This English course is designed to help students master the 8th grade ELA Common Core State Standards. Students will work on developing their reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills while exploring various genres of literature.
MAJOR WORKS OF LITERATURE: “Flowers for Algernon”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, The Outsiders, 1 additional class novel (title TBA), selected readings from the new textbook My Perspectives by Pearson, and independent reading books
WRITING: Narrative, Argument, Literary Analysis, and Explanatory
LANGUAGE: Vocabulary, Grammar, and Oral Presentations
4 tabs devoted to English in student's main binder
Blue/black pens and pencils
Grades are not weighted, rather each assignment 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.
Grades are updated on Q.conejousd.org 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 is assigned to reinforce concepts taught in class. Students should expect about 20 minutes of homework most weeknights and occasional weekends.
Students will be issued two late HW pass at the beginning of each trimester. A late 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. Unused passes can be turned in for extra credit at the end of the trimester!
It is the student’s responsibility to check the absent log upon returning to class to pick up missed work and arrange for make-up testing, if needed.
Students have ONE DAY for each day absent to make up missed work.
Homework that is assigned prior to an absence is still due on the original due date.
In the event of computer or printer failure, students should write out the assignment in pen, e-mail it to a friend to print for them, or print it in the library BEFORE school.
With 160 students over the course of a day, managing students’ printer emergencies in class is overwhelming. Thank you for your understanding.
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