• 8 HUR English

    Instructor: Russell, S.
    Welcome to English/Language Arts!  I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the 8th grade students of the HurricanesTeam!  

    In reading, the CCSS establish a staircase of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read so that all students are ready for the demands of college- and career-level reading no later than the end of high school.  Because of these demands, there is a push for an increase in the reading of informational texts. In writing, the ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards.  Research, both short and long, is also emphasized throughout the standards.
     
    Throughout the school year we will be reading various genres of fiction and non-fiction.  We will be using literature anthologies in combination with other books, short stories, articles, plays and poetry.  In class, we will be the reading the novels Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Night by Elie Wiesel, Rumble Fish, and That Was Then, This Is Now, both by S.E. Hinton. Some of the content found in these novels will spark questions and be thought-provoking for the students. I encourage all parents to read these novels as well in order to have conversations with the students about the plots, themes and connections between the stories.  
     
    We will be covering different styles of writing during this year.  Students will be expected to write expository and narrative essays as well as argument pieces and both long and short research papers.  The Wordly Wise text for 8th grade will be used this year in correlation with our vocabulary studies.  


    Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions or concerns throughout the year.
    shrussell@westerly.k12.ri.us or 401-348-2750 x 1759.

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  • Welcome to Grade 8 ELA

    Posted by Susan Russell on 10/20/2017 2:00:00 AM

    Welcome to Grade 8 ELA

    Welcome to English/Language Arts!  I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the 8th grade students of the HurricanesTeam!  

    In reading, the CCSS establish a staircase of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read so that all students are ready for the demands of college- and career-level reading no later than the end of high school.  Because of these demands, there is a push for an increase in the reading of informational texts. In writing, the ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards.  Research, both short and long, is also emphasized throughout the standards.
     
    Throughout the school year we will be reading various genres of fiction and non-fiction.  We will be using literature anthologies in combination with other books, short stories, articles, plays and poetry.  In class, we will be the reading the novels Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Night by Elie Wiesel, Rumble Fish, and That Was Then, This Is Now, both by S.E. Hinton. Some of the content found in these novels will spark questions and be thought-provoking for the students. I encourage all parents to read these novels as well in order to have conversations with the students about the plots, themes and connections between the stories.  
     
    We will be covering different styles of writing during this year.  Students will be expected to write expository and narrative essays as well as argument pieces and both long and short research papers.  TheWordly Wise text for 8th grade will be used this year in correlation with our vocabulary studies.  


    Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions or concerns throughout the year.
    shrussell@westerly.k12.ri.us or 401-348-2750 x 1759.
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  • Week of October 16

    Posted by Susan Russell on 10/16/2017

    Week of October 16

    Monday 10/16- Vocabulary 2B.  Read "Thank You Ma'am"
    HOMEWORK: Vocabulary sentences on back of list.
     
    Tuesday 10/17 - Check homework.  Review three short stories and message of neglect.  Compare and contrast characters and experiences.
    HOMEWORK:  

    Wednesday 10/18 - Vocabulary 2C.  Begin essay.  Work on introductions. 
    HOMEWORK:

    Thursday 10/19- Vocabulary 2D. Continue drafting essay.
    HOMEWORK: 

    Friday 10/20 - Complete essay and submit through Google Classroom.
    HOMEWORK: 
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  • Week of April 24

    Posted by Susan Russell on 4/23/2017 1:31:00 AM
    Monday 4/24 - Review figurative language in chapters 1-2.  Vocabulary Activity.  Review Prize Speaking.
    HOMEWORK: Vocabulary synonyms due tomorrow. Prize Speaking selection made by Friday. Agenda here. Vocabulary Quiz Thursday.  List here.

