Welcome to 8th Grade ELA! This course will help you prepare for the wide variety of skills that you will need in order to succeed. More importantly it will make you a better student. As you embark on a new school year, I want you to feel as if you can take risks and try new things in this class. I believe that with a positive attitude you will be able to accomplish whatever you set your mind to. In this class you will practice and incorporate the school wide expectations. You are required to be a S.T.A.R. at all times! By following these expectations, your experience here is going to be a great one. In this course, you will be reading a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. You will practice the skills of annotating, summarizing and using Cornell Notes to help us you’re your understanding of a text as well as higher order thinking. You will read different articles which discuss current events as well as stories like Mrs. Flowers, The Medicine Bag, The Gettysburg Address, Diary of a Young Girl, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tell Tale Heart and many more.
You will do all different types of writing. I have listed a few below.
- Teacher: Maria Pallotta
This course will focus on the Grade 7 & 8 Massachusetts Common Core Curriculum State Standards. According to the 2011 MA Curriculum Framework for Mathematics Pre-K-12, "In grade 8, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem."
- Teacher: Tammie Smith