8th Grade ELAR Syllabus


Welcome to 8th Grade English Language Arts and Reading!

We are so excited to start the year with all of you. Below you will find all of the information you will need to prepare for this class. We have included everything from Google Classroom codes to a Plagiarism Statement and everything in between. Our tutoring schedule should be finalized by the first day of school, so please be sure to come back and look for that in the future. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. Our contact info is available at the bottom of this page.

- Mrs. Meyer, Mrs. Arias, Ms. Dillard, Ms. Hinojosa, Mr. Gutierrez

Units of Study

Unit 1 - Gadgets and Glitches

Unit 2 - The Thrill of Horror

Unit 3 - Places We Call Home

Unit 4 - The Fight for Freedom

Unit 5 - Finding Your Path

Unit 6 - The Legacy of Anne Frank

Click the link below to view the new 8th Grade English Language Arts and Reading Standards for Texas and how they align with 7th and 9th grade!

Parent Communication


Each ELAR teacher will have a unique code to provide to students and parents at Meet the Teacher and on the first day of school. Please be sure to subscribe to these classes for updates on your student.

Basic Rules for Success

Supplies Needed

These are the supplies students will need for our classes every single day.

1 Composition Book (will stay in the classroom)



School Issued iPad

Tutoring Schedule

Mrs. Arias & Mr. McCleery

Open to All: Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. & 4:35 - 5:30 p.m.

Targeted Tutorials: Thursdays - 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. & 4:35 - 5:30 p.m.

Ms. Dillard

Open to All: Tuesday - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Targeted Tutorials: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays 8:00 - 8:25 a.m.

Mrs. Meyer


Ms. Hinojosa

Tues - Thurs 8:00 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. & 4:30 p.m/ - 5:30 p.m.

Mr. Gutierrez

Open to All - Tues 8:00 am - 8:35 am & 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Targeted - Thurs 8:00 am - 8:35 am & 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Grading Policy

55% Tests and Quizzes

35% Daily Work

10% Homework

Late Work Policy

-10 pts per day each assignment is late.

* Points will be deducted from late work just as it would be for on-time work.

  • Ex: If a student turns in a paper and receives 10 points off for missing information and it is on-time, they would receive a grade of a 90. If another student turns in a paper 3 days late and is missing the same information, they would receive a grade of a 60 (70 minus 10 pts).

Conference Period

Monday - Friday: 3:35 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Plagiarism Statement

Using someone else’s ideas, rephrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing them as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness is a serious offense known as plagiarism. “Ideas or phrasing” includes written or spoken material from whole papers, paragraphs to sentences, and phrases. It also includes statistics, lab results, artwork, and anything else created by another person. “Someone else” can mean a professional source, such as a published writer or critic in a book, magazine, encyclopedia, or journal; an electronic resource such as material we discover on the internet; another student at our school or anywhere else; a paper writing “service” (online or otherwise) which offers to sell written papers for a fee. Copying another student’s work is plagiarism. Plagiarized work will receive a 0. Additional consequences are to be determined by the teacher.

Google Classroom Codes by Teacher

Contact Your Teacher

Mrs. Ginavie Meyer

Mrs. Natalie Arias

Ms. Gracie Hinojosa

Mr. Manuel Gutierrez

Agreement Page

Please fill out the Agreement Page form below. This must be completed by every student along with their parent or guardian.