    Tuesday 4/25- Vocabulary activity.  Begin chapter 3 and record how Elie is starting to lose faith.
    HOMEWORK:   Prize Speaking selection made by Friday. Agenda here. Vocabulary Quiz Thursday.  List here.​

    Wednesday 4/26 - Vocabulary activity.  Finish chapter 3 and write paragraph.
    HOMEWORK: Prize Speaking selection made by Friday. Agenda here. Vocabulary Quiz Thursday.  List here.​

    Thursday 4/27 - Vocabulary quiz and begin chapter 4.
    HOMEWORK: Prize Speaking selection made by Friday. Agenda here

    Friday 4/28 - Prize Speaking choices due.
    HOMEWORK:
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  • Grading Policy

    Posted by Susan Russell on 9/2/2016 11:46:07 AM
    Grading Policy
     
    Students are graded on the percentages below.  Homework, in-class assignments, projects, essays, reports, quizzes and tests will determine the student’s quarterly grade.
     
    Homework                                      10%
    In-Class Assignments                          30%
    Quizzes                                        25%
    Tests/Projects/Writing Pieces        35%
     
    Absentee Policy - Students are expected to make-up all assignments upon return from an absence.  The number of days allowed for make-up work depends on the number of days the student was absent.  It is the responsibility of the student to inquire as to what he or she missed and then make the work up.  If the student fails to make-up the assignment in a timely manner, it will result in a zero.
     
    Late Work - Students are expected to turn assignments and projects in on time.  Homework is beneficial if the skill is practiced following the lesson.  Therefore, no late homework will be accepted unless due to an absence from class.  Writing assignments and projects will receive a deduction of 5 points per day for every day they are late.
     
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  • Classroom Expectations

    Posted by Susan Russell on 9/2/2016 11:45:18 AM
     HURRICANES TEAM 8TH GRADE
    CLASSROOM RULES
    *   Come to class prepared to learn.  Bring your agenda, notebook, folder, pen, pencil and any assignments that are due.
    *   Always respect your teachers, peers and the property others at all times.
    *   Allow everyone the opportunity to share.  Please wait until it is your turn to speak.
    *   Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.
    *   No food, candy, gum or drinks in class, except bottled water.
     

    CLASSROOM PROCEDURES

    • Enter the class quietly. Be on time and ready to work.
    • Being ready to work includes sharpening pencils, taking your assigned seats, copying down any homework assignments into your agenda, and immediately starting your opening assignment.
    • Homework (if assigned) will always be posted on the right side of the whiteboard, and the opening assignment will always be posted on the left side of the whiteboard.
    • Use of the bathroom is only allowed, with permission, the first or last five minutes of class unless it is a TRUE emergency.  You must sign out prior to leaving the classroom and upon returning.
    • Do not leave the classroom without teacher permission.
    • Raise your hand to speak at all times.  Do not speak when someone else is speaking.  When the teacher is speaking, you are listening; when you are speaking the teacher will listen to you.
    • Do not get ready to leave or leave the room until the teacher dismisses the class.  Please do not remind the teacher that it is time for lunch or dismissal
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  • Welcome to Grade 8 ELA

    Posted by Susan Russell on 9/2/2016 11:37:34 AM
    Welcome to English/Language Arts!  I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the 8th grade students of the HurricanesTeam!  

    In reading, the CCSS establish a staircase of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read so that all students are ready for the demands of college- and career-level reading no later than the end of high school.  Because of these demands, there is a push for an increase in the reading of informational texts. In writing, the ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards.  Research, both short and long, is also emphasized throughout the standards.
     
    Throughout the school year we will be reading various genres of fiction and non-fiction.  We will be using literature anthologies in combination with other books, short stories, articles, plays and poetry.  In class, we will be the reading the novels Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Night by Elie Wiesel, Rumble Fish, and That Was Then, This Is Now, both by S.E. Hinton. Some of the content found in these novels will spark questions and be thought-provoking for the students. I encourage all parents to read these novels as well in order to have conversations with the students about the plots, themes and connections between the stories.  
     
    We will be covering different styles of writing during this year.  Students will be expected to write expository and narrative essays as well as argument pieces and both long and short research papers.  TheWordly Wise text for 8th grade will be used this year in correlation with our vocabulary studies.  


    Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions or concerns throughout the year.

    shrussell@westerly.k12.ri.us or 401-348-2750 x 1759.
    Comments (0)

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