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Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts
Transcript of Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts
In our class everyone's voice is heard and the students can feel comfortable in an environment where they will not feel judged or not good enough. I tell my students that no matter what, when they step in my door we are friendly, respectful, and show citizenship towards one another. Already this year, I've noticed a boy (on many occasions) go out of his way to hold the door open for his classmates, and another boy encourages his shy writing partner to discuss on a daily basis. This lifelong skill will be reinforced throughout the year. It has been a very good start!
Back to School Night
A day in the life of your child...
What we are
I appreciate you coming tonight! If you have any individual questions or concerns, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My extra help day is Wednesday!
Halloween "Poe"try in October
A murder mystery game as an interest grabber to Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
Socratic Seminars on novels studied together
Controversial debates as an activity for writing an argumentative essay
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Literary Analysis Essay
Do Now: Stapled to the back of your questionnaire you will find your son's or daughter's "Best Part of Me" writing piece. PQP (praise, question & polish) underneath the paragraph. Refer to the grading rubric that they were given to help with your comments.
New This Year...
Teacher websites as part of the Genesis Portal- Please check weekly and check for attachments.
A Walk In Our Block
Reading & Writing
At the start of each class, we start with direct instruction based on past assessments. It could be developing a thesis statement, learning reading strategies, discovering themes in a text, etc. Then the students take time to practice.
Each day, the students are reading and writing. It is important that they have a choice novel throughout the year as this will help in their vocabulary development and sentence structure. We will also be exploring different modes of writing. We will conference in small and whole groups, as well as one-on-one. Please look out for the writing portfolios!
We will be working in small groups throughout
the year researching various topics; some given, some chosen. Students will learn the importance of working together, listening to others, and offering meaningful feedback.
Ask your child for his/her Schoology password https://app.schoology.com/course/777770107/updates
Enroll in Remind https://www.remind.com/join/hc6a4
Check Genesis Parent Portal for grades
Check HW at https://app.oncoursesystems.com/school/webpage/13118571
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