Posted by: jockmackenzie | September 11, 2009

Year Plan – Language Arts, Grade 8 (Part 1)

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A good ending (like this beautiful sunset we appreciated from our deck a few nights ago) is only possible because of good planning. June’s good ending will be possible if September and October and November and . . . are filled with the small steps that have been well thought out.

When I first started teaching, I was usually just a few steps ahead of the students – no ‘big picture plan’ in place. What I will offer in the next few blogs is a plan I used in my last full year in the classroom, a plan that I shared with parents in September.  Hopefully you can glean a few ideas that may assist in your planning.

Here’s Page One:

Grade 8 Language Arts
Teacher:  Mr. Mackenzie
email:  jmackenzie@rdpsd.ab.ca

Language Arts can be one of the best subjects in school. The students will be given the opportunity to read, write, listen, speak, view and represent thoughts and ideas. Learning to understand and use the power of language offers tremendous possibilities. You are invited to join me on an interesting and exciting journey.

Required supplies:

1.  Three-ringed binder and looseleaf (no coil booklets, please)

2.  Blue or black pens

3.  Pencils and erasers

4.  Pencil crayons (basic colors are sufficient)

5.  Duotang and looseleaf for Writing Journal

6.  Agenda (required every day, time is alloted to note the homework assignments given in all core classes)

7.  Free reading novel (the LA class will visit the library every two  weeks for about 15 minutes. Other than during the allotted  time, students must use their own time to exchange books.)

Evaluation:

Mark Summary (Thursday, October xx)

Report Card #1 (Friday, Nov. x)…………………………………….20%

Mark Summary (Wednesday, January xx)

Report Card #2 (Thursday, January xx)…………………………20%

Mark Summary (Thursday, March xx)

Report Card #3 (Friday, April xx)…………………………………..20%

Mark Summary (Thursday, June xx)

Report Card #4 (Tuesday, June xx)………………………………..20%

Final Exam  (the final exam is written in two

parts:  Part One:  Writing Assessment

Part Two:  Multiple Choice

Parts One and Two are weighted equally…………………………20%

………………………………………………………………………………………..100%

*** A “Mark Summary” is a print-out of a student’s marks that is sent home prior to the report card. It is a last warning, especially to note work that has not been completed. Mark Summaries should be signed and returned immediately.

Within each reporting period, the marks are determined as follows:

Assignments, Projects, and Daily Work…………………………60%

Tests and Quizzes………………………………………………………….30%

Class participation and behavior……………………………………10%

……………………………………………………………………………………….100%

Clear and ongoing communication amongst teachers, students, and parents is critical.I will work hard to make this a priority. I eagerly invite your participation.


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