Grade 8 English Expectations

“Your ability and confidence will grow with your effort.”

Mentor Teacher: Dawn Davis,
Resident Teacher: Kathryn Jackson

Class Rules
  1. Read the directions
  2. Manage your time well
  3. Stay focused
  4. Be respectful

Classroom Procedures:
Enter class
  1. Take your assigned seat before the bell, materials ready. Plan ahead.
  2. Fill in your calendar/planner with necessary information.
  3. Start immediately on presented assignment.
  4. Use your time efficiently.
  5. You are tardy if the bell rings and you are not in your seat.
At the end of class
  1. Mrs. Davis or Ms. Jackson, not the bell, will dismiss you.

  1. Warning- We will let you know if what you are doing is unacceptable.
  2. Outside- We will have a short discussion with you about behavior and choices.
  3. Citizenship Points- 5 points will be deducted daily for ongoing behavior problems. All students begin with 100 per semester.
  4. Suspension- 1-2 days if behavior is persistent or extreme.

Course Description:
English 8 is a Language Arts course in which you will improve your skills in reading, writing, collaboration, and presentation. In addition to your regular school reading, you will progress toward the eighth-grade goal of reading one million words annually on your own.

In order to learn and progress in this class, it is important for you to keep up with all assignments. If you stay on task, you’ll have plenty of time to complete all your assignments. Some assignments will require additional time outside of class. We do not assign formal homework; it is your responsibility to read at home every night for 30 minutes.

You may complete guest blog posts for extra credit regardless of your grade. Please see the directions on the blog <>. Thoughtful comments on the blog can also earn extra credit points.

Once per semester, we will hold an Opportunity Day in class. This will be your opportunity to raise your grade, complete a service project, or complete extra credit.

Essays, Projects, Tests, and Quizzes: Big assignments like these count for 45% of your grade.
Classwork: Daily class work will count for 45% of your grade.
Citizenship: Your behavior, attitude, participation, and promptness count for 10% of your grade.

Necessary Materials:
  • Spiral Notebook (100 pages)
  • Pencils
  • Colored pens or pencils for notebook
  • Glue stick or tape for notebook
  • Ear buds for use with chromebook
  • Book for reading during SSR
  • Planner or your own system of organizing assignments and due dates

All year long our classroom can use the following donations:

  • Spiral notebooks (100 pages)
  • Pencils
  • Loose-leaf binder paper
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex

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