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Phone: 704-260-6550 Extension 39155


Degrees and Certifications:

Highly Qualified: Middle and High School E/LA AIG Certified/GLEE Endorsement *UNCG-Educational Leadership *University of Nevada at Las Vegas/UNLV *Queens College:Flushing, New York-Elementary Education/Children's Literature *Adelphi University: Garden City, New York -English 7-12th Grades/Journalism minor New York Institute of Technology: Business Education *Wife*Parent*Animal Lover*Vegan*80s Rock*Classic Literature*Heavy New York accent stays*Love live music and concerts #MdDS Warrior

Mrs. Debra Meyers

Welcome to my teacher web page!  Please check Canvas and PowerSchool daily. If you have any questions, send an email to debra.meyers@cabarrus.k12.nc.us.
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    Grades are weighted for all 8th grade E/LA students as follows:

    Formal Assessments:  60%

    Informal Assessments:  40%


    Please contact any member of the Helios 8 Team if you do not wish your child to watch a PG-13 movie.  There are slips that were filled out during Open House and went home to grant permission.  Please sign and have your child bring back to the Home Base teacher.


    Supplies:  Worksheets, handouts and "paper' will be stapled or placed in your Composition notebook, file folder or loose-leaf binder. I will try to provide marble notebooks for the beginning of the year.  Whatever works to keep you organized is fine with me as long as you have your materials. Ear buds, computer chargers, Chromebooks, library books, highlighters, pens and pencils will be needed.  Backpacks will be located in the classroom lined up against the perimeter walls.

    Optional Additional Items:  Sharpies, colored pencils, markers, tape, handheld pencil sharpeners, masks, tissues, and anything you want to donate for STEM projects.

    Students may bring in and use Chromebooks and phones (sometimes) for educational purposes only.  
    Our Standard Course of Study is broken down into the following units:
    Unit One: Agency and Independence-Launching the Reading Workshop
    Unit Two: Memoir Writing
    Unit Two: AIG-Soil and Water Public Speaking Contest:  Water . . .the Cycle of Life (optional)
    Unit Three: Developing Analytical Reading Practices-Interpretation
    Unit Four: Tackling Complex Texts
    Unit Five: Literary Essay-Argumentative Writing  (MLA Format)
    Unit Six: Nonfiction Reading
    Unit Seven: Developing Critical Lenses for Informational Reading
    Unit Eight: Informational Writing:  Research Paper (MLA Format)
    Unit Nine: Reading for High School/EOG Test Preparation
    All 8th Grade E/LA classes have the following weighted gradebook percentages:
    Formal Assessment/STEM Projects/Tests/Research Papers   60%
    Informal Assessment/Multiple Day Assignments, Classwork, Homework, Reader Responses, in class work, Time on Task, Group Work, Progress Monitoring, etc.: 40%
    AIG Year-long theme:  How Does Absolute Power Corrupt Absolutely?   Dystopian Literature Focus
    Regular and Inclusion Year-long theme:  Fate or Choice?  All novels have been vetted by our NW 8th grade E/LA Department. 
    The Wave by Todd Strasser
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
    In The Mind's Eye:  Truth Versus Perception-CCS AIG Materials
    Finding Freedom: CCS AIG Materials
    Literary Selections:
    Memoirs:  As of 8/2/2022, all memoir selections will be taken from CCS's approved Clever app called CommonLit.  Depending on lexile and EOG scores, students will read memoir excerpts based on that data and will have some choice.  Specific titles are located in Canvas and the Week at a Glance.
    Short Stories 
    "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes
    "The Tell-Tale Heart"  by Edgar Allan Poe
    "Charles" by Shirley Jackson
    "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
    Adapted Hamlet-READ magazine
    No Fear Shakespeare-Hamlet (AIG only) 
    The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs 
    "Oh Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman 
    "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
    "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
    "Dover Beach" is referenced in the novel Fahrenheit 451 (AIG) 
    "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes 
    "Grass" by Carl Sandburg
    "Cool Tombs" by Carl Sandburg
    "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost
    "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls"
    "I, Too, Sing America"
    The Gettysburg Address-Abraham Lincoln
    "I Have a Dream" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
    George Bush's 9/11 Speech
    Why the Waves Have White Caps 
    The Coyote Steals the Sun and Moon 
    Memoir Writing using SWAY program in Office 365
    STEM Project for Unit 5/Argumentative Writing-Creating a Public Service Announcement-Choose from Screencastomatic, weevideo, or Canva
    The Greensboro Sit-in
    I Have a Dream speech-Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
    9/11-Oval Office speech/Bulhorn speech-Former President G. W. Bush
    The Gettysburg Address-Former President Abraham Lincoln
    J.F.K. Inauguration Speech 1961
    Book of the Month (Regular and Inclusion Classes)  Formal Assessment Reading Grade
    September-due in October
    October-due in November
    November-due in December
    December-due in January
    January-due in February
    February-due in March
    March-due in April
    April-due in May
    Movies that correspond with our reading
    The Wave-two 30 minute parts shown on YouTube,  Very 1980s! (Periods 1 & 6)
    Fahrenheit 451-1967 version (Periods 1 & 6)  I wish someone would make a contemporary version.
    Animal Farm movie (optional)
    Lord of the Flies movie (optional)
    Short movie adaptation of "Thank You, M'am" (1971)
    The Monkey's Paw-modern adaptation adding a different ending.  I liked the old VHS version better. 
    Old black and white movie version of "The Tell-Tale Heart"
    Lifetime made for television movie adaptation of "The Lottery" with Keri Russell (1996)
    Dead Poet's Society with Robin Williams 
    DVD transfer from a reel to reel movie. Short movie version of "The Lottery"  (my favorite) Look for a young Ed Begley! (1967)
    The Book Thief-I showed this movie to the stayback students not attending the Washington, D.C. trip. Since Covid 19, students have not had the opportunity to attend this trip.
    Hamlet with Mel Gibson and Glen Close-End of the year after EOG testing and reading the adapted play. 
    The Great Gatsby-This is the 1972 movie starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.  This movie supports the social studies curriculum. This is not the Leonardo DiCaprio movie!

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  • Plagiarism Statement:
    Plagiarism is a direct violation of intellectual and academic honesty.  While it exists in many forms, all plagiarism refers to the same act:  representing somebody else's work or ideas as one's own.  You are stealing from the original author.
    The most extreme forms of plagiarism include the following:
    *a paper written by another person
    *a paper obtained from a commercial source, or
    *a paper made up of passages copied word for word without using parenthetical citations.
    Other levels of plagiarism include the following:
    *changing a few words in a passage from another source without using parenthetical citations.
    *including ideas such as judgments, opinions, inferences, and experiments from another source in one'e own words without using a citation.
    *letting someone copy your homework or class work and turn it in as his.her own.
    *copying someone's research without giving credit.
    *copying from electronic library sources without acknowledging them.
    What Should You Do?
    If you are copying directly from background resources, copy the words exactly and put quotation marks around them and attribute the source.  This identifies your words and gives credit to the "official source."  Instead of quoting a scource, you may read through the material and ask yourself, "What is the main idea?" Once you have decided, you can write in your own words and then give credit to the source.
    Although often less obvious, the following are also examples of plagiarism.
    *using the words of a source too closely when paraphrasing.
    *building on the ideas, opinions, or theories taken from another source and not giving that source credit.
    Consequences for plagiarism will be determined by the teacher and Administration.
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