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Mrs.  Heaven  Lingle  Harris
ELA Reach Teacher 7th & 8th Grade
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8th Grade Gifted/Honors English Language Arts

Ashworth Middle School 2017-2018 Syllabus

Instructor Information:

Mrs. Heaven Lingle Harris

Phone: 706-625-9545

Email: hlingle@gcbe.org

Planning Period: 2:01-3:15

 

8th Grade ELA Curriculum:

The following standards/skills will be taught throughout the year.  Students/parents are welcome and encouraged to go to https://www.georgiastandards.org/Common-Core/Common%20Core%20Frameworks/CCGPS_ELA_Grade8_Standards.pdf to see the 8th grade ELA

standards in their entirety.

 

8th Grade ELA Pacing Outline

1st 9 weeks: Novel- Watson’s Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis, Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman;

2nd 9 weeks: Novel- Luck Calkins short stories and informational articles; Argumentative Writing

3rd 9 weeks: Novel- The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

4th 9 weeks: Novel- Scat by Carl Hiaasen; Narrative Writing

 

Supplies:

·         Two composition notebooks. 

·         Pencils and/or Pens and notebook paper

·         Highlighters

·         Post-It notes

·         Good Attitude J

**Donations of colored pencils, red pens, markers, construction paper, and index cards will be appreciated, as we will use these often during class projects.

 

**Students are expected to have all materials with them DAILY.

 

Grading Scale:

55% - Daily Work

10% - Quizzes

5 % -   Homework (Reading Log)

30% - Tests, Projects, and Final Writings

Parents can see assignments for all classes by using our online system. Please call or visit the front office for more information.

 

Independent Reading

Students are expected to always have a novel of their choice with them at all times in ELA class.  Novels chosen must be within each student’s individual Lexile range. Students may choose novels from an online e-reader library, school library, public library, or within the ELA class library. Students will be expected to read their novels outside of class for 20 minutes per night, Monday through Thursday (total of 80 minutes per week).  Students will log reading nightly for a homework grade.  At the end of the 1st and the 2nd semester, students will complete a project about their chosen novels. Students will be required to independently read 5 novels per semester.

 

Absences:

Please see the AMS agenda regarding the school attendance policy.  It is the student’s responsibility to request/pick up make-up work when absent.  Students will have 3 days to complete makeup work for each excused absence. 

 

 

Written Classwork:

1         All work must be neat and legible.  If we can’t read it, then we can’t grade it.

2         All papers must include first and last name.

 

Classroom Expectations:

1         Come to class prepared every day.  This includes doing your best.

2         Have your AMS agenda with you daily.  Hall passes are in the agenda.  You may not use someone else’s agenda.

3         Be respectful to each other and to yourself.

4         Follow all school rules (these can be found in the Student Handbook).

5         We are here to learn and to have a good time as a classroom community.  Anything that interferes with learning will not be tolerated.

 

 

 

7th Grade Gifted/Honors English Language Arts

Ashworth Middle School 2017-2018 Syllabus

Instructor Information:

Mrs. Heaven Lingle Harris

Phone: 706-625-9545

Email: hlingle@gcbe.org

Planning Period: 2:01-3:15

 

Class Curriculum:

The following standards/skills will be taught throughout the year.  Students and parents are encouraged to go to http://www.georgiastandards.org to see the 7th grade ELA Georgia Standards of Excellence in their entirety.

          Use oral and written language, media, and technology for expressive, informational, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes

          Discuss and analyze compelling literary and informational texts

          Constructively critique their writing and the writing of their peers

          Use descriptive words and complex sentences in a variety of writing genres

          Proof their own writing and edit to conform to basic conventions of Standard English

          Participate in oral presentations and dramatic interpretations for various audiences

          Analyze the effects of media images, text, and sound on viewers

 

Grading Scale:

55% - Daily Work

10% - Quizzes

5 % -   Homework (Reading Log)

30% - Tests, Projects, and Final Writings

Parents can see assignments for all classes by using our online system. Please call or visit the front office for more information.

 

Student Expectations & Procedures:

Every student is expected to be present in class, prepared with materials, and ready to learn. Students will follow all school/classroom rules and procedures as required by the teacher, Ashworth Middle School, and the Gordon County School District.

 

Absences:

Please see the AMS agenda regarding the school attendance policy. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and complete missed work; students will not be reminded by the teacher.

 

Missing Work:

For assignments turned in late, 10 or more points will be deducted after the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to turn in work. The teacher is not responsible for reminding students to turn in late assignments.

 

Materials:

For this class, students will be required to bring:


·         Paper

·         Pencils/Pens

·         2 Composition notebooks (college ruled)

·         AMS Agenda


All class notes and handouts will be kept in the classroom in students’ composition notebooks. Students may take these notebooks home if desired, but students must have these notebooks in class EVERY day. Students will need pens

to write final drafts for writing assignments.

 

Textbooks:

The students will not be issued their own copies of textbooks.

 

Independent Reading

Students are expected to always have a novel of their choice with them at all times in ELA class.  Novels chosen must be within each student’s individual Lexile range. Students may choose novels from an online e-reader library, school library, public library, or within the ELA class library. Students will be expected to read their novels outside of class for 20 minutes per night, Monday through Thursday (total of 80 minutes per week).  Students will log reading nightly for a homework grade.  At the end of the 1st and the 2nd semester, students will complete a project about their chosen novels. Students will be required to independently read 5 novels per semester.

 

Curriculum Schedule:

Note: This framework is merely a guide and is subject to change in order to accommodate class and individual needs.

 

First Nine Weeks

·         Reading and Writing Realistic Fiction

The First Nine Weeks Unit will focus on analyzing story elements, poetry and drama, differing viewpoints, and comparing and contrasting multiple works through reading the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and other short stories. Students will also write their own realistic fiction story.

Second Nine Weeks

·         Reading and Writing Argumentative Texts

The Second Nine Weeks Unit will focus on understanding and implementing elements of effective argument and persuasion. Students will read informational text and construct an argumentative essay on a given topic based on research they conduct as a class and individually.

 

Third Nine Weeks

·         Reading and Writing Informational Texts

The Third Nine Weeks Unit will focus on nonfiction informative/explanatory writing as students read the biography Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston, and other complimentary nonfiction texts. As students read, they will analyze and write about their reading through Writers’ Workshop.  Students will also practice narrative, informational, and argument writing as they write in response to reading and prepare for the Georgia Milestones. 

 

Fourth Nine Weeks

·         Reading and Responding to Science Fiction

The Fourth Nine Weeks Unit will focus the Science Fiction literary genre. Students will read the dystopian text The Giver by Lois Lowry, discuss it as a class, and respond individually through journaling. For the final project, students will work in groups to create their own utopian society.