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Ms. Diann Roberts

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School year!!!!!!

My name is Diann Roberts, and this is my fourth year here at EMS. I will be teaching English 8 and Honors English 8 this year. I received my K-8 Bachelor of Science, with a K-12 Literacy endorsement, degree from Idaho State University and have my master's degree in Literacy from Boise State University. I have been in education for over 24 years and have taught in private, public, and alternative classrooms, grades 6th through 9th in Twin Falls, Idaho. Prior to coming to EMS, I was the English Language Arts/Literacy Coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education and am now very excited to be back in the classroom working with students. 

We will be utilizing Microsoft Teams in our classroom for many of our lessons this year, as well as utilizing it as our online learning platform, as needed. I will be working diligently to ensure I keep everyone updated regarding classroom activities and events throughout the year.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Ms. Roberts             roberts.diann@westada.org

8th grade Bell Schedule 2021-2022 

Team Super 8 Calendar 2021-2022

 English 8 is designed to enhance students' skills in reading, writing, communication, language usage, and speech. Students will read a variety of text from our new Literature book, novels, in class readings, and engage in learning vocabulary, spelling, and grammar concepts. 

Honors English 8 is designed to help students' work towards a more accelerated level of understanding of the English 8 classroom. we will be enhancing students' skills in reading, writing, communication, language usages, and speech. Students will read a variety of text from our new Literature book, novels, in class readings, and engage in learning vocabulary, spelling, and grammar concepts. This class DOES NOT count as a High School credit. It is an extension class, working at an accelerated pace and level of understanding, beyond the English 8 classroom. 

Grades are divided into three (3) weighted categories for both classes:  

60% Weight: Assessments - Summative writing assessments (informational, argumentative, narrative), Summative projects specifically tied to class instruction, Presentations, Reading activities directly tied to Priority Standards   

30% Weight: Projects (These are quiz scores) - Comprehension checks, Word Cell/Stem Quizzes, Book Projects    

10% Weight: Classwork: Novel packets, Vocabulary worksheets, Word Cell Packets, Exit Tickets, etc. Some of these assignments will be given points, and some will receive completion or collection check marks.   

 TEAMS-Office 365    West Ada home page link to Teams, Office 365, Student email, OneDrive

Accessing OneDrive for student work between school and home. Students are required to save copies of all online work and large project writing assigments on OneDrive so they have them as a back up copy. 

Support for MLA   format for all typed papers 

Getting to Online Textbook Logging into Textbook

Resource for school DataBase research logging into school/district DataBase resources 

Supply list for English 8 and Honors English 8

*#2 Pencils or #2 Mechanical pencils with extra lead

*Blue/Black/Pens

*Colored Pencils 

*Pencil Erasers 

*Lined loose-leaf paper 

*Glue stick - not needed immediately but used for projects

*Highlighters - four or more colors if possible 

*Black permanent marker

*Spiral notebook 

*Binder with subject or pocket dividers to assist with organization of class materials 

Suggested Supplies: 

*Agenda book for keeping track of assignments and activates - can purchase one at beginning of year from office

*Hand Sanitizer - for individual use

*Facial Tissue - for individual use

*Handheld pencil sharpener