Welcome to Grade 8 English Language Arts! We will be studying a number of texts this year, including Lord of the Flies, Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, a multitude of short stories, poems, and essays. I can't wait to get to know you all and have a successful and memorable year.
Class Guidelines and Expectations
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS: Yellow Team
Welcome to 8th grade ELA! The 8th grade will be an important year in preparing you for high school. This year we will study a wide range of texts including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Specifically, we will study: The Lord of the Flies, Growing Up Under Hitler’s Shadow, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and “The Monkey’s Paw”. We will learn by reading, writing, and speaking about each topic. I am truly excited to get to know you and help you strengthen your ELA abilities. Please know that my door is always open should you have any questions or concerns. I am here to support you and help you learn. Have a successful and memorable year!
Students are expected to be respectful—of themselves, their peers, their teacher, and their education—at all times. This is the first step to a comfortable and effective learning environment.
The required materials for daily success in this class are:
Pen or pencil (highlighters and colored pencils are also useful)
Loose-leaf white lined paper
You will be graded on tests, quizzes, writing assignments, projects/reports, and classwork. Assignments will drop a letter grade for every day that they are late. If you don’t do well on an assignment, don’t panic. You will have many opportunities to improve your grade. If you begin to fall behind, it is your responsibility to see me immediately so we can schedule after school extra help. I am always available after school to assist you with any assignment. It is imperative that you check Aspen on a regular basis so that you know what your academic standing is.
The grades will break down in the following percentages:
Tests, writing assignments, and projects: 50%
Type two writing assignments and quizzes: 30%
Classwork, homework and binder: 20%
Parents: Contact information
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at o’firstname.lastname@example.org or call (978) 388-0515 extension 7402.
After reading, please detach this bottom portion, sign, and return by Thursday, September 3. Keep the top portion at home for future reference.
Student name: __________________________________________________________________________