Mrs. Hamel's 8th Grade ELA

Meet Mrs. Hamel

Welcome to 8th grade English language arts! My name is Alison Hamel. This year is my sixth year teaching 8th grade ELA at PGM and my seventh year working for Lowndes County Schools. I love what I do!

I was born and raised in Valdosta, GA and attended Lowndes County Schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I am definitely a true Viking fan!

I graduated from the University of Florida with bachelor's degrees in English and Classical Studies and from Valdosta State University with a master's degree in Secondary English Education. I have participated in the Blackwater Writing Project, where I learned innovative strategies to teach writing and have even presented to new fellows!

I am married. My husband and I have a cat named Keats (after my favorite British poet), a cat named Flea, and a dog named Cookie.

I love reading, listening to music, drinking coffee, watching Viking and Gator football, and spending time with my fabulous family and friends.

Unit 1

Identity and Fear

Literary Focus: Informational

Writing Focus: Argumentative

Language Focus: eliminating fragments and run-ons, using punctuation correctly, identifying how words are functioning in sentences, MLA citations, active/passive voice

What makes you who you are?

How does fear drive action?

How can fear be used to manipulate?

Click here to view the complete Georgia Standards of Excellence for 8th ELA. English Language Arts standards include 5 different areas: Reading Literary Texts, Reading Informational Texts, Writing, Language, and Speaking and Listening.

*The Advanced ELA curriculum differs from the regular curriculum in that it moves at a faster pace, allowing time for enrichment activities that extend learning. Content is more complex and higher-order thinking skills are emphasized.

Remind - 8th ELA

For 8th ELA: Receive text message reminders via Remind by texting the message @hamelela to the phone number 81010 or you can go to rmd.at/hamelela on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications.

Remind - Advanced 8th ELA

For Gifted/Advanced: Receive text message reminders via Remind by texting the message @hamel8ga to the phone number 81010 or you can go to rmd.at/hamel8ga on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications.

This is a fantastic tool that allows me to send out reminders and updates to students and parents.