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Fall and Semester Syllabus

Course Name

8th Grade Language Arts

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School Name

Stone Mountain Middle School

Teacher Name

Mr. Reddick

School Phone Number

(678) 676-4802

Teacher Email

Cornelius_A_Reddick@dekalbschoolsga.org

School Website

http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/stonemountainms/

Teacher Website

http://stonemountainms.dekalb.k12.ga.us/CorneliusReddick.aspx

Course Description

This course is designed to develop and advance students’ reading comprehension skills and their use of oral and written language. Students will broaden their reading experiences through the study and analysis of compelling literature. They will use oral language, written language, and media/technology for expressive, informational, argumentative, critical and literary purposes.

Curriculum Overview

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Unit 1

READING FOCUS: LITERARY TEXT/ WRITING FOCUS: Argumentative

Unit 2

READING FOCUS: INFORMATIONAL TEXTS/WRITING FOCUS: Informative

Unit 3 –

READING FOCUS: HISTORICAL FICTION/ WRITING FOCUS: Explanatory

Unit 4 –

READING FOCUS: INFORMATIONAL TEXTS/ Informative

BOARD-APPROVED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Title

McDougal Litter Georgia Literature

ISBN

13:978-0-547-07526-6

Replacement Cost

$77.10

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Online student access code (school specific)

 

GRADING SYSTEM: The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources shall be used to deliver educational services and to maximize each student’s opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress, report grades that represent the student’s academic achievement, and communicate official academic progress to students and parents in a timely manner through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA.

GRADING CATEGORIES

*GRADE PROTOCOL

Formative Assessment - 0%

Assessment During Learning – 25%

Guided, Independent, or Group Practice – 45%

Summative Assessment or Assessment of Learning– 30%

A 90 – 100 ~P (pass)

B 80 – 89 ~F (fail)

C 71 – 79

D 70

F Below 70

Notes:

*English Learners (ELs) must not receive numerical or letter grades for the core content areas in elementary and middle school during their first year of language development. A grade of CS or CU must be assigned. This rule may be extended beyond the first year with approval from the EL Studies Program. English Learners must receive a grade for ESOL courses.

~Elementary schools will utilize P (pass) and F (fail) in Health/Physical Education, Music, World Languages, Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS

STUDENT PROGRESS

Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each semester. The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently and plans shall be generated to remediate deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of the students. See Board Policy IH.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password. See the Code of Student Conduct - Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook.

HOMEWORK

Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience. Homework is at all times an extension of the teaching/learning experience. It should be considered the possession of the student and should be collected, evaluated and returned to the students. See Board Policy IHB.

MAKE-UP WORK

DUE TO ABSENCES

When a student is absent because of a legal reason as defined by Georgia law or when the absence is apparently beyond the control of the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to earn grade(s) for those days absent. Make-up work must be completed within the designated time allotted. See Board Policy IHEA.

SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

Respect everyone in the classroom

Come to class, ready to learn

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

Paper, pencil, pens, and folders

EXTRA HELP

Teacher tutorial based on request of parent

PARENTS PARTNERS

Parents are welcomed to call or e-mail the teacher as needed. In addition, parents my come to the classroom to check on the student’s progress.

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