Language Arts Grade 8 (Writing Center) School Year: 2014-2015
Please note: Students should check in with the teacher the following day after an absence in order to gather any missed classwork. If a student, who was absent for a period of time, is unable to make-up missed work during the school day, then it will be assigned for homework. Of course, an extension will be given as needed in order to successfully complete any missed assignments.
In addition, students have been informed about the importance of staying focused during class. Students will have a menu of tasks each day, which will include independent work time. If a student uses his/her class time wisely, then he/she will have a minimal amount of homework when it is assigned.
Week of 9/8 to 9/12
Students have begun a unit on writing realistic fiction. Students will be encouraged to write in their planbook when asked to think in greater detail about a topic. Students will not have homework for the week indicated above.
Week of 9/15 to 9/19
Students will have a small homework assignment. They will be asked to complete their vocabulary work for selected words. Vocabulary work includes finding the meaning (or multiple meanings), other forms of the word, parts of speech, as well as noting how the word might be used in a sentence. Students may be asked to apply selected words to their written work.
Week of 9/22 to 9/26
Students will have homework relating to the investigating of craft techniques by selected authors of realistic fiction. They may be asked to find an example and then to record that example on a template provided. This is a small homework assignment. Students will be given class time to begin this investigation and application of craft techniques. Therefore, some students may not need to complete this assignment at home.