• 8th Grade English Language Arts






    Ms. Wingate




    Course Description

    Language Arts students extensively explore literature through reading selections from multiple genres. Students learn literary forms and terms associated with selections read. Students will also expand vocabulary through word study and will also continue to perfect grammar skills through review and daily activities.  Students will continue to increase and refine their communication skills by planning, drafting, and completing written compositions on a regular basis. Students are expected to use elements of text to defend their responses and interpretations. 


    Reading Materials

    Textbook- Prentice Hall Literature, Grade 8 (Texas Edition)


    Required Supplies:

    1 Composition Book                          Pens (Blue/Black & Red)                         3-Prong Folder 

    Colored Pencils/Markers      

    Notebook paper                                Pencils                                                   1 Yellow Highlighter


    Grading Procedure:

    Daily Grades, Homework, Participation, Quizzes-50%                

    Tests, Essays, Projects- 50%


    Long Term Projects

    At least one project per nine weeks will be assigned.


    Homework will be assigned on an as needed basis. 


    Policy for Late Work:

    In alignment with district policy, daily work, homework, major projects and assignments will be accepted up to 3 days late with a 10 point deduction each day.  The table below reflects the maximum percentage of the possible grade the student is to receive in a regular class for late assignments.

    One Day               90%

    Two Days              80%

    Three Days           70%

    Four Days             No Credit

     Late assignments will not be accepted after the third day.



    Policy for Make-up Work:

    It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed assignments, tests, or quizzes. If a student is absent the day the work is assigned, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the missed assignment on the day he/she returns to class.  The student must turn in the assignment within three days; however, if the student misses school the day an assignment is due, it should be turned in at the beginning of class the day the student returns since the student was aware of the assignment in advance.  If a student is absent the day of a test, quiz, or major project, the student must arrange a time with me to make up the assignment outside of class.  The arrangement must be made as soon as the student returns to school.


    Year at a Glance:

    1st 9 Weeks:
    -Literary Nonfiction
    2nd 9 Weeks:
    -Media Literacy
    3rd 9 Weeks:
    -Genre Connection
    4th 9 Weeks:
    -Testing as a Genre
    -Literary Analysis Using Text Evidence