8th Grade Language Arts 2016-17
Eric Bowman, Room 8 email@example.com- (503) 825-5418
Some activities we will do in class to learn, practice, and master language arts skills:
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.
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:
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:
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
SL 8.1 Collaborative discussion
W 8.1 Argumentative writing
W 8.3 Narrative writing
W 8.5 Writing process
W 8.8 Research writing
L 8.1 Conventions, grammar, and usage
L 8.6 Vocabulary acquisition
Students are offered interventions when additional strategies are needed to help them achieve proficiency as determined by classroom assessments.
Students demonstrating advanced proficiency are offered extensions to address individual rate and level of learning.
Sherwood School District – Sample Secondary Proficiency scores
Meets all of the requirements of the grade level standard and can demonstrate understanding at a higher level of rigor based on Blooms Taxonomy.
Meets all of the requirements and demonstrates all of the knowledge and skills of the grade level standard at the appropriate level of rigor.
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
Meets a few elements of a given grade level standard, but many required elements are missing and limited understanding demonstrated
0-59% depending on level of understanding
Student completed the assessment, but little, if any evidence of learning relative to the standard is shown
I have read the course outline and understand the designed class procedures:
Name of Student (please print)
Signature of Parent