Gateway Regional High School
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Resource Center ELA / Grade 8
Mrs. Tara Loiseau
Remind (codes to sign up are posted on google classroom)
Collections- www.my.hrw.com , Read Naturally Live, & IXL- www.ixl.com (students were given username and password in class for these websites) .
Powerschool- Check powerschool often for grades and upcoming assignments. Contact Mrs. Lauren Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need your login information.
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. Students will use IXL, a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited Language Arts practice across thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to New Jersey Standards. We will also be using a program called Read Naturally to increase reading fluency and comprehension.
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 information about classroom 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
- Stay in classroom: folder and notebook
- Bring to the classroom daily: Chromebook and charger, Earbuds (taken out only at the teacher’s request), Independent Reading Book, and a writing utensil.
- Please feel free to email me with any questions/concerns regarding your child’s grade throughout the school year.
- There will be content specific teachers in the library after school every Tuesday and Thursday until the 3:24 or 4:20 bus. 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
- Students will be on time and prepared.
- Cell phones and other personal devices will be away unless instructed otherwise.
- Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
- Be respectful to the teacher and classmates at all times.
- Students are expected to follow Gateway’s Code of Conduct.