Ms. Owens 8th Grade Language Arts Syllabus


Instructor: Ms. Pinda Owens


Website:      Wayne County Schools

Phone: 919-705-6010 ext. 1639

Textbooks:  Prentice Hall Literature Grade 8

Novels: Teacher selected novels by class

Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts class!

In eighth grade, Language Arts is divided into two, forty-five minute periods and it is divided into two sections: Reading and Writing.

Course Outline:

1st Nine Week:  Literature

Reading and Analyzing Text

RL. 1 -  Cite textural evidence  that most stongly supports an analyisis of what the text says explicity as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RL. 2 - Determine a theme or central idea over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

2nd Nine Week:

Reading Informational Text

Newspapers, Magazines Articles, Online Sources

RI. 1 - Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RI. 2 - Determine a central idea of a text and how it is particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgements.  

3rd Nine Week:


Writing Portfolio, Narratives, Arugments, Research

W. 1 - Write aruments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

W. 2. -  Write informative/explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information throught the selections, organiztion, ans analysis of relevant content.

W. 7 -  Conduct research projects to answer a question, drawing on serveral sources and generating additional related focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

Conventions of Language  

Conventions of language will be part of daily insturctions

L. 1 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammarand usage when writing or speaking.

W. 10 - Write routinely over extended time frames ans shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes and audiences.

4th Nine Week:  Research Paper and EOG Practice

W. 9 - Write a research paper on a literary or informative texts to support analysis, reflection and research.

Students will practice Comers Stand and Deliver

  • Doing all assigned work with honest effort

  • Turning work in on time and consistently

  • Coming to class prepared and on time

  • Keeping absences/tardies to a minimum

  • Making up all missed assignments/tests

  • Behaving appropriately during class

Rules and Consequences

1. You are expected to arrive to class on time every day, and be ready to work when the bell rings.

Consequence: It is important that each student is in their seat and working on journals/assignments when the bell rings. 3 times tardy will result in a absence.

2.  Assignments are due on time. Homework is only accepted the day it is due. Projects and writing assignments lose points each day they are late.


3. If you are absent from my class it is your responsibility to make up any work you have missed. There are several ways you can find out what work you have missed:

  • Ms. Owens website assignment page

  • On the student agenda board in the classroom

  • Asking a peer

  • ASAP


4. Show respect for the teacher as well as your classmates at all times.



Infraction and Procedures:

First Offense: A verbal warning will be given

  • Second Offense: A second verbal warning will be given and parent contact will be made either by phone or email

  • Third Offense: A referral will be given and the student will be sent to the office

  • Fourth Offense: A 30 minute after school detention will be given


How are grades weighted?                                                 Students grading scale

Homework                         10%                                     90 - 100 = A

Classwork/ Participation        20%                                     80 - 89 =  B

Quizzes                             20%                                     70 - 79 =  C

Projects                             25%                                     60 - 69 =  D

Tests                                 25%                                      0  - 59 =  F


















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