Mrs. Chamberlain

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Mrs. Chamberlain

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Course: Grade 8 Language Arts (Resource Room)
Teacher: Mrs. Chamberlain
Contact Information: lchamberlain@msad49.org or 453-4200 ext. 2363
Office Hours: 1:45-2:15 daily or by appointment

Course Description: My ELA course provides services to students reading and writing below grade level. Students will work on grade level standards with lessons and materials modified to accommodate different learning styles and the needs of the students. The focus of my reading class is helping students to learn and use reading strategies to help themselves become better readers. Students will use the same core texts as the other eighth grade classes as well as texts written at their instructional reading level.  Graphic organizers are used extensively during writing class to help students learn to organize their writing. Students will write narratives, informational essays and argumentative essays. My spelling program focuses on grade level concepts while also working towards learning to break apart words as students read and write.  

Course Objectives: Students will study and attempt to master all of the Grade 8 Common Core Standards. In order to aid in the mastery of the standards, we have chosen the following specific core standards on which to focus and assess with Common District Assessments.

"Confession" Assessment
Reading Standards for Literature 6-12: Key Ideas and Details
*RL.8.1- Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
*RL.8.2- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
*RL.8.3- Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12: Presentation of knowledge and Ideas
*SL.8.4- Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well- chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

District Writing Prompt 
Reading Standards for Informational Texts 6-12: Key Ideas and Details
*RI.8.1- Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Reading Standards for Informational Text 6-12: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
*RI.8.8- Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Writing Standards 6-12: Text Types and Purposes
*W.8.1-Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. a.) Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. b.) Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. c.) Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons and evidence. d.) Establish and maintain a formal style. e.) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. 
Writing Standards 6-12: Production and Distribution of Writing
*W.8.4- Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience. 
Language Standards 6-12: Conventions of Standard English
*L.8.4c- Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.


"Storm" Assessment
Language Standards 6-12: Conventions of Standard English
*L.8.2-Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. a.) Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break. c.) spell correctly.
*L.8.5-Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. a.)Interpret figures of speech (e.g., verbal irony, puns) in context.
Writing Standards 6-12: Text Types and Purposes
*W.8.2- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. a.)Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful in aiding comprehension. b.) Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.  c.) Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. d.) Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. e.) Establish and maintain a formal style. f.) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
Writing Standards 6-12: Production and Distribution of Writing
*W.8.4- Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

"Creepy Critters" Assessment
Writing Standards 6-12: Research to Build and Present Knowledge
*W.8.8- Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitter" Assessment
Reading Standards 6-12: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
*RL.8.7- Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

"Evolution of Language" Assessment
Language Standards 6-12: Knowledge of language
*L.8.3- Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading or listening.a.) Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects (e.g., emphasizing the actor or the action; expressing uncertainty or describing a state contrary to fact.)

Media Literacy Assessment
Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12: Comprehension and Collaboration
*SL.8.2- Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.

Classroom Expectations:
*Please be respectful of other students, the teachers and yourself. Remember to treat others the way you want to be treated.
*Be courteous! Please don't talk while the teacher or another student is talking. Wait your turn to speak and make sure to raise your hand.
*Remain on task and complete assignments on time. Always do your best!
*Come prepared for class. Students will need to bring a pencil, a folder and two composition notebooks. Students may bring their own folder and notebooks, but they are welcome to use the supplies I provide. **Students must bring a pencil or pen to class daily.**

Students will be given verbal reminders. If behavior continues, a written reminder will be sent home to parents. If the behavior continues, the parent will be called. After the call, if the student continues the behavior, they will serve a detention with me after school. **I also reserve the right to go directly to a detention for bullying or other unsafe behavior.

Homework Policy: Students are expected to read daily. They will be expected to complete a weekly reading log with a total of 2 hours of logged time. The only other homework will be studying for their spelling or vocabulary quizzes. If students do not finish classwork because of off task behavior, they will be expected to complete the assignment at home.

Grading: In class work is worth 100 points and weighted once in the grade book. Large writing projects, CDAs and tests/quizzes are worth 100 points and weighted twice in the grade book.

Make up policy: Students may make up any work missed within the quarter for full credit. Students may also redo any tests or quizzes with low scores.