Ms. Housley

8th Grade ELA/History/Enhancement


Hello and welcome to 8th-grade ELA and History! My name is Jodie Housley and this is my ninth year teaching at the Tukes Valley campus. My B.A. is in History and English from Washington State University and I earned my Master Degree in Teaching from WSU Vancouver. I am highly qualified in Middle-Level Humanities which included reading, writing and social studies, as well as Media and Library. I feel very blessed to teach at such an excellent school with amazing staff and families.

My Message

I strongly believe that reading, writing, history, and science should be taught in conjunction with each other. Keeping this in mind, I have built my unit and lessons for us to learn through, enjoy, analyze, and explore together as well as exciting short stories of all genres. We will also complete a literature study on the classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This wonderful novel takes place in the deep south (Alabama) during the Great Depression in the 1930's. This story teaches many important lessons which are just as important today as they were then. One main lesson is the lesson of tolerance. This novel is provided by the Battle Ground School District specifically for the 8th grade. We will be watching the original movie as well, in accordance with common core standards. The literature study on To Kill a Mockingbird will lead us into a unit on the Civil Rights Era followed by a unit on the Holocaust and World War Two in the spring.

My Expectations

I expect you to arrive on-time and come prepared to class every day. Your preparation will include your charged chrome book, a pencil, lined notebook paper and a silent reading book. This reading book should be a chapter book and middle school appropriate. It will also be appreciated if you bring one box of tissues (my homeroom students only) at the beginning of the school year. I will go over my detailed expectations the first day of class and we will share what those expectations look, sound, and feel like throughout the first couple weeks of school.

The overall goal of this website is to be a resource for students and parents to use if they miss class for any reason or as a reminder of expectations, directions, due dates and important upcoming events. If you miss class for any reason, it is your responsibility to check my webpage to see what you missed under the assignment tab. If you do not have computer access at home, you are welcome to come to my classroom before school from 7:45 - 8:05 am to see what you have missed. If there is not an assignment listed under the assignment tab, see me personally at the beginning of class.

I can be reached via email at or you can leave me a voice mail at 360.885.6250.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" ~ William Butler Yeats