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Leslie Zech » English 8

English 8

Welcome to 2019-2020 at Edwardsburg Public Schools!  
A place of passion...pride...and purpose! eps
Mrs. Zech
Best time to call:  9:20-10:10 a.m. 
Short Bio
I look forward to starting my 34th year of teaching with all of you.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University with a major in English and a minor in social science and psychology. I began my career as a substitute teacher for schools surrounding Michigan State University and earned a wealth of knowledge from the educators and their classrooms.  Then, I worked on the east side of Michigan in the East China School District (St. Clair Middle School and Marine City Middle School) for eleven years. I am now starting my twenty-first year at Edwardsburg Middle School and am really looking forward to a new year. 
English 8 is a data-driven communications course, personalized for every individual's strengths and weaknesses.  Students will combine reading and writing skills in the areas of informational text and literary works. In eighth grade, we begin prepping for the college standardized exams and career placement standards by understanding the basic foundations: inferential reading; understanding context clues;  writing argumentative, explanatory, and narrative essays; citing textual evidence; grammar, vocabulary within the text; and Greek and Latin root words. 
Mondays, students are introduced to one of the English Language Arts Common Core 8 objectives by a personalized, computer program (i-Ready). Students will work at their own pace for completion and minimally 70% accuracy. What is not completed in class, can be continued throughout the week in their spare time. This same objective will be enhanced throughout the week through the whole group and ability based lessons.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, students will spend time working on the week's objective in a whole group learning atmosphere.
Thursdays are ability-based grouping.  These groups are determined weekly based on how weekly objectives were met and personalized to focus on the student's needs. 
Fridays, students will complete their Latin and Greek Root Words packet from the warm-up sessions throughout the week. The objectives would be to learn the root words, learn new vocabulary words that use the root words, practice working with context clues, and practice working with synonyms, antonyms, connotations, and denotations.    
Please refer to the following website for the specific English Language Arts 8 objectives and curriculum-based instruction.
Materials Needed for The Class:
  • Google Chromebook (school provides)
  • Earbuds
  • #2 pencils
  • Writer's notebook/composition book
  • Large glue stick (on selected days)
  • Highlighter (for the consumable Literature book
Students will sign out a Literature consumable textbook and novel in the library. The Literature textbook can also be viewed and listened to online. The access code will be provided during the first week of school. Students will also have access to an audible version of the novel on their Google Classroom page.  
Apps and Resources Used Regularly:
i-Ready (online)
Pearson Literature (Textbook and online)
Scholastic Scope (paper and online)
Google Classroom- Used as our everyday source for assignments, downloaded materials, and videosThe access code will be provided during the first week of school.
Google Forms
Check out the pictures of the student winners from various essay contests throughout the year.  Winners are from the Cass County Court Law Day; Veterans of Foreign Wars (Patriot's Pen Essay Contest); and America and Me (sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance Company). 
English 8