ELA 8 Syllabus
Staying consistent with last year's grading policy, students will be graded on the growth and knowledge they are able to show on a skill being taught. Therefore, when a Power Standard is first introduced, some students may be working with summarizing concepts or defining terms which falls under 1 or 2 points on each rubric (Not Proficient or Partially Proficient). As those students gain and demonstrate knowledge, their knowledge will be reflected in Power School, as the 1 or 2 that was previously in Power School is now a 3 or a 4 (Proficient or Advanced). Similarly, some students will already be proficient in the basic levels of the Power Standard, and they will be working on level 4 immediately. The most important thing to remember is that when a student is at a 1 or a 2, this means that a student is still working on targeted skills and concepts and that the grade reflected in Power School is not final as the final grade may still change to a 3 or 4. The rubrics that coincide with each Power Standard will be attached to the weekly newsletters, available to view in each student's Google Classroom, and they will also be available in Power School when you click on each assignment.
Students will have quarterly reading assessments on their independent reading books. To prepare for these assessments, students are expected to read at least twenty minutes a day outside of the classroom, and they are also expected to set goals and keep track of their reading progress during class. In addition to reading each night at home, students may need to finish writing assignments or reading assignments that were not completed during class. To help your child be successful, please check the daily, online planner with your child, and please check-in with your child each evening to discuss his/her school day and homework assignments. In addition, checking PowerSchool at least once a week will help you stay informed about your child’s progress as well as areas that they may need to work on at home.
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This year, we will be focusing on reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language usage. Our Power Standards, which guide our curriculum, are taken directly from the National Common Core Standards. The English department is thrilled to begin our second year with StudySync, our online ELA program. Please check the weekly newsletter for information about accessing your child’s work online with Studysync as well as with Google Classroom.