• Course Syllabi 

    8th Grade English Language Arts

    Course Objectives:

    1. Students meet or exceed the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts as measured through the CAASPP exam and in-class assessments.  *While distance learning, CCSS progress will be measured through StudySync unit exams.
    2. Students demonstrate growth on the NWEA MAP Reading Assessment from the Fall to Spring Assessments. *Not applicable while distance learning.
    3. Students achieve proficiency in the annual District Writing Assessment. *While distance learning, student writing proficiency will be assessed through teacher-created rubrics and MYAccess automated scores.
    4. Students meet their annual reading goal for Reading Counts or Reading Plus.

    Curriculum:

    The adopted curriculum for this class is StudySync.  Additional curriculum is provided through ERWC, Expository Reading and Writing Course, as developed by Cal State University.  The annual units of study include:

    • Suspense! (StudySync)
    • When is Lying Okay? (ERWC)
    • In Time of War (StudySync)
    • The Construction of a College Experience (ERWC)
    • Novel Study (StudySync)

    The units of study may be adjusted by Mr. Celestino to respond to the needs of the students.

    Additional Programs:

    In order to meet the course objectives, assignments will be completed in the following supplemental programs outside the core, adopted curriculum:

    • Reading Counts!
    • Reading Plus
    • NoRedInk
    • MYAccess

    Daily Supplies:

    To fully engage in all lessons and activities, students must arrive to class each day with their expected supplies as delineated within the MacArthur Student Handbook.  Those include the three-inch, three-ring binder, Agenda, no fewer than 50 sheets of lined paper, a ruler, and a pencil pouch with 2 working pencils, 2 blue or black ball-point pens, a red pen, a set of colored pencils, scissors, and a glue stick.  

    Aside from the binder, students need their textbooks, i.e. StudySync consumable texts or ERWC text packets, and their Reading Counts book.

     

    Yearbook and Journalism

    Course Objectives:

    1. Students become acting journalists as contributing members to the campus publications, The Eye of the Tiger Yearbook or The Tiger's Tale.  
    2. Student publications meet the standards of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle rubric.

    Curriculum:

    The adopted curriculum for yearbook is published by Herff Jones, who is also the yearbook printer.  The adopted journalism curriculum is EXp3, first edition.  The units of study include, but are not limited to:

    • Introduction to Media
    • Basics of Photography
    • News/Copy Writing
    • News Gathering
    • Features and Editorials
    • Design
    • Journalistic Integrity
    • Advertising
    • Sensationalized Journalism

    The units of study may be adjusted by Mr. Celestino to respond to the needs of the students.

    Additional Programs:

    In order to meet the course objectives, assignments may be completed in the following supplemental programs outside the core, adopted curriculum:

    • eDesign
    • macarthurtigerstale.net

    Daily Supplies:

    To fully engage in all lessons and activities, students must arrive to class each day with their expected supplies as delineated within the MacArthur Student Handbook.  Those include the three-inch, three-ring binder, Agenda, no fewer than 50 sheets of lined paper, a ruler, and a pencil pouch with 2 working pencils, 2 blue or black ball-point pens, a red pen, a set of colored pencils, scissors, and a glue stick.  

    Aside from the binder, students need to bring their Reading Counts book.