Course Syllabus

8th Grade Language and Literature

Ms. Ranft

Room 3201


Ms. Brown

Room 3208



Textbook Information

Literature: Reading with a Purpose, Course 3

ISBN 9780078454783

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Access Code for Online Access: E9AAD07F21


Writers Choice: Grammar and Composition

ISBN 0078298164

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Access Code for Online Access: BC6060B7B2 


Class Description 

This year in Language and Literature, you will be challenged to learn and grow in the areas of reading, writing, and speaking. You will be expected to engage in independent, self-selected readings as well as teacher-assigned readings. Students will make thematic analyses in literature, make connections between literature and historical concepts, and will learn to analyze different types of texts (short stories, novels, biographies, Shakespearean drama, poetry, informational literature, and other non-fiction). Students will also expand their vocabulary throughout each literature unit.

You will be expected to write and edit (self and peer) multiple genres of writing; expository, argumentative, narrative, and journalism. Students will also practice the skills of summarizing, responding to literature, writing research papers, and synthesizing associations between diverse texts. In addition, you will study grammar and spelling as a means to increase your verbal and written skills.


Scope and Sequence of Units   

This proposed schedule is based on a curriculum that aligns with both Common Core and IB. Throughout the year, this schedule may change due to the instructional needs of the students. Please refer to Canvas for updated assignments and projects.

Primary Unit

Final Project


Summer Reading

Summer Reading Presentation


Close Reading/Note Taking

Short Story Analysis



Research Journalistic Article


Science Informational Text Analysis

Expository Essay


Argumentative Writing



Traditional Stories

 Narrative Writing


Literary Text Analysis

Comparative Literature Essay


Biography Analysis

Civil Rights Research Presentation





 History Informational Text analysis

 Research Paper


 Year Long Units

1. Independent Reading

2. Vocabulary

3. Grammar

4. Spelling






Class Rules 

1.       Be respectful of others.

2.       Be prepared for class as soon as you take your  seat.

3.       Do your own work.

4.       All school rules are in effect in this classroom.


Class Safety 

1.       No food or beverages in class.

2.       Water bottles are permitted.

3.       Be familiar with Fire Drill and Tornado Drill procedures. 

4.       Stay in your seat until the bell rings or you are released by your teacher.

If you fail to follow these rules, discipline will be handled in the classroom as needed.  This ranges from warnings (verbal and non-verbal) to detentions, to conferences with Mr. Caudill.


Be Prepared for Class

  1. Always have your class materials and independent reading book, unless you have been specifically told otherwise by your teacher.
  2. Always have lined paper; always have a pen or pencil.  Please, avoid red and green ink pens.
  3. Have a section in your binder for Language and Literature assignments and notes. 
  4. Be in your seat when the bell rings for each period to avoid tardiness.
  5. Students may not leave the room for any reason without asking the teacher first.  If it is necessary to leave the room, ask the teacher and sign out. You will be asked to leave your cell phone in the classroom.
  6. You will be assigned a seat.  You must use this seat unless instructed to move by your teacher.  Seating charts will be rearranged once per quarter.
  7. Write your assignment in your assignment notebook in class.  Additionally, assignments will also be listed on Canvas.
  8. Pay attention in class. Your teachers expect you will be on task and attentive almost every minute of your time in class. If you are off task or inattentive conspicuously or continually, you will be redirected.


Grades and Homework

  1. The previous day's homework is due at the beginning of class. Homework that is not done at that time is considered late work. 
  2. Homework that is otherwise considered “late” may be turned in for 50% of the original achieved score for up to two weeks, or the teacher’s discretion. Late work must be placed in the Late Work tray beside my desk.
  3. Larger projects such as papers are usually 100 points.  All students are eligible to revise papers after they are returned for reassessment. In order to do so, they must meet with the teacher and revise the piece by a determined date set by the teacher. Your teacher reserves the right to limit the maximum score.
  4. Tests and quizzes range from 10 to 50 points.   A student who scores lower than a 70% on a quiz or test may be eligible to take an alternate and equivalent test, for a maximum score of 70%.  This does not always apply to all small quizzes or long-term projects.  Retakes must be arranged with the teacher and taken at an assigned day and time.  Furthermore, students must show evidence of study in order to be given the retake. Parents will be contacted to communicate retake opportunities and achievement on retakes.
  5. School and district rules regarding Academic Integrity apply in this classroom.  This means cheating, copying, and plagiarism is prohibited. Plagiarism is turning in the work of another as if it were your own; this could be deliberate or unintentional.  The penalties for deliberately plagiarizing the work of another include but are not limited to ineligibility for 20% of athletic competitions for a season, ineligibility to work on a stage performance, and suspension. See form Policy JFCM for the Academic Integrity Policy in full.


Other Class Policies and Guidelines

  1. Your teachers will treat you with respect; they will expect the same.
  2. Your teacher is not perfect and does not know everything.
  3. Be prepared to work as soon as you take your seat. We will not wait for the bell to begin to learn.
  4. You may chew gum, but your teacher does not want to see it or hear it.
  5. No backpacks in class.


Office Hours

  • During my Study Hall (Monday - Friday) 7th Period

Students may show up on an as needed basis for extra help, but during high demand times (projects, essays, tests, etc.), a scheduled time is required.


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