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  • Smart Jr. High School
    Principal: Chad Jones
    Associate Principal: Nicole Talbot
    1934 West 5th Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52802
    Phone: (563) 445-5100
    Fax: (563) 445-5957

  • Language Arts

     

    Name of Course: Language Arts 8
    Course #: M10811
    Course Length: Yearlong

     

    Course Description:

    Language Arts 8 is a year-long course that integrates reading, writing, speaking, and listening and allows students to explore several universal themes.  Students participate in oral and silent reading of varied types of literature; informative, narrative, and argumentative writing; and varied listening, speaking, and viewing activities.  Instruction in language skills, in approaching writing as a process, and in thinking strategies is also integrated into the course.

     

    Standards

    • RL.8.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
    • RL.8.3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
    • RI.8.1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    • RI.8.2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
    • W.8.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
    • W.8.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
    • W.8.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well–structured event sequences.
    • W.8.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

     

    Text/Materials/Resources

      • Expeditionary Learning
    • Finding Home: Refugees
    • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai 
    • Taking a Stand
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • The Civil Rights Movement and The Little Rock Nine
          • A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls LaNier and Lisa Frazier Page
          • Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration by Shelley Tougas
    • Sustainability of the US Food Supply Chain
    • Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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    • Various informational texts

     

    Instructional Practices & Support

    Instructional practices will be aligned to the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Framework.

    Teachers will maximize classroom time to provide instructional opportunities that are targeted and tailored to student needs. Students will experience high-quality instruction which includes: 

    • A classroom culture that adheres to productive classroom norms and relationships
    • High quality tasks that lend to authentic engagement
    • Productive discussions where students make sense, justify and generalize

     

    Classroom Management Procedures

    Classroom management procedures will be aligned to the multi-tiered system of support framework, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to build an emotionally safe, positive and engaging environment. Teachers will understand, support and implement orchestration of the elements in the classroom:

    • Establish positive ongoing teacher-student relationships
    • Establish, post, and teach rules and procedures regularly
    • Implement proactive strategies and interventions
    • Use of acknowledgment system with specific immediate praise, and feedback 
    • Manage student behavior with a continuum of corrective strategies 

     

    Assessment Plan

    • Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency following additional instruction and ongoing assessment, 
    • Multiple data points will be used to determine the reported grade (formative and/or summative)
    • Ongoing assessments may be given in a format different than the original and re-assessment will be given when students demonstrate new learning 
    • The time frame of ongoing assessments will be determined by the team and individual teachers based on student progress.
    • Late work will be accepted without penalty within the unit of study.
    • Extra credit will not be factored into grading.