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Class Syllabus

8th Grade ELA Syllabus  

Mrs. Garrett’s 8TH grade ELA Syllabus

This year you can expect to experience all of the normal ELA opportunities. We will read and reread, write and rewrite, collaborate, present, expand our vocabularies, laugh, cry, and repeat!

ELA focus:

Ø Reading: literature (fiction & nonfiction) and informational texts

Ø Writing: essays (explanatory, argumentative, narrative), constructed responses, journal writings, research paper, speech

Ø Language: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, phrases, clauses, punctuation, and much more

Ø Vocabulary: story vocabulary and Wordly Wise, word parts, connotation, denotation

Ø Speaking & Listening: speeches, discussions, debates

We will read from our literature books. We will independently read novels throughout the year. We will read articles, dramas, poems, and excerpts.

You are not allowed to take a literature book, SCOPE magazine, workbook, or a book from my library without checking it out through me. If you do check out something, it is to be returned promptly. Please do not leave it on my desk or return it directly to its shelf; put it in my hand and allow me to check it back in. You, of course, are financially responsible for the damage or loss of anything you have checked out or has been assigned to you.

Most of the writing and language practice will be in class.

You will have vocabulary homework and a vocabulary quiz most weeks.

The computer programs we will use this year are Study Island, iReady, and MyOn.

All test grades will count twice.

We will have teams within each class. For each student who donates a box of tissues, Clorox wipes, or twenty Box Tops to the classroom, you will receive 100 points! Please limit one per student per nine week grading period. Your team will compete against the other teams and me for a treat at the end of the nine week grading period.

Attendance and participation are critical to your learning. There simply is no convenient time throughout the school day to complete makeup work. Seventh period is my planning time as it is many of your activity periods. I understand you may be obligated during that time. I will do my best to accommodate you.

I strive for you, me, and our time together to be healthy, happy, and productive! Good communication is vital to a strong relationship. Talk to me. Tell me what you want, what you really, really want (The Spice Girls, Wannabe). If you want more time for an assignment, ask. If you want an opportunity to improve a grade, ask. If you want a million dollars, ask. If you feel strongly that you should have gotten credit on something I marked wrong, defend your answer for credit. If you think of something we can do to enhance our learning, suggest it. The worst that can happen is…. What do you have to lose?

We are going to have an outstanding year!

Best always,

Mrs. Garrett


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