We are focusing on making inferencing and finding the main idea. We will soon be reading The Outsiders
We are writing narratives, focusing on Voice and Conventions in writing. We are studying stems in vocabulary.
We are reading fictional and informational text, focusing on inferring author's meaning/purpose. In writing, we are writing narratives, focusing on descriptive details and structured event sequences. We are also studying stems and words in vocabulary.
We will soon be reading The Call of the Wild.
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Pen, pencil, writing folder, spiral notebook for composition and literature notes, class novel and free-reading novel.
Vocabulary tests occur weekly.
Novels are assessed cumulatively.
Writing is given higher weight than vocabulary tests.
Students should come to class on-time, prepared to learn.
In Language Arts, students can expect about 30-45 minutes of homework every night. I also expect them to read at least 20 minutes a day from a free-choice novel.
This is my ninth year of teaching Eighth Grade Language Arts here at Pleasantdale and my 17th year of teaching experience. Prior to Pleasantdale, I taught Eighth Grade Language Arts for seven years in Winona, Minnesota. Before that I worked in veterinary medicine for over twenty years in both small animal and mixed practices. I bring a passion for animal welfare and nature to enrich the language arts environment of my classroom. I received my undergraduate degree (BS-English) at Winona State University and my graduate degree in education at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. I have coached soccer for the past seven years, have been the Middle School Language Arts Co-Ordinator for the past seven years, as well as the Eighth Grade Team Leader.