8 Blue English Language Arts
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Welcome to 8 Blue English Language Arts! I am looking forward to having a great year with you! This year, you will develop their analytical reading and writing skills, and will grow as critical readers, writers and thinkers. It is important to me for everyone to have the best learning experience possible. In order for that to happen, we have to follow classroom procedures.
Classroom Environment: In this classroom, we are all important members of the classroom community. In order for important learning to happen, it is crucial that we all follow the guidelines created as a class, and all work to maintain a respectful, safe, and productive classroom environment.
Standards: You will be assessed using the following standards:
Reads and comprehends a variety of grade level texts
Analyzes the elements of literature to demonstrate comprehension
Writes with focus, organization and supporting details
Uses standard English conventions in writing, revising, and editing
Applies research skills (Trimester 3 only)
Organization: This year, you have two choices for how to organize your Language Arts binder. You can arrange it chronologically, dating each item and placing them in order, or you can divide your binder into sections. If you use dividers, please create the following sections: reading comprehension, analytical writing, Under the Persimmon Tree, The Giver/F451 literature circles, Crispin literature circles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Other. Either way that you choose, as you prepare for high school it is very important that you develop strong organizational skills. If you find the method you are using is not working, ask for help and I will help you find something that works for you! You will treat all of the materials for this class like gold, therefore keep EVERYTHING, and if I ask you to get out your notes from a specific day, you should be able to do that without difficulty.
Warm-Ups: Everyday when you enter the room you are expected to sit in your assigned seat and begin to work on the warm-up assignment immediately. The assignment will always be either on the board or projected onto the overhead. You will have 5-10 minutes to complete this work, depending on the assignment. This is an important procedure because it gets you ready for learning and warms up your brain.
Cooperative Learning: This year, you will develop strong cooperative learning skills. You will be participating in several literature circles and writers workshop groups. It is important for everyone in the classroom community to follow the classroom guidelines in order for cooperative learning groups to function effectively.
Home-Learning Assignments: Expect to have some homework in Language Arts every night. You will have reading and annotating, writing, long-term assignments, and other work to do at home. The purpose of home-learning is to develop the skills we are working on in class. If a home-learning assignment is given to you, it is meaningful; I will never give you something to do at home that does not have a purpose. If you don’t do the work, not only will your learning suffer, but also you will not be able to be a part of the classroom activities and you will be letting down your cooperative learning group.
Extra Help: I am available for help in the morning before school, during homeroom, BCO, lunch, SSR or after school. If you find you are having trouble, or are falling behind, I will be happy to help out. From time to time, if I sense that you need extra help, I may take you aside and suggest a time for us to work together. I want everyone to have a successful year in Language Arts!
Absence: If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to make up the work you missed. There is a binder in the back of the room with each day’s assignment, notes, and handouts. When you return from your absence, check the binder, copy the information into your planner and get any necessary supplemental materials. Work should be completed in a reasonable amount of time. It is your responsibility to do this independently. Of course if you need help or require further explanations, I will be happy to meet with you during homeroom, BCO, SSR time or after school to help you catch up.
Overall, I expect that we will follow these procedures as well as the classroom guidelines. I am looking forward to having a great year, and I hope you are too!