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8th Grade Honors English

Course Description

Katherine Albiani Mission Statement:

Katherine L. Albiani Middle School’s mission is to ensure a safe, healthy, and dynamic learning environment that provides all levels of learners universal access to a rigorous curriculum that promotes high standards of scholarship and citizenship.

Course Description

Honors English 8 addresses reading, writing, listening and speaking within a rigorous standards-based program.  Instruction will include reading comprehension, writing in narrative, argumentative, and informative/explanatory, language conventions, vocabulary development in meaningful contexts, and reference skills.  Students will study various genres including the short story, novel, drama, biography, poetry, and informational materials as dictated by California Common Core Standards.  Honors goes beyond English 8 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving.  The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus.

English Honors 8 is designed for students performing at the high Proficient to Advanced levels. Students do not have to apply for this course, but must be willing to accept the challenges of the course and make an earnest effort to do their best.

Supplementary Honors Works:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Twelfth Night  by William Shakespeare
Core Works:

 The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

 The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros



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Nominations for 2017 Teachers of the Year


Psychologist/Social Worker Employee of the Year


Elk Grove Unified School District is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Teachers of the Year (EGEA) and for the 2015-16 Psychologist/Social Worker Employee of the Year (PSWA).  Please assist us by nominating a teacher or Psychologist/Social Worker you feel deserves to be recognized.  Anyone–a parent, community member, administrator, support person, or another teacher–may nominate a teacher or Psychologist/Social Worker for this honor.


Teacher of the Year Nomination Information: 2 Recipients


Elk Grove Teachers of the Year should possess the following qualifications:


  • Exemplary teaching techniques
  • Excellent knowledge of content and curriculum
  • Ability to engage and motivate students to learn
  • Positive and caring student relationships
  • Ability to set high expectations for all students
  • Experience in meeting students’ academic, personal,
    and career goals
  • Personal characteristics of patience, commitment,
    and understanding
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written



Two teachers will be selected to represent EGUSD for 2017 Teachers of the Year.  Teachers nominated for EGUSD Teachers of the Year must have a minimum of five years teaching experience in or outside of EGUSD.


Each Teacher of the Year nominee will be invited to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center to discuss the application process for 2017 Elk Grove Teachers of the Year.  The application involves written responses to several questions.  Nominees will be assisted with the preparation of their applications as needed.  There is no obligation on the part of the nominee to continue with the application; however, all nominees are encouraged to do so.  Additional information and deadlines will be presented at the informational meeting. Please return the completed EGEA Teacher of the Year nomination form to  Administrative Assistant, Kathleen Flint by Thursday, February 18, 2016 in Human Resources at the Robert Trigg Center.


Psychologist/Social Worker Employee of the Year Information: 1 Recipient


We encourage you to assist us by identifying and nominating an individual who you feel deserves such an honor.  You may complete the attached nomination form and add additional pages of supportive information, if needed.  Nomination should include an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to work performance, school community involvement, leadership, and commitment to educational quality.  You may nominate more than one person.


The selected employee will be recognized at the June 14, 2016 Board meeting. 


We thank you in advance for your nomination(s).  Please return the completed Psychologist/Social Worker nomination form to Administrative Assistant, Kathleen Flint by Thursday, February 18, 2016. In Human Resources at the Robert Trigg Center.





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