Welcome to Eighth Grade – 8B
Teacher: Pam Boone firstname.lastname@example.org 2014-15
Welcome, students and parents. I am Mrs. Boone, the eighth grade language arts teacher. I also teach religion to my homeroom (8B). I look forward to working with each of you. I am confident that together we can make this year both memorable and successful. Below you will find the policies, procedures and curriculum overviews that pertain to my classes.
SCHOOL WIDE RULES
- RESPECT YOURSELF, OTHERS AND THINGS
- CONTRIBUTE TO THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
- FOLLOW SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PROCEDURES
- Demonstrate respectful, courteous behavior toward adults and peers.
- Treat property with respect.
- Follow directions without argument.
- Be prepared for class.
- Stay on task.
- Come with an attitude to learn.
Consequences for Misbehavior
- Verbal reminder, when warranted (deliberate disobedience, disrespect, or disruptions are not subject to warnings)
- Disciplinary slip (student will reflect on misbehavior and parent will sign)
- Communication with parent through phone or e-mail
- Student will be referred to Mr. Simms and a School Discipline Form will be issued
- Students are expected to record assignments in student planners before leaving school.
- Assignments are posted daily on St. Albert webpage via the Google calendar / Rediker.
- Assignments are listed daily on the homework dry erase board in the classroom.
- Students are free to check this board at the end of the day.
Edline / Rediker
The Edline/Rediker program allows parents and students to check academic averages online. Edline/Rediker will be updated weekly. Parents are strongly encouraged to keep track of their child’s progress through the use of this tool.
Both Edline/ Rediker and the Tuesday Folder will be used to keep parents informed about their child’s academic progress. If a student’s grade falls below passing: parent will be alerted through email or phone call; a printed academic deficiency will be sent via Tues. folder. The deficiency must be signed by a parent and returned.
Overview of the Language Arts Curriculum for Grade 8
Text: Elements of Language, Second Course: Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston, 2007
Workbook: Simple Solutions, Bright Ideas Press, 2014
- Students will receive basic grammar instruction in class. Practice exercises will be completed. Follow-up exercises / worksheets will be assigned for homework. Review exercises / worksheets will be used to assess progress throughout a chapter and count as quiz grades. Both grammar quizzes and chapter tests will be given.
- Grammar, spelling, and writing skills will be reinforced through Simple Solutions. Individual lessons are assigned as homework and checked in class. There will be a quiz after the completion of 4 lessons.
- Essays, reports, and compositions: Students will be guided through the writing process to develop finished pieces of writing. Students will write narrative, expository, persuasive, informative, and creative pieces.
- Publishing: Final drafts must be word processed, printed, and ready on the due date at the start of class. Electronically submitted essays via my email must be ready to open as a word document.
- Finished essays will be rubric graded. Failure to turn in an essay on the due date will result in loss of points.
Text: Vocabulary Workshop, Level D: Sadlier-Oxford, 2012
Students have been issued a consumable text. They are responsible for keeping track of the book’s whereabouts.
Course Work and Assessment
- The Vocabulary component of the Language Arts curriculum is taught within the English class period.
- Students will be introduced to a list of words and definitions. Practice exercises will be assigned. Exercises will be checked in class.
- Students will read one short work of nonfiction per unit that uses the assigned vocabulary. Quizzes will be administered on these readings.
- Unit tests and cumulative tests will be given
B. Class Novels
In addition to the text, class novels will be used to supplement the literature program. Class sets are available for classroom use. Class activities will develop vocabulary, comprehension, and understanding of literary elements. Students are assessed through quizzes, tests, and projects. This year’s novels include:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (play adaptation)
C. Independent reading
- Students were expected to read two books from the summer reading list before the start of school. Assessments on these works will be assigned during the first quarter.
- Accelerated Reading (AR) will be used to encourage independent reading. Progress toward the AR goal for the quarter will count as one test grade.
Overview of 8B Religion Curriculum
Confirmation Text:Confirmed in the Spirit: Loyola Press, 2014
- To prepare students for Confirmation
- To teach students about Catholic identity and practices
- To foster spirituality through prayer, liturgy, and Scripture
- To engage students in service to home, school, and community
- To instill values consistent with Christian beliefs
Assessments include tests, quizzes, projects, and written reflections.
Church History and Theology of the Body
During the first semester, students will receive instruction in Church History once a week. Ms. Tutt will teach this component.
During the second semester, students will receive instruction from the Theology of the Body program. Ms. Tutt will teach this component.