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CURRENT 6th Grade Students Must Have Proof Of Whooping Cough Immunization. Please submit proof of shot to school office by March 27, 2017
New immunization requirements for the 2016-2017 school year/SB 277: All incoming Kindergarten and 7th grade students must have current immunizations on record to begin school on August 10, 2016. California law SB 277 no longer allows personal or religious beliefs exemptions. Click here for more information.
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8th Grade Language Arts : English 8
Instructor: Mrs. Underwood   
Welcome to 8th grade English!  I'm looking forward to sharing the next ten months with you.  As we look to your last year of middle school, be prepared for some challenging experiences, but also several opportunities for growth, learning, and fun.  This class will help you to master the English - Language Arts Common Core Standards for the 8th grade.  The standards we'll be emphasizing include reading comprehension and analysis, development of writing, vocabulary study, appropriate grammar and usage, listening and speaking skills, and test taking strategies.  My goal is to help prepare you for California's standardized testing, future English classes, the High School Exit Exam, and LIFE.
Class News
Citizenship - How is this grade determined?
“O” = Outstanding
An outstanding citizen follows all school and class rules. He or she is respectful at all times and is an active participant in class. In addition, students who receive an "O" in citizenship demonstrate kindness and respect for fellow classmates, not just adults on campus, on a daily basis.

“S” = Satisfactory
A citizen who is satisfactory is either active in class, but may have minor issues with classroom behavior OR is well-behaved, but does not participate in class. Students who receive a "S" in citizenship may need to have their behavior redirected from time to time.

“N” = Needs Improvement
A student who needs improvement is one who has been disruptive or disrespectful on more than one occasion. Academic dishonesty (copying another student’s work, allowing another student to copy his or her work, and plagiarism) will also earn a student an “N”.

“U” = Unsatisfactory
A student will earn a “U” if he or she is continually disruptive, disrespectful, or dishonest despite having served consequences for misbehavior.
Upcoming Assessments - April/May/June
Monday, April 17th - Common Assessment #5

Wednesday, April 19th - Ripple Effect Project & Essay Due

Monday, May 15th - Friday, May 19th - ELA SBAC Testing

Monday, May 22nd - Friday, May 26th - Math SBAC Testing

Thursday, June 1st - Monday, June 5th - End of Semester Exams (tentative dates)
Big Ideas for the Month
Here's a list of the concepts that we'll be studying in English in April/May/June for Module 5 (The Move Toward Freedom):

Literary & Informational Text Analysis
Biography: "Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad" by Ann Petry

Autobiography excerpt: "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave"

Novel: The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers

Poetry: "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick, "O Me! O Life!" and "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman

Media Analysis
TED Talk: "The Butterfly Effect" by Andy Andrews
Movie: Dead Poets Society

Performance Tasks - The Ripple Effect essay and presentation

Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Grammar, & Punctuation - This will vary from day to day, but for this module we'll be focusing on the active and passive voice of a verb and on the four different moods of a verb. Please see the collection of class openers in the folder below for a sampling of the skills we've hit during this module.

If you'd like to see what we're up to on a daily basis, check out the daily work calendar online by using the link below (it's also listed on the "links" section of this webpage). This calendar will list the same agenda that the kids see on the whiteboard every day in class. It's especially handy if you've been absent and want to know what you missed in class!​
Donations needed!
Our class would greatly appreciate the following donations:

-boxes of tissue
-notebook paper
-printer paper of all colors
-dry erase markers (skinny ones for our personal whiteboards)
-art supplies (colored markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, etc.)

Thank you!!!
Downloadable Class Files
 Class & Team Policy Information
This folder contains my parent letter and the power point that I used at Open House. It also contains information about Team Panther policies, including our technology contract.
 Daily Opener Power Point Presentations
This folder contains all the power points we'll be using throughout the year to complete our daily openers. This is a great place to look if you've been absent and need to make up an opener you missed!
 EOS Exam Prep Materials
This folder contains materials that you can review for the End of Semester Exams.
 Writing Stuff
MLA format, writing rubrics, etc.
This power point walks you step by step through the process of accessing our Language Arts textbook online.
 Power Point Technical Directions.ppt
This document contains directions on how to create a basic power point presentation.

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