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Language Arts
Instructor: McKenna   
Welcome to Green Team Language Arts!

Green Team Language Arts

Ms. Mary McKenna                  Room 220

 

Welcome!  My goal is to help each of my students grow as readers, writers and thinkers.  I hope to provide them with an exciting and enriching year of  language arts.

 Email: mmckenna@tenafly.k12.nj.us

 Homework

            The standing homework assignment in this class is to read for a minimum of  thirty consecutive minutes, five times per week.  Other homework will include: short assigned writing; reading letters; preparation for tests and quizzes; projects; and revising and editing of long-term writing assignments.   

           

Grading

            I work with a total points system where students earn different points for different assignments. Points may range from five points for a basic homework assignment and participation to up to 100 points for major writing pieces, projects and presentations.  Total points in a marking period may equal from 250 – 400. 

 

Availability

            I am available to work with students before and after school.  Students may drop by my room in the morning or set up an appointment to work with me after school for an extended period of time or during a study hall.


 
Resources to support independent reading

The benefits of voluminous reading will reach far beyond this class.  Please help to keep your child stocked with great books for independent reading.      

  • American Library Association 

Lists of award-winning books of all genres & lists for teens, “advanced” readers & “reluctant” readers http://www.ala.orgTeens’ Top Ten Books www.ala.org/teenstopten

  • Center for Teaching and Learning Kids Recommend Page

A great site with an incredible master list of titles recommended by kids!

http://c-t-l.org/kids_recommend.html

  • AdLit.org: Information and resources for adolescent readers and writers

http://www.adlit.org/books_authors/award_winning_books_for_tweens_and_teens/

Eighth Grade Language Arts Year -at-a-Glance*

Marking Period One

 

  • Genre study: Storytelling: Stories from our lives

  • Independent reading & book clubs

  • Novel: TBA

 

Marking Period Two

 

  • Genre study: Argumentative Writing

    • Letters

  • Project: I-Search (Selecting, refining & creating a “burning question” from a topic of student’s choice)

 

Marking Period Three

 

  • Project: I-Search (Researching and presentation of student’s choice of research topic at I-Search fair)

  • More concentrated PARCC Preparation

 

Marking Period Four

 

  • Genre study: Persuasive Speech

  • Novel: To Kill A Mockingbird

 

In addition to the genre studies, class novels and projects, each marking period includes:

  • Independent Reading: Students select and read novels with conferencing, letter-writing and mini-lessons to support deeper comprehension and the goal of creating “skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers” (Atwell 2007).

 

  • Vocabulary development: Each marking period, students will learn a prefixes, roots and suffixes and useful words formed from them. In addition, students will learn vocabulary from shared texts (novels and short stories.)

 

  • Study of G.U.M. (Grammar, Usage & Mechanics): Mechanics of writing and grammar are taught primarily in the context of our larger writing units.

 

*Subject to change based on students’ needs & interests.  


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