LANGUAGE ARTS 8 - COURSE OUTLINE 2018/2019
Mrs. Gottschlich - Team Grit
room 312 - classroom phone - 751-3827
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Access our class website for weekly plans, reference material, assignments, and more at the staff website link on the KMS website.
According to the Montana Common Core Standards, “To become college and career ready, students must grapple with works of exceptional craft and thought whose range extends across genres, cultures, and centuries. Such works offer profound insights into the human condition and serve as models for students’ own thinking and writing.”
This course is designed to help students develop an appreciation of literature while enhancing critical thinking skills. Literature such as Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, as well as a variety of short stories and poems, will be balanced with informational text on a range of subjects to provide many opportunities for interpretation and analysis. In addition, strategies to improve reading comprehension skills will be reviewed throughout the year.
“For students, writing is a key means of asserting and defending claims, showing what they know about a subject, and conveying what they have experienced, imagined, thought, and felt. To be college and career ready writers, students must take task, purpose, and audience into careful consideration, choosing words, information, structures, and formats deliberately.”
Informative, narrative, and argumentative forms of writing will be taught and practiced on multiple occasions in this English class and in cross-curricular lessons and assignments throughout the year. Opportunities to apply research strategies as well as write poetry and reflective compositions will also be provided.
Oral communication skills will be enhanced with multiple opportunities including debate, class and group discussions, oral examination, and speech presentations.
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 sentence structure, parts of speech, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and agreement issues
SUPPLIES: three-ring binder with lined notebook paper, 3”x5” lined index cards (50), spiral notebook with 100 lined pages, and writing tools (pens, pencils, highlighter).
GRADING conforms to the KMS language arts standards in 5 specific areas. Scores include 4 (advanced), 3 (proficient), 2 (nearing proficiency), 1 (novice), and 0 (no evidence). Also, a student work ethic rubric is used to assess preparation, participation, completion of work, time management in class, behavior, and timely work. Late work is reflected in the work ethic score and is accepted during the current unit.
DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES may include a warning for inappropriate behavior, seat change, time-out, 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:
- Being ready to start class on time and being in your seat when the bell rings.
- Having your materials ready at your desk. Materials include: 3-ring notebook with lined paper, root word index cards plus blank cards, pen, pencil, student planner, silent reading book, and any assignments that are due.
- Recording assignments noted on the Homework Board in your planner, working on those assignments daily until completed, and turning them in on time.
- Listening and participating with the class and its content.
You have the right to be treated fairly and the responsibility to treat others fairly.
Treat others fairly by:
- Following all classroom and school rules.
- Respecting their differences.
- Refusing to pass judgment on others before you’ve really gotten to know them.
- Speaking to a teacher, administrator or counselor if you need help resolving a conflict.
You have the right to voice your opinions and the responsibility to be respectful of the opinions of others.
Respect the opinions of others by:
- Listening attentively to your classmates and teachers.
- Politely acknowledging and responding to those opinions.
- Understanding not everyone believes the same thing and it’s ok to have different opinions.
You have the right to use school materials and the responsibility to take care of them.
Take care of school materials by:
- Treating them as if they were your own and you’d like them to last a long time.
- Placing them back where they belong.
- Realizing that these materials are here for many others to use this year and in the future.
You have the right to a safe and comfortable environment and the responsibility to follow the rules to keep it safe and comfortable.
Follow the rules by:
- Committing to practicing classroom rules as well as all school rules.
- Knowing and practicing the safety rules for fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills.