Welcome to Language Arts Literacy for grades 7 and 8. This year we will be reading a wide variety of book selections. It will mainly consist of fiction and non-fiction. We will also dabble in some short stories and poetry.It is important to read every day. I try to encourage my students to read often. I have told them that my favorite store is Barnes and Noble. If I was able to I would try and read every single book there. We will be doing a lot of independent reading. For the second marking period, they are required to read at least 2 books of their choice. I try to often give them suggestions based on books I have read in the past that are age appropriate as well as recommendations from Goodreads.com. This website is a great tool to encourage reading. As an avid reader myself, I try to include this into my lessons.I also include many references to pop culture in my lessons. I have found relating an especially difficult or challenging topic to something that the students are familiar with helps them remember it better.