Department of English
If you have questions about homework or material that we covered, extra help is available by appointment 2:40 - 3:05. Please let Ms. Jackson know you intend on coming to extra help to make sure there are no conflicts.
AFTER SCHOOL: Mon. Tues. Thurs. 2:40 to 3:05
Please contact me if you need other times.
Welcome to 8th Grade English/Language Arts
Course of Study
This course continues to provide students with a framework to meet the State’s Literacy Core Curriculum Content Standards. Students learn grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and other skills within the contexts of meaningful reading, speaking, writing, listening, and viewing experiences. Students read and respond in writing and through discussion to various fiction and non-fiction selected works from the English syllabus. A major component of the 8th grade English program includes self-selected independent reading. All students will be required to maintain a portfolio of written work to be assessed at regular intervals. Major research components comply with the scope and sequence of nationally accredited information literacy (research) skills.
The first unit this year includes:
Realistic Fiction: That was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton
Students will also be reading a variety of short stories, non-fiction articles, independent choice novels and poetry. Writing assignments will vary from short response to longer five paragraphs essays, as well as narrative writing. Structure will be the focal point.
8th Grade English Syllabus: 8th Grade English Course Syllabus
Come and explore the wonderful worlds author's create. Learn how writers create those worlds and the literary techniques you can use to improve your writing. Let's work together to make meaning out of your English/Language Arts class so that you can be the best student you are! I look forward to working individually with each and every one of you.
Tests, Written Responses, Short or Long Term Projects: 50%
Classwork and Homework: 20%
Expectations are that all work submitted whether for a grade or not will be thoughtful, purposeful, will utilize tools supplied and will represent your best effort and is completed with personal integrity and academic honesty at all times. I am always here to help you. If you need support in any way, please contact me via email or stop by and see me anytime before school, during lunch or after school.