Eighth Grade ELA

Eighth Grade ELA Overview

We will read a variety of literature over the course of the year, exploring many genres! While we will read multiple novels throughout the year, I strongly encourage students to read outside of the classroom. Please help in managing their time at home to allow for 30 minutes of reading per night. Additionally, it is imperative that they come to school on a consistent basis, pay attention and follow along while in class.

Students will also complete an assortment of writing assignments; these will include formal thesis papers, journaling, and free-response writings that they must keep throughout the year. Many of these will be done as classroom warm-ups and kept in their Language Arts notebooks. Formal writing assignments will be given several times and will require the students to type and turn papers in electronically. Time and resources will be provided at school.

Absences: Students will have three days to complete any missed work for each day of absence. Please note it is the student’s responsibility to get make-up work and discuss with the teacher about the work they have missed. I will have a folder system set-up containing all of the missed work to ease the process.

Grading : The entire 8th grade team is on the same grading scale. You will have access to your grades at all times via the student/parent portal. I will update them as quickly as I can, but some assignments will take longer than others. Grades will be submitted as either Classwork or Test/Project. The Classwork category includes: classwork and any homework. The Test/Project category will include any unit test, vocabulary test, major paper, and any other type of project.

Loss of Credit: Students will receive a zero for any sort of cheating. Cheating includes copying from another student’s assignment, plagiarizing, copying and pasting from the internet, omitting citations for research, etc.

Missing or late assignments: Students will be given ample time to complete most assignments during class. There will be occasions when they will need to complete assignments at home. All work is expected to be turned in on time. Unless there is an emergency or some other situation that warrants extra time, assignments will not be accepted late. (Sporting events, concerts, parties or other types of events are not reasons to turn in late work.)

If you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to call or email me. Please see my contact information below. It is going to be a great year!

Thank you,

Mrs. Taylor Marple

Email: taylor_marple@abss.k12.nc.us

Phone: 919- 563 -3222

Planning starts at 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Supply List

Required Student Supplies

  • One Subject Notebook
  • Pens, Pencils, and a Highlighter
  • One Pocket Folder
  • A Book (Either from home or the school library)

Teacher Wish List

There are several items students will use throughout the course of the year. Any donations of these items would be most appreciated.

  • Index Cards (white or colored, any size)
  • Post It Notes (for student annotation in books)
  • Pencils
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Clorox Wipes

About the Teacher

My name is Taylor Marple and I am from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am a proud graduate of Penn State University. My husband's job created a relocation opportunity in 2017 to the south and we are so fortunate to call such a wonderful place home. I am currently a resident in Whitsett, where I live with my husband, newborn daughter, and two puppies!

I am excited to welcome all of my students into my classroom. In doing so, I hope to demonstrate a sense of passion and enthusiasm for learning. I recognize, as an educator, it is my duty and my responsibility to allow my students to understand the endless opportunities presented with education. As Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."