Gateway Regional High School
Resource Center ELA - Grade 8
Mrs. Erika Busch
856-848-8200 ext. 546
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The 8th grade Language Arts class is designed to help students develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills. In this course, students will read a variety of literature and informational texts, and students will read closely to analyze key ideas, details, the author’s style, and text structure. Students will also learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, evaluate sources, and compare two or more texts on similar topics. Students will be exposed to argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing. They will perform research tasks, write poetry, and write journals. Students will focus on giving textual evidence to support claims and will sharpen grammar and vocabulary skills based on their individual needs and through exposure to various texts and writing tasks.
Course Expectations and Assessments
1st Marking Period
- Pre-Test to determine strengths and needs.
- Collection 1: Culture and Belonging- In this unit, you will interact with a variety of literary and informational texts in order to explore how people develop their own identity within a new culture.
- Collection 2: The Thrill Of Horror- You will examine why the horror genre both terrifies and fascinates.
2nd Marking Period
- Collection 3: The Move Toward Freedom- In this unit, you will focus on the quest for freedom that led to the American Civil War.
- Collection 4: Approaching Adulthood- Throughout this collection, you will explore the passage from childhood to adulthood and get the chance to create a PSA.
3rd Marking Period
- Collections 5: The Holocaust- You will learn how people can stay positive while enduring the most challenging of circumstances. From a young girl and her diary to a teen boy who experienced some of the most horrific experiences and has lived to tell about it, this unit will truly define how humans prevail.
4th Marking Period
- Collection 6: The Value Of Work- In this unit, you will explore the benefits and challenges that are
part of being a teen worker
- Post-Test to measure growth and progress throughout the year.
- Students should read their independent reading novel at home for 15 minutes/ 4 times a week.
- Additional class work that was not finished may also need to be completed at home.
- Visit Google Classroom for reminders on upcoming assignments.
- Retakes will be available primary assessments only.
- Middle School Grading Policy
- 50% (Primary)- tests, essays, benchmarks, and major projects
- 35% (Secondary)- quizzes, minor projects and writing assignments
- 15% (Support)- class work
- 0% - Diagnostic assessments
Required and Recommended Materials
- Stays in the classroom: folder and notebook
- Bring to the classroom daily: Chromebook and charger, Earbuds (upon teacher request), Independent Reading Book, pencil/pen, and agenda
- Please feel free to email or call me with any questions regarding your child’s grade throughout the school year; arrangements can be made for your child to stay after or stay during lunch if necessary.
- Every Tuesday and Thursday homework clinic is available until 4:20 pm in the library after school. This is a great opportunity for your child to get extra help and complete any assignments for any class.
Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences
- Cell phones should be put away in the classroom.
- Be respectful to teacher and classmates at all times.
- Treat others the way you wish to be treated.
- Students are expected to be on time to class daily. The 4th lateness will be followed by a write-up.
- Students are expected to follow Gateway’s Code of Conduct.