Elizabeth Hartz
                           Welcome Back!                                    
       We are going to have a great
8th grade year!         
                               Go Zephyrs                                     


If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I am here to help. 

Below you will find a list of helpful resource and practice sites.  Also you will see data on why reading daily is so important.  On this site you will be able to find assignments for Essential Reading 8 and Essential English 8.    



Why read for 20 minutes a day?
STUDENT A STUDENT B STUDENT C
20 MINUTES PER DAY 5 MINUTES PER DAY 1 MINUTE PER DAY
1,800,000 WORDS PER YEAR 282,000 WORDS PER YEAR 8,000 WORDS PER YEAR
SCORES IN THE 90THPERCENTILE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS SCORES IN THE 50THPERCENTILE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS SCORES IN THE 10THPERCENTILE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS




Variation in amount of independent reading Anderson R., Wilson P., and Fielding I., Reading research quarterly, Vol. 3, 1988.”Growth in reading and how ...


So, how do you become a better reader?  
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8th Grade! 
Here is a list of some websites we use in class that can also be used at home! 
Action Magazine
http://action.scholastic.com/
Classroom password = zephyrs17
Students can read current and archived magazine articles.  Students can take AR tests on the 2 main articles for each issue.  There are also fun learning games and links to neat videos. 

 
Quizlet 
www.quizlet .com 
Students log in with their Google drive accounts. This is a place where students and teachers can make and share flashcards. There are also games that help you learn. This works best for vocabulary terms and can certainly be used for other classes and in the future.  I have all of 8th grade English Power Words on here.   

MobyMax 
www. https://www.mobymax.com/signin
username = first name
password = first name 
school code = 
Students can work on a varriety of skill lessons that are at their current level.    MobyMax then automatically assigns skill lessons to build  skills.  There are many  subject areas on this site.



Elizabeth Hartz

651-407-2269
Reading Essentials 8
English Essentials 8