Welcome to EFMS! Eighth grade Language Arts will be exciting. There will be times when we will have a story that may not be interesting to you, but I promise to make it as upbeat as possible. We will read at least four novels, write essays, role play, and have class projects. We will be covering a great deal of material, so it is extremely important that students always come to class prepared (with book, paper, journal, and pencil/pen) and ready to work.
Please come to class with the following items.
3 composition notebooks (labeled Reading Journals and the other Language Arts DOL)
Loose leaf paper
Jump drive for research projects
When you get to class you should:
1. Find a positive attitude and get ready to learn! J
2. Get out your class materials (Book, notebook, pencils or pens, etc.) DO NOT get up out of your desk after class begins. If you need to sharpen your pencil, get a tissue, or anything elseASK!
3. Begin class by correcting the sentences/paragraphs in your journal labeled Language Arts DOL. The sentences will be on the overhead/smart board for you to correct daily. Follow the directions (given in Language Arts/Journals section) for these journal entries.
4. Participate in all classroom activities.
You will have two journals. Your
Homework may be given at least 2-3 times a week (Monday- Thursday). I do not like to give homework on the weekends; however it may be necessary at some point during the year. All assignments will be checked. Some assignments will be graded on effort, while others will be collected and graded for a percentage.
Over the course of the year, students will be assigned projects to complete. These projects may be assigned to groups or individually. Projects may include such things as paper writing, the creation of an art project, etc.
Quizzes and Tests
Quizzes will focus on material that has been recently covered, with appropriate vocabulary terms, and our daily sentences. Quizzes may be true/false, matching, multiple choice, or short answer and may be unannounced.
Tests will usually be given after each story selection or novel chapters, and will include a mixture of the above listed question types. If a particularly short chapter or unit is encountered, a test may cover more than one chapter.