English Contract Students received a copy of the eighth grade English contract, which you signed. This outlines class supplies, the proper heading, homework, grading, and expectations. Technology We incorporate various audio/visual selections into the curriculum. This aids in listening and note taking skills, as well as critical thinking skills. Homework Homework is very important. To receive credit, an assignment must be complete and on time. Late work will not be accepted for credit. Each week, students receive “This Week at a Glance in Eighth Grade English”. This weekly calendar our class work, homework, and long term assignments. The calendar can also be accessed through our school web pages on the district website. When written homework is not given, students are expected to read. New York State English Language Arts Exam The ELA exam is given in April. It is a three day exam. The test will contain questions with a variety of formats, including multiple choice reading comprehension, short response, extended response, and graphic organizers. Writing mechanics is also scored. You can help your child improve his/her reading comprehension skills by reading newspaper and magazine articles together, and then discussing them. What is the article about? What is the main idea? Why did the author write the article? Look for vocabulary in context. Progress Reports When possible, students will receive two progress reports each marking period in addition to the school issued progress report. These reports must be signed by you and returned as confirmation that you are aware of your child’s quarterly progress. This counts as homework for your child. Parent Portal The Parent Portal is open, giving you the opportunity to see how your child is doing in each class. Grades are posted as quickly as possible, but please understand that some assignments take longer to grade than others. Books The eighth grade literature book is Prentice Hall: Silver Edition. We have an in-class set of books, which means that students are to keep the book they are issued at home. The eighth grade vocabulary book is Vocabulary Workshop, Level C. This is used for both spelling and vocabulary. There are two excellent websites to help with spelling and vocabulary: www.vocabtest.com www.vocabularyworkshop.com All eighth grade students read The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender, a Holocaust survivor. She usually visits us in March. Students also read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as well as various stories by Edgar Allen Poe. Plagiarism As stated in the English Contract, each student is responsible for doing his/her own work to the best of his/her ability. Students caught plagiarizing any work will receive a zero NO CHANCE to re-do the assignment. This includes the copying of homework, as well as allowing someone to copy homework. This information is also in the Student Code of Conduct.