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Welcome to My Class

Welcome to ELA 2018-19! I am Helen Motta and I am excited to be teaching 8th-grade English Language Arts on the Eagles team again this year. I will be co-teaching with Ms. Berkley and Ms. Anderson in some classes this year.

These pages contain links to my class expectations grading policy, resources for our units, and an overview of our core curriculum units for the year. This page will have weekly updates and announcements. Please see the Daily Lessons of my site for information on what we did in class each day. This is especially helpful if you are absent or you forgot some of the lesson.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. My classroom number is (919) 929-7161 x51701 and my email address is hmotta@chccs.k12.nc.us.


Weekly Announcements

Sept. 13

I hope everyone is staying dry and safe.

We have been working on using context clues to determine the meaning of new words and making inferences to understand the meaning of informational text. Please see the Daily Lessons section of my website for more information and practice exercises.

We will have a quiz on these two concepts on Friday, Sept. 24.

August 30

Parents, please read the attached Parent Letter. Here is a link to the Million Words or Less survey that I reference in the letter.

These first few days of school have been great! I have enjoyed getting to know my students and I'm looking forward to a great year!

August 24

I can't wait to meet my students on Tuesday.

Some important things you should remember for the first day of school:

Bring a sweater or sweatshirt. It sometimes gets cold in the classroom.

Our lunchtime is around 1:00, so remember to bring a healthy snack to eat if you get hungry in the late morning.

Bring a book with you for independent reading every day. We will have a library day on Wednesday, August 29, so you can choose a book if you don't have one.

I also hope you bring your positive attitude and your eagerness to learn! I'm looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you.