Mrs. Amy Darden
8th grade Language Arts
Gainesville Middle School
For the Arts and Sciences
8001 Limestone Drive
Gainesville, VA 20155
Reading: Students will study fiction and read a variety of short stories. The focus will be on setting, character, plot, theme, and point of view, conflict, drawing conclusions, and making inferences. We will read a novel and focus on all of the elements of fiction. Students will be taking many pre-assessments to gage their knowledge and understanding. Students will take a benchmark at the end of the marking period to evaluate what they have learned.
Writing: Students will focus on learning parts of speech and how they can have multiple uses within a sentence. Students will learn the basic parts of a paragraph, sentence structure and using a variety of word choices to make their writing more interesting. Finally, students will write a narrative response.
Reading: Students will study nonfiction and read informational text selections. The focus will be on author’s purpose, fact and opinion, text structures (chronological, cause and effect, compare and contrast, problem and solution, descriptive), main idea and detail. We will finish the quarter by reading a nonfiction novel. Students will take a benchmark at the end of the marking period to evaluate what they have learned.
Writing: Students will expand their knowledge of sentences by learning compound and complex sentences. Also, students will write an expository essay.
Reading: Students will study figurative language and read a wide selection of poems. The focus will be on simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, mood, tone, hyperbole, narrative poems, and symbols. We will finish the quarter by reading our third novel. Students will take a benchmark at the end of the marking period to evaluate what they have learned.
Writing: Students will learn compound-complex sentences. Students will improve their paragraph writing skills and expand what they have learned into a persuasive essay. Students will also prepare for their writing SOL that is scheduled in March.
Reading: Students will review and prepare for the 2017 Reading SOL Test. The test is usually scheduled for the month of May. We will focus on reviewing and reading another novel in class.
Writing: Students will finish their writing studies by adding another essay and/or poetry to their portfolio.
I will use a variety of resources for our units of learning. The two primary resources will be Prentice Hall Literature textbook and Scholastic Expert 21. Students will not be issued a standard textbook, but if you would like to have one at home, please let me know, and one can be issued for your student.
Students are on a 100 point scale, which is broken down to 90/10. Homework and classwork is in the 10% category (Learning). Quizzes (counted once), Projects (counted twice), and Tests (counted three times) fall in the 90% category (Knowing). Retakes will be given for quizzes on the specific objective a student didn’t do well on.
Homework is given when a student has not completed work in class.
What’s happening in class?
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- Two (2) composition books
- Glue sticks
- Colored pencils
- Hand Sanitizer
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