Summer Reading Test and Project with be due September 4
8th Honors ELA and 9th English I share a curriculum. It is important to note that this class will affect your child’s high school GPA and therefore affect their college acceptance and potential TOPS and other scholarships. Honors students must maintain a C average throughout the school year to remain in the honors program in high school. According to the State, Students are required to take both the 8th and 9th Grade LEAP for ELA. Students must pass (Honors= Mastery or Advanced) on both assessments to earn high school credit. As IB students all students need to strive to become knowledgeable, reflective, balanced, open-minded, inquirers, communicators, thinkers, principled, caring, and risk-takers.
Homework Policy: Homework will be accepted late with the penalty of minus ten points for each day it is late. Homework will be studying for assessments and assignments that your child did not finish in class.
Projects: Each nine weeks, in addition to the reading materials in class, students will check out an assigned genre library book (students need to be responsible on keeping up with library fees so he/she may check out books) to complete a project at home. Projects will NOT be accepted late.
Summer Reading: The test on And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie will be September 4. The second chosen book project will also be due September 4. Please see the RMS website for more information.
To become ready for college and career, high school students learn to evaluate intricate arguments and surmount the challenges posed by complex written materials independently and confidently. Through wide and deep reading of literature and literary nonfiction of steadily increasing sophistication, students expand their literary and cultural knowledge and better understand references and images. They also develop the flexibility, concentration, and fluency to produce high-quality, first drafts of writing under tight deadlines. And they are able to revisit and make improvements to a piece of writing over multiple drafts if needed. High school students master the essential rules of standard written and spoken English and resolve usage issues by consulting style and usage guides. By writing and participating in a variety of conversations, they assert and defend claims and show what they know about a subject using appropriate examples and evidence.
In order to help your child be successful, students may login to clever at home: https://clever.com/in/jppss (your child’s login and password is his/her lunch number). From there he/she can go to iReady and work on customized Reading lessons. He/she may also go to typing.com to increase typing speed (LEAP testing is timed, so it is important that students are able to type quickly!)