Materials: 3-ring binder (at least 1 ½”), dividers w/labeled tabs (5), lined paper (8x11 loose leaf), colored pencils (12+), hand-held pencil sharpener, pencil pouch, pencils, highlighters (2-3), 100 page composition notebook, and sticky notes. These materials are used DAILY in class.
1. Students are prompt to class and turn in completed/quality work on time.
2. Students are prepared daily with binder, materials, and homework.
3. Students pay attention during instruction and use work time effectively.
4. Students participate during lessons/work time and ask questions to clarify concepts.
5. Students practice concepts by reviewing, studying, and finishing assignments.
Absent work: In accordance with school policy, absent work is due within five school days of the absence. Quizzes will be recorded as a ( ) for absent students until they have been made up. Exception to this policy are major projects with assigned due dates. These should be turned in before the absence or immediately upon return.
Homework: Students will have nightly homework. This will include finishing and reviewing daily class work and reading their novel. Plan on reading at least 20 minutes per night. Students will also have occasional writing assignments, which are completed on Utah Compose, an online writing program. This program can be accessed from school and home with the assigned user name and password. (Web address: www.utahcompose.com). Computers are available before and after school for those who may not have computer access at home.
Writing: Argumentative and informative writing are important parts of the 8th grade core. Students are asked to write several five to six paragraph essays throughout the year. Proficiency is determined through organization, use of conventions, word choice, and correct use of supporting evidence.
Vocabulary, Commonly Confused Words, Affixes: These words are taught weekly and assessed biweekly. Students will receive worksheets that cover these words and will need to keep them in their binder as study material. If not completed in class, these worksheets will be assigned as homework. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT THROW AWAY ANY PAPERWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS UNLESS DIRECTED BY THEIR TEACHER! We reuse past assignments to go over multiple standards.
Newsela Article of the Week: Students will read weekly informational articles using the Newsela website. They will answer four comprehension questions on each article. These are assigned each Monday and are to be completed in class. During first quarter, students will complete graphic organizers for some articles.
REDO Assignment/Quiz Policy: If students receive a grade that is not proficient or merely proficient, they may retake/redo that assignment/quiz for a ‘mastery’ grade. In order to do this, they need to show understanding of the material by means of practice assignments/remediation. This opportunity only lasts until the Friday before the end of each quarter. Redos will be accepted for most assignments: longer writing assignments/essays may only have one redo.
Grading: There are three main components to your Language Arts grade: at-home reading assignments, vocabulary/
grammar quizzes, and writing assignments. Mastery grading will be used to show proficiency as follows:
Language Arts skills are assessed on a 4, 3, 2, 1 scale (also known as a rubric):
Citizenship grades are usually calculated at the end of the quarter and follow the following rubric:
Communication: If you have any questions or concerns about your work, please do not hesitate to ask them. We are here to help you be successful! The best way to communicate questions or concerns after school is through email. We will respond as soon as possible either through email or a phone call.
8th grade Language Arts teachers:
Paula Butterfield: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raelynne Kunz: email@example.com
Christy Tohara: firstname.lastname@example.org