Summer Reading Test and Project with be due September 4
Scholastic Reading Club class online ordering code is MP69K. You can click the link to take you to the webpage.
Students are required to pass the 8th Grade ELA LEAP with a minimum of Basic (note: the district may change this to Mastery) to pass the class and be promoted onto High School. It is important to note that this class is designed to help prepare your child to be successful in High School English I next year. Students will read, interpret, analyze, and discuss fiction and nonfiction texts in a variety of forms from a variety of cultures and demonstrate knowledge through literary analysis, research simulation, and narrative writing. 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 Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick will be September 4. The second chosen book project will also be due September 4. Please see the RMS website for more information.
Units we will be reading this year will focus on:
Call of the Wild by Jack London
A Variety of Poems by Edgar Allan Poe and other Horror Writers
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Mariana Budhos
“Conservation as a National Duty” by Theodore Roosevelt
Class Supply List
- 1″ Binder for ELA only
- Several Packs of College-Ruled Loose Leaf paper
- Blue, Black, Red, Dark Green pens
- Yellow, Pink, Blue, and Green Highlighters
- Post-It Notes
- USB Flash Drive (may be used for other classes)
Very Appreciated Classroom Donations
The following items are not required, but would be greatly appreciated throughout the school year. Students will be given bonus points or wolf bucks for each item donated:
- Kleenex Boxes (any brand)
- Hand Sanitizer
- White Copy Paper
- Color Copy Paper
- Post-It Notes
- Lysol Wipes (any brand)
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!)