Tara Farrell8th grade English and Honors EnglishAs we begin a new school year, I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself and review some of my classroom policies and procedures.
This is my twenty-eighth year teaching in the Currituck County School System. I received my bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. I am highly qualified to teach grades K - 6th and middle school English and social studies. I am looking forward to working with you and your student this year.
Students will begin each day with a daily bell ringer activity or journal writing assignment. These activities will be a review of basic skills in all areas of language arts class and an introduction to some new concepts. Students will turn in this work for a classwork grade and will have 2 to 3 quizzes per nine weeks to assess their progress towards learning these skills.
To improve vocabulary, students will be learning to use new and familiar words in order to determine meanings and usage. These words will be introduced at the beginning of a new story or reading. Assignments using these words will be given throughout the days we will be working on that particular story or unit. Assessments will include quizzes and a test over the words and the entire piece of literature.
Students will be studying and reading all genres from a variety of sources for literature this year. In each unit students will have a minimum of three classwork assignments and at least one test. Projects and group assignments will be assign at least once per grading period.
In addition to the literature studies, students will have an independent reading requirement. Each student will be assigned a reading goal based on their individual reading ability. Students will have input into their reading goal. Students will need to provide evidence of meeting their goal. They can do this in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, book reports, book talks, projects, and Literature Circle discussions/questions. Prior approval of evidence will be required by a teacher before each goal period. Reading goals are assessed at one month intervals and will be included in the project and group assignment grade.
Writing will be done everyday in class to a certain degree. Writing assignments or essays be be given once or twice a nine weeks and will incorporate into the area of study. These assignments will be assessed as either a project grade or test grade. Students will be writing a research paper this year and this will graded as a test grade.
When looking at grades for English, please be aware of how assignments are weighted.
Class work - 25%
Tests - 35%
Quizzes - 25%
Projects/Group Activities 15%
Grades will be updated on the computer bi-weekly and progress reports will be sent home half way through the nine weeks.
It is important for students to come to class prepared for class everyday. Items and materials that should be brought to class everyday include:
Materials to read
I look forward to working together this year. Student assignments and due dates can be found on our Google Classroom page. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
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School phone: (252)453-2171 ext. 4038