COURSE DESCRIPTION In English 8, both Honors and CP students work on developing their reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills while exploring various genres of literature. The Honors level course is designed to help students master the same 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standards but in greater depth and at a faster, more challenging pace.
LITERATURE “Flowers for Algernon”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, Night, The Pearl and/or The Outsiders, Animal Farm (Honors only), selected readings from the textbook My Perspectives, and independent reading books.
LANGUAGE Vocabulary, Grammar, & Oral Presentations
SUPPLIES · 4 tabs devoted to English in student’s main binder · A 50 cent donation for a composition book that I’ve already pre-purchased for all my students · Highlighters · Mini-stapler · Blue/black pens and pencils
GRADES Grades are not weighted. Each assignment, test, etc. is given a point value which is then totaled and converted into a percentage. Assessments and writing make up the majority of a student’s grade, while homework and classwork account for a smaller percentage (about 15%). Grades are updated on Q every week or so except for essays and projects which take more time to be assessed. A small amount of extra credit is available each trimester.
HOMEWORK Homework is assigned to reinforce concepts taught in class. Students should expect about 20 minutes of homework most weeknights and some weekends.
LATE WORK Students will be issued one late HW pass at the beginning of each trimester. This pass allows students to turn in a missed assignment ONE day late for FULL credit except in the event of a major essay or project which will earn the student half credit. No other late work will be accepted.
ABSENCES It is the student’s responsibility to check the website and the absent log upon returning to class to pick up missed work and arrange for make-up testing. Students have one day for each day absent to make up work. HW that is assigned prior to an absence is still due on the original due date.
TECHNOLOGY FAILURE In the event of computer or printer failure at home, students should write out the assignment in pen, e-mail it to a friend to print for them (NOT ME), or print it in the library BEFORE school. With 180 students over the course of the day, managing students’ printer emergencies in class is overwhelming. Thank you for your understanding.
PARENT'S HOMEWORK (TURN IN BY MONDAY, 8-27) Parents, please e-mail me by Monday, August 27th, so that I can easily add you to my list of contacts. This e-mail also serves as my “receipt” that you received and reviewed this course syllabus (so no need to sign this syllabus). If both parents would like to be included in my correspondence, then both parents need to e-mail me separately.
I would also like to invite you to write a brief paragraph or bulleted list that will help me learn just a bit about your child (whatever you think your child’s English teacher should or would like to know).
TO:: firstname.lastname@example.org SUBJECT: Child’s name AND English class period Message: Tell me a bit about your child