English 8

Course Description

For this course students will be encountering and interacting with the English language using the skills of Reading, Listening, Writing, & Speaking. Each unit lasts four weeks with each week of that unit focusing on one of the previously mentioned skill areas. Students will be maintaining their writing and speaking samples (seven each, totaling fourteen) in a portfolio kept within the classroom. In order to successfully complete this course, students must be flexible, diligent, and hard working.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use effective reading strategies to achieve their purposes in reading
  2. Read, interpret, and critically analyze literature
  3. Read and discuss literary and nonliterary texts in order to understand human experience
  4. Read to acquire information
  5. Create or produce writing to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes
  6. Plan, revise, edit, and publish clear and effective writing
  7. Understand the function of various forms, structures, and punctuation marks of Standard English and use them appropriately in communications
  8. Orally communicate information, opinions, and ideas effectively to different audiences for a variety of purposes
  9. Listen to and comprehend oral communications
  10. Participate effectively in discussion
  11. Develop their vocabulary and ability to use words, phrases, idioms, and various grammatical structures as a means of improving communication
  12. Recognize and interpret various uses and adaptations of language in social, cultural, regional, and professional situations, and learn to be flexible and responsive in their use of English

Course Requirements

In order for students to successfully complete this course students must adhere to and perform the following:

  1. Read all assigned reading prior to coming to class and be prepared to discuss and use what was read in the activities of the lesson for that day.
  2. Complete all assignments by the assigned due date. If a student will be absent from class on the day an assignment is due, it is their responsibility to turn in the assignment early or make other arrangements to get the assignment in. Student’s should consider this their one and only warning. Absolutely no late work will be accepted.
  3. If a student must miss a class session it is up to the student to meet with the instructor prior to that session to make arrangements for late work. If prior arrangements are not made, no late work will be accepted.
  4. Participate in the day’s lesson whether it is a class discussion, group work, or individual study.
  5. Complete all long term assignments by the date that they are due, according to the scoring guides that will be provided.


For this course assessment will be done through quizzes, writing samples, and speaking samples. While graded individually upon completion of each assignment, should a graded assignment be missing at the end of each quarter when final grading is done, that grade will be removed. It is each student’s responsibility to maintain their own portfolio.


In order to not interrupt the flow of the class, should a student do something requiring discipline such as lunch detention, after-school detention or some other form the student will be handed a standard “See me after class” card. If a student receives this card for any reason they should immediately correct their behavior and then stay after class to receive appropriate discipline.

Class Blog

Mr. Brammer maintains a class weblog (blog) at the following web address: https://mrbrammer.wordpress.com/. Make sure not to put www before mrbrammer. Each day Mr. Brammer will post important information on the class blog under the title of the course name (English 8, Humanities 8, and English 10). Please check the blog regularly, if not daily, to have reminders for assignments, further instructions, or even extra-credit assignments found only on the blog.



Each day student’s must come prepared to learn by having completed the assignments that are due that day, but also by bringing the proper supplies with you, such as: paper, pencil, and a book for reading.


If a student does not participate, by joining in discussions, sharing their opinions and voicing their ideas, then that student is not truly a part of the class. As such, the student will not be learning as effectively as they can. Each day, all students must participate.


The world judges by what they see with their eyes and hear with their ears. When a student comes to class, they must present themselves in a way that shows respect for themselves, their family, and their school. This is done by dressing, acting, and speaking appropriately. Cursing or crude talk will not be tolerated in this class. As well, improper wearing of the school’s uniform with result in immediate correction and further discipline.


The knowledge builds upon itself. Therefore, if a student is struggling with a certain area please come and speak with Mr. Brammer. His desire is for every student to succeed and I will do everything possible to help students to do so. However, first students must help themselves by giving their best each day.


Getting up and speaking in front of people is reportedly the number one fear that people have. To help combat that, students will be practicing this skill; constantly. This will allow everyone to learn from one another. If a student learns to effectively speak before others, they will not have much problem securing the job they later desire.

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