8th Grade English Language Arts

October Newsletter

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Dixon Middle School's Mission

We are

Dedicated to


Student Success

every day!

Course Description

This course emphasizes the fundamental language skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and presenting. An emphasis on vocabulary and composition skills will be an on-going part of the program. The course includes studies of various literary genres: short story, poetry, novel, drama, and non-fiction. The development of critical reading and writing skills is a major emphasis of the course. Novels will include: The Compound, To Kill a Mockingbird, Unbroken, and The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens.
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Our next novel will be Unbroken, a nonfiction story about Louie Zamperini. Students will be expected to read nightly and participate in daily discussions and activities.


I expect students to follow Dixon Middle School's PBS expectations: Be safe, respectful, and responsible.

Students will be assigned nightly reading when we are reading novels and occasional homework that will enhance their language arts and reading skills.

Dixon Dawg Pound Dixon R-1 after school program

Who: All K-12 students in the district

Where: Available at all three buildings (Elementary, Middle School, and High School)

When: 6:55-7:55 a.m. and 3:05-5:05 p.m. on regular school days

Why: Tutoring and fun enrichment activities at all ability levels and interests

Cost: K-5th graders - $5.00 per month

6-12 graders - annual fee of $25.00

Please note: Annual fee can be paid in payments. Children who qualify for reduced lunch will be charged 50% of the fee. Children who qualify for free lunch will be able to attend at no cost.

Be sure to fill out an application and return it to the building your child attends.

Tim McGraw - Humble And Kind (Official Video)

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss

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Study Island--a great tool to enhance reading comprehension and grammar skills

Students can use Study Island at home. Go to: https://app.studyisland.com/cfw/login/

User name: firstnamelastname@dms

Password: lastname

Contact information:

Please feel free to contact me anytime.

We have a class Twitter account so you can keep updated on a daily basis., #dms8ELA

We also have Remind 101 for important information.