Welcome to eighth grade English Language Arts, aka writing class.
This year, we will focus on writing skills, including: word choice, sentence structure, voice, and organization while also learning to edit and revise our own work for usage, spelling, and mechanics. In addition, students will read short selections of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction and create connections to other literary pieces and "real-life" experiences. They will then use those connections in their writing. It's going to be a great year. I can't wait to meet each of you and get to know you!
"The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers."
Composition notebook – NOT a spiral notebook; will store in class
Blue/black pens or pencils (to complete everyday assignments)
Grading/editing and revising pens (any color except blue/black – most students seem to choose red, green, or purple)
Hi-lighters – multiple colors
Bottled glue or glue stick – can store in class
*You do not need a binder just for this class, but you do need to have a section/divider for ELA in your multi-class binder! I highly suggest using an expanding file case like the ones pictured below. They take up less room in your backpacks, and then you don't have to worry about papers being hole-punched. I also highly recommend getting a pencil case/bag to ensure you have your basic supplies here every day and do not have to search the bottom of your backpack.
Throughout the year, I will always gladly accept extra boxes of tissues!