Ms. Johnson’s 8th grade Humanities Course Description and Grading Policy


    Email     michellej@sthelens.k12.or.us

    Phone    (503) 366 7337


    Materials- You will need a spiral notebook for this class in addition to notebook paper and a Humanities  section in your binder. You will also need a pencil or pen to write with every single day. You should also have a personal reading book every day.


    We have classroom sets of Language Arts and Social studies textbooks that we use to meet our goals in humanities. In addition, we have extra copies in the library for overnight use. We also use SCOPE http://scope.scholastic.com/  , which is a magazine produced by Scholastic, that presents  timely, relevant information from around the world and exposure to classic literature as well.  It is aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and provides students with assignments and assessments that appear to be very close to Smarter Balanced, which is our current statewide test.


    Common Core State Standards (CCSS)  for reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening will be addressed throughout the year. We continue moving toward proficiency grading, where students must demonstrate what they know and can do in order to meet the benchmarks. Formative assessments (homework, practice assignments, etc.) will be worth 30% of the grade and Summative assessments (tests, quizzes, essays, projects, etc.) will be worth 70%. Please feel free to call and/or email me with questions and concerns that you have about the CCSS and proficiency.

    All summative assessments should be revised/retaken to a level of proficiency or they may be considered incomplete.  Summative assessments not at the proficient level will definitely impact students’ grades.




    Ms. Johnson’s Grading Policy

    A= 5 (100%) = advanced, exceeds standards

    A- = 4.5 (90%) = meeting the standards at a strong level

    B= 4 (80%) = proficient, meets standards

    C= 3.5 (70%) = partially proficient/developing, progressing to meeting standards

    D= 3 (60%)= incomplete, does not meet standards yet

    F= 0= no evidence to assess


    Although I will use the 0-5 grading scale, assignments that are more important to master or are more difficult will be worth more than 5 points. Synergy shows how many points are attached to all assignments. The 0-5 score shows how well the student did on those skills.


    All work will be recorded into two categories. The assessment category contains tests, quizzes, some longer homework assignments and essays. Assessments show how proficient the student is in a specific standard.


    The practice category includes some homework, in-class assignments and other smaller assignments where the students are practicing a skill. Synergy identifies which category each assignment falls under. They are weighted differently. Assessments are worth 70% of students’ grades. Practice counts for 30% of their grades.


    Some assessments can be revised or taken again before or after school. Students should see me to make an appointment to discuss what they need to do to prepare to retake that assessment.  


    Make up policy- It is the student’s responsibility to see me before or after class (or via email from home) to see what they missed. I also post what we do each day on a calendar in the classroom.


    Late work-  Work will be accepted after it is due, but students may not receive as much feedback on their essays and may not have enough time to revise or retake an assessment if their work comes in after the deadline.



Last Modified on September 1, 2021