Orange Preparatory Academy, Orange, NJ Mr. Popp, Language Arts Teacher
Course Expectations: 8th Grade Language Arts Email: email@example.com
Course Website: https://www.orange.k12.nj.us/Domain/2622
How To Succeed In This Class:
- Prepare. Do the homework (this includes reading) and bring required supplies (see list at right) to class every day.
- Work hard. Do your best on each assignment, whether it’s an essay or an in-class writing.
- Meet expectations. Check the expectations we developed as a class; you are responsible for meeting them!
- Communicate politely. If something is unclear or is making you unhappy, let me know in a polite and respectful way. If it’s still unclear, see me after class or after school.
- An independent reading book: this book is a required supply every day – no exceptions.
- A black or blue pen, or a pencil.
- A notebook or binder section that is for this class only.
- Headphones or earbuds.
- A folder in which to keep course handouts and returned work.
- Two packs of Post-it notes.
Grading: Your grade in this class is calculated according to the following categories. These categories are district policy and are not negotiable:
- Tests: 25%
- Quizzes: 20%
- Class Work and Participation: 20%
- Authentic Assessments: 25%
- Homework: 10%
Academic Integrity: You are required to submit your own original work. Plagiarism and cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.
Any student who plagiarizes an assignment for the first time will be required to redo and resubmit the assignment for a reduced grade.
Plagiarism on any subsequent assignments will result in a zero and a phone call home.
Reading Plus: Students must complete five (5) Reading Lessons each week. The total comprehension score from these lessons will be logged in Genesis as a homework grade. Please note: students will have time to work on these lessons in class; however, if they do not complete five lessons during this time, they must complete the lessons outside of class before the end of the week.
Independent Reading: Per school-wide expectations, students will read two (2) choice texts each month and log their progress on Reading Rewards during designated independent reading times in class. These are books that students choose to read based on interest and can include any text from graphic novels and magazines to classical literature. Students are welcome to bring in books from home, borrow a book from my classroom library, or borrow a text from the Orange Prep library located on the 2nd floor.
Our First Module – Finding Home: Refugees – Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
- Focus: Reading Closely and Writing to Learn
Students consider the challenges of fictional and real refugees. They read the novel Inside Out and Back Again, analyzing critical incidents that reveal the dynamic nature of Ha, a 10-year-old Vietnamese girl whose family flees during the fall of Saigon. They also read complex informational texts to learn more about the history of the war in Vietnam, the historical context of Ha’s family’s struggle, and the universal themes of refugees’ experiences of fleeing and finding home.
Remember: success in this class is as simple as preparing, working hard, meeting expectations, and communicating politely.