Ms. Belliveau

Mrs. Belliveau's ELA

Welcome to the eighth grade ELA page! On this site, you will find important assignments and due dates, as well as helpful ELA resources. Please feel free to contact me by email anytime at

Each night, students in all classes are responsible for reading their independent reading books for at least half an hour. Have your child share about his/her book with you!


Assignments and Due Dates

Welcome Letter, Grading Policy and Supply List

Course Description (for students)

This year, we will read various non-fiction texts, two modern novels, poetry, drama, and short stories. In addition, you will be required to have an independent reading book at all times. Throughout this year, we will focus on responding to literature and nonfiction, strengthening critical thinking skills and questioning techniques, as well as writing several different types of essays (literary, argumentative and expository). We will also focus on polishing grammar, vocabulary skills and writing mechanics as we learn new writing techniques and strategies.

Instructional Philosophy (for parents)

Our English Language Arts curriculum is aligned with the New York State Common Core Learning Standards. Daily lessons will help to foster an understanding and appreciation of various literary elements, encouraging students to actively analyze and interact with the text critically, by making inferences and connections. Students will experience literature in new ways, using process drama to help them imagine setting and characterization, as well as acting out “scenes” from texts. Context clues and group discussions will be used for vocabulary acquisition, a reading strategy that will prove invaluable in their journeys as lifelong readers. Writing assignments will enable students to express new ideas in various ways, making insightful connections with the text and citing evidence to support claims.

Essential questions frame each unit and allow for students to make connections between various texts and the world at large. Each student will be supported in order to achieve growth and be stimulated and challenged at his/her own level. We use writing portfolios in order to help students set goals and monitor their individual growth while using the writing process throughout the year.

Classroom Requirements/Procedures:

  • Students should come to class with their binder, plenty of paper and something to write with every day.

  • If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to obtain the work he/she missed while out. Please notify the teacher directly if you anticipate an absence being more than a day or two, so special arrangements can be made.

  • Homework assignments are considered on time when they are handed in that the beginning of class. If I cannot read it, I will not accept it. Students will have ONE day to make up an incomplete homework assignment (this does not apply when absent). If a homework assignment is handed in a day late, 10 points will be deducted from the assignment grade. If it is more than a day late, the assignment will receive a zero.

  • For more major assignments, such as projects and published pieces of writing, 5 points will be deducted for each day the assignment is late. A maximum of 20 points will be deducted for a late project or essay.

  • Plagiarism is unacceptable. If a student plagiarizes, they will be given a grade of zero, until the work is redone. Then their revised grade would be averaged with the zero. This is especially important to remember when writing vocabulary sentences for homework or as part of Independent Reading Projects.

  • Students are to treat everyone in the room with respect and kindness.

Grading Policy

Your grade will be comprised of the following:

Homework (15%)

Assessments (50%) Quizzes (15%) Tests (35%)

Projects (15%)

Classwork/Participation (20%)

Suggested ELA Supply List



one binder for all subjects or ELA notebook

1 glue stick



If student gets a binder, 6 plastic pocket dividers for the following suggested sections:

1) Writing

2) Vocabulary

3) Code X

4) Quizzes

5) Tests

6) Homework

enclosed pencil sharpener


mini stapler with staples

2 two-pocket folders

Please see the list of useful ELA resources below. These will be updated as needed.

A useful resource for citing text evidence and creating Works Cited pages is below: