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8th Grade Language Arts : English 8H
Instructor: Mrs. Underwood   
Welcome to 8th grade honors English!  I'm looking forward to experiencing the next ten months with you.  As we look to your last year of middle school, be prepared for some challenging experiences, but also several opportunities for growth, learning, and fun.  Our core literature this year will consist of classic and contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  We will be reading such works as The Diary of Anne Frank, Night, and The Glory Field. Students will be provided with opportunities to write several styles of essays, continue to develop sophisticated vocabularies, apply correct grammar and usage in communication, practice listening and speaking skills in a variety of formats, improve study habits and test taking skills, effectively manage time, work independently and in groups, explore technology, think critically and creatively, and enjoy learning! My goal is to help prepare you for future honors and AP level English classes, the High School Exit Exam, and LIFE.  Let's make this a great year!
Class & School Announcements
Big Ideas for the Month
Here's a list of the concepts that we'll be studying in English in April/May/June for Module 5 (The Move Toward Freedom):

Literary & Informational Text Analysis
Biography: "Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad" by Ann Petry

Autobiography excerpt: "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave"

Novel: The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers

Poetry: "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick, "O Me! O Life!" and "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman

Media Analysis
TED Talk: "The Butterfly Effect" by Andy Andrews
Movie: Dead Poets Society

Performance Tasks - The Ripple Effect essay and presentation

Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Grammar, & Punctuation - This will vary from day to day, but for this module we'll be focusing on the active and passive voice of a verb and on the four different moods of a verb. Please see the collection of class openers in the folder below for a sampling of the skills we've hit during this module.

If you'd like to see what we're up to on a daily basis, check out the daily work calendar online by using the link below (it's also listed on the "links" section of this webpage). This calendar will list the same agenda that the kids see on the whiteboard every day in class. It's especially handy if you've been absent and want to know what you missed in class!
Upcoming Assessments - April/May/June
Monday, April 17th - Common Assessment #5

Wednesday, April 19th - Ripple Effect Project & Essay Due

Monday, May 15th - Friday, May 19th - ELA SBAC Testing

Monday, May 22nd - Friday, May 26th - Math SBAC Testing

Thursday, June 1st - Monday, June 5th - End of Semester Exams (tentative dates)
Citizenship - How is this grade determined?
“O” = Outstanding
An outstanding citizen follows all school and class rules. He or she is respectful at all times and is an active participant in class. In addition, students who receive an "O" in citizenship demonstrate kindness and respect for fellow classmates, not just adults on campus, on a daily basis.

“S” = Satisfactory
A citizen who is satisfactory is either active in class, but may have minor issues with classroom behavior OR is well-behaved, but does not participate in class. Students who receive a "S" in citizenship may need to have their behavior redirected from time to time.

“N” = Needs Improvement
A student who needs improvement is one who has been disruptive or disrespectful on more than one occasion. Academic dishonesty (copying another student’s work, allowing another student to copy his or her work, and plagiarism) will also earn a student an “N”.

“U” = Unsatisfactory
A student will earn a “U” if he or she is continually disruptive, disrespectful, or dishonest despite having served consequences for misbehavior.
Donations Needed!
Our class would greatly appreciate the following donations:

-boxes of tissue
-notebook paper
-printer paper of all colors
-art supplies (colored markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, etc.)

Thank you!!!
Honor English Printable Files
 Class & Team Policy Information
This folder contains my parent letter and the power point that I used at Open House. It also contains information about Team Panther policies, including our technology contract.
 In Class Journal Openers
This folder contains our class openers organized by Collection. Check here to if you're absent to get the opener you may have missed!
 Writing Stuff
This folder contains directions for various genres of writing, rubrics, MLA formatting instructions, and other documents related to the writing assignments we do throughout the year.
This power point walks you step by step through the process of accessing our Language Arts textbook online.

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