Syllabus

 

Mrs. McIver

Phone Number:

956-580-5333

 

Web Address: www.sharylandisd.org

Room Number:

129





Course Integrity:


Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

"he is known to be a man of integrity"

Synonyms: honesty, probity, rectitude, honor, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness,   scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness


As a department, we spend a tremendous amount of time, energy and care when we put together our lessons.  We want to challenge all scholars to do their best work; however, it will not be successful unless every scholar commits to not cheating.  Signing this document shows I am committed to not cheating, and I am aware that cheating will not be tolerated.  




COURSE OVERVIEW:

Through our exploration of literature from around the world, 8th grade English students will be reading and reflecting on literature selections that focus on themes we encounter in our lives. In this class we will make connections between literature and ourselves, develop our reading, writing, critical thinking, and speaking skills, and strengthen our vocabulary and grammar knowledge. We will learn to analyze literature, to read for deeper meaning, and to think critically about what we read. We will build upon our knowledge of narrative, persuasive, analytical and informative writing styles, while learning to incorporate clearly defined thesis statements, textual evidence, smooth transitions, and various organizational strategies into our writing. Our intention in 8th grade English is to prepare for high school, college, and beyond.


COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. To improve overall reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

  2. To expand our knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar.

  3. To maintain effective study habits and organizational skills.

  4. To gain a strong foundation in English for uses in future classes and endeavors.

  5. To foster an appreciation for literature and reading.


CURRICULUM::

Mirrors and Windows Literature Book (log in code: lvqaftn at www.emcschool.com/resources)

Laying the Foundation

Google Classroom


NOVELS:

Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelson

House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros

The Giver Lois Lowry

The Book Thief Markus Zusak

Killing Mr. Griffin Lois Duncan

*Note: Novel selections are subject to change based on student needs and/or availability. *

REQUIRED SUPPLIES (Due Tuesday):

  1. 5 Subject Spiral Notebook

  2. Wide ruled paper

  3. Pens, pencils, highlighters, markers, scissors

  4. Glue bottle and tape rolls

  5. Colored pencils

  6. 1 box tissue (for classroom use)

  7. Pocket Folder

  8. A set of 1 pen each (black, blue, red, green)



CLASSROOM RULES:

  1. Arrive to class on time.

  2. Follow instructions the first time they are given.

  3. Listen to others when they are speaking.

  4. Raise your hand and wait to be called on before speaking.

  5. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

  6. Be polite, helpful and kind.  (In Summary…. Be RESPECTFUL)!


CONSEQUENCES:

FIRST TIME: Verbal Warning and documented warning.

SECOND TIME: Detention and a phone call home.

THIRD TIME: Detention, Parent/teachers/student conference and counselor Referral.

FOURTH TIME: Discipline referral to office. Parents contacted.

Severe disruptions/Level II Infractions: Students sent to office immediately with a discipline referral and parents called.


REWARDS

Positive praise (daily)

Positive phone calls home (random)

Various “surprise” treats and rewards.


ATTENDANCE

To be successful in class, you must be in class. When you are not here, you miss valuable information and we miss you.


CLASS BUDDIES

Find or make a new friend in this class. Your class buddy can help you with assignments outside of class, fill you in on what you missed during an absence, and be your study partner.  Be sure to exchange contact information with your class buddy.


TARDINESS

Tardiness is unnecessary and unacceptable. When you are tardy, you are to pick up a tardy slip from the front office. Subsequent tardiness will result in detentions from the administrators, phone calls home, meetings with parents, referrals.

  • If you do come to class after the bell, please enter the room quietly, sign in, take your seat quickly, and join in the classroom activity. Be inconspicuous!


STANDARD PROCEDURE FOR BEGINNING CLASS

  1. Enter the classroom calmly.

  2. Take your assigned seat.

  3. Take out necessary materials for class.

  4. Begin SSR or bell ringer.


HOMEWORK

  • Your homework assignment each night will be to read for 20-30 minutes. The purpose of this standing assignment is to help you to improve your reading skills in preparation for high school and college classes and to spark (or stoke) a love of reading in you.

  • NewsELA: Read and quiz on a minimum of 1 article per week  (student choice) each grading period. This does not include articles assigned and read in class.

  • SAT Vocabulary should be studied daily at home to prepare for weekly tests. Use Quizlet.com for flashcards, games and quizzes.

    • Search for Monica_McIver  and join my class for easy access to each lesson.

MAKE-UP WORK/FAILED ASSIGNMENT
1. Late Assignments- Pre-AP students will not be allowed to submit late MINOR work. They will be allowed to submit late MAJOR assignments with a progressive grade penalty of 15 points per day with only two days to complete the major assignment.

2. Failing Major Assignments-Pre-AP students will not be allowed to retest or redo major assignments unless 50% of the class fails 3. Excused Absences-Students with an Excused Absence will have the opportunity to make up missed work at the rate of 1 day for 1 day missed, with a maximum of 5 days. Students who are absent but had prior notice of a major or minor assignment must complete the assignment on the 1st day back to school. Student will receive a 0 for any major or minor assignment not made up within the allotted time. 

4. Unexcused Absences-Students with an Unexcused Absence may not make up missed work. However, if the unexcused absence is determined to be caused by extenuating circumstances, makeup work may be allowed. The grade for the makeup work will be no higher than a 70.

SEMESTER EXAMS

Semester exams will be comprehensive and count as 20% of the semester grade.  Should the semester exam cause a student to fail the semester, the student has the option of retesting. The student must retest within 3 days, and the retest will be the sole responsibility of the student. The retest grade will be no higher than a 70. 


*Check Mrs. McIver’s Google Classroom after absences for missed assignments, news, and information.  Check the bulletin board or ask your buddy about missed assignments.


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