ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8 COURSE SYLLABUS 2017-2018
I am pleased to have each one of you in my class and look forward to working with you this year. This course will provide you an opportunity to sharpen your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills while exploring literary non-fiction and fiction texts.
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Specific Common Core Standards for reading, writing, listening and speaking in English will be addressed and incorporated in this course.
This course incorporates Common Core State Standards for reading, writing, listening and speaking in English. Students will develop skills in reading comprehension and literary analysis through the study of non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and drama. Students will develop research skills and write persuasive, expository, and analytical compositions. Additionally, students will complete various creative, literature- and research-based projects. Students will participate in the Accelerated Reader technology-supported, independent reading program. This course will also focus on building vocabulary and refining language skills.
TEXT: California Collections Grade 8
HOW STUDENTS WILL BE EVALUATED. (Please refer to LAUSD Criteria for Marks in the Student Handbook.)
Grades will be calculated on a point system
A 90-100% C 70-79% F 59% and below
B 80-89% D 60-69%
Assessments will be in the form of special projects, writing assignments, exams, quizzes, exit tickets, and oral presentations. All assessments will receive points and count toward the academic grade.
Completion of all in-class assignments, homework, projects, and assessments will count toward the Work Habits grade. Some in-class assignments and homework will count toward the academic grade. However, some assignments will count only toward the Work Habits grade. Both the number of missing assignments and the point value of any missing assignments will be considered when calculating the Work Habits grade.
Students should read their “AR” outside reading books every night for homework. Students must read for at least 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. Students will need to take one “AR” test before the end of each five-week grading period. In addition, please subscribe to my web pages at www.holmesms.org and check my we bpages often for postings of long-term homework assignments. Additional daily homework may be assigned.
1. After an excused absence, it is very important that you make up work done in class while you were absent.
2. You will have 1 day for each day absent to turn in missed assignments.
3. Write “ABSENT” on top of work you are turning in late due to absence.
4. You are responsible for arranging to make up tests and quizzes after an absence. Arrange to make these up within one week’s time.
5. There will be no make-up tests or assignments for unexcused absences.
NO late assignments will be accepted unless due to an excused absence or emergency.
You will receive extra-credit tickets at the beginning of the semester. When you leave the classroom in order to visit the restroom or go to your locker, you will present a ticket. Every time you are tardy, you will lose a ticket. Turn your tickets in at the end of the semester for extra-credit points.
1. Be RESPECTFUL of your classmates, your teacher, and yourself. Be respectful of school property.
2. Come PREPARED for success. Bring necessary materials to class:
* Textbook (when requested)
* Outside reading book
* Lined notebook paper
* Pen (blue or black ink only)
PROPER HEADING FOR CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
Students are required to write the following heading in the upper left-hand corner of their assignments:
First name and last name
Students will lose points on any assignments with a missing or incorrect heading. Students who turn in papers with no name or an illegible name will not receive credit for the assignment.
SINGING WORKSHOP (GENERAL MUSIC) COURSE SYLLABUS 2017-2018
I am pleased to have each one of you in my class and look forward to working with you this year. I have a deep passion for music and education, and I am enthusiastic about guiding my music students on the path towards realizing their musical potential.
Singing Workshop is a very special year-long class where students will learn how to sing to their full potential. Every human being has a voice, which is a built-in instrument. In Singing Workshop you will learn how to use your WHOLE BODY as your instrument. Students will develop their talent as singers through strengthening their voice and developing techniques to improve breath control, pitch accuracy, tone, and resonance. In Singing Workshop, students will perform solos, duets, and group numbers in a concert setting. Students will increase their confidence, develop stage presence, and learn proper microphone technique.
Students are expected to practice vocal exercises and songs they are working on for at least 20 minutes a day. Students will complete weekly practice logs and have parents sign them. Practicing does wonders to help us grow as artists!
Singing Workshop members are required to perform in the Fall and Spring Singers Showcase concerts held at Holmes Middle School. These performances are like final exams and CANNOT BE MADE UP. Concerts provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their talent and performance skills while interacting positively with others. Students are also expected to participate in other scheduled performances.
LADIES may wear:
GENTLEMEN may wear:
STUDENTS MAY NOT WEAR HATS, CHAINS, OR LARGE ITEMS OVER THEIR CLOTHES, i.e., large pieces of jewelry, leis, sashes, buttons, etc.
HOW STUDENTS WILL BE EVALUATED (Please refer to LAUSD Criteria for Marks in the Student Handbook.)
Grades will be calculated on a point system, according to the following scale:
A 90-100% C 70-79% F 59% and below
B 80-89% D 60-69%
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION:Daily in-class participation:
PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO:
PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THIS PAGE. THANK YOU.
I have read this syllabus and understand the expectations and responsibilities which it outlines. I will do my best to contribute to a positive learning environment in this class.
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Student’s Name Student’s Signature Period
Parent’s Name Parent’s Signature
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Daytime Phone Number Parent’s E-mail Best way to contact (phone/e-mail)