8th Grade Language Arts 2017-18

Eric Bowman, Room 8   ebowman@sherwood.k12.or.us- (503) 825-54218

Mackenzie DeLong (student teacher)  mdelong@sherwood.k12.or.us

website:    http://sms.sherwood.k12.or.us/staff/teachers/ebowman

Some activities we will do in class to learn, practice, and master language arts skills:

  • Novel studies.

  • Collaborative discussions of various literature

  • Independent reading workshops are intended to individualize instruction.  You will chose your own literature and then respond to it in several areas.  

  • Writing workshops are intended to individualize instruction using several different modes of writing:  narrative, expository, and argumentative. Focus on the six traits of writing


Materials Required Daily

  • Notebook paper, pens, and pencils. As you use up your supplies, you need to replenish them! You will need these all three trimesters.

  • Composition Book

  • Highlighters

  • Sticky Notes

  • Daily SSR book (Novel of student’s choice at student’s individual reading level). Each time you finish an SSR book, you are expected to choose and have another one. Plan for this.

  • Planner (Raider Trimester Tracker)

Grading Policy:  Grades are used to show proficiency on the nationally recognized common core state standards and progress toward a earning an Oregon high school diploma.  

Grades will be computed using two categories:

  • Skill demonstrated (Summative assessments) = 80% of final grade

    • Summative assessments are given after learning and practicing a skill to the point  where student should be able to demonstrate proficiency

    • Students are allowed to retake summative assessments after completing a re-submission form.

    • Highest assessment score is final grade for that assessment


  • Practice/Daily Work (Formative work and assessments) = 20% of final grade

    • Formative assessments are given continually through assignments, quizzes, and activities while learning, practicing, and perfecting the skills being taught.

    • No extra credit available

    • No retakes for formative (practice) assessments


  • Informative Only

    • Pre-test scores for units of study

    • A  communication tool to keep students/parents informed (ex. class forms, syllabus)


Proficiency Requirements: Each student’s skill proficiency will be measured using the standards set in the nationally recognized Common Core State Standards, with a focus on the Sherwood School District Language Arts Priority Standards. We teach all the Common Core Standards, but “priority” standards are skills we will focus on in more depth.  In this course, our goal is for each student to show growth in each skill outlined.

Sherwood School District language Arts Priority Standards:

READING 

RL/RI 8.1 Citing textual evidence to show literal and inferential thinking

RL 8.2 Determine the theme/central ideal, analyze, and summarize the text.

RL 8.4 Literary terminology

RI 8.5 Analyze paragraph structure in text

RI 8.8 Analyze an argument

SPEECH

SL 8.1 Collaborative discussion

WRITING

W 8.1 Argumentative writing

W 8.3 Narrative writing

W 8.5 Writing process

W 8.8 Research writing

LANGUAGE

L 8.1 Conventions, grammar, and usage

L 8.6 Vocabulary acquisition

Interventions:

Students are offered interventions when additional strategies are needed to help them achieve proficiency as determined by classroom assessments.


Extensions:

Students demonstrating advanced proficiency are offered extensions to address individual rate and level of learning.


Sherwood School District – Sample Secondary Proficiency scores


Category Label

Synergy Reporting

Generalized Definition

Exceeding

90-100%

Meets all of the requirements of the grade level standard and can demonstrate understanding at a higher level of rigor based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.


Proficient

80-89%

Meets all of the requirements and demonstrates all of the knowledge and skills of the grade level standard at the appropriate level of rigor.


Progressing

70-79%

Meets the most basic elements of a given standard, but not all knowledge and skills embedded in the standard are demonstrated.   Demonstrates the essential knowledge and skills required.  Cannot demonstrate level of rigor called for by verb in the standard


Emerging

60-69%


Meets a few elements of a given grade level standard, but many required elements are missing and limited understanding demonstrated


Insufficient Evidence

0-59% depending on level of understanding

Student completed the assessment, but little, if any evidence of learning relative to the standard is shown


Parents: During the course of the year we will discuss contextually/thematically relevant topics and watch films/clips that require 8th grade level maturity.  If you wish for your student to take part in alternate learning activities you can email me at the beginning of the year or have your student/your family choose to opt out at the time.

Feel free to contact Mr. Bowman with any questions.