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Navasota Jr. High

8th Grade ELAR / Pre-AP Syllabus


Instructor: Ms. Brooke Bochat Room: #105

Phone:  936-825-4225 Email: bochatb@navasotaisd.org

Conference Period:  4th Period,  10:57a-11:47a

Grading Period: 1st Semester: 1st & 2nd 9 Weeks

Course Description:


ELAR (English Language Arts Reading)- This course focuses on the main Language Arts conventions of Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Presenting and Thinking. Various literary genres will be covered during this semester including Fiction, Drama, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Persuasive Texts, Informational Texts, and Media Literacy. Writing will be on-going and includes composition writing as well as free writing in journals to develop creative and grammatical skills. Speaking and presenting is pertinent during drama and presentation units. Every student will have to actively listen and process what is heard through verbal and/or written relay to demonstrate critical thinking.


Pre-AP (Pre-Advanced Placement)- Pre-AP students will read various literary texts for course work including outside reading. Assignments, vocabulary and projects may extend outside the scope of course study. This course focuses on the main Language Arts conventions of Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Presenting and Thinking. There will be composition writing as well as free writing in journals to develop creative and grammatical skills. Speaking and presenting is pertinent during drama and presentation units. Every student will have to actively listen and process what is heard through verbal and/or written relay to demonstrate critical thinking.


TEXTBOOK-Literature Texas Treasures, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2011





1st Nine Weeks

General ELAR


UNIT 1A:  Analyzing Fiction


                   

Fiction-Read “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.


Identify the elements of fiction. Create and utilize graphic organizer and linear plot development to identify the elements of plot, conflict and conflict resolution.


UNIT 1B:  Analyzing Drama


Drama-Examine various scripts and plays to build character maps and to identify Elements of Drama such as characters (e.g. protagonist and antagonist), use of dialogue, and staging as well as examine Points of View.

Pre-AP


UNIT  1A:  Analyzing Fiction

           

            

Fiction-Read “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.


Identify the elements of fiction. Create and utilize graphic organizer and linear plot development to identify the elements of plot, conflict and conflict resolution.


UNIT 1B:  Analyzing Drama


Drama-Examine various scripts and plays to build character maps and to identify Elements of Drama such as characters (e.g. protagonist and antagonist), use of dialogue, and staging as well as examine Points of View.










1st Nine Weeks

General ELAR


UNIT 2A: Analyzing Literary Nonfiction



Non-fiction-Read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. This book is Fiction but is categorized as Historical Fiction which has bases, addresses and/or alludes to historical events.


Examine literary devices, word choice and phrasing used in speeches and other non-fiction literary work to identify techniques (e.g. aphorisms, epigraphs) and to understand the author’s message.


UNIT 2B: Analyzing Poetry


Poetry-Read various poems to examine genres, poetic techniques, forms and structures.  


*Poetry book project

Pre-AP ELAR


UNIT 2A: Analyzing Literary Nonfiction



Non-fiction-Read Night by Elie Wiesel


Examine literary devices, word choice and phrasing used in speeches and other non-fiction literary work to identify techniques (e.g. aphorisms, epigraphs) and to understand the author’s message.


UNIT 2B: Analyzing Poetry


Poetry-Read various poems to examine genres, poetic techniques, forms and structures.


*Poetry book project


NOVELS-**Pre-AP—Novels, “Divergent” and “Night” will need to be purchased hardcover, paperback or e-book. Also, they may be borrowed from class, school, or local library for home reading.


**General ELAR—Novels, “The Giver” and “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” are available on-hand in class library. You may check out books from me for home reading.


“READ 20”-Parents, please try to get your child to read at least 20 minutes a day! Reading helps our children to be more SUCCESSFUL IN EDUCATION. Every student will have a Reading Log where you can sign off on their reading at home and they will be rewarded in class.


Grading:

  • Summative Assessment (Participation)
  • Warm-ups
  • Formative Assessment (Pre-Assessments / Quizzes / Checkpoints /Projects/Major Tests)
  • Writing Journal Entries

**Grades are weighed 60/40-60% is daily grades and 40% is major grades

90-100 A

80-89 B

70-79 C

0-69 F


LATE WORK:

Late work will be accepted. It MUST be completed. You will not receive a grade higher than 70 on completed ‘late work’ unless extenuating circumstances have occurred or at the discretion of the teacher.



UPDATES-Syllabus information for the next Units will be provided on my webpage. Please check my school webpage periodically for updates to the Syllabus reminders, and important information. You may subscribe to the webpage to receive instant notifications when updates are made to my page. Google Classroom will also be utilized this school year to provide extended instruction.



Supply List for 8th Grade ELAR:


ELAR Pre-AP

*See District Supply List for 8th Grade *See District Supply List for 8th Grade

* The novel “Divergent” by Veronica   

  Roth

* The novel “Night” by Elie Wiesel


Additional materials and supplies may be requested at any time during a project as necessary to complete the finished product.


This year is going to be great!


Brooke Bochat

8TH Grade, English Language Arts and Reading