Class Components:
Independent Reading (IR) – Each day students will read for 15-20 minutes during class. Students are expected to have an independent reading book each day for class. It is our hope that students will read outside of class, and we will encourage reading as a lifestyle habit.

Grammar -  Emphasis will be placed on increasing student vocabulary and grammar usage. Grammar is taught throughout the year and applied to the various literature and writing projects.

Vocabulary –  Every week students will receive a list of five vocabulary words called “Power Words”. Each student will practice the words in class and memorize them for an end-of-quarter test.  All words will be included in an end-of-year test.

Literature -  Along with the short stories and other material found in the literature book, students will read the following:
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  • “Flowers for Algernon,” by Daniel Keyes
  • Diary of Anne Frank (drama by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett)
  • And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • “Flowers for Algernon,” by Daniel Keyes
  • Diary of Anne Frank (drama by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett)

Writing -  We will study a wide variety of writing styles this year, with an emphasis on improving the overall quality of a student’s written work.  Types of writing practiced in 8th grade English include the following:  Persuasive Essay, Descriptive Writing, and Literary Analysis.
Class Materials:  Please bring the following materials to class EACH day: 
            pencil and pen (blue or black ONLY)       
            spiral bound notebook (for English only!)
            IR book
            Post-it notes (you may keep in your locker until we need them)

For summative assessments (compositions, projects, etc.), a student may request a conference with the teacher before or after school.  It will be at the teacher’s discretion if additional work may be done to improve the original grade.
Late Work
Students’ final grades on summative assessments (compositions, projects, etc.) will be lowered 10% for every day it is late.  No more than 50% of the points will be deducted.    All late summative assessments must be turned in one week prior to the end of the quarter.  
If formative assessments (homework, classwork, warm-ups, etc.) are turned in late, 10% of the total points for that assignment will be deducted from the student’s final score.  All late homework must be turned in prior to taking the summative assessment for that unit.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns through the school year.  Communication with parents is extremely important and I encourage you to call, email, or check my web page and SchoolView regularly.