Mrs. V. R. McCloud

HELLO, and WELCOME to 8th grade!  READ, READ, READ, and READ some more!!!

This is a tentative list of topics that will be taught each quarter:

1st: Discovery & Exploration Unit - October Sky, Someone Is Hiding on Alcatraz Island, literary vocabulary, narrative (memoir) writing, sentence variety & fluency, voice, & organization, self-selected novels w/ book forms, grammar study, comparison/contrast of lit. texts

2nd: Compound & complex sentences, self-selected novels w/ book forms, comparison/contrast of lit. texts; literary vocabulary, To Kill A Mockingbird, 12 Angry Men, Argument Writing; test taking strategies

3rd: Argument writing, Monster,  The Miracle Worker, Anne Frank, stems, self-selected novels, propaganda techniques, test taking strategies

4th: The Outsiders, The Secret of Gumbo Grove, self-selected novels, journal writing, test taking strategies, Career Research & Presentation

GRADING PROCEDURES: 40%-Major assignments & book forms; 30%-Minor assignments; 20%-grammar, class work, stems, technology assignments; 10%- homework, group work, STEM participation