8th Grade English Language Arts
Mr. Fowler http://mrfowlerla.weebly.com/
Textbooks: Pearson Literature- $85.97, Writing Coach -$20.97
In Eighth Grade English Language Arts, students continue to develop an appreciation of written and spoken language that now begins to extend beyond the school setting. They broaden their reading experiences through the study and analysis of compelling literature while continuing to develop their own writing styles. They independently apply the steps of the writing process to produce, revise, and publish informational and literary essays drawn from research. The Georgia Milestones Assessment System will serve as a measure of what students have accomplished.
Reading and Literature
- The student will read, view, discuss and analyze a variety of literary texts such as poetry, drama, short stories, and novels to acquire an understanding of the conventions of each form.
- The student will read and analyze a variety of informational texts to develop an understanding of organizational structures, such as cause and effect or comparison-contrast, and graphic features, such as diagrams and illustrations, which are typically found in nonfiction.
- The student will acquire new vocabulary and use it effectively in reading and writing.
- The student will recognize and trace the development of the author’s argument for and against an issue.
- The student will produce a variety of writings such as argumentative, narrative, expository, and response to literature.
- The student will use technology to research topics and to produce various products such as essays and presentations.
- Each semester students will participate in a group project and presentation according to Project Based Learning guidelines.
- The student will learn and apply the rules of Standard English in written and oral language.
Listening and Speaking
- The student will participate in effective oral interaction with the teacher and with other students.
- The student will listen to and view various forms of media in order to gather and share information, persuade others, and express ideas.
Academic honesty is expected. Please see page 2 of the Agenda for specific expectations and consequences.
Grading Scheme and Percentages
Completing homework, projects, in-class assignments, taking quizzes and tests, and participating in class determine grades. Below is a chart that shows the percentage for each type of assignment.
Grading Procedure: Fulton County Academic Grading Scale
25% Major Assessments A 90 and above
7% Daily Classwork B 80-89
8% Homework C 70-79
30% Writing Assignments F 69 and below
15% Minor Assessments
15% Final Exam
Help Sessions: 8:15-8:45 (PLEASE ASK FOR A PASS THE DAY BEFORE either by email or in person)
Monday: Fowler (E119)
Tuesday: Vizethann (E111)
Wednesday: Lyle (E108)
Thursday: Davenport D103 / Knuth (E101)
Friday: Sylvester (E110)
Recovery Process for Failing Grades Improving Grades (FCBOE policy)
- Opportunities designed to allow students to recover from a low or failing cumulative grade will be allowed when all work required to date has been completed and the student has demonstrated a legitimate effort to meet all course requirements including attendance.
- Teachers will determine when and how students with extenuating circumstances may improve their grades.
I believe respect for yourself and others is key to success here at River Trail Middle. All other school and class rules fall under this category. It is my goal to foster an environment conducive to learning; therefore, students are expected to follow class, school, and county guidelines for behavior as found at the beginning of the Agenda. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these guidelines for behavior.