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Title: 8th Grade PARENT Night 2014


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8th GradePARENT Night 2014
  • Karla Evers Jocelyn Fassett
  • English DH Social Studies DH
  • eversk_at_grafton.k12.ma.us fassettj_at_grafton.k12.ma.u
    s
  • 508-839-5425

2
English Graduation Requirements
  • 20 credits (English 9,10,11,12)
  • 4 Years of English
  • Grade 9 Unleveled

3
Course Levels
  • Unleveled foundation course or designed to
    increase student competence in grade 9 or an
    elective course.
  • Level 1 college-bound or work-bound students,
    concentration on skill development and
    proficiency in reading and writing. Focus
    includes concentration on enhancement of skills,
    comprehension and aptitude, and ability to deal
    with abstract concepts.

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Course Levels
  • Honors 10, 11, 12 For students who would like to
    achieve college level work in high school.
    Demanding course work, fast pace, high
    expectations.
  • AP Language Composition For students who are
    highly self-motivated and self-directed. A
    college-level course in effective writing and
    critical reading.
  • AP Literature Composition For students who are
    highly self-motivated and self-directed. A
    college level survey course with a focus on
    literary analysis.

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common Core standards
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WHAT Is the common core?
  • Adopted in 46 states
  • Goal is college and career readiness in reading,
    writing, speaking, listening, and language as
    well as in mathematics by the end of high school
  • All disciplines help students meet the particular
    challenges of reading, writing, speaking,
    listening, and language in their respective
    fields.
  • Source http//www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy

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Common Core in ELA
  • Complexity The standards require regular
    practice with complex text and its academic
    language.
  • Evidence The standards emphasize reading and
    writing grounded in evidence from text, both
    literary and informational.
  • Knowledge The standards require building
    knowledge through content rich non-fiction.

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Common Core in the ELA Class room
  • Skills-based focus that increases in depth an
    complexity as student progresses through high
    school.
  • Consistent higher-level critical thinking skills
    promoted with broader exposure to non-fiction and
    informational texts in conjunction with fictional
    texts.
  • Major focus is for students is the ability to
    analyze and synthesize information from a variety
    of sources.

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Freshman
  • English 9 Unleveled
  • Required by NEASC (http//cpss.neasc.org/)
  • Designed to provide all entering freshman with
    solid skills foundation in ELA.
  • Goals include developing reading comprehension in
    fiction and non-fiction sources, literary
    analysis, and writing for multiple audiences.

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Sophomores
  • English 10
  • Honors
  • College Prep (level 1)
  • MCAS Taken in March

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Juniors
  • English 11
  • AP Language and Composition
  • Honors
  • College Prep (level 1)
  • SAT/ACT Taken in Spring and Summer of junior
    year

12
Seniors
  • English 12
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • Honors
  • College Prep (level 1)

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Electives
  • College Writing (semester)
  • Level 1, open to grades 11 12
  • Creative Writing (semester)
  • Level 1, open to grades 9-12
  • Gothic Literature (semester)
  • Level 1, open to grades 10-12
  • Acting Drama
  • Level 1, open to grades 9-12

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GHS Web PageS - Your Resource
  • GHS Web Page Your Resource
  • http//www.grafton.k12.ma.us/
  • Classroom Web Pages
  • Student Parent resource for whats going on in
    class (homework, due dates, handouts)
  • Example English 9
  • GHS FORMS and PUBLICATIONS TAB
  • Has many documents of use including Course of
    Studies and Student/Parent Handbook.
  • http//grafton.ghs.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pag
    es.phtml?pageid90260sessionid78c07f9b9d2cb6f439
    e428f241b47b24

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Social Studies Core Requirements (15 credits)
  • Every student is required to take the following
    courses
  • World Civilization II
  • American History I
  • American History II

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World Civilization II
  • Grade 9 requirement
  • Offered at two levels
  • Honors
  • (Prerequisite Instructor approval)
  • Level 1

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American History I
  • Grade 10 requirement
  • Offered at two levels
  • Honors
  • (Prerequisite of B average in previous course
    or instructor approval)
  • Level 1

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Grade 11 Requirement 2 Options
AP American History
American History II
  • Offered at 2 levels
  • Honors
  • Prerequisite B or Instructor approval
  • Level 1
  • Advanced Placement course taken in lieu of
    American History II
  • Prerequisite B or Instructor approval

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Understanding Course Levels
  • Level 1
  • College preparatory course
  • Comprehensive program of study that focuses on
    World or American History from 18th century to
    the present
  • Students are required to read, think and write
    critically
  • For Example
  • Develop and support a thesis using textual
    evidence from varied sources
  • Analyze documents and compare and contrast point
    of view
  • Analyze motives and establish causal relationship
    between events
  • Compare and contrast primary and secondary
    sources or historical events

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Honors
  • The honors level is for students who
  • Have a genuine interest in history
  • Want to work at an accelerated pace and explore
    topics in greater depth and scope
  • Are self-motivated and independent learners
  • Have well developed critical reading and writing
    skills
  • Meet the prerequisite B or have a teacher
    recommendation

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AP
  • Advanced Placement course accredited by the
    College Board
  • Assumes rigor equivalent to an intermediate or
    advanced introductory college course
  • Students must be highly motivated and independent
    learners

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ElectivesThe Social Studies Department also
offers 6 electives.
  • Elective Offered to grades 11-12 Only
  • Psychology (Level 1)
  • Elective Offered to grades 9-12
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • American Government
  • Echoes and Reflections The Holocaust
  • These electives are level 1 courses.
  • AP Elective Offered to
    grades 10-12 Only
  • AP European History

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Questions?
  • After today, you can find this presentation on
    the English and Social Studies Home Web Pages
  • Contact Information
  • Karla Evers, English eversk_at_grafton.k12.ma.us
  • Jocelyn Fassett, Social Studies
    fassettj_at_grafton.k12.ma.us
  • PHONE 508-839-5425

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