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Student Success Syllabus for Ms. H. Mireles’ 8th Grade Reading Class 2019-2020 - Room: 64

Email:  Work Phone #: (956) 473-7700 Ext. 7777


Class Description:

This Reading Course is designed to prepare students for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in reading. Students in the eighth grade Reading class are expected to do the following: engage in independent, self-selected readings as well as teacher-assigned readings; read for pleasure, meaning, and thematic analysis in literature; make associations and connections between literature and history concepts; learn to analyze different types of selections (short stories, novels, drama, poetry, primary source documents, biographies, informational literature, and other non-fiction);  increase vocabulary skills;  and be able to evaluate information from a variety of sources and media and support their claims with evidence from the texts.  Students also practice the skills of summarizing, responding to literature, writing literary analysis reports, and other skills related to their journey towards becoming prepared for high school in accordance with the Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness Standards.


Tutoring Schedule:

I am available every day after school excluding days when I have department/faculty meetings, after school training sessions, tutorials, UIL, or parent conferences.

  • Please come to tutorials for help or make an appointment with me. I want you to be successful in my class and you will if you work hard! I am here to help at all times and will give you a 100%; please do the same for me!


Supplies/Materials: You are responsible for coming to class with the necessary materials to be successful.

  • One Composition Book (REQUIRED) – will be kept in class
  • Highlighters (four different colors for annotations)
  • USB  drive or Google Drive Access
  • One pocket folder
  • Four Pencils, four black/Blue pens, and  two red pens
  • Multi-Colored paper for foldables
  • One Tissue Box
  • Correction Tape or liquid paper
  • 2 Large Glue Sticks or 2 Glue Bottles
  • One packet of stick-on Tabs
  • Plenty of Wide or College Ruled Lined Paper


Expectations for Academic Success:

  1. Come to class on time! Once class begins any interruptions are impolite and distracting. Be sure to read the UISD handbook policy on tardies.
  2. Come to class prepared.  Always bring pens, pencils, paper, novel(s), assignments, projects, and or homework. You will need them EVERY DAY. Stay organized throughout the course.
  3. Avoid being absent.  Please see handbook for attendance policy. Missing a day will put you behind. Always find out what you have missed and make up your work immediately! This is YOUR responsibility!
  4. Turn in assignments on time. Refer to District handbook for policy.
  5. Expand your knowledge. Come to class with an open mind and willingness to learn new things.
  6. Love to learn. Use your prior knowledge, ask questions, be an active reader, and participate in class discussions in a knowledgeable and productive manner.
  7. Group Work. When working with a peer or group make sure to stay focused and do your assigned part. Remember that the group is being graded as a whole as well.


Scope and Sequence: * Please refer to your novel reading schedule and keep current with your reading logs. Due every Friday.

1st Six Weeks  -   

Pacing Guide


Most of the literature is in your Holt McDougal Textbook ( ) or hardcopy of your Interactive Reader Workbook; you will also be furnished with a novel to be read in class ONLY. You may also find this novel online for free at



  1. Six Weeks Average

Each Six Weeks Average will be calculated as follows:

                                Tests, projects, Book Reports                                            =  _50____ %

                                Quizzes, Daily Work, Homework                                         =  _50____ %


  1. Progress Reports

All students will receive a progress report three weeks into the six weeks grading period. Any student with an average of 75 or below must return his/her progress report signed by a parent.


  1. Incomplete Daily Assignments will be Taken home and due the next day
  2. Extra STAAR Packet- To be worked after you have completed your daily Assignments. Due at the end of the 6 weeks. (Test Grade)
  3. Three CBA’s (Campus Based Assessments) and one Benchmark (Test Grade)


Late Work Policy:


Hand in all late work directly to me.  DO NOT put on my desk, turn in with current assignments, or give late work to a substitute This also applies to the Google Drive Drop Box or Discussion Board activities. Please refer to District Student Code of Conduct for criteria on late work.  


Assigned Seating/School, Student, and Teacher Property:

  1. Students will be assigned desks whether working independently, with a partner, or in small groups
  2. Students are to sit in assigned desks even when there is a substitute.
  3. Desks are NOT to be scribbled or written on. Refer to District Policy on FINES and Consequences
  4. Respect all School, Student, and Teacher property. Refer to District Policy on FINES and Consequences.


Campus Class Pages:

  • Refer to class page for assignments and important resources: (Click on Campus Information, Directory, Look for my Name Herlinda Mireles. A pop-up will appear, click “Full Profile,” go to calendar on the left side to view assignments.


It is VERY IMPORTANT to become familiar with Google and Google Chrome. Not only is it a tool for you to obtain important campus information but it contains a daily assignment calendar for your classes. Please familiarize yourself with it because these resources are vital to your daily learning.


There are no excuses for not completing your assignment(s). If you do not have access to a computer at home, then you can access one in the library before/after school or during lunch. NO EXCUSES! You may also make arrangements before/after school to use an I-Pad in my classroom.


Technology Policy: Refer to Student Code of Conduct for further information on the use and misuse of equipment.

  • I-Pads are assigned by Number; use only the assigned tablet
  • Keep your username and password to yourself
  • Leave the tricky stuff to the experts. Do not  download any APP unless asked to do so
  • Watch where you CLICK; Do Not visit any unauthorized sites. Loss of privileges will apply
  • Respect the I-Pad; Treat it with tender loving care
  • Save your work on Google Drive
  • THINK before you Print (Think Green)
  • Eyes on your own screen
  • Keep Food and Drinks away from technology





Academic Honesty

The Reading Department at United South Middle School expects that all work turned in is the student’s own work. Plagiarism incidents will be handled according to the school policy set in place.  Plagiarism is defined as “the false assumption of authorship: the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind, and presenting it as one’s own” (Alexander Lindey, Plagiarism and Originality [New York: Harper, 1952] 2). This includes all forms of copying, cutting/pasting, and cheating whether the material is taken in whole or in part from a book, the internet, student, or other source. In an instance where material has been obtained from another student, both parties will be penalized.  After any infraction, a student-teacher-parent conference may be scheduled. In the event of subsequent offenses, the incident will be referred to the school principal for review and action. 



Obtaining Make-up Work (will go over procedure in class)

It is the student’s responsibility to obtain work when absent; otherwise, assignments made during absence are handled as late work. Please see me for any copies you may need. School policy for work missed while absent will be enforced.


Do your best – be in class – bring materials every day – have a good attitude – let’s have a great year of LEARNING!!!


This syllabus is intended as a set of guidelines for the 8th grade reading course. Students and parents should note that Mrs. Lozano reserves the right to make modifications in content and requirements as necessary to promote the best education possible within prevailing conditions affecting this class.



** This Syllabus is to be kept in your Student Interactive Notebook (SINs) at all times and may be subject to change**