8th Grade English



Because this is such a pivotal year in education as we prepare students for high school, I want to explain to you what this means for your student in ELA.

English Language Arts Standards are broken into four main categories: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.


1. We will be spending more time on each of the reading assignments with depth of understanding as the main focus.

2. Text difficulty may cause frustration. Perseverance and rereading will be the key to success.


1. Students will be required to write daily AT LENGTH. This is called routine writing.

2. Students will be expected to complete several essays of different lengths each quarter.

3. Students will be expected to complete at least one narrative per quarter.


1. We will be working with Greek and Latin stems to assist students in vocabulary acquisition.

2. We will review Parts of Speech and Parts of a Sentence to ensure our foundation is strong as we learn about phrases and clauses.

Speaking and Listening

1. Students will be expected to be an active participant in oral discussions.

2. Students will be graded on their oral participation.

Please refer to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) website for additional information on Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

The transition from Elementary to Secondary academic standards will be noticeable by all of us. We ask for your support and patience as we embark on this journey. When your student states “It’s too hard” or “I don’t understand,” please encourage him/her to persevere.


1. Students will rarely have homework on a regular basis, but WILL have projects and papers that may require time at home to finish if they are unable to do so in class. (Appropriate time would have been available in class, but sometimes it they may need more time). This will be communicated on the website when time at home is needed to finish.

2. Most homework involves typing or editing an essay or accessing reading through google classroom. If you do not have a computer at home for them to use, please let me know, and I will create an alternative plan.


Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and passing it off as their own. Academic integrity will be enforced with all homework and class assignments. There will be zero tolerance for plagiarized work that is turned in. The student that is caught not practicing appropriate academic integrity will receive no points on the assignment, along with being reported to the office for further disciplinary actions. All forms of plagiarism will be reviewed with the students so they are aware of how to avoid it.

Eighth ELA’s Theme: The Challenges of Human Interactions

Quarterly Themes

  • Literature and the Human Experience: Survey of Short Stories and Poems
  • The Individual in Society: The Giver (R); Warriors Don’t Cry (H)
  • The Hero’s Journey: Black Ships Before Troy (R)/The Call of the Wild (H)
  • In Time of War: The Diary of Anne Frank, Night (R), Black Ships Before Troy (H)

Grading Scale and Categories

90 – 100 A 80 – 89.9 B 70– 79.9 C 60 – 69.9 D

Grades are entered in the gradebook as soon as I have graded them. A blank grade does NOT get counted against your students grade. A zero will.

If your student has a blank grade that is far past its due date, it is not required of them to turn in and is not being counted there is no need to worry about it.

Semester grades are weighted as Each Quarter = 45%, and Final Exam = 10%.

General Class Expectations

  1. Do not interfere in the learning of your classmates.
  2. Electronic devices are only permitted with teacher permission.
  3. Be respectful at all times.
  4. Use your time wisely.
  5. Learn to work collaboratively with all classmates.

*Please refer to the Student/Parent Handbook for more information on school rules and expectations.

Makeup/Late Work

I follow the district policy of one extra day for each day absent. Late work will be accepted for partial credit for one week beyond due date.


I expect students to do their best to be on-time to class. While I understand that the unexpected can happen, students will need proof (i.e., a note from another teacher) to not be marked tardy.

Bathroom Passes

Students will be allowed to use the restroom whenever needed, but will need to make up any work missed during that bathroom trip which may involve lunch or passing period.

Extra Credit

I do not give out individual extra credit. If for any reason you are unhappy with the current grade in my class please come talk to me or email I will be happy to help you figure out a plan to achieve your goals.