Franklin Towne Elementary School It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a TOWNE to educate one.

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Welcome to 8th Grade RELA!

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

Hello, my name is Christine McLaughlin. I grew up in Northeast Philadelphia where I attended Archbishop Ryan High School.I received my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and English from La Salle University. I have always loved reading and writing, and I hope to have a great year with you all! Feel free to email me with any questions you may have.
 Homework Week of October 10
Monday: Final Draft of Narrative Due
Tuesday: Chapter 10 Questions
  1. What is Ponyboy trying to do in the parenthesis on page 164?
  2. On 167, what is the importance of Pony saying he doesn’t like baloney?
  3. Why does Pony ask Soda if he asked for Darry while he was sick?
  4. In this chapter, Pony shows he is able to better understand Dally and Darry. Give an example of each.
Wednesday: Outsiders Questions
Thursday: Study for Vocab quiz
Friday: none
Paragraