Course Syllabus

Course Description

This is a preparatory course for the English I advanced course in 8th grade.  We will emphasize critical reading and thinking skills in our study of various genres, written expression, grammar, and word origins.

Units of Study

Fiction: Short stories and novels

A Christmas Carol

Historical Fiction and Holocaust/ WWII themed literature

Science Fiction: Utopias/Dystopias

Great Books Program

William and Mary; A Decade of Change (1940's)

Oral Tradition Tales

Nonfiction/informational texts



Latin/Greek stems

Grammar/ Writing




binder with dividers or accordion folder

(cow) composition notebook

loose leaf paper

Optional - colored pencils index cards, post-it note

Wish list for classroom:  TISSUES, expo markers, wipes


90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

Tests  = 3x

Quizzes= 2x

Class work and Homework = 1x

Projects and writing work will be graded according to provided rubrics with each assignment

Classroom Rules and Expectations

  • Be responsible
  • Be prepared
  • Be engaged
  • Be respectful


I am available for extra help most mornings before homeroom.  Please let me know a day in advance so I can plan ahead.

Parent Conferences

Tuesdays are designated parent conference days at SVMS.   Please email  or call the school to set up a conference when needed.

Contact Information

Mrs. Jones – Room 161


Phone: 704-296-3009

Course Summary:

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