8th Grade Language Arts

Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts


8th Grade Language Arts Teachers.


Sledge, Octavia


Hicks, Sonya D


Love, Ashley


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Jonesboro Middle School
8th Grade Literacy







School Year: 2016-2017


Textbook: Houghton Mifflin



Textbook Price: $ 94.95 (Brand new)



Department Philosophy:

Clayton County Public Schools believes that literacy is an essential skill for every child to be successful in school, work, and life. Every child can learn to read for enjoyment and for information when they are equipped with the appropriate knowledge, skill set, and required to demonstrate higher levels of thinking through reading, writing, and speaking & listening. The key ingredient to a student’s success is an educator who is prepared with the appropriate resources, knowledge, and a belief that our students can excel beyond measure!


Course Description:

Instruction in grade 8 addresses students’ increasing maturity and the growing sophistication of their abilities, culminating in the development by the end of grade 8 of students who are ready to succeed in high school. Students should be able to comprehend more challenging texts, novels, and articles, basing all of their analyses, inferences, and claims on explicit and relevant evidence from the texts. Students will expand on their ability to identify central ideas by identifying how those themes are shaped and conveyed by particular details.  Instruction will help students transcend traditional anthology with a multi-faceted, digital and print approach designed to resonate with students.  Complex texts within this curriculum drive instruction in close reading, drawing inferences, and conclusions, citing specific textual evidence, and developing argument as well as providing digital tools, in which engage students in reading, re-reading, and analyzing rigorous texts as they learn how authors use rhetorical tools to convey and inspire ideas.  Students will demonstrate careful analysis , well-defended claims, and synthesis of ideas, and develops their comfort and confidence with the process.  Literary selections will include a variety of genres, essays, films, videos, and articles. Text complexity levels are assessed based upon a variety of indicators. (More information on text complexity recommendations can be found at the Georgia Department of Education English Language Arts Program page.)Georgia Department of Education:


Course Outline:


Collection Theme

Collections Dates

Collection Culminating Task


Culture and Belonging

August 8-September 2, 2016

Expository Essay and Personal Narrative


The Thrill of Horror

September 9-October 11,2016

Persuasive Speech and Literary Analysis


The Move Toward Freedom

October 17-November 15, 2016

Visual Presentation and Literary Analysis


Approaching Adulthood

November 28-January 11, 2017

Essay Analyzing Theme and Life of Modern-day Adolescent;

Create Campaign Recognizing Certain Life Event



Anne Franks’ Legacy

January 18-February 16, 2017



Expository Essay


The Value of Work

February 24-March 27, 2017

Short Story and Argumentative Essay

* The teacher reserves the right to alter or change any part of this course syllabus to better suit the need of the students.


Major Course Requirements: Unit 1: Expository Essay and Personal Narrative Unit 2: Persuasive Speech and Literary Analysis Unit 3: Visual Presentation and Literary Analysis Unit 4: Essay Analyzing Theme and Life of Modern-day Adolescent;

Create Campaign Recognizing a Certain Life Event Unit 5: Expository Essay  Unit 6: Short Story and Argumentative Essay


Course Evaluation Categories:

Academic achievement, effort, and academic behavior (following directions and procedures for completion) will be factored into grades.  Categories of grades students will receive include classwork (45%), tests (15%), quizzes(15%) and projects (15%), and homework (10%).


            Grading Scale:

                        90-100%          A                                 70%                 D

                        80-89%  B                               69% - 0            F

                        71-79%  C


Required Materials/Supplies: Students will need these materials every day! Student will also be required to bring their textbook ad workbook to class daily.

Composition or Spiral notebook, Blue or Black Pen, Sharpened pencils ,Highlighter ,Glue Sticks



Websites, Programs and remediation tools: Students will use USA Test prep as well as enrichment materials from the online textbook


Classroom & Behavior Expectations


2. Follow all school rules. *no eating, no cell phones, no electronic devices, etc

3. Listen for and adhere to all directions the first time they are given.

4. Dispose of all trash in the proper receptacle

5. Do not ask to leave the classroom for any reason other than a true emergency.



1. Come prepared for class every day.

2. Complete all work in a timely manner.

3. Use the classroom time wisely.

4. Ask questions if you do not understand something. 




Late Assignments: Each student is expected to complete all assignments in the allotted time.  Late assignments are penalized, minus (11) points, each day the assignment is late.



Upon returning to school following an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the teachers to request make-up work.  The student must complete make-up work within the time specified by the teacher.  (The student will be given the same amount of time to make up the work as the student was absent unless other arrangements are mutually agreed upon.) The student will receive the actual grade on the make-up work if the absence was excused.  Ten points may reduce make-up work for ‘unexcused’ absences.  Make-up work submitted late will receive a zero.



Re-do Policy:  If a student turns in an assignment that receives a failing mark, the student has the opportunity to correct the assignment.  The following exclusions apply: multiple-choice test and other assignments as decided at the discretion of the instructor. The student must conference with the teacher within one week after receiving the assignment.  After conferencing with the instructor, the assignment will be given back to the student to correct.  The assignment must be completed and returned within one week after the conference.  Once the second attempt is completed for the assignment, it will be averaged with the original grade.  It is the student’s responsibility to take advantage of the redo policy. At the end of the grading period, students no longer have the option to redo assignments.


Acknowledgment of Receipt:  By signing below, the student and parent/guardian acknowledge that they have read and understood the contents in the 2016-2017 8th Grade Literacy syllabus. 

Vision and Mission Statement

The Vision of Clayton County Public Schools is to be a district of excellence, preparing ALL students to live and successfully compete in a global society.

The Mission of Clayton County Public Schools is to be accountable to all stakeholders for providing a globally competitive education that empowers students to achieve academic and personal goals and to become college and career ready, productive, responsible citizens.

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