Gateway Regional High School
ELA / Grade 8
Mrs. Elizabeth Buehler
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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 have a DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) book with them every day in class. And they are encouraged to read at home for 15 minutes at least 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 for 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
- Bring to the classroom daily: Chromebook and charger, folder or binder, notebook or looseleaf, DEAR book, earbuds, and pencil/pen
- Please feel free to email me with any questions regarding your child’s grade or performance throughout the school year.
- As long as an appointment is made ahead of time, I am available most days for extra help.
- Every Wednesday after school I hold a homework clinic until the first late bus (3:24pm). Students can attend on an as needed basis.
- Additionally, a teacher is also available most days in the library after school (Monday-Thursday until the first late bus).
Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences
- Be respectful to teacher and classmates at all times.
- Cell phones should be put away in the classroom.
- 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.