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From the Helm
Ahoy and welcome to 8th Grade Regular English, Honors English, Strategic EL, and EL Support! I would like to begin by welcoming aboard students and parents to the 2019-2020 school year. I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable summer and are ready to start the new school year; it promises to be a great adventure! I know that together we can accomplish the goals we set, and I feel confident that this year will be a wonderful learning experience for us all! As with any voyage, I believe students learn best when well-prepared!
This year I have created a Help Center to provide assistance to students and/or parents who are struggling or simply looking for information about a particular aspect of my class. You will find the Help Center on the leftside margin of this page. The Help Center holds a number of step by step tutorials to walk students through the following:
1. Hook, Line, Sinker (the format we use for short response writing). In addition to the step by step PowerPoint, I've also included 2 printable handouts that will guide your students through the format we use in 3 easy steps.
2. Explanatory Essay (1 of 3 writing forms we tackle over the course of this year). Students will find a PowerPoint tutorial in the Help Center that will walk them through the essay format if they are struggling or need a reminder while at home.
3. Argumenative Essay (the 2nd writing form we tackle over the course of this year). Students will find a PowerPoint tutorial in the Help Center that will walk them through the essay format if they are struggling or need a reminder while at home.
4. Summary Writing. I've included a step by step PowerPoint on how to write a summary, which may prove helpful on a number of our assignments.
There are a few other things included in the Help Center. There's information about how AR (our reading program); AR makes up a hearty percent of your student's grade, so it's important that you and your student are familiar with this program. Finally, the Help Center explains how students can make-up their missing work. Students have a 2 week grace-period for most assignments they miss. They can still receive FULL credit if the work is submitted within this time frame. But please be aware - assignments will NOT be accepted after the 2 week grace-period has passed! This too is a subject in which your student(s) need be familiar with.
In addition to offering writing assistance to students, the Help Center also includes valuable information for parents who want to learn more about my classroom procedures. The list below provides addition information that can be found in the Help Center:
1. Materials List. It includes a list of SUGGESTED materials that will aid your student's success in my class. It also includes a list of the district approved books that we will be reading this year.
2. Homework: What You Can Expect. As the title suggests, it explains the homework you can expect in a typical week. If you're not seeing these assignnments regularly - it would be a good time to shoot me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org Here's an extra tip: Homework is posted nightly (by week and by day)! It is typically posted by 4 p.m. (unless there is no new homework to report). You will see each day's assignments posted on the left under the appropriate trimester (for example, work for Trimester 1, will be located on the left by clicking the tab entitled, "Trimester 1: Work"). Just click on the appropriate trimester to see the work listed by week and by day!
3. Checks & Balances. This PowerPoint walks you through the Checks and Balances that are set up in my class. A general rule is that students have 2 weeks to make-up their missing work. There is a separate PowerPoint that describes How to Make-Up Missing Work that will walk students through 4 easy steps to make up ANY assignment they are missing. Please read through this PowerPoint, because it will surely save you and your student time and heartache later!
4. AR: How It Works! You will find a PowerPoint dedicated to our reading program (AR or Accelerated Reader). Understanding this programs is important because it accounts for a hearty percent of your student's grade. This PowerPoint will walk you through everything you need to know!
5. Rules. Lastly, I've included a PowerPoint related to the rules and consequences found in my classroom.
Thank you for taking an interest in your student's education! I look forward to working with you all this year and seeing you at Back to School Night!
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