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Grade 8 English
In English 8, students must read and comprehend grade-level fiction and nonfiction texts. They must also be able to communicate their ideas orally and through written means, with particular emphasis on writing narrative, informational, and argumentative papers. Students read closely, applying reading strategies to compare and contrast texts. In extended responses, students routinely cite evidence to support their analysis of texts. With increased study of the author’s craft, students evaluate not only the writer’s point of view but also the social and historical context of his or her work. Students are required to participate as members of a literate community, discussing literature and writing, and listening respectfully to others.
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Current C.C.S.S. Literary Standards being addressed:
Key Ideas and Details
Craft and Structure
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.9 Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
Text Types and Purposes
Grade Seven English
In English 7, students must read and comprehend grade level fiction and nonfiction texts. They must also be able to communicate their ideas orally and through written means. Students read closely, applying reading strategies to draw inferences and analyze texts, and integrate outside knowledge in their reflections and discussions of the texts. Not only are students required to determine the main ideas of what they read, but they also need to cite textual evidence to support their argument in extended responses. Understanding author’s craft through studying literary devices, diction, and format is emphasized. Students are required to participate as members of a literate community, discussing literature and writing, and listening respectfully to others.This course will address the following: Are students effectively reading and analyzing texts so that they can coherently formulate a summary based off of main ideas? Can students build and defend a thesis statement that serves as the central focus for an argumentative writing assignment? Can students make connections to texts through either real-life experiences, media sources, or other texts that they have read and are they able to support those connections with ample evidence?
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Week of September 3
Monday- no school
Tuesday- Introductions, rules and expectations
Wednesday- review summer project expectations and timeline, formative assessments
Thursday-Writing prompts, cursive writing assessment
Friday- being three paragraph argument essay
Week of 9/10/18
Monday- continue with noun exercises, go over transitional words and phrases, continue three paragraph essays
The Common Core concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts. Students will learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grades. The standards encourage students to solve real-world problems.
This year, in the 7th grade, students will…
- learn that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers
- learn how expressions and equations work with radicals and integer exponents
understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations
analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations
define, evaluate, and compare functions
use functions to model relationships between quantities
understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem
solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres
investigate patterns of association in data
TESTS AND QUIZZES
Students will have advanced notice of all quizzes and tests. A study guide will be provided a day or two before a test. Students will have the option of doing test corrections. Half credit will be given for this work and added onto the original grade.
Student’s will also have the option to retake a test. This is their responsibility to schedule for after school.
GRADING and LATE WORK
Grades are earned by actively participating in class, and completing classwork, the interactive notebook, projects, tests, and quizzes. Homework is an important part of our students’ academic growth and development. As part of our 21st century learning expectations, the habits of good organization and time management skills are integral to successful task completion. Homework is expected to be turned in on the due dates assigned. Failure to do so will impact the grade on homework. If a student fails to do homework, he/she may be told to call home and make arrangements to stay after.
The school-wide homework policy is as follows:
One day late = 10 pts. off
Two days late = 20 pts. off Three days late = 30 pts. offNo credit for work turned in after 3 days late.
Any exceptions to this policy will require approval by both teacher and administration. Students having difficulty completing homework should make arrangements for help with their teacher during HIP or after school.