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PCMS 8th Grade ELA Syllabus/ Pacing Guide

Powell County Middle School

8th Grade English/Language Arts

2016-2017 Course Syllabus


             

Course Instructors:

Ms.  J. Veeneman       jody.veeneman@powell.kyschools.us

Mrs.  W. Berryman      wendy.berryman@powell.kyschools.us

   

School Phone:

606-663-3308

School Fax:

606-663-3683
 

Room Numbers:

Mrs. Veeneman           Room 107

Mrs. Berryman             Room 109

   

Conference Hours:

Mrs. Veeneman           1:30- 2:15  p.m.

Mrs. Berryman             1:30- 2:15 p.m.


 

A. DESCRIPTION

This course involves developing reading, writing, grammar, language, and speaking/listening skills. We will apply a variety of reading strategies to make sense of print and non-print texts to understand the human experience, to create products through projects, to accomplish specific tasks, and to develop ideas both orally and in written form.

 

 

B. ORGANIZATION- We will read several short stories, novels, perform plays, and develop several writing pieces (narrative, informative and argumentative) for your middle school working portfolio. We will participate in several activities and work on developing products to represent a deeper understanding of the concepts taught. We will also learn content-grade specific vocabulary terms through Vocabulary Knowledge Ratings (VKR’s) that will help you address every component of The Kentucky Program of Studies/The Common Core State Standards.

 

 
   
   

C. COURSE TOPICS/STANDARDS

The course will cover the following topics/standards:

1.  Common Core State Standard-Reading Literature

2.  Common Core State Standard -Reading for Information

3. Common Core State Standard -Writing Standards (Narrative, Informational and

    Argumentative Writings)

4. Common Core State Standard -Speaking and Listening Skills

5. Common Core State Standard -Language Skills

   

 

 

D. ADDITIONAL COURSEWORK

 
   

  Independent Reading-

Every six weeks you will be required to read an Accelerated Reader chapter book. It must contain at least 150+ pages. If there are more than five pages of illustrations, or the book is less than 150 pages, special permission from the teacher must be granted.  Other requirements might also involve reading a specific genre.

 
   
   
   

GENERAL:
Your recorded grades will be available for your review at any time through Infinite Campus.

 I have read the classroom rules/syllabus sent home for 8th grade English/Language Arts.

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 
 

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Parent E-mails:______________________________________________

Parent mobile number:________________________________________

(Optional-Please list your number if you would like to be placed on a call list to be contacted by your child’s teacher for classroom reminders. )

 

 

 

Powell County Middle School

2016-2017

Tentative Schedule/8th Grade Pacing Guide


This syllabus will help keep the course on track throughout the semester, keep us from "running out of time" at the end of the course and enables you to always see what is coming up or what you will miss if you are absent. It also provides evidence of good planning and organization which saves me significant planning time during the course. This schedule should not be so tight, though, that it is difficult to keep up with it or that it makes the course rigid.  The Vocabulary Knowledge Ratings will provide you with a more detailed focus on which specific objective is being covered during the six weeks.

 

 

UNIT

WEEK

WRITING

PIECE

TOPIC/ACTIVITY

Reading

Literature

1

 

Introductions, Expectations and Procedures

Vocabulary Knowledge Ratings 1A- 1 G (Self-Assessment/Reflection)

Reading Literature/Literary Elements

Flashcards with VKR terms

The Farmer/

Jujo

2


 

Book-Read Aloud /Touch-Text "The Farmer" by Mark Ludy

Common Assessment over VKR 1A & 1B

Web-Interactive Cinderella Story

“Flowers for Algernon”

3


 

Short Story- by Daniel Keyes

Activity-Brain Research (Memorization Techniques)

PP-Rorschach Activity

Spelling Matters Worksheet

4

#1

Project-Morality Box

Video-(ABC News) Carly Fleishmann

Narrative Dialectical Journaling

Article-“Memory: A Matter of Brains and Brawn”

5

#2
 

Narrative-Point of View

AR Book Due

Activity-Jeopardy Review Game (FFA)

6

 

Movie-“Charly”

Socratic Circles

Common Assessment-Reading Literature Standards

Writing

7


 

Vocabulary Knowledge Ratings 2A- 2 G (Self-Assessment/Reflection)

 

On-demand Writing Steps 1-6

Seedfolks and/or

Tears of a Tiger

8

#3

ODW

or

Narrative- 14th Memoir/Author’s Style

Student-generated  Rubric

Project-Create Character from Shapes with Dialogue/

    Oral reading Project with Partners

 

9

#3

ODW
 

Informational-DUI Brochure for Peers

Speakers-KSP “No Way to Go” Underage Drinking Program

“Mosquito”

Story

10

 

Informational Essay-Snapshots, Thoughtshots, and Dialogue

“Monkey’s Paw” and

“The Third Wish”,

11



 

Article-“Edgar Allan Poe: His Life Revealed in His Work”
Compare and Contrast Stories

AR Book Due

Dialectical Journaling

 

“The Tell-Tale Heart”

 

12

 

#4

ODW

Dialectical Journaling

Socratic Circles

Video-Scholastic (Edgar Allan Poe)

Narrative- Write a Cautionary Tale

 Common Assessment-Writing Standards

Reading

Informational


13

 

Vocabulary Knowledge Ratings 3A- 3 G (Self-Assessment/Reflection)

Video-“Candlelight” by The Maccabeats

Jigsaw Activity

Student-Generated Quiz

Anne Frank

14

 

Article-Kitty Werthmann

Article-Time Magazine “What Makes Us Good/Evil”

15

 

Project-Assign Holocaust Roles/Administer Badges/

     E-10 Day Experiment

Dialectical Journaling

Frayer Model- Content-specific Vocabulary Words

16

#5

ODW

Informational- Research Holocaust Role

Informational-Interview

        17

 

Begin Reading “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” Play

AR Book Due

18

#6

ODW

Narrative/Informational

- I Am Poem based on Holocaust Role


19

 

Vocabulary Knowledge Ratings 4A- 4 G (Self-

    Assessment/Reflection)

Review-Jeopardy

Movie-“The Diary of a Young Girl”


20

 

Socratic Circles

Common Assessment-Reading Informational Standards  A

Black History Month/

21

 

 

Music-“The Ballad of Birmingham”

Picture Analysis –Observations, Inferences and

   Predictions

Dialectical Journaling

Audio/Article- “The Power of Non-Violence”

MLK Speech

22

 

Scholastic-“Freedom Fighters” Jigsaw

Audio-“I Have a Dream” Speech

Poem-“I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes


23

 

AR Book Due

Music Analysis-“Freedom” by Nicole C. Mullin

Music Analysis-“O’ Death” from the Movie, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”

Music Analysis-“Black, White, Tan” by Nicole C.

     Mullin

Socratic Circles

24

#7

ODW

Activity-Life-sized Monopoly

ODW-Argumentative Writing Based on Activity

Common Assessment-Reading Informational Standards  B

Speaking

and

Listening

Skills

25

 

Vocabulary Knowledge Ratings 5A- 5G (Self-

     Assessment/Reflection)

Video- Show Examples of Previous Student Book

      Trailer s

Literary Circles


26

 

Novels: Touching Spirit Bear , Divergent, TBA

Chapter Maps, Student-Generated Questions,

Group Discussions

27

 

Chapter Maps, Student-Generated Questions,

Group Discussions

28

 

Chapter Maps, Student-Generated Questions,

Group Discussions

29

 

#8

ODW

Chapter Maps, Student-Generated Questions,

Group Discussions

Argumentative Writing

AR Book Due

30

 

Story Boards/Book Trailers

Common Assessment-Speaking and Listening Skills

Testing and

Language/

Grammar

*Taught through daily bell ringers

-all year

31

UPLOAD

All

WRITINGS

TO

ILP

FILES

Vocabulary Knowledge Ratings 6A- 6 G (Self-

     Assessment/Reflection)

 

1st 6 weeks focus:

Commas & Semicolons

EXPLORE workbook

Common Assessment-Language A

REVIEW/

32

 

2nd 6 weeks focus:

Parts of Speech

Common Assessment-Language  B

33

 

3rd 6 weeks focus:

End Marks

Punctuation

Capitalization

Common Assessment-Language C

 

34

 

4th 6 weeks focus:

Verbals

Common Assessment-Language D

35

 

5th 6 weeks focus:

Subject/Verb Agreement

Common Assessment-Language  E

AR Book Due

 

36

 

6th 6 weeks focus:

Grammar Review

Common Assessment-Language F