Welcome to 8th Grade English!
About your teacher...
Mrs. Ellwanger is teaching for her fourth year at Park City Prep Charter School. The first two years have been spent in the seventh grade, and she is in her second year teaching eighth grade. Before teaching at Park City Prep, Mrs. E. taught English in the north Bronx for four years. She loved her work there, but planned to move to Fairfield with her husband.
Mrs. E. is very passionate about reading and writing. She hopes to share her enthusiasm and academic tricks with students. She looks forward to writing recommendations for students entry to high school!
About our class time...
The 8th grade English classes are 80 minutes long. Two days a week, students will focus on writing activities, and two days they will focus on reading lessons. Friday lessons will review.
The classes will be broken into parts, and students are made aware of the daily schedule.
The first 15 minutes -
Students enter to receive a worksheet that focuses on a grammar or a vocabulary study. During that time, they write homework in their planners and turn in homework from the previous school day.
The second 15 minutes -
Students give their attention to Mrs. Ellwanger. She will instruct the class on a particular reading or writing skill, and show the students how to complete the work. The class uses a Smart Board, a document camera, and various texts to make the learning visual. Students should pay close attention, and raise their hands if they have a question or comment.
The next 20 minutes -
Students are given an opportunity to practice the skill just learned. Students will work independently, in pairs, or in groups to work on an assignment. The teacher will be moving around the classroom to help students and determine who needs more support.
The last 30 minutes -
Students have a half hour to do independent reading. Mrs. Ellwanger uses this quiet time to conference with individual or groups of students.
The students are dismissed with their homework and planner stamped!