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8th Grade English Language Arts

Emanuel County Institute

K. Williford, EdS



Mission Statement:  

My mission is to create a classroom where every single student knows he/she is valued, respected, and appreciated.  I want my curriculum to be interesting, meaningful, and fun so that my students will find joy in their learning.  It is my mission for my students to know that I have their best interests at heart.  I will strive daily to be the best teacher I can be!  At the end of the year, I want my students to remember me for having a positive impact on their lives.  


Course Description:

The 8th Grade Language Arts program at ECI is aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence as required by the Georgia Department of Education.  Students will work daily in all strands of the English Language Arts curriculum: reading, writing, grammar conventions, listening, speaking, and viewing.


Students will actively participate in a wide assortment of genres of literature, grammar and usage conventions, vocabulary development, and formal/informal forms of writing.


Expectations for listening, speaking, and viewing behavior will be taught and modeled.  Opportunities to practice these skills will include whole-class and small-group activities, projects, oral presentations, student-teacher conferences, and small group discussions. Strategic use of films and videos will also enrich cultural and media literacy.


Grammar – DLR (Daily Language Review) will be completed daily and tested regularly.  


Literature – We will be reading many short stories, myths, poetry, famous speeches, and novels.  We will study literary terms and devices, literary structure, and many different genres of literature.


Vocabulary – Vocabulary lessons will be taught in conjunction with various literature selections.


Research – Research projects will be completed during the year.  Students will develop skills such as organizing ideas and information, taking notes, outlining, and planning a presentation.


Writing – We will practice the writing process which includes pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.  Other opportunities for written expression include reader response, short-essay questions, and journaling.


Grading Criteria:

Classwork and Homework - 40%

Quizzes and Chapter Tests - 40%

Projects and Unit Tests - 20%


Student Expectations:

1.  Be prepared for class.  Have all required supplies and homework.

2.  Eyes forward and listen.

3.  Be respectful of yourself and others.

4.  Keep your hands and inappropriate comments to yourself.

5.  No cell phones allowed unless given special permission by the teacher.

6.  Work hard and believe in yourself.



The following discipline plan will be implemented in Mrs. Keila’s class. This plan sets guidelines for students who need more structure in the classroom setting.

1.  Verbal warning

2.  Lunch Detention

3.  Parent Contact

4.  After-school Detention

5.  Office Referral


Note:  Certain behaviors result in automatic office referral without going through the discipline steps.  Insubordination and fighting are automatic office referrals.



All assignments are due by the date determined by the teacher.  Late work will result in a deduction of 10 points for each day that it’s late.  Homework is due the next day and should not be completed during homeroom time.



Students caught cheating or plagiarizing will be given 0 points for the assignment.



7:30 - 8:00 - Homeroom (Go to restroom and locker first. Complete morning work.)

8:00 - 9:10 - 1st Period (English Language Arts)

9:11 - 10:21 - 2nd Period (Science/R.Johnson)

10:22 - 11:32 - 3rd Period (Connections)

11:33 - 1:13 - 4th Period (Social Studies/M.Carlyle *Lunch - 11:43 - 12:08)

1:14 - 2:28 - 5th Period (Math/G.Street)

2:29 - 3:00 - Bulldog Block (TBA)



Do not miss school.  It’s that simple.  Go to bed early, get a good night’s rest, and come to school!!!  Your attendance will be monitored, and you will be questioned about absences.  I understand that there are days you may be sick, but I expect an excuse the day you return to school.  You will have three days to make-up any missing work.


Student Signature ______________________________________

Date ______________


Parent Signature_______________________________________


Emanuel County Institute  |  102 N College St  |  Twin City, GA 30471
Phone: 478.763.2673