8th GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS

Teacher: Ms. Paige Sturges, psturges@stclarepdx.org

Philosophy

I love having the opportunity to be the kind of teacher I always wanted as a young person: one who is filled with excitement and passion for learning, one who has high expectations of students, one who makes sure every single student is challenged and engaged, one who inspires confidence because she is an expert in the subject matter, and one who inspires students to be better human beings. I try to be a fearless teacher, someone who is not afraid to try new things.

Curriculum

During the eighth grade, students can expect to study novels, multiple short stories, nonfiction articles, and poetry. Students should be prepared to write! We will focus on research, persuasive essays, and expository writing. Students will also build on their presentation and communication skills.

All of my lesson plans and unit plans are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The state of Oregon maintains a fantastic website about educational standards, and the following link specifically addresses the CCSS, as well as Reading, Writing, and Literacy Frameworks:

http://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/ELA/Pages/default...

Notebooks

As a student, you should maintain your notebook every day. This means contributing to it during class, keeping it organized with a table of contents, and adding your own content at home. Your notebook should be a legible, usable reference for studying. Adding more to your notebook (things like attaching important articles, personal research, images that help you understand, and even bling) is ALWAYS encouraged. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to ask your peers and consult the homework calendar to make sure your notebook is up to date.

Homework

Homework is posted both on the whiteboard and on the St. Clare calendar every day. This year, I am also introducing Google Classroom as yet another way to track assignments and class activities. I require students to record their homework in the student planner provided to them. On days that specific homework is not given, students should review their notebooks and make sure that it is as wonderful as possible. For example, a student might want to add on to a “Do Now” writing activity, clarify notes, or update the table of contents.

Textbook

Our English textbook is Collections, published by Holt McDougal. Students are able to access an online edition through their iPads. For information on accessibility, please contact Mr. Morgan.