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Mr. Ayres' 8th Grade ELA Classroom

Daily Schedule
1st Period     8:00 - 8:50
2nd Period    8:54 - 9:44
3rd Period     9:48 - 10:38
4th Period     10:42 - 11:32
5th Period     11:36 - 12:26
6th Period     12:30 - 1:20
7th Period       1:24 - 2:14
R & E              2:18 - 2:50
Homeroom     2:54 - 3:00

Welcome to our class!   Th is class has been created with you in mind: it contains the English Language Arts content you need to learn, the tools to help you learn, and tasks to strengthen the critical thinking skills that prepare you for high school and beyond.


Through our lessons you will explore compelling themes through reading, writing, discussions, performances, and research. You will closely read short stories, novels, poems, historical texts, and articles. You’ll also view and interpret films, plays, and audio texts while comparing them to their related print versions.


With frequent opportunities to write creatively and analytically throughout the year, you will develop fluency, research skills, and an understanding of how to craft your writing based on audience and purpose. Through collaborative discussions, presentations, performances, and debates with your peers, you will deepen your understanding of the texts you’ve read and viewed and learn how to convey your ideas with clarity and voice. Tools to help you learn are built into every lesson.


With high school right around the corner, now is the time to challenge yourself to develop skills and habits you need to be successful throughout your academic career.


Areas of Study
  • The Challenge of Heroism
  • The Challenge of Utopia
  • The Challenge to Make a Difference


Class Rules:

  • Respect yourself, others, all adults, and school property
  • Display positive and appropriate citizenship and character.
  • Be prepared for school and class


You will need:

  • A binder
  • 5 different colored highlighters
  • Post-it Notes
  • Wide-ruled notebook paper
  • Pencils
  • Laptop


Grading Policy

A       93—100

B       85—92

C       75—84

D       70—74


How is my average determined?

Classwork/Projects            50%

Assessments                        40%

Homework                           10%



Missing Tests and Work


Students will make up missing assignments either at home or during R&E time. 


Class Assignments


Class assignments will be posted on TEAMS.  Please utilize this tool to track assignments, lessons, and more!


Restroom Passes


If students aren’t in class they cannot learn. 

Students have three restroom passes to use each 9 weeks.    These passes will be given to the student at the beginning of each grading period and must be presented to the teacher before they go to the restroom. 


Emergency and medical situations will be  understood and discussed on an individual basis.


Unused restroom passes can be turned in at the end of the 9 weeks for extra credit.


Cell Phone Policy


Cell phones are to not be used during the school day. 

If a teacher sees a student phone it will be taken up and given to the office for pick-up.