8th Grade English Syllabus
It is my pleasure to be your child’s English teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. The following is the class syllabus. It is a brief outline of my classroom rules, policies, materials, and grading scale. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email me directly at email@example.com. I will return your email as soon as possible.
- I will raise my hand for permission before leaving my seat for any reason.
- I will respect my fellow classmates.
- I will raise my hand before speaking.
- I will not eat or drink anything in class, except water.
Obviously, there are many other unacceptable behaviors that your child is expected to know to avoid that are not in the Classroom Rules. For example: don’t throw trash on the floor, no electronic devices, and be in class before the bell rings. These are some examples, but students should know the basic elements of classroom conduct. The set of 4 Classroom Rules serve as a constant reminder to stay focused, pay attention, and treat everyone with empathy.
- The students will receive a “U” for Cooperation if they arrive to class late 4 times or more.
- If a student sick, he/she will have time to make up his/her work. For example, if a student is absent for three days, he/she will have three days to make up the work.
- I do accept late work. However, 10% will be deducted for each day the work is late. (A maximum of 50% of grade will be deducted if 5+ days late).
I give daily reading logs as homework so that your child will meet the state standard of reading 1,000,000 words per school year.
1. Your child is to read 25 minutes every day and write a 10 line summary about what they have read. Please keep the summaries on the same sheet of paper throughout the week.
2. You sign your child’s reading log Monday through Friday.
3. I collect reading summaries EVERY Monday, and I will also stamp the reading log.
4. They must read every week day, except holidays, even if they are absent.
There will be a quote from a famous person on the board daily. In the first 10-15 minutes of class, students will copy the quote, the person's name, and the directions. Then they will skip a line and give a 2 sentence response. The first sentence should explain the quote in their own words. The second sentence will show how the student connects the idea in the quote with their own life.
These will be collected every Friday.
MATERIALS FOR THE CLASS
- A spiral notebook (with a plastic cover, pocket/folder, and at least 100 pages)
- Two pencils
- Two pens (one MUST be red)
- Two highlighters (green and yellow)
- Tape or glue
The students need to bring their materials to class every single day. I will check their materials one day each month (the day is a surprise). If the students miss their materials 2 times in one semester, they will receive a “U” in their “Work Habits” on their progress reports/report cards.
Notebook/Classwork = 50%
Warm-Ups = 25%
Homework = 10%
Projects/Assessments = 15%
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
55-69% = D
54% & below = F