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English 8 Syllabus

8th Grade English

2017-2018

Ms. Durst

In 8th Grade English, we study media, poetry, nonfiction, fiction and work on persuasive, creative and informative writing. We will read a variety of short stories, novels and a play. One theme for our work this year is “Utopia.” We will have weekly vocabulary roots and words that are practiced throughout the week and tested on Fridays. Grammar will be taught in conjunction with our writing assignments as well as in mini-lessons throughout the year. Below, you will see a basic outline of topics for each quarter.

Quarter 1:

Media

Nonfiction: Persuasive texts

Persuasive Writing


Quarter 2:

Short Stories

Text vs. Film

Narrative/Creative Writing

Quarter 3: 

 Poetry

Literature Circles

Informational Writing (Research)


Quarter 4:

End of Year Testing

The Diary of Anne Frank (play)

The Giver / Animal Farm

Utopia Presentation

 

Classroom Expectations

 

Students are expected to be safe, responsible and respectful:

  • come to class on time with all materials and ready to work
  • follow all classroom procedures
  • do not interfere with the learning process

When expectations are not met:

  1. Student is reminded of the expectation: usually a verbal reminder.
  2. Student is redirected: conference with teacher, verbal reminder, behavior is retaught, expectations restated, change of seat, etc.
  3. Student is redirected and a Level 1 incident report is recorded.
  4. Parents may to contacted, administration may become involved, student may be removed from the classroom, a Level 2 incident report may be recorded.

** Please see Student Handbook and our PBIS procedures for more information on behavior management**  

Grading Scale

 This class follows the Rochester Public Schools grading scale:

Per cent

Grade

100-99

A+

98.9-93

A

92.9-90

A-

89.9-87

B+

86.9-83

B

82.9-80

B-

79.9-77

C+

76.9-73

C

72.9-70

C-

69.9-67

D+

66.9-63

D

62.9-60

D-

59.9-0

F


Absences

If a student is absent, he or she should check with the Ms. Durst to follow up on missed assignments. Any work due on the missed day will be due the day the student returns to school. Missed assignments will be given as much time as other students have to complete them.

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