Mrs. Long

Reading 8th Grade

Mrs. Long


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“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”  J.K. Rowling

“Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart.”  Oprah Winfrey

“Reading is the gateway for children that makes all other learning possible.” Barack Obama



Major Expectations for students:


  • Improve reading stamina (amount of time you can read without being distracted)
  • Improve reading comprehension by using active reading strategies
  • Increase vocabulary comprehension through the study of roots and affixes
  • Improve reading skills using computer based programs
  • Work on specific reading skills through short reading passages and novels
  • Evaluate themselves as learners, readers, and writers
  • Come to class prepared (see below)


Throughout the year students will have some choice of the texts they would like to read. We will use these readings to enhance our understanding, comprehension and enjoyment of reading. Students are expected to read in class on reading days. This will be recorded in a student’s notebook and will be used during one on one conferences.


Course Requirements:

  1. Students are expected to bring Chromebooks, pens or pencils, and an agenda to class every day. 
  2. In order to receive full credit, students must hand in work on time.  Students will be penalized for late, missing, or incomplete assignments. If a student cannot finish the work in class, he or she may be asked to complete the work during guide or for homework.
  3. Classwork and Participation includes, but is not limited to paying attention in class, involvement in discussions, writing in their reading journals, completing weekly reading comprehension packets, working on Read Theory and CORE 5 reading practice exercises, cooperation in group activities, answering questions, and being prepared each day. Preparation includes having all needed materials each day. 
  4. Grading:  

Classwork and participation: 35% 

Power UP/Read Theory (computer based exercises): 30%

Independent reading: 25%

Quizzes: 10%



  1. Grades for writing assignments, projects, and reading packets below a 70% may be corrected and revised to receive a passing grade. Corrections and revisions are due within three days the initial grade is returned to the student and will not be accepted after the third day. 
  2. Grades will be available for viewing online.
  3. Students are expected to be well behaved. If students are not behaving appropriately, the first step will be a verbal warning.   If a student misbehaves a second time, parents will be contacted and he or she will have lunch detention. If a student continues to misbehave in class, he or she will be sent to the main office.
  4. Please see my teacher website for important information throughout the year.  Most assignments will be on Google Classroom.