Each student will improve and gain mastery across a range of skills as a reflective and evaluative reader, influential writer, effective speaker, and intent listener. I uphold the vision and goal of equipping students with strong skill sets for and at the 8th grade level — and for the readiness for high school to support the mindset of college, career, and civic life. We will delve into rigorous, meaningful, creative, and fun learning experiences!
I am excited to announce that we are implementing an outstanding, new English Language Arts (ELA) and English Language Development (ELD) Digital Program called Amplify ELA.
Our class fully exercises the Common Core Standards:
Common Core A balance of reading Knowledge in the A staircase of
Standards: informational and disciplines through complexity w/ teacher
literary text text rather than the facilitating close
teacher reading & writing
We are C.O.R.E.! Students engage in rigorous Writing from sources, An emphasis in
evidence based conversations emphasizing textual academic vocabulary
about text and produce based evidence to access grade level
thoughtful verbal and inform or make complexity of text
written responses an argument
Curriculum: Amplify ELA & ELD Achieve 3000 Select novels and
California Edition reading program informational text
Supplemental The Teachers College 6 + 1 Traits of Writing Resources with
Materials: Reading & Writing technology
Project from Columbia Univ.
We will use Google Classroom as a way to communicate, send and receive work, and use the many tools Google provides for fun and worthy learning experiences. Your child will have a password to access our Google Classroom anytime and anywhere that internet access is available.
- Students are expected to check Google Classroom daily for ELA assignments. Google Classroom is a place of workflow for us so that students can access assignments, criteria sheets, grading rubrics, communicate with me, and submit their work. As an option, students might find it helpful to write down their assignments in a planner or notebook of some kind. Assignments and due dates are always posted in our classroom and on Google Classroom.
- Due dates must be met! Turning assignments in on time is mandatory for the 8th grade expectations of college, career, and civic readiness. It’s important to know that due dates are clearly set and agreed upon as a class.
- The consequence of not meeting a due date is that full credit is not awarded. Exceptions are made for special circumstances, such as illness, that are confirmed with a parent and by me.
- Homework is not typically assigned daily in our ELA class, but it is assigned as needed to complete activities we are working on in class; reading, writing, and projects. Reading is an exception to this; students should read every day.