English 8B class information and syllabus

English 8B

Mrs. Mueller

~class outline~materials~procedures~expectations~

Welcome to English 8B!  We will be focusing on poetry, writing, and literature this trimester.  Below is a basic outline of curriculum and concepts we will uncover.  Please share this information with your parents and have them sign below.


Curriculum outline:

u      Six trait writing:  cause and effect essay

u      Independent reading (written book review due  near end of trimester)

u      Poetry Portfolio: poetry forms and elements 

u      A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens- read as a class in December


Class starters include:

u      DOL/grammar (may have grammar homework Tuesday and Thursday nights)

u      journal writing

u      vocabulary


Materials needed- please have by Monday:

ü        1” binder, 5 dividers, looseleaf paper

ü        blue or black pen and pencil

ü        composition notebook or spiral for journal writing

ü        folder with pockets  for poetry portfolio (just a cheap, plain one with no graphics)

ü        low-odor/ dry-erase marker for vocab review (blue or black)

ü        access to a travel / jump drive is optional but real handy when working on essays/reports

ü        this information sheet  with parent signature (worth 10 points)


Policies & Procedures:

n        Assignments are due at the beginning of the hour

n        You have 2 days for every day absent  to turn in  missed work.  It is your responsibility to get missed assignments  from me.

n        English dept. late policy:  Late assignments will be accepted no later than 2 weeks after due date and will receive a 50% deduction from the earned score.

n        Three hall passes per trimester (planner is used as a hall pass, so bring it every day!)



Respect-for yourself as well as others.  Respect includes being punctual, prepared, polite, and productive.  Remember that if cell phones are seen or heard, they will be taken to the office.  No food or drinks in class (clear water bottle okay).

Please bring your binder, writing notebook, pen/pencil, planner, and reading book  every day.


Parents:   I plan to start with the novel, A Christmas Carol, which will take most of December.  In January we will begin essay writing followed by poetry portfolios.  I'll give them an outline with due dates when we start the poetry portfolio. You might ask to see your child's portfolio occasionally. Students will be asked to share a book review of their independent novel near the end of the trimester.  Please contact me with any concerns or questions. My e-mail address is muellerm@d321.k12.id.us.  I am excited to start a new trimester, and I look forward to getting to know you.  I have great expectations for a successful and enjoyable trimester! 

Thank you!   ~Mrs. Melodee Mueller

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                                          parent/guardian signature                                                date

                          I will return this paper to students for reference after I record it.