Tucker - 8th Grade ELA
I am so excited about being your child's 8th grade ELA teacher this year! Grammar, reading, and writing are my passion and I am thrilled to share that with you. My hope is for each of my students to grow as a reader and a writer this year. I strive to support, encourage, and instill a love of learning in all of my students!
eliminating run-ons, fragments and comma splices
using correct punctuation (ellipses, capitalizing titles, and using a dash to indicate a pause)
identifying subject, verb, direct/indirect object in sentences
active/passive verb tense
verbals (gerunds, infinitives, participles)
verb moods (indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, subjunctive)
Unit Three: Third 9 Weeks (Fiction)
finding supporting details and making inferences
analyzing connections, characters, author's purpose, mood/tone
I expect your child to read a little every night. This will help improve their fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
We will read a variety of non-fiction and fiction texts in class. I also plan to read a couple novels this year. While we read these different texts, we will analyze them explicitly and makes inferences. We will discuss different literary elements of each text, such as: plot, theme, setting, problem, solution, characterization, mood, tone, etc.
Students will complete three different types of writing this year: expository, augmentative, and narrative. Rubrics will be provided.
Students will also use different methods to respond to texts using evidence to support claims, reasons, and opinions.
The focus for the first nine weeks will be informational/expository writing.
Meet Ms. Tucker
Dear 8th Grade Parents,
I am so excited about being your child's 8th grade reading and English Language Arts teacher for the 2022-2023 school year! This will be my 7th year teaching ELA. I spent the last 6 years teaching 5th grade, but I am so excited about being back at the middle school level, where my heart is!
In December of 2016, I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor's degree in Middle Grades Education. In December of 2018, I graduated with a Master's in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Originally, I am from a small town west of the Atlanta area. I moved to Valdosta to attend VSU and fell in love with the area. I have two daughters, Kaylee and Ella.
The main focus in my classroom is to ensure your child’s success, not just in my class, but in all his or her endeavors. I will strive to ensure your child learns in a productive, safe, and caring environment. I believe all students are unique and learn in different ways, and my goal is to ensure all of my students are successful. I am looking forward to a happy and productive school year!