Welcome back to school, 8A students!

Mrs. Deininger
8A Writing Teacher
Email: deinings@wilmette39.org
Classroom/Office: Room 223
Phone: 847.256.6722
Schoology: https://wilmette39.schoology.com/home


  • The Writer’s Craft, Green Level (classroom set)
  • The Writer’s Guide (purchased at HMS, linked to “Writing” toolbar on the 8A Homework Website, classroom set)



  • Memoir
  • Personal Essay (“This I Believe”)
  • Narrative Non-Fiction
  • Literary Analysis
  • Descriptive
  • Persuasive Speech
  • Research
  • Free Writing/Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Grammar
  • Short Stories
  • Satire



  • Three-ring binder
  • Insertable dividers with tabs (to organize the binder)
  • Two-pocket folder with three-hole punch (to be housed by the binder)
  • College-ruled loose leaf lined paper OR spiral notebook (to be housed by the binder)
  • Blue or black pens and editing pens (red, green, purple– any dark color except blue or black)
  • Highlighters


Student Expectations:

1. Respect your classmates, your teacher, and yourself in mind, body and spirit.
2. Keep your classroom clean.
3. Come to class prepared.
4. Participate!
5. See me for any help you may need or concerns you may have. I am on your side.
6. Have fun!

Classroom Rules:

Words matter.  Actions matter.  Behavior that compromises the learning opportunity of another student is prohibited.  All D39 and WJHS policies will be followed.  Please refer to the WJHS student handbook for more information.


90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below U



Major written works
Tests and quizzes


Food and Beverages:

Food is not allowed during the class unless given by the teacher (please inform/remind me of personal allergies) or required due to dietary concerns.  Because our classroom is not air conditioned and tremendously hot during the summer months, water bottles are allowed. 


Arriving and Leaving Class:

When students arrive in class each day, there will be a warm-up activity.  When the bell rings, students are expected to work quietly on this exercise.  Activities may include journal-writing, answering writing prompts, grammar exercises, vocabulary, etc.  Students are expected to leave class when dismissed.  Please do not begin packing up your things before you have been told.

Late Work Policy:

Checked-in assignments will receive a "3" process grade if turned in on time. If an assignment is turned in one or two days late, or not completed up to the student's ability, it will receive a "2" process grade. Finally, if the assignment is over three days late, it will receive a "1" or "0" process grade. I reserve the right to use my best judgment in any grey areas. Late graded assignments may be penalized one half-letter grade per day late. Students consistently turning in late work will be referred to the homework assistance program.

Absences and Make-Up Work:

Students will be allowed one day for every excused day absent from school to complete make-up work.  Students with an unexcused absence will not be allowed to make up work.  It is the student’s responsibility to retrieve missed class notes, assignments, or other relevant information from me before/after class, during a free period, via email or before/after school.