English Expectations

8th Grade English Expectations 2017 - 2018

Mrs. Nicol

anicol@sau73.org 527-2460 x546

Welcome to 8th Grade English!

I am looking forward to a fantastic year with you!  Our focus in 8th grade is getting students to develop their technical writing as well as continuing to use writing as a tool for learning and communication. The major units we will study this year include: Narrative Writing, Informative Writing, and Argument Writing.  Students will also have the opportunity to work on writing of your choice throughout the school year.  Reading will be largely independent; you will be able to choose your own materials to read in class and outside of school.  Please see the attached letter for more information regarding reading.

This is going to be a wonderful year filled with many opportunities for reading, writing, and collaborating.  I care deeply about the process you go through as you read and write, and about the products you craft.  I want you to learn how to learn, but I also want you to become the strongest writers and readers possible within the time constraints we have.  I expect, teach, and guide you in the rethinking of your writing (revising) and the editing process, using the appropriate grammatical constructions and conventions (including usage, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.).  I expect you to do your best, so that you will grow to be the strongest writers and readers you can be this year.


Mrs. Nicol


Grading:  Grades will be determined by a student’s success in the following areas:

Formative Assessments

The purpose of formative assessments is to monitor student learning and engagement during an instructional unit.  Formative assessments are given often and have a low point value (0-10 points). Formative assessments are a “snapshot” of student learning to direct instruction, and therefore are not eligible for reassessment.  

  Summative Assessments

The purpose of summative assessments is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit.  Summative assessments are given less often and have a higher point value (20-40 points).  Due to the importance of the skills being taught, students can reassess as per teacher discretion.

Homework: The standing homework assignments for the year will be independent reading for thirty minutes five nights a week, as well as a Weekly Word Study worksheet each week.  There will be other, smaller assignments as well, depending on what the class is working on in writing.  It is important that you complete your homework so you’ll be ready to participate in class.

After School Support: I want all of my students to have the opportunity to be successful in my class, so I am available for after-school assistance most days with advance notice.  Please note that you will need to communicate your intentions to stay after as I may have other obligations.

Make-up Work: If you are absent from class, you are responsible for making up any missed work.  You will be able to get paper copies of classwork activities in the make-up work folder, and you can always access materials on my Google Website.

Classroom Expectations:

  1. Be on time, on task, and ready to learn EVERYDAY.

  2. Respect the teacher, the classroom, others and yourself.

  3. Be responsible for your own learning.

  4. Clean up after yourself and your peers.

  5. Use technology appropriately.