Class Title: 8th Grade English Language Arts
Instructor: Ms. Youkhana
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Website: www.msyoukhana.weebly.com
Meeting Pattern: Daily, 6th and 7th period
IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IB Student Learner Profile
Language A will focus on the four modes of language communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Emphasis is placed on the following subcategories: the writing process, grammatical structure, literature appreciation, the development of reading strategies and spelling, study skills, research skills, and vocabulary development.
Literature texts will project international issues that will allow students to identify with multicultural perspectives. Students will write well-developed paragraphs and essays, including carefully constructed topic sentences, introductions, supporting details, and conclusions by using transitions within and between paragraphs, dialogue, and demonstrate correct grammar usage.
Students will exercise learned creative methodologies applicable to project-based learning to ensure success. A focus on developing cooperative learning and interactions will be nurtured to promote reflection amongst the self. This allows the student to give thoughtful consideration to their own learning strengths and limitations.
The texts read throughout the course will be internationally focused, extending beyond the text to study and analyze international cultures, languages, behaviors, histories and policies. Students will become open-minded as they understand and appreciate not only their own cultures and personal histories but the values and traditions of other individuals and communities.
Units of Study
MYP Unit Question/DP Topic
Brief description of topics covered in this unit.
International Short Story Study, Interview Writing Project
To Kill a Mockingbird
Science Fiction: Welcome to Dystopia
Nonfiction: Contemporary Social Issues
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat (Young Readers’ Edition)
Historic Fiction/Nonfiction: Man’s Inhumanity To Man
Daniel Half Human, Night
Teacher will provide….
Student is responsible for….
· Prentice Hall Literature
· Executive Functions folder
· Composition books
· Prentice Hall Grammar and Writing
· Daniel Half Human
· Wordly Wise 3000 Workbook
F= 69 and Below
*any missing assignments will have a score of 59% and grades will not be given below 59% with the exception of tests, IB tasks, and major performance based assessments
GENERAL CLASSROOM PROCEDURES
Assessment: Every marking period, students will have between 15 and 20 assessment opportunities, everything from nightly homework assignments and chapter tests to major projects and presentations. The work we do throughout the semester will account for 90% of each student’s final semester grade. The remaining 10% will be earned through performance on a final assessment. We will discuss these assessments in more detail throughout the year, but suffice to say that every idea, concept or detail we explore throughout the year is a possible topic for that assessment, so taking and keeping good class notes will be essential to success this year.
Students will receive separate grades in reading and writing, and assessments will reflect that distinction. Some projects will generate multiple assessments for both subjects, while others will be purely designated as reading or writing assessments.
Ogden Policy Regarding Work Not Turned In: The grade recorded for any assignment that is not turned in is a “59”, which equates to an F on the Ogden Scale.
Late Work: Students are expected to turn in work on time. Late work will be accepted for a reduced grade (10 points deducted for work that is less than two days late, 20 points thereafter),
Turning In Assignments: I will accept work turned in to me in class on the day it is due, or work submitted to my email account, email@example.com, before the class period it is due. CPS policy forbids me from accepting any work that is submitted from any account other than a CPS Google student account, so if you don’t have one and you want to send work to me electronically, you need to ask your advisor (or me) about getting one.
Quality of Work: Students are expected to do assignments thoroughly and completely. One-day homework assignments may be turned in handwritten, ALTHOUGH TYPED IS ALWAYS PREFERRED AND LONGER TERM WRITTEN WORK MUST BE TYPED. If this poses a hardship for you, see me. Also, all written work MUST be completed in full sentences, and if applicable, in well-structured paragraphs.
Participation: Class and small group discussions will represent a significant portion of our class time, requiring students to be prepared by reading assignments on which discussions will be based. Students will earn a participation grade at least three times every marking period based on consistent preparation and contributions to class discussions.
Academic Integrity: I have ZERO tolerance for cheating or plagiarism. Students who copy off of another student or who “cut and paste” another writer’s work and claim it as their own will receive a zero on that project. A conference with a parent/guardian will also be held, and the student will be referred to our vice principal for further disciplinary action.
Assessment and Assignments: Teacher Responsibilities: Deadlines for current and upcoming assignments will be posted on the daily classroom agenda at the beginning and conclusion of every class period and orally reviewed. Students will be encouraged to write those deadlines in their planners, and due dates will also be posted on the teacher’s website.
Work will be assessed thoroughly and on a timely basis. Parameters of assessment will be noted on all major assignments, and major writing projects will always include one-on-one editing sessions. Assessed work will be recorded and returned within five school days.