University School 8th Grade English Language Arts
Greetings Students and Parents,
Welcome to 8th grade English Language Arts. Being an 8th grader is both exciting and challenging. I look forward to working together during the 2017-2018 school year. Please know that my door is always open for questions and concerns.
Eighth grade English Language Arts utilizes The TNReady standards to provide a focus for instruction to ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts from a variety of genres both fiction and nonfiction. Students are expected to meet the 8th grade standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. (Common Core State Standards Initiative, http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/introduction-for-6-12)
The overall theme for the year is “A Patchwork of America: The Story of US”. This year our class will explore the founding and development of America through many fiction and nonfiction texts. Students will be challenged to determine, "This I Believe" for themselves.
Units of Study
1st Nine Weeks Legends,Traditions, and Superstitions
2nd Nine Weeks A Look Back at America
3rd Nine Weeks This We Believe
4th Nine Weeks “The Road Not Taken”
To help each of you succeed, I have developed the following set of procedures and ground rules.
The following rules have been adopted and should be followed for the safety and success of everyone.
Be respectful to yourself and others.
Be prepared daily for class.
Be on time for class.
Follow all school rules.
There are consequences for breaking these rules, and these have been developed with my colleagues.
Students will be given a conduct slip for parent to sign within two days. After six conduct slips, students will not be eligible for nine weeks’ field trip. After seven conduct slips, students will serve one day of ISS. After eight slips, student will serve two days ISS. Nine slips will result in three days ISS. Any student who receives ten slips in a nine weeks grading period will be given one day OSS. Some instances may require a judgment which would skip through the consequences to parent contact or office referral.
Homework and Classwork Policy
Because homework is kept to a bare minimum, it is extremely essential that students complete their work on time. Nightly reading is suggested to improve comprehension and fluency, and nightly reading will be assigned via reading posts which will be due throughout the nine weeks. Other assignments and projects will be required, but ample class time will be provided for students to get a good start and to provide a time to ask questions. Homework/classwork falls under the ground rule of being prepared for class daily, therefore, any student who does not have his/her work will follow the consequences. If students turn in the assignment one day late, the maximum grade will be a 70. Work turned in up to five day late can earn the maximum score of a 50. Work later than five days will not be accepted and will be given a zero.
Students who are absent MUST ask for their missing work upon their return to school. Students who have internet access at home can access their work via the webpage, https://www.myhaikuclass.com/do/account/login . A day per day absent will be given to make up this work.
Grades will be calculated using a standards based grading system. Daily work and skills practice will be calculated into a class participation grade which is 40% of the overall grade. Assessments and projects contribute 60% of the overall grade.