TO ACCESS CANVAS: Go to the "DVUSD Start Page". Click on the Canvas icon and enter your student credentials (student ID and passoword).Eighth grade ELA instruction will focus on developing and refining reading skills and strategies. Students will engage in academic activities that will help them to read critically in all content areas. Literal and inferential comprehension, exploration of various genres, vocabulary development, literary elements, reading and comprehending current events are some of the areas in which students will receive instruction.Students will also continue to strengthen their communication skills as they develop their understanding of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These areas will be integrated into text based instruction through the study of vocabulary, grammar, mechanics, usage, and comprehension with an emphasis on critical and analytical thinking. Students will read poetry, novels, short stories, and informative text. Additionally, they will utilize the writing process in the composition of narrative, argumentative, and informational essays. Students will use elements of effective listening and speaking skills when responding in class, giving presentations, and communicating collaboratively. Students are expected to incorporate ELA skills into all ascpects of this class.