Language and Literacy

8th Grade Language & Literacy

  • 8th Grade Language & Literacy 

    Sinagua Middle School 2021-2022

    WELCOME --

    We have class Wed, but will have on zoom Thursday and Friday

    Excited for grading time at home, new file folders Hooray! Those of you who got their work done you are awesome and will be rewarded, others--get it done!

    But not happy about not seeing all of you. 

    You are my sunshine each day, (metaphor) NEXT WEEK we start OUTSIDERS!!!

    Randi V. Taylor-Habib is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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    Ms. Taylor-Habib

    Room 609 


    I have SIX rules. I expect these rules to be followed at ALL times:

    1. Follow all school rules.
    2. Be prepared.
    3. Follow directions the first time. 
    4. Use class time responsibly.
    5. Participate and always be respectful.
    6. Listen with your ears, face, and body.


    What we will be doing this year:


    This year, we are going to learn A LOT, and we are going to have fun doing so.

    • We will be using My Pearson Perspectives, grade 8 textbook.
    • The novels we will be reading this year are The Outsiders by S.E Hinton AND The Diary of Anne Frank  (selection may change second semester to Elie Wiesel's "Night"), Flowers for Algernon exploring human intelligence and AI (artificial intelligence), poetry and much more.
    • Throughout the year, though, we will be reading short stories, poems, narratives, essays, and so much more. By the end of year, my goal is to have students LOVE to read and think critically.


    Expectations of these standards will be high, but I have deep faith that we can all do it together.


    UNITS: This course is separated into three major units. Ideally, they will be completed during each of the four quarters of the school year.

    1. Short Stories, Mysteries and Identity 
    2. The Holocaust 
    3. Human Intelligence 
    4. What Matters 

    TEXTS: Students will be reading at least one larger text for each unit. These texts are in order of the units we will be focusing on.

    • The Outsider- SE Hinton 
    • The Diary of Anne Frank
    • Flowers for Algernon 
    • Night by Elie Wiesel
    • Other Short Stories, poems, essays. 



    Period 1: Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)

    Period 2: English 8 (Lang and Literature)

    Period 3: Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)

    Period 4: Academic Leadership Pathway

    Period 5/6: English 8 (Lang and Literature)

    Period 7: Lunch 

    Period 8: Prep

    Period 9: Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)


    Students, please click on the app “Canvas” on your iPads and it will take you directly to our course.


    IB Grading: ESPN Grades are still in effect-- will be used for practice work.


    Standard Based Grading Scale

    • 7-8 = Exceeding—Complete understanding of the standard and can teach/apply it 
    • 5-6= Proficient –Complete understanding of the standard 
    • 3-4= Progressing—Still working on full understanding of the standard
    • 2 = Minimally Proficient—Struggling with understanding of the standard
    • 1 or IE = Insufficient Evidence—Not enough data to show understanding of the standard

    Class Expectations: 

    I have SIX rules. I expect these rules to be followed at ALL times. 

    1. Follow all school rules.
    2. Be prepared.
    3. Follow directions the first time. 
    4. Use class time responsibly.
    5. Participate and always be respectful.
    6. Listen with your ears, face, and body.

    We also will be using Restorative Justice-- Which entails --Relationship, Respect, Responsibility, Repair Reintegration --What does that mean?

    We all make mistakes, but we have to take responsibility for them.

    We are all citizens of this classroom, and treat each other with respect.

    *Sorry due to Covid, water bottles only, and treats when given, we are not eating in the classroom otherwise at this time.

    Supplies Needed:

    Each student must have these supplies with them every day to succeed in this class. If you have trouble accessing these supplies, please contact me and I will do my best to help.

    1. Composition book or Notebook
    2. Folder
    3. Pencils & Erasers & Pens
    4. Colored Pencils & Highlighters 
    5. Glue sticks*****
    6. Scissors

    *IF you would like to donate to my classroom: Kleenex, pencils, pens, erasers, whiteboard markers, Hand Sanitizer, Permanent Markers, colored pencils, etc. are very much appreciated by myself and my students.

    What to do if . . .

    ABSENT: If you know you are going to be absent, please come in beforehand. If you miss any class, it is the student’s responsibility to come to me, Ms. Taylor-Habib, and ask what they missed and how they can make it up. The amount of days you missed, is the amount of time you have to make it up- 1 day gone, 1 day to turn it in; 2 days gone, 2 days to turn it in; and so on.  


    LATE WORK: Work that is not turned in on time will result in the student being given TLC for that day.


    REDO ASSIGNMENT: I believe, as a teacher, that every student should be given a chance to succeed. SO, if a student struggled on an assignment and wants to prove to me that they can do better, please request a time to meet with Ms. Stahl to talk about your work and how to improve your grade. The original assignment should be submitted along with the revised work.

    *These rules apply to all students unless an IEP or 504 has different plans. 


    **Is there anything else you want me to know about your child?