Lane, Beth - Language Arts, Outer Banks (8th)


Here you will find basic information about our Language Arts Classroom.  Student assignments/notes/materials are available by logging on to Google Classroom. 

Our Virtual Meet the Teacher is Scheduled for Friday, August 14th at 10 a.m. 
Mrs. Barnhill will email the zoom code to parents who have provided emails in Powerschool.  

Here is a link to a "meet the teacher video with a quick hello and beginning of the year info. Click here!
Contact info: "Contact Me" link.
We have created a digital virtual learning "handbook" with lots of information about our team, schedules, contact info and expectations. Please access the handbook by clicking the link below. We will continue to add information to the handbook throughout the semester.  

Click here to access our Virtual Learning Team Handbook!-LOTS of info here for students and parents.  

Beth Lane
Enka Middle School
8th Grade Language Arts
Outer Banks Team

Supplies needed for ELA for 2020-2021:

Sewn edge marbled composition book
colored pencils
Some days you may need your earbuds

All Parents: please click here fill out this parent survey, so that we have accurate contact information for you. Thank you!

We will post a weekly learning calendar to Google Classroom. Parents will also receive a copy of this calendar. 

ELA Syllabus at a Glance

8th Grade ELA Snapshot (subject to change)

1st 9 weeks

2nd weeks

Elements of literary texts

Literary text structure

Characterization and conflict

Theme in narrative text

Reading Portraits as biographies

Informational text structure, features and analysis

Writing task: Personal narrative/memoir

First semester Novel: Touching Spirit Bear

Author’s craft:

Analyzing tone and mood

Examining dialog effects

Author’s purpose

Use of Irony  

Writing task: Literary analysis

3rd 9 weeks

4th 9 weeks

Analyzing poetry boot camp


Heritage and cultural influence on narrative text and informational text

Personal essay/memoir as informational text

Writing task: informational/research

2nd semester Novel: The Outsiders

persuasive speeches and text

Reading and analyzing argumentative text

Rhetorical devices

Poetry analysis-author’s voice and purpose 


Writing Task: argument