8th Grade Language Arts (Writing)
This year we will study various forms of literature and the four modes of writing. We will also focus on building and expanding vocabulary while strengthening writing skills by following the stages of the writing process. To compliment writing, we will have regular grammar review.
Required Class Materials
In order to be successful, you will need to bring the following materials with you to class each day:
1. Three-subject notebook 5. Black Pen
2. Mechanical Pencils 6. Agenda
3. Red Pen 7. Chromebook (Beginning in September)
4. Science Toolkit
1. Be prepared 4. No food or drinks
2. Be respectful 5. Cell phones are to be turned off and put away.
3. Be on time 6. Follow handbook rules and classroom procedures.
Should a student digress, she or he will have chosen to accept the following consequences
2. Conference with student
4. Two detentions
Work that is turned in late will only be valued at 70%. Beyond that, the grade will be recorded as a zero.
If you are absent, it is your responsibility to communicate with me in order to get any work that you missed. You will be given the same number of days you were absent to make up work assigned while you were gone.
Agendas will be kept up to date. Specific class information (assignments, quizzes, tests, deadlines, etc.) should be recorded.
In order for a student to receive full credit, all assignments must have the student’s name, date, hour, and assignment description written in the upper-right hand corner of his or her paper. We will complete assignments and lessons on paper and/or by utilizing several online learning resources to include: Canvas, Clever, and Studysync.
On most days, students will be given an assignment to be completed immediately when the bell sounds. The assignments will consist of journal entries, editing exercises, articles as well as grammar review.
Students will be given an opportunity to participate in silent sustained reading, typically one day per week.
Bring a novel to read each day for reading when you have finished your assignment(s).
This is a list of important, much-needed supplies that will be used throughout the year to help establish a safe and productive learning environment. Please refer to your class hour. I appreciate it so much.
1st Hour—Plain White Copy Paper
2nd Hour—Mechanical Pencils
4th Hour—Box of Kleenex
5th Hour—Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
6th Hour—Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
I look forward to an amazing year with you, a year full of promise and discovery as we make the best of each day, of each opportunity, establishing and maintaining a positive community of learning and mutual respect! Please sign and date the form and return it to me by Monday, August 17. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com.
Student Name____________________________________ Date_______________