Middle school

Cynthia Durst
English 8

Welcome to 8th grade English!

I am Ms. Durst, and this is my fifth year teaching at Kellogg. Our curriculum for 8th grade guides us into diverse and complex territory. Studying the art of language is an opportunity to hear other points of view and to hone your own skills of expression. As 8th graders, you are ready to analyze and evaluate the claims of writers and speakers. Reading fiction and nonfiction from various cultures, sources, and points in history will challenge us to see from different perspectives and master the standards expected of academic and public discourse.  Our study of grammar, writing in various genres, vocabulary, and proper MLA citations will support you in becoming a stronger communicator. By the end of the year, I hope that you can consider ideas that never occurred to you before, analyze media and public messages with an informed and critical eye, and express yourself respectfully with purpose, clarity, and integrity.

For a brief outline of the year, please see the attached syllabus. For information about what we are doing each day, the attached calendar can help guide you. If you miss a day or are unsure about what to do, please talk to me. Graded work and how to make it up is always posted in Skyward with instructions and attachments to complete what is missing.

Be sure to check out the links on the left side of this page for vocabulary study and extra credit as well as suggested supplemental reading. 

For several assignments, we will be using Google Classroom. During week 1, we sign in to your google school account, give you the code to join your class section, and teach you how to login to google classroom. If you forget how to get to google classroom, here is a brief reminder:
1. Open a browser and go to google
2. Click the "sign in" blue rectangle in the upper right-hand of your screen
3. Enter your username (your student # followed by and password (same one you use for your school computer)
4. Click on the checkerboard icon in the upper right hand to find the green "classroom" icon and click on it
5. Your English class should show up on the window that opens; click on it and explore to find the assignment you need to work on.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me via email.

I love Language Arts and the diverse skills that it requires. I hope to share that passion with each of you. Everyone has a story. We are privileged to listen, speak and learn together.

Have a great day,
Ms. Durst

Cynthia Durst

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