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        Name: Ms. Dana Moore                             
    Subject: 8th Grade English Language Arts
     
    Contact info: ddmoore@wsfcs.k12.nc.us      Telephone Number: 336 703-4161

    Classroom- 331


       
     

    “The more you read, the more things you will know.

    The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss  

    Introduction  

    Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts. I’m looking forward to a productive and successful school year. This is such an exciting time… a brand new school year filled with opportunities for success! My goal is to provide you with a safe,supportive, yet challenging environment in which to grow and learn.
     
      
     SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

    Ø  Marble back composition book (Language Arts Notes)

    Ø  4 Plastic folders with prongs and pockets (red, blue, green, orange)

    Ø  1 Composition book with spirals.

    Ø  Flash drive (thumb drive) – All projects will be typed and saved to the

                                                    Flash drive/thumb drive

    Ø  Highlighters  (4 or 5 different colors for reading strategies)

    Ø  1 pack of notebook paper/dividers

    Ø  #2 Pencils with erasers

    Ø  Hand held pencil sharpener

    Ø  Post-it-Notes

    Ø  Index cards

      

     

                     (Extra credit will be given for the following items)

    Ø  *Box of Kleenex

    Ø  Wipes or Lysol Cleaner

    Ø  Hand sanitizer

              

     

    Optional

    Ø  Earbuds(ear phones)

    Ø  Zippered pencil pouch or pencil box to hold supplies in class

     
    • During the first week of school, we will discuss your responsibilities, class rules,and class procedures. We will also discuss what it takes to be successful in the Eighth Grade.
     
    CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: MONDAY AND THURSDAY        10:00 - 11:00 A.M. 
    (Please contact me via email if these dates and times do not work for you!)
     

    Curriculum Description

    The ultimate goal of the 8th Grade Common Core Language Arts curriculum is to foster personal, social, and civic literacy.  To accomplish this goal, we will read various literary genres, learn and analyze literary terms and elements, develop writing proficiency, expand our vocabulary and study grammar.

     
     
     

    Northwest Middle School

    8th Grade Language Arts Syllabus

                                                                      Common Core Objectives

    1st Quarter

     

    ·         Reciting Grammar Rap

    ·         Determining the Central Idea

    ·         Citing textual Evidence

    ·         Analyzing Literary Elements

    ·         Analyzing dialogue

    ·         Analyzing Point of View

    ·         Determining Author’s Purpose

    ·         Short Stories

    ·         Narrative Writing

    ·         Technology

     

     

    2nd Quarter

     

    ·         Inference

    ·         Citing textual Evidence

    ·         Analyzing Text Structure

    ·         Short Research Paper (biography)

    ·         Novel

    ·         Collaboration/teamwork

    ·         Technology

     

    3rd Quarter

     

    ·         Analyze fiction/nonfiction

    ·         Novel

    ·         Compare/Contrast novel vs. film or live production.

    ·         Collaboration/teamwork

    ·         Argument Writing

    ·         Technology

    ·         Figurative Language

     

    4th Quarter

     

    ·         Figurative Language

    ·         Argument Writing/debates

    ·         Technology

    ·         Poetry

    ·         E.O.G. Review

    ·         E.O.G. Testing

     

     

     

     
     

    Grading Scale                                         Tests/Projects/Assessments- 40%

       90-100  A                                                 Class Work/  - 35%     

       80-89    B                                                 Participation/Quiz- 15%

       70-79    C                                                 Homework-   10%

       60-69    D

       59-0      F
     
     

    HOMEWORK

     Most assignments will be completed in class. Homework will normally be in the form of projects. Students will be given a rubric with project guidelines, procedures, and due dates to share with parents.

      

    PROJECTS

    At least two projects will be assigned per grading period. Part of the projects will be completed in class. Some of the projects will be team projects and others will be completed individually. Students will normally have 3 to 4 weeks to complete the project. A rubric will be assigned for each project. The instructions for the project will be in writing and deadlines will be very important. The overall grade on the project will be lowered one letter grade for each day that the project is late.

     

    1st Quarter-  Memorize and recite the "Grammar Rap"    Grammar Rap
                          Main Idea Poster Project

                          Autobiography 

                          Bookmark Project
                          Literary Terms Project
     

    TESTS/ASSESSMENTS

    Assessments are a major part of your grade. Many of the tests will be open book and students will be allowed to use their class notes. 

     

    PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF YOU TALK WITHOUT PERMISSION DURING A TEST OR IF YOU ARE CAUGHT CHEATING ON A TEST, YOU WILL RECEIVE A ZERO (0) ON THE TEST/ASSESSMENT.  You may also be written up for cheating!
     
     

    CLASS PARTICIPATION

    Class participation is important and counts for 15% percent of your grade. You are expected to complete all class assignments and turn them in on time. IF YOU ARE REMOVED FROM THE CLASSROOM DUE TO BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS, YOU WILL RECEIVE A “0” ON THE CLASS ASSIGNMENT(S) FOR THAT DATE. PLEASE ADHERE TO OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT AND CLASSROOM RULES.

     
      

    IREAD

    To improve reading proficiency, you will be required to read an assigned  novel for at least 15 minutes in your homeroom class. We will also use this time to focus on character education virtues and small group tutoring. Students will receive an IREAD participation grade.  

     

    MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTS

    You should complete and turn in assignments when due. It is your responsibility to ask for any assignments that are missed due to absence. The assignments should be made up when you return to class. (Please refer to the guidelines for making up assignments in your Student Handbook.)
     

    PLAGIARISM/CHEATING

    Plagiarism is “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original…”   A “0” will be given on any assignment that involves plagiarism or cheating!  


    NOVELS

    Our goal will be to read at least one novel per quarter, some as a whole class and some independently. Students need to have sticky notes in class to take notes. Students will be allowed to use their sticky notes on the test. This process promotes good note-taking skills. 

     

    TECHNOLOGY

    We will use technology in class on a weekly basis. Please make sure that you get your Technology Agreement signed by a parent.

     

    I look forward to working with you and your parents to make this a successful school year. This syllabus is a general outline and is subject to change to accommodate class and individual needs.


    WOLFPACK SCHEDULE

     

             7:00 – 7:25 – HOMEROOM

    7:25 – 7:45 – IREAD

                          7:45- 8:45 – 1ST PERIOD CORE CLASS

                              8:47-9:47 –  2ND PERIOD CORE CLASS 

                                   9:50 -10:35 3RD PERIOD ENCORE

                                  10:38-11:23- 4TH PERIOD ENCORE

                                  11:26-12:58- 5TH PERIOD CORE CLASS
                         (LUNCH 11:30 - 11:50)

                                 1:00 - 2:00- 6TH PERIOD CORE CLASS
                      
     
                                                                                             TUTORING
    Students must have a signed permission slip to stay for tutoring. Students may be picked up by parents promptly at 3:30 or they can ride the activity bus. An activity bus permission slip must be completed and turned in by students if they wish to ride the activity bus.  
                                                                                    Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30
                                                                             (beginning mid-October, 2016 - May, 2017)
     
     
     
     Wolfpack  Team members
     
    Language Arts- Ms. Moore
    Science- Mr. Salters
    Math- Mrs. McKinnis
    Social Studies- Mr. Kersey