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Mrs. Suelyn Tune
 

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Email:sutune@ksbe.edu Ka‘oleioku 78
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KAMEHAMEHA MIDDLE SCHOOL
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
COURSE SUMMARY FOR GRADE 8 ENGLISH
SCHOOL YEAR 2006-2007
MRS. SUELYN TUNE

OVERVIEW
Students continue the study of literary genres, including analysis of plot, conflict, character, and theme in short stories, novels, and drama. In poetry students further investigate types of poetry and focus on literary devices. Nonfiction selections are also included to aid in the development of increased reading comprehension. The focus of writing assignments is exposition as students practice organizing ideas and supporting main ideas with specific details. Voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions, in addition to vocabulary development and grammar, are essential components of the writing program. In addition, all students enrolled in English 8 will have summer reading requirements to be completed before school begins.

REQUIRED PURCHASES: 1) TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR by Ben Mikaelson, (approximately $6); 2WRITE SOURCE © 05 (approximately $20)COURSE

 

GOALS

VOCABULARY:
Learn to use context clues when encountering unfamiliar words
Use the dictionary when context clues offer inadequate information
Use new words in writing and speech

READING COMPREHENSION:
Identify main ideas
Establish author’s purpose: to entertain, inform, or persuade
Adjust purpose for reading: to gain information, to solve problems, to enjoy

LITERATURE:
Read a variety of genres including short stories, novels, plays, poetry, and nonfiction
Identify and understand literary concepts and terms including point of view and figurative language
Participate in silent sustained reading in and out of the classroom

GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS:
Review the eight parts of speech
Recognize parts of the sentence
Improve subject-verb agreement
Work to decrease errors in punctuation and capitalizatio

COMPOSITION:
Practice the writing process: prewriting, writing a draft, editing, finalizing
Write a paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details
Understand the function of the introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs
Write complete sentence answers on tests and assignments

RESEARCH/STUDY SKILLS:
Learn proper bibliographic format
Practice gathering and organizing material from various sources
Improve listening and following direction skills

COURSE MATERIALS:
• Anderson, Robert, et. al., eds. ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., 2000. (issued on loan)
• WRITE SOURCE © 05. Wilmington, MA: Great Source Education Group, 2005. (purchased by you from the school store)
• Mikaelsen, Ben. TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2001. (purchased by you from the school store)

 

STUDENT MATERIALS FOR THIS CLASS:
• 2 dark blue or black pens and 2 pencils
• correcting liquid or tape
• highlighter pens
• glue
• Student Assignment Book (SAB)
• independent reading book
• ruler
• 1 1/2” ring binder with your name and section on the spine and front cover
• 1 set of index tabs
• folder paper
• marble composition tablet
• your own art supplies as needed

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS:
In addition to standard KMS rules, students are expected to follow all class rules.
1, Always practice the values of Mälama (care), Kuleana (responsibility), and Hö‘ihi (respect) in all that you do.
2. There is absolutely no eating, drinking, or chewing gum in class at any time unless permission has been given by the teacher.
3. Students will use all school property (e.g. computers, paper cutters, staplers, scissors, etc.) responsibly and not damage these items.
4. Students should be on time, seated in their assigned seats, and ready to begin with the required materials when the bell rings.
5. Students will monitor and maintain the TRIBES( agreements of mutual respect, attentive listening, no put-downs, the right to pass/participate, and showing appreciation.
6. Students will report for study help/study hall whenever they don’t understand or are having difficulties with assignments or when a teacher requests them to report.

 

GRADING PROCEDURES:
Components of grades:
• General classwork is 30% of your grade.
• Homework assignments (daily/weekly/long-term) are 20% of your grade.
• Tests/quizzes, which are the assessment of your knowledge of what was learned, are 25% of your grade.
• Projects, both class and team types, are 25% of your grade.

The grading scale:

A+
97 - 100%
4.0
A
93 -96%
4.0
A-
90 - 92%
4.0
B+
87 - 89%
3.0
B
83 - 86%
3.0

B-

80 - 82%
3.0
C+
77 - 79%
2.0
C
73 - 76%
2.0
C-
70 -72%
2.0
D+
67 - 69%
1.0
D
63 - 66%
1.0
D-
60 - 62%
1.0
F
0 - 59%
0.0

Assignments will be evaluated on a point basis and then converted into percentages.

 

EXTRA CREDIT:
Generally, opportunities for extra credit are rare because the student needs to concentrate on the required assignments and devote quality time and effort to those requirements. The opportunities to improve one’s overall grade are usually limited to the student’s performance on assigned activities.

 

POLICY ON LATE WORK:
If a student is absent from class, he/she is responsible for finding out what was missed and completing the assignment on a day-for-day basis (one day absent, one day to make up the missing work, etc.). Students are strongly encouraged to get the phone numbers of classmates to call for homework and classwork that can be completed during the period of absence.
If a student is late turning in an assignment, the grade for that assignment will be lowered.
Grades for unexcused late work will be reduced by:
• 20% for the first trimester
• 30% for the second trimester
• 40% for the third trimester
Work must be turned in within 10 school days of the due date to receive credit. After that period of time, the assignment must still be turned in but will receive a zero. There may also be occasions for which late work will not be given a grace period and for which the student will receive an automatic zero.

PLAGIARISM:
Plagiarism is defined as taking the words and/or ideas of another person and using them as one’s own without giving credit to the owner. Students who plagiarize will be given a zero for the assignment and will be referred to the office for further disciplinary consequences (see Student Handbook).


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