English 8

Course Overview

English 8 is about tribes and stories.

Our tribe is a group of people that we identify with - a group that we are part of, whether it is our family, our community, our religious community, our ethnic background, or our nationality. A tribe can be fans of the same hockey team or the same music band. A tribe can be a church. If you have stories in common with a group of people, you’re part of a tribe. In the first part of English 8, students will be figuring out who their tribe is, and learning to tell the stories of their people.

The second part of the course talks about the shadow side of being part of tribes. What happens when we start to think that our tribe is superior to other tribes? What if we start to hate people from other groups because we are blinded by loyalty to our own? How do we obey the great commandment to love our neighbour as ourselves, and how can hearing other people’s stories help us to have compassion for others? For this part of the course, students will be studying two novels, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

In the final part of the course, students will have a chance to tell their family’s story through a documentary, slideshow, or magazine. Hopefully this will help them to have a sense of healthy pride in their own family’s story, and will help them connect with their families in a new way. 

Synchronous Option Available
Students meet with their teacher in a virtual class on Zoom.  Cameras are on as our purpose is to build community.  The teacher will introduce the lesson and assignment for the week, give instructions, lead discussion, and prepare the students for the week’s work.  Students commit to keeping pace with the class and to attending the weekly meeting which will last approximately 15-30 minutes. To view a class schedule visit https://hcos.ca/syncschedule.


Time Commitment:

This course consists of 28 lessons. Each lesson is designed to take approximately one week, with most weeks comprised of four 40 minute sessions. Students who wish to complete the course in a single semester can complete the lessons at their own pace.


Students are required to stream videos contained within the course content, download and print assignments and note packages, scan (either by taking pictures or physically scanning) and upload their assignments within Moodle.

Students may borrow or purchase the following novels:

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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