ENGADINE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS 8TH Grade: English/Language Arts Syllabus Teacher: Contact Information: Miss Ashley Ingram Phone: 906-477-6313 ext. 114 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Class Description: In this class students will develop strengths in reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills. Students should increase his/her ability to analyze and synthesize information, increase reading ability and become a more proficient writer. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ELA_6_141473_7.pdf Class Goals: The goal of this course is to build the necessary skills described in the class description, and expand on the above skills throughout the school year. Students will practice critical thinking and problem solving skills and expand on their creativity. Objectives of the Class: Students: Use this chart to track your success with the GLCEs throughout the school year. GLCE I Can Statement Date Date Date Date Reading: Word Recognition/Vocabulary I can use word structure, sentence R.WS.08.01 structure, and prediction to aid in decoding R.WS.08.07 and understanding the meanings of words encountered in context. I can recognize unfamiliar words in context R.WS.08.02 including metaphors, idioms, analogies, and similes in a written text. I can automatically recognize frequently encountered words with the number of R.WS.08.03 words increasing throughout the school year. I can understand the meaning of frequently R.WS.08.04 encountered words. I can acquire and apply strategies to R.WS.08.05 identify unknown words and construct meaning. Fluency I can fluently read beginning grade-level R.WS.08.06 texts and increasingly demanding texts as the year proceeds. Narrative Texts I can investigate various examples of distortion and stereotypes such as those R.NT.08.01 associated with gender, race, culture, age, class, religion, and other individual differences through classic, multicultural, GLCE I Can Statement Date Date Date Date and contemporary literature. I can analyze the structure, elements, style, and purpose of narrative genre including R.NT.08.02 historical fiction, science fiction, and realistic fiction. I can analyze the role of the following literary elements: rising and falling actions, R.NT.08.03 minor characters in relation to conflict, and credibility of the narrator. I can analyze author’s craft including symbolism, imagery, and consistency to R.NT.08.04 develop credible narrators, rising and falling actions, and minor characters. Informational Texts I can analyze the structure, elements, features, style, and purpose of informational R.IT.08.01 genre including comparative essays, newspaper writings, technical writings, and persuasive essays. I can understand organizational patterns R.IT.08.02 including chronological sequence, compare/contrast, and cause/effect. I can explain how authors use text features including graphics, author’s pages, prefaces, R.IT.08.03 and marginal notes to enhance the understanding of central, key, and supporting ideas. Comprehension I can relate personal, global, and real life R.CM.08.0 experiences to elements of the text. 1 I can make these connections through oral and written responses. GLCE I Can Statement Date Date Date Date R.CM.08.0 I can summarize all texts. 2 I can analyze global themes, universal truths, and principles within and across R.CM.08.0 texts to create a deeper understanding. 3 I can draw conclusions, make inferences, and synthesize texts. I can apply significant knowledge from R.CM.08.0 grade-level science, social studies, and 4 mathematics texts. Metacognition I can monitor my reading and listening to text by predicting, constructing mental images, visually representing ideas in text, questioning, rereading, or listening again. I can infer, summarize, and engage in R.MT.08.0 interpretive discussions if I am uncertain 1 about meaning. I can monitor my own reading comprehension by visualizing, relating, retelling, and reflecting upon the text I have read. I can plan, monitor, regulate, and evaluate R.MT.08.0 skills, strategies, and processes for my own 2 reading comprehension by applying appropriate metacognitive skills. GLCE I Can Statement Date Date Date Date Critical Standards I can evaluate the appropriateness of shared, individual and expert standards R.CS.08.01 based on purpose, context, and audience in order to assess my own writing and the writing of others. Reading Attitude R.AT.08.01 I can be an enthusiastic and active reader. Writing: Writing Genre I can write a clear narrative that can be historical fiction, science fiction, realistic W.GN.08.0 fiction, or poetry. It includes narrator 1 credibility, rising and falling actions, conflict, imagery, and transitional language. I can write an historical expository piece W.GN.08.0 such as a journal, biography, or simulated 2 memoir that includes illustrations, marginal notes, and/or annotations. I can develop appropriate research questions and use appropriate resources and points of view in my research. I can organize my writing using arguments W.GN.08.0 and counter-arguments. 3 I can develop an appropriate thesis statement that will be supported by evidence that results in a final project/paper that I will present to my class. Writing Process W.PR.08.0 I can write both narrative and informational 1 pieces for a chosen purpose and specific GLCE I Can Statement Date Date Date Date audience. I can imitate authors’ styles and patterns in my writing. I can use a variety of pre-writing strategies W.PR.08.0 and graphic organizers to write narrative 2 and informational pieces. I can organize my writing following W.PR.08.0 different patterns such as compare/contrast, 3 cause/effect, or sequential text patterns as well as chronologically by importance. I can revise and self-edit my drafts following the six traits. W.PR.08.0 I can focus my ideas using titles, leads, and 4 endings in a variety of text structures. I can write for a specific purpose for an intended audience. I can proofread and edit my paper on my W.PR.08.0 own and with my peers using grade-level 5 checklists. Personal Style I can show my personal style and voice in narrative pieces by using figurative language, humor, or the element of surprise. W.PS.08.01 I can show my personal style and voice in informational pieces by using emotional appeal, strong opinion, and credible support. Grammar and Usage I can correctly use appropriate style W.GR.08.0 conventions (MLA) in my writing. 1 I can correctly use a variety of grammar: GLCE I Can Statement Date Date Date Date infinitives gerunds participial phrases dashes or ellipses Spelling W.SP.08.01 I can correctly spell words in my writing. Handwriting W.HW.08.0 I can write neatly and legibly. 1 Writing Attitude I can be enthusiastic about writing and W.AT.08.01 learning to write. Speaking : Conventions I can communicate effectively using S.CN.08.01 enunciation to emphasize key ideas and concepts when presenting. I can effectively use body language to S.CN.08.02 increase meaning and interpretation in narrative or informational presentations. I can present in standard American S.CN.08.03 Language (ESL will present in their developing language). Discourse I can discuss various literature types with S. DS.08.01 my peers in order to construct meaning. GLCE I Can Statement Date Date Date Date I can use multiple texts to problem solve, S. DS.08.02 take a stand, and relate it to a universal theme. I can discuss narratives with a variety of S. DS.08.03 literary and plot devices. I can plan and give an informational S. DS.08.04 presentation using proper language and voice to positively impact my audience. Listening and Viewing: Conventions I can separate the main idea, details, fact from opinion, bias, and propaganda when L.CN.08.01 listening to and/or watching speeches or presentations. I can use appropriate audience behavior as I L.CN.08.02 listen to or view critically speeches and presentations. Response I can listen to or view a variety of genres L.RP.08.01 and apply the speaker's reasoning to other situations. I can listen, view, and/or respond L.RP.08.02 thoughtfully to classic and contemporary texts. I can put a speaker's main ideas, purpose, L. and point of view into my own words to ask RP.08.03 questions that relate to the material, delivery and purpose of the presentation. I can analyze oral interpretations of L. literature (language choice, delivery) and RP.08.04 understand the effect that those interpretations have on listener. GLCE I Can Statement Date Date Date Date I can listen to or view various text types and L. respond to questions through discussion, RP.08.05 illustration, or writing to determine personal or universal themes. I can determine a speaker's level of L. credibility by showing the amount of bias or RP.08.06 a hidden agenda. I can breakdown the many ways that a L. visual image-maker (graphic artists, RP.08.07 illustrators) can affect impressions and opinion while communicating information. Classroom Rules and Expectations: 1. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DISRESPECTFUL BEHAVIOR. a. Be kind; treat others how you would want to be treated. 2. Gum is NOT permitted in class. 3. No food or drinks. 4. Have your materials out and ready to begin class every day. 5. Raise your hand when wanting to speak/contribute. 6. All other rules not specified will be followed according to the student handbook. Electronic Device Policy: STOP, YEILD, GO 1. Stop Sign: a. Instruction Time b. No Electronic Devices Period i. No Surfing the Web ii. No Social Networking 2. Yield Sign: a. Individual or Group Work Time i. Teacher Permission Required ii. Decided on a PER STUDENT BASIS 3. Green Flag: a. Free Time—Reward Time (End of Class) b. Teacher will signal this time to begin and end Homework Policy: Due dates will be posted on assignments, online, and on the board. Although, if an assignment is not turned in on the day it is due, points will be deducted as follows (not counting weekends or absences): Assignments worth: 5-9 points will lose 2 points per day. 10-14 points will lose 3 points per day. 15-30 points will lose 5 points per day. 31-50 points will lose 10 points per day. 51-100 points will lose 20 points per day. The maximum number of days I will accept a late assignment is 2 days. If an assignment is still not turned in after 2 days, a referral will be given and your parents/guardians will be contacted. From there I will decide the appropriateness of points to be given, if any, for the assignment. Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty of any kind will result in a zero on the assignment, notification to parents/guardians, and a referral. No alternate assignments will be given or extra credit. From Mary Lynn Anderson MSN, EdD: Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated. According to Webster’s College Dictionary, plagiarism ‘is the unauthorized use of the language and thought of another author and the representation of them as one’s own.’ Work that is not yours must be cited. In practical terms this means that all borrowings including borrowings from the Web—whether quoted directly, paraphrased, or summarized—must be properly acknowledged using [MLA] or APA recognized documentation style. This style requires a list of all works cited be included at the end of each paper. In addition, in-text citations should follow each borrowing, clearly indicating the source. If in doubt about whether to cite a specific borrowing, students should consult with their instructor (4). I ______________________________________ have read and understand the class expectations. Student Signature: __________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature: __________________________________________________________ SYLLABUS DUE ON Thursday, September 8, 2011.