“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”
— Les Brown
Allow me to introduce myself, and to tell you how honored and excited I am about teaching 8th grade English Language Arts, here at Roland Grise. I am a gardener at heart and, the good Lord seeing my passion, gave me years ago the opportunity to help hearts and minds flower and bear fruits.
I hope to establish a good rapport with you and your children, so we can reach and exceed the ELA goals for this year. Our main focus will be to strengthen the kids communication competencies and the skills they will need to move on to 9th grade with confidence.
I believe in team work, so do not hesitate to contact me with your needs, suggestions and observations, either by phone through the school, or via e-mail at: email@example.com
Below you'll find an overview of the 2019-2020 course and expectations.
Together we can have a wonderful and productive year!
- Pencils with eraser tops
- Color pencils or permanent markers
- 1-3" binder with 3 holes, 4 dividers, and ruled paper
- Skinny dry erase markers of several colors, and dry board eraser or soft microfiber cloth
- 1 composition notebook
- Glue sticks
- Inexpensive earbuds or headphones
- Pencil pouch
Sign up for the 8th grade Google Classroom.
This classroom is designed for you to practice and grow your reading skills.
Pace yourself, but keep track of time, so you can complete assignments as scheduled.
Completion of all assignments on schedule is necessary for a full credited homework.
Accuracy and growth will be discussed with each student in periodical teacher conferences.
I usually update grades on a weekly basis, however test and quiz results will be available the following day. On the other hand, grades for compositions may take a bit longer since I like to provide personal feedback to every student before I register the grade.
Heads up! We have a monthly newsletter that I send to the e-mail address the students provide for you. Families, if you haven't received it by the 10th of each month, let me know and I'll check the correct address.
The newsletter offers highlights of our work and suggestions for family oriented activities that provide support for the students. I also like to include commendable samples of students' works.
Tuesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
I am available for one on one clarification of doubts, and further reinforcement of concepts or skills, for those who feel they need a little push to get over a hurdle.
Here are some items we tend to run out of.
Tissues Disinfecting wipes Hand sanitizers Pencils Dry board erasers Ruled paper with 3 holes
Thank you for helping us to keep them stocked !
Below you will find several links to sites that can help ELA students learn and grow. Use as guidelines, as needed. Note that there are more resources on PlanBook, posted on a weekly basis.
- Rubric for writing a summary:
- Rubric for writing a descriptive essay:
- Narrative essay scoring rubric:
- Narrative essay tutorial:
- Opinion Essay Rubric: