School News Letter

Miss Pritchard's 8th grade English Class


Dear Parents,

I will be having your child this up and coming year in my English class. I am delighted to be teaching your child this coming year. I have high expectations for each individual. I want your child to gain as much knowledge as possible in order for them achieve the standards that I have set in motion, but I also want your child to achieve their own personal goals. I will do all that I can to unsure that your child reaches their expectations and goals.

Supplies Needed

  • Spiral Notebook
  • Pencils/ Pens

Books we will be covering include:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K Rowling, Bloomsbury, 1997. A fiction, fantasy series about a young boy that discovers his magical heritage.
  • The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, 2008. It is a science fiction novel about a sixteen year old girl named Katniss Everdeen who lives in a post-apocalyptic nation.
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird Harper Lee, J.B Lippincott & Co, 1960. The novel is based upon a young girl, Scout, observations about her family and neighbors in 1936.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianClive Staples Lewis, HarperCollins, 1951. It is a fantasy world of magic in which several children play a role in the history of Narnia.
  • The Sea of Monsters Rick Riordan, Hyperion Books, 2006. A series about a descendant of a Greek god who goes on an adventure to settle a war between the gods.
  • HolesLouis Sachar, Bloomsbury, 1998. A novel about a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who is accused of stealing a pair of shoes and then is sent to a juvenile camp.
  • The Hobbit J.R.R Tolkien, George Allen & Unwin, 1937. A fantasy novel about a hobbit (Bilbo Baggins) who goes on a quest to win a share of the treasure that is guarded by a Dragon, Smaug.
  • City of Bones Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry, 2007. A fantasy novel about a young girl who finds out that she is not a mortal human being and can see an invisible world filled with demons and demon hunters.

Specific Course Goals and Objectives:

  • To better understand the development of each novel
  • To develop skills in the interpretation and analysis f literature
  • to develop the sills necessary to read and write confidently about specific work or works of literature

Home Work and Absence Policy:

I will accept no late assignments unless you have arranged to turn them in late before the day of your absence. Please fill free to e-mail me anytime incase you need to turn in any assignments and/or additional help. Students will be responsible for their journals at the end of the year. Late journals will receive a 5-point grade reduction. I will be happy to have any assignments made up IF you discuss it with me before hand.