8th Grade English Language Arts & Reading
Instructor: Melissa Bucher
Conference: 5th Period, 11:18-12:18
Class Motto: Make today so awesome yesterday is jealous.
Class Launch: Make today awesome!
Course Overview: This class will be centered around the 40 book challenge and the major literary genres, namely Fantasy, Science Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Mystery, Traditional Fiction, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Biography, and Informational. Scholars will choose a book of their choice and read each day in class for 15 minutes and 20 minutes at home each night. Upon completion of the course, scholars will have the languages skills they need in order to move forward into the worlds of higher education and the workplace as competent, confident communicators.
Class time will be as follows:
Reading – 15 minutes
Writing – 10 minutes
FSGPT – 5 minutes
Mini Lesson – 15 minutes
Daily Materials: Scholars are expected to bring the following items to class daily. Coming to class unprepared will result in a consequence.
Classroom Procedures and Expectations:
Homework: Any assignment not completed in class will completed at home, unless otherwise specified. Students will be given adequate time to complete all homework assignments, therefore, late work will be penalized through grade deductions.
Make-up Work: If a scholar is absent from class (excused or unexcused) it is his/her responsibility to get missing assignments, notes, or other information. Refer to CISD grading policy (two days given per day absent)
Chromebooks: Technology is fast becoming an everyday tool in the classroom. Scholars will be required to come every day with their Chromebooks charged and ready to go.
The teacher reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus. Students will be informed of any alterations in advance.
Units of study and progression throughout the year: