Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks 8th Grade Language Arts Syllabus
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“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams. We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” Matt Smith, Doctor Who.
The 8th Grade Language Arts students will be immersed in reading and writing activities this year. Students
will read selections from a variety of genres including: novels, short stories, plays, biographies, poetry, primary
documents and non-fiction informational texts. They will then synthesize, analyze, and respond to what they
read through classrooms discussions, collaborative activities and various writing assignments including
argumentative, informative and narrative writing.
We will spend time building their oral communication skills and presentation skills in order to
make them confident presenters of information. I will also guide the students through each step of the writing
process. Our goal will be to produce thoughtful, polished finished products that reflect the writing and
grammar skills they are gaining.
Classroom Expectations: I value the rights of all of my students and insist on a safe, respectful learning
environment for every student. Students are required to be responsible for their actions and materials.
Required Materials: It is imperative that students come to class prepared to learn each day. They should
Have: Binder, one subject spiral notebook, pens, pencils, and notebook paper.
Grading and Evaluation:
A = 100% - 90%
B = 89% – 80%
C = 79% – 70%
D= 69% - 60%
F = Below 60%
Late Work Policy: NO late work will be accepted. See homework policy on reverse. Make-up work is due three days after
Plagiarism Policy: All work that you turn in must be your own. Please do not give information to another
student to copy or use another student’s work to complete your own assignments. There may be times that I
assign a group project and information will be shared, but I make those exceptions clear. Plagiarism will result
in a zero for all parties involved and parent notification. Multiple occurrences will result in disciplinary action.
What do I do when I enter the classroom?
Enter calmly and quietly. Sharpen pencils if necessary. Copy down your activity in your agenda planner and start
to work on your bell work.
Where do I find my assignments?
The Daily Agenda will display the assignments for the day and bell work will be on the overhead.
How do I head my paper?
In the top right corner: First and Last Name
Period and Date
Where do I turn in assignments?
The teacher will instruct you to pass papers forward at the appropriate time. Homework will be turned in on
your block day into the black basket Labeled homework on the white bookshelf.
What do I do if I am absent?
Any papers given out while you were absent will be labeled with your name and placed in the make-up work
folder. Check there upon your return. You will have three days to make-up the missed assignment.
What is expected of me during class?
A positive work ethic is expected of myself and all students. Any activities that distract from learning are not
acceptable and will not be permitted.
- No unnecessary noise or talking during class.
- No cell phones or electronic devices.
- No grooming in class.
- Do not put your head down on the desk at any time.
- You may NOT have any food, drink, or gum in class. Water bottles are encouraged.
What should I do if I do not understand something for homework?
Be sure you listen carefully during the instructions. Be sure to ask clarifying questions then. If you have problems
and you are at home, ask a parent or friend. You may email me your specific question and what you did to
attempt the assignment. If I do not answer the email that evening, come see me in the morning.
What if I forgot my homework?
Homework is due on Thursday or Friday. If it is not turned in, you will receive a 0 for a grade.
We have read and understand the syllabus for Mrs. Bensonhaver’s class and agree to adhere to
all the rules and procedures.
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