8th Grade English Language Arts
The expectations of the eighth grade Language Arts are to improve written and oral communication skills and to develop an appreciation of written and oral language. This is accomplished through the study of literature, composition, grammar, vocabulary, study skills, critical thinking, digital incorporation, research, and creative projects and activities. We will be using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections Anthology. Students will also be responsible for a common read book(s) in which the entire grade level will be reading the same title and completing a thematic project.
All students are responsible for keeping track of their own record for each assignment. Assignments will be written on the board as a daily agenda and made known to all students for this purpose.
It is also recommended that students keep all graded assignments for the entire marking period just in case there are any discrepancies. All homework assignments are due at the beginning of each class period. All assignments must have student’s name, core period, date, and assignment name in the top right-hand corner. All handwritten assignments must be legible. Assignments will be resubmitted if not legible. All work is expected to be your own. Cheating is taken seriously and could result in disciplinary action.
Students will be required to read every evening for a minimum of 30 minutes as well as complete a daily reading log. Daily reading practice will allow students to continue building their vocabulary as well as improve comprehension and fluency. We will also read two novels, one as an 8th-grade team and the other as an entire school. There will be further information coming out later in the year regarding these exciting novel projects. Each morning, we will begin our day using a computer program called Edmentum, which will allow students to focus in on reading and math skills. We will be working with the students to set reading goals and challenges that they may work towards throughout the year. Our hope is to nurture students’ love for reading and help them become lifelong readers.
Students have a book project a marking period to complete. Students have a Poem of the Month to complete a poetry analysis on and recite to the class.
The grade in this course reflects the student’s ability to meet the academic goals of the class. Students will earn a grade for tasks (tests and quizzes) 30%, reading assignments 25%, writing assignments 25%, homework 10%, and binder checks 10%. Students will earn a grade based on the components for this course.
Rules & Procedures:
It is the student’s responsibility to get the work they missed when they return. There is a designated area in the classroom for missed work. Students have the same consecutive days they were absent to return their assignments.
Students must be in their assigned seats upon the teacher beginning the class warm-up. If students are late, the following consequences apply:
- 1st offense=warning and recorded
- 2nd offense=student/teacher conference
- 3rd offense=call home
- 4th offense=referral for Late
Cell phones are to be left in the student’s locker and turned off. If a cell phone is seen or heard in the hall or classroom, the phone will be confiscated and will have to be picked up in the office at the end of the day.
If any students feel they need extra help or assistance with assignments, it is the student’s responsibility to request a time with the teacher. Students are required to have a note from a parent/guardian giving permission to stay after school.
- Listen to instructions
- Enter and exit prepared
- Always try your best
- Respect yourself and others
- NO excuses