• Mrs. Kimmel’s Syllabus


        ESL/English Language Arts (FY)

    Classroom B12

    Office Hours: 1:15-3:15 p.m.



    E-mail: kimmelca@orange.k12.nj.us

    OPA’s Homepage: https://www.orange.k12.nj.us/Domain/374

    District ELA Homepage: https://www.orange.k12.nj.us/Page/7049

    Personal Homepage: https://www.orange.k12.nj.us/Page/13027



    Course Description

    Students will build a strong foundation of skills, knowledge, and strategies that will be applied as students engage in more complex texts and tasks. Students will be introduced to various genres of literature, while developing and enhancing their writing and grammar skills.


    Classroom Management

    It is expected that each student:

    • will use language that is appropriate
    • will not touch another student in anger
    • will wait his/her turn to speak
    • will use cell phone during permitted times
    • will strive to be an active learner

    Should these expectations be met, there will be rewards, which include:

    • Good behavior certificates
    • Verbal recognition (shout-outs)

    Should these expectations not be met, however there will be consequences, which include:


    • Non-verbal cues
    • Verbal redirect
    • After school detention
    • Call home to parent
    • ODR form sent to administration



    Grading Policy

    • Homework 10%
    • Classwork 20%
    • Test 25%
    • Quizzes 20%
    • Authentic Assessment 25%


    Late Assignments

    If a student is absent, it is his obligation to either ask me or a classmate, about any work that was missed. They will have an extra day, after their absence, to submit their work.


    If homework is late, there will be a deduction of 5 points. Homework cannot be late more than three days. For example:


    • 1 day late – 5 points deducted
    • 2 days late – 10 points deducted
    • 3 days late – 15 points deducted

    Please refer to student handbook for additional information regarding student discipline and attendance. 

    Academic Dishonesty: In this classroom, plagiarism and cheating will NOT be tolerated. If any assignment has been plagiarized, it will result in an automatic zero. Cheating on any tests/quizzes, will also result in an automatic zero.  


    • Notebook
    • Pen/Pencil
    • Highlighters
    • Pocket Folder
    • Headphones

    Expectations for Reading Plus, Newsela, – www.clever.com and Rosetta Stone:

    Reading Plus


    Rosetta Stone

    Every student will be required to complete FIVE Reading Plus lessons per week. Your average for all lessons must be 80% or higher. These five lessons will be counted as a homework grade for the week. You will be expected to work on your Reading Plus during small group rotations.

    Every student will be expected to engage with content-related articles on Newsela during each unit of study. .

    Every student will be expected to work on Rosetta Stone during small group rotations.

    Google Classroom

    Please join your class’s Google Classroom page to retrieve and submit assignments.







    Remind App


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    Standards and Topics Coveredhttps://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-8-ela-curriculum-map


    This link allows you to see the topics and the curriculum modules for the school year.




    Grade 8 ELA Module 1


    These free-verse narrative poems performance task centers on NYSP12 ELA Standards RI.8.1, RI.8.2, W.8.3, W.8.4, W.8.5, W.8.7, W.8.9, L.8.1, and L.8.2.


    Finding Home: Refugees

    In this module, students will develop their ability to read and understand complex text as they consider the challenges of fictional and real refugees. In the first unit, students will begin Inside Out & Back Again, by Thanhha Lai, analyzing how critical incidents reveal the dynamic nature of the main character.  Students will build their ability to infer and analyze text through discussion and writing. They will also read informational text to learn more about the history of war in Vietnam.

    Unit 2:

    Students will build knowledge about refugees’ search for a place to call home. They will read informational texts that convey universal themes of refugees’ experiences.  This unit culminates with the students examining how the universal refugee experience causes the refugee’s life to be turned inside out.

    Unit 3:

    After finishing the novel, students will reread critical incidents, and we also working in research groups to study the experiences of refugees. Students will use this knowledge to write to write two, free verse narrative poems that capture the universal refugee experience. Students will reread poems from the novel as mentor texts. 


    Grade 8 ELA Module 2A


    Working with Evidence: Taking a Stand

    In this second module, students will continue to develop their ability to closely read text while studying the theme of taking a stand.

     Unit 1:

    Students will read two speeches of real people taking a stand; they will build background knowledge about the module’s theme. They will also engage in a study of the speaker’s perspective and analyze an argument.

     Second half of Unit 1:

     Students will read Part 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and continue to study the theme of taking a stand. Students will engage in a character study of Atticus by analyzing his actions and words. This analysis will provide details and evidence for the end of Unit 2 argument essay. In addition, students will view excerpts of the To Kill a Mockingbird film , and they will analyze how the film remains true or departs from the original.

    Unit 2:

    Students will continue to study the theme of taking a stand as they finish the novel. They will develop their argument writing skills will be developed through scaffolded writing lessons.  The culminating project will be a literary analysis essay in which they argue whether or not it made sense for Atticus to take a stand for Tom Robinson.

     Unit 3: This Readers Theater final performance task centers on NYSP12 ELA Standards RL.8.2, RL.8.3, W.8.3, W.8.4, and W.8.11b.

    After finishing the novel, students will return to key quotes from the novel that relate to the themes of the Golden Rule and Taking a Stand. Students will form groups to create a Readers Theater in which they select one key quote. They will select scenes from the novel that reveal the message of the quote. Students will recreate these scenes in a Readers Theater structure and provide commentary on how their script remains true or departs from the original text.


    Grade 8 ELA Module 3A


    Students will study Japanese-American relations during World War II. They will read case studies about the plight of Japanese-Americans interned on American soil and American prisoners of war held captive in Japan during World War II. The central texts are Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and a short biography of Miné Okubo, a Japanese-American interned during the war. As students read both of these pieces, they will analyze how the narrative structure can communicate real events in a compelling manner.

    Performance Task: Students will research Miné Okubo’s life after internment; and for their final performance task, they will share and reflect on their narrative in which they tell the story of how Okubo went from resisting efforts to make her “invisible” during internment to becoming “visible” post-internment. NYSP12 ELA CCLS W.8.3, W.8.6, W.8.9b, L.8.1, L.8.1b, L.8.1c, L.8.2, L.8.2c, and L.8.3.


    Grade 8 ELA Module 4

    This task addresses NYSP12 ELA Standards RI.8.1,W.8.1, W.8.1a, W.8.1b, W.8.1c, W.8.1d, W.8.1e and W.8.9.


    Students will analyze arguments and the evidence used to support arguments to determine whether sufficient evidence and whether it is relevant in support of the claim an author or speaker is making. They gather evidence to make their own spoken and written arguments.

    Students will read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma (930L), a literary non-fiction text about where food comes from and about making decisions about what food to buy and eat. They build background knowledge about what happens to food before it gets to the consumer.  They will analyze the different choices the consumer can make when buying food while analyzing Michael Pollan’s arguments and the evidence he uses to support his claims.

    Unit 2:

    Students engage in a research project in where they further investigate the consequences of each of the food chains and the stakeholders affected. They will use a decision-making process called “Stakeholder Consequences Decision-Making.” This process will help students understand the implications of various choices, and based on evidence and their own values how to take a position on which food chain they would choose if they had to feed everyone in the US. The culminating project is a position paper explaining which of Michael Pollan’s food chain they would choose to feed the US and why by creating a poster stating their position.