I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your child and will be working diligently to ensure that your child highly benefits, both academically and socially, from his/her time spent at James Giles School.  Our eighth grade ELA year promises to be exciting and rewarding, as students will engage in many remarkable activities!

This student centered learning environment will require students to analyze text, cite evidence, and respond critically to learning.  Students will take ownership of their learning through goal-setting, reflection, independent text selection, and activities that allow them to collaborate with their peers.  As students read, they will engage in activities that inspire thoughtful discussion, and debate with their peers allowing them to formulate and defend their own perspectives.  Additionally, students will annotate text, utilize exciting technology to access multimedia directly from their chrome books, and communicate using an online discussion board.

This class will consist of direct instruction and note-taking, independent work, cooperative groups and tasks, formative assessments, class work, summative assessments, quizzes, and in-class projects.

It is important to know that parent involvement is necessary and expected, as every effort will be made to consistently inform you of the happenings taking place in our classroom.  

We are going to have a great year!

Units of Study

Unit 1: Rites of Passage

Unit 2: The Holocaust

Unit 3: What Matters

Unit 4: Human Intelligence

Unit 5: Invention

Contact Information

Email: Jfigliuolo@norridge80.net

Remind: Text @figela8 to 81010

Follow 8thGrade ELA on Twitter: #GilesLionsELA 

School Phone Number: 708-453-4847