• Welcome to ELA 8!
    Teachers:  Tricia Baldes, Andrea Hayden, Kirstin Reynolds, Carolyn Shilinski
    Be curious. Be inspired. Be ready to read and write!
    *See us if you would like help submitting poetry or stories for publication. 

    September Overview


    • Our Summer Reading Celebration in the SMS library will take place on Friday, 9/8/17. Students will share their favorite books from the summer and collect new titles for the upcoming year. We will discuss the specifics with students upon their return to school.
    • We will start the year with a mini-study on the Six Word Memoir. Students will study this mini-genre and then write their own six word memoirs. Visit Smith magazine's site devoted to this interesting genre to learn more.


    • Open House takes place on 9/13/17. We look forward to seeing you there.


    Throughout September and October, students will be asked to consider our essential question, "What might the author want to show us about people and/or life?" In doing so, they will spend time thinking and writing about how themes unfold across their independent reading books.


    More updates and information to come!