Pre-AP Syllabus

Resaca Middle School

8th Grade Pre-AP Language Arts

Course Syllabus


Teacher: Mrs. Adrianna Salazar-Barrera

Room: 51


Phone Number: 254-5159

Conference Period: 1:45-2:50


Course Description: 

The 8th grade Pre-Advanced Placement course develops advanced learning skills to prepare students for college level work in Advance Placement courses and exams taken at the high school level.  Throughout the school year, students will be expected to think critically and creatively, to budget time effectively, increase Lexile Reading level, develop an advanced vocabulary and commit and adhere to the stipulations of the Pre-AP contract.  Students will practice research skills through multi-genre research projects. Classroom novels will be read, critically analyzed, and themes will be connected to individual and/or social concerns of the day or history.

 The needs of the Pre-AP student are also met through differentiation, a logical extension of the existing curriculum.  All of the reading standards for the STAAR exam will be covered including speech and media literacy components.  Students will have the opportunity to expand their technology and research skills through not only library resources, but also the World Wide Web.


General 8th Grade Timeline:

Weeks 1-3:   Literature – Unit 1 Fiction and Nonfiction

                       Grammar – Prefixes and Suffixes,  Nouns and Pronouns, Verbs

                       Writing – Personal Narrative and Description

Weeks 4-6:    Literature – Fiction and Nonfiction (cont’d)

                        Grammar – Punctuation

                         Writing – Write to compare

Weeks 7-9:   Literature – Short Stories

                       Grammar – Adjectives and Adverbs

                        Writing – Persuasive Essay

Weeks 10-12:  Literature – Short Stories (cont’d)

                           Grammar – Usage

                            Writing – Exposition

Weeks 13-15:  Literature – Types of Nonfiction

                               Grammar – Prepositions

                                Writing -  Workplace Writing

Weeks 16-18:  Literature – Nonfiction (cont’d)

                           Grammar – Punctuation

                            Writing – Response to Literature

Weeks 19-21:  Literature – American Short Stories

                          Grammar – Usage

                          Writing – Fiction Narration

Weeks 22-24:  Literature – American Short Stories (cont’d)

                           Grammar – Phrases and Clauses

                            Writing – Response to Literature

Weeks 25-27:  Literature – Poetry

                           Grammar – Effective Sentences

                            Writing – Poetry and Description

Weeks 28-30:  Literature – Poetry (cont’d)

                           Grammar – Effective Sentences

                            Writing – Poetry and Description

Weeks 31-33:  Literature – Drama

                           Grammar – Punctuation and Capitalization

                            Writing – Response to Literature

Weeks 34-36:  Literature Drama (cont’d)






Class Reading Materials

Students will read from a variety of resources including our classroom textbook, Literature: Language and Literacy, and novels from various genres.


Grading Policy:

All students are expected to turn in daily work (done in class) and homework (assigned 2-3 times per week) on their assigned due dates.   LATE WORK IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Make up work is the responsibility of the student.  If the student has an excused absence, he/she must ask the teacher for his/her make up work on the day he/she returns.


Daily Work/ Homework/Quizzes/                  40%

Exams                                                                        60%


Pre-AP Contract Stipulations:
Pre-AP class will be taught at preparatory college level and paced appropriate to the grade level as respectively outlined by the College Board. 

Students in Pre-AP class will be given projects, written assignments or exams that must be completed outside of the class.  All students are expected to do their own work.  The class will be conducted under the honor code.  If a student breaks the honor code, they will be removed from the Pre-AP course.


Students in Pre-AP class will be expected to keep a writing portfolio.  It will include student written samples of:


  • Diagnostic Paragraphs (expository and personal narrative)
  • Multi-paragraph essay with evidence of process
  • Multi-paragraph expository essay with evidence of process
  • Multi-paragraph essay of the student’s choice

Students must organize time and effort to successfully complete class requirements.
Progress reports will be issued at the 3rd and 6th weeks of each marking period.  If a student’s work is not adequate or passing, the parent and student will be notified.  At the end of the any 3rd, 6th or 9th week of the marking period, if the student is not performing at an acceptable level, student progress will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the teacher, counselor and campus administrator.  The committee may then make recommendations for the student to be removed from the Pre-AP class.

If the review committee recommends that the student be exited from the course, this placement is to be recognized for the entire year.

  Classroom Rules:

  • Ø Stay on Task                                   
  • Ø Value Property
  • Ø Speak Considerately
  • Ø Follow Directions
  • Ø Listen for Instructions
  • Ø Be Prompt
  • Ø Have all Material
  • Ø No Gum Allowed in Class


Supply List


1)                1- ½ inch Binder (1)

2)                1 pk notebook paper

3)                1 pk dividers  (5 dividers)

4)                2 black or blue pens

5)                2 highlighters ( any color )

6)                1 spiral notebook ( 70 pages)

7)                1-2 red pens

8)                One of the following ( item identified by period)
1 box of tissue ( Kleenex)

9)        1 Roll Paper Towels
10)      Bottle of Hand Sanitizer


                Resaca Middle School

 8th Grade Language Arts

Classroom Plan

Dear Parent:

            Your child,  ____________________ is in my Language Arts class.  With your encouragement, your child will participate in and enjoy many exciting and rewarding experiences this academic year. Since lifelong success depends, in part, upon learning to make responsible choices, I have developed a classroom discipline plan that guides every student to make the good decisions about his or her behavior.  Your child deserves the most positive educational climate possible for his or her growth, and I know that together we will make a difference in providing your child with every possible opportunity to fully develop academically. The plan is outlined below:


Rules:                                                  Consequences:

Outline in syllabus                              Outlined in Student Code of Conduct/Handbook


Tardy Policy:                          Consequences for Tardies:

No tardies are tolerated                     Outlined in Student Code of Conduct/Handbook



Remember your child cannot be taught if he/she is not in class.


If you need additional information or have any questions, call 254-5159 for an appointment during my conference (1:45-2:50).