8th Grade ELA Syllabus

8th Grade ELA Syllabus

Stan Kaliszak Jennifer Loveday Myra Monroe

Sevierville Middle School Sevierville Middle School Sevierville Middle School

2017-2018 2017-2018 2017-2018

English Language Arts - Grade 8

Contact Information

Phone: (865) 453-0311

Email:  Stan Kaliszak: stankaliszak@sevier.org

Jennifer Loveday: jenniferloveday@sevier.org

Myra Monroe: myramonroe@sevier.org



Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

Varying dystopian novels by authors of Young Adult Literature  


“How Much Sleep Do I Need?” from kidshealth.org

“Lack of Sleep Linked to Childhood Obesity” by Liz Neporent

“Secrets of Sleep” by D.T. Max

“Fun 101” by Aaron Millar

“A New Boredom Study is Anything but Boring” by Los Angeles Times

“Why We Get Bored” by Live Science Staff

“How and Why We Get Bored” by Dragos Roua

Required Supplies

1 3-prong, 2-pocket folder




Course Overview

This course is designed to increase communication skills through reading, writing, speaking, listening and the study of the English language. Our primary focus in English/Language Arts class will be reading and comprehending complex texts, mastering different writing styles, studying various Greek and Latin roots, demonstrating the rules of grammar, and expressing ourselves orally. We balance the year by rotating a study of fiction and nonfiction texts each six weeks, beginning with the fiction novel Flowers for Algernon.

Course Standards/Objectives

State standards for teaching and learning in this course and others are available at


Field Trips

A viewing of the Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as performed at The Clarence Brown Theater on the University of Tennessee campus.

Major Projects

The 3rd six weeks is a facilitation of literature circles, which are very student-centered and student-dependent. It is imperative this six weeks that students are present and engaged throughout this process.


Per Sevier County Board of Education policy BP 630A, grading will be uniform across all elementary grades. In this course, daily grades will count as 67% of a student’s final average while test grades will count as 33%. Students who receive an excused absence are required to make up work missed in this course. Students who receive an unexcused absence will not be allowed to make up daily missed work and the grade may be assessed as a zero BP 623. Student scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment (TCAP) Program’s grades three through eight shall comprise fifteen (15%) percent of the student’s final grade in the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics, English/Language Arts, science, and social studies. If these scores have not been returned by the end of school, grades will be assigned without including TCAP. Students and parents can have access at all times to current grading information via www.gradebookwizard.

Parental Access to Instructional Materials

Pursuant to Tennessee Code 49-6-7003, parents or guardians may request access to any teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom as well as any tests developed or graded by the teacher. In order to facilitate this request, parents/guardians are asked to submit a request for such review via letter, email, or phone conversation prior to an established meeting for said review.