• Welcome Mrs. Silvas 8th Grade Language Arts Class Syllabus       

    Classroom Phone/Voice Mail: (520) 696-5894                                                                            

    Office Hours: 1:45-3:45 pm (Email to obtain a Zoom Session Link to request a live session)                                      

    Email: ssilvas@amphi.com


    1. Enable students to master important language arts concepts and skills which follow the Common Core State Standards in preparation for high school and life beyond.
    2. To increase each student’s knowledge and level of the English language by reading informative and literary texts which are complex, but grade appropriate. They will build knowledge about the world around them through content area text read both in and out of class, writing various types of essays, delivering oral presentations, enriching transferable vocabulary, and by establishing consistency in grammar usage and mechanics.
    3. Give students the opportunity to engage in evidence-based arguments. They will also express themselves through small group presentations, journaling activities, class discussions, and formal writing assessments.

    Course Curriculum Overview: ELA 8

    ELA 8 uses reading, writing, speaking, and listening to examine relevant topics. Special emphasis will be placed on comprehension, literary analysis, technology, and writing across genres. Students will study relevant topics, learn to self-advocate, organize literacy assignments at the formal level, and engage in the learning process. Motivated, independent workers will have the opportunity to collaborate in a variety of groups and settings. Problem solving and discourse will be a highlight of this course.

    Academic Standards:

    This course utilizes the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy

    Key Features of the Standards:

    Reading: Text complexity, fluency, fiction/nonfiction, comprehension, literary devices

    Writing: Genre writing, responding to reading, supporting evidence, and research

    Speaking and Listening: Flexible communication, technology, and collaboration

    Students will use the following platforms for online learning:

    Google Classroom- Students will be sent an email with an exclusive access code for your class section.  All announcements and assignments will be posted here.  Students must check in every day!  Students will turn in work, view grades, and receive feedback on assignments.  They will also be able to chat with classmates and ask questions. 

    Gmail -  Using their Amphi Google account, students will be able to send and receive teacher emails whenever questions arise.  They may also email me at ssilvas@amphi.com at any time if you need help.

    Edgenuity- Students will sign in to Edgenuity.com using their Amphi Google account.  Students will engage in customized courses that have lessons via a virtual teacher, complete standard based assignments, and take assessments that will be graded.  All Edgenuity course content and assignments will be posted in Google Classroom and discussed during live teaching sessions.

    Zoom- This will be the live teaching platform!  Depending on their schedule, students will log in for a live lesson on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays.  Homeroom (Period 1) students will also meet on Zoom every Wednesday morning for a Choose Love lesson.  

    Choose Love- This District Approved curriculum will address the social and emotional needs of all students.  

    No Red Ink- Students will complete standard based grammar assignments in usage, mechanics, and writing style using this program.  Students will be assigned lessons to independently complete and submit. Students will have diagnostic tests and checkpoints. This is a wonderful website to help students with grammar practice as we work throughout the school year. Students will be provided with information how to access this website. It does link through Goggle Classroom 

    Tyler- Grades will be posted weekly on the portal so that students can monitor their progress and check for any missing assignments.  Students and parents should make sure their login and password are still active and/or updated.

    Choose Love- Our school has adopted a program which serves as a tool to teach about social and emotional needs. Social Emotional Learning(SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These lessons will be taught on Wednesdays.

    Textbook Curriculum

    Students will use the Pearson Literature series as the main resource for reading and writing. Students will have a text book at home to use during remote learning.

    Required Course Materials: 

    • Calendar (planner, Google calendar, etc.)
    • Pencil, paper, colored pencils, markers
    • Binder with 5 tabs 
    • Highlighters (multi-pack)
    • red pens for editing
    • spiral notebook or journal
    • Post it page markers
    • notepad
    • access to a printer

    Assigned Pearson Literature Textbook Common Core Edition Grade 8

    Grading Policy during “Remote by Necessity” 

    The district guidelines for grading during "Remote Learning by Necessity" state:

    1.)  "Students are expected to complete and submit assignments by the stated/written due date."

    2.)  "Students can submit work up to a week late with no penalty. Individual student challenges

    should be considered before assigning a grade."

    3.)  "The minimum grade that can be assigned to a student on any given assignment is a 50%.

    Students who are on track to State and course standards mastery, show effort, and meet

    deadlines can expect a grade higher than 50%."

    In addition to these guidelines, the following grading policies for Language Arts class will apply:

    1.)  Grades will be recorded in Tyler on a weekly basis.  It is the student's responsibility to check grades often and keep track of all missing work.

    2.)  I use a combination of points and weighted categories to determine grades.  Grades will be recorded in either an Assignment or an Assessment category.  Assignments are weighted at 35%, and Assessments are weighted at 65%.  Point values will vary depending on the amount of work required for each assignment. Most assessments will be worth 100 points.

    3.)  Missing assignments will be recorded with an "M" in the gradebook.  Tyler counts all "M" entries automatically as a zero, so any missing assignments will negatively impact the final grade.  If the assignment is completed within one week after the due date, students will receive full credit.  Any assignment turned in after this deadline will be recorded as a 60%.  Incomplete assignments that show at least some effort will be recorded as a 50%, in accordance with district policy.

    Throughout the year, students will be graded in a variety of ways:

    • Teacher, peer, and self-assess
    • Participation, effort / improvement
    • Rubric: performance, product, or presentation
    • Formative: ongoing with feedback
    • Summative: final product / tests


    Attendance is always vital to student success.  Students are required to go into Google Classroom for each school day and submit their attendance under the attendance topic.  They must do this each day!!!

    Students are marked present for the instructional day if they HAVE FILLED OUT THE ATTENDANCE FORM IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM!  They have until 4:00 pm. each day to do so.   I will verify their participation with one of the following actions: Attend a live Zoom session, engage in Edgenuity or No Red Ink online lesson, turn in daily assignment as required, or have a meeting with me during office hours.


    Plagiarism Policy

    Explanation of plagiarism

    Plagiarism is using someone else's words, thoughts, or ideas as one’s own.  This someone else could be another student, a parent, or an author of printed or electronic material.  The words or ideas of another must be properly documented whether they are in the form of a quotation, a paraphrase, or a summary.

    Remote by Necessity Learning

    During remote learning, it is extremely important that both parents and teachers work together to ensure that student work is authentic when submitted for a grade. By knowing the importance of integrity chances of blatant plagiarism will be minimized. 

    Academic Integrity: what it is and why it is important

    Academic integrity, scholastic honesty, is essential for the assessment of student learning and the evaluation of teaching practices.  We educators need to know what a particular student and a particular class have learned and the extent to which our curriculum and instruction is sound.  Academic dishonesty is an obstacle to this intent.  Academic integrity is violated when a student obtains credit for, or is evaluated on, work that is not his or her own.

    The consequences of academic dishonesty, especially cheating and plagiarism

    The two most common forms of academic dishonesty that we encounter in the classroom are cheating and plagiarism.  Every student must be informed by both the school and the individual teacher as to what constitutes academic dishonesty and the consequences of such.  When cheating or plagiarism occurs, it is important that the incident be recorded, appropriate school staff and the student's parents be notified, and a grade of F or zero be assigned.  Depending on the seriousness of the offense, punishment could range from zero for that particular piece of student's work, to F for the entire course, or an administrative office referral.