LANGUAGE ARTS 8 - COURSE OUTLINE 2012/2013
Mrs. Gottschlich - room 312, telephone: 751-3827
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assignments, and more at the staff website link on the KMS website.
This course is a literature-based class designed to develop an appreciation of great literature while enhancing critical thinking skills. A wide range of literature and informational text will be pursued with opportunities for interpretation and analysis. In addition, strategies to improve reading comprehension skills will be reviewed throughout the year.
Native American short stories
The Call of the Wild
Autobiography (independent choice)
Students will develop and improve the writing skills determined by the Montana Office of Public Instruction as necessary for success in high school and beyond. Explanatory, narrative, and argumentative forms of writing will be taught and practiced, as well research, poetry, literary response, and reflective compositions.
Oral communication skills will be enhanced with multiple class presentations incorporating speeches, discussions, and an oral exam.
Other topics we'll cover throughout the year:
· Journal writing including personal explorations related to each unit
· Vocabulary development focusing on Greek and Latin roots
· Standard grammatical conventions including spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and agreement issues
GRADING will conform to the KMS language arts gradebook standards in 13 specific areas. Scores include 4 (advanced), 3 (proficient), 2 (nearing proficiency), 1 (novice), and 0 (no evidence). A student work ethic rubric will be used to assess preparation, participation, completion of work, time management in class, behavior, and timely work. Late work will be reflected in the work ethic score and will only be accepted during the current unit.
DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES may include, after an initial warning for inappropriate behavior, a seat change, time-out, Friday afternoon detention, team meeting, parent contact, and/or office referral.
Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Student in This Class:
You have the right to a good education and the responsibility to do your best.
Do your best by:
You have the right to be treated fairly and have the responsibility to treat others fairly.
Treat others fairly by:
You have the right to voice your opinions and have the responsibility to respect opinions of others.
Respect the opinions of others by:
You have the right to use school materials and have the responsibility to take care of those materials.
Take care of school materials by:
You have the right to a safe and comfortable environment and have the responsibility to follow the rules to keep it safe and comfortable.
Follow the rules by:
Last Modified on August 22, 2012