 8 broaden their ability to combine prior knowledge with new information. they are given frequent opportunities to enhance skills in reading, writing, discussing, and giving oral reports. Students become more proficient in revising and editing as they master grammar and usage concepts. They also continue to develop the necessary self-confidence for meeting the expectations of high school.
Students benefit when teachers in all subject areas coordinate instruction in a manner that allows them to see relationships among subject areas. This helps them become more cognizant of the need for good writing skills, not only in the area of English language arts, but alson in all other subject areas. These experiences encourage students to become more adept in their communication skills.
Quote from introduction to 2009 Alabama Course of Study for Language Arts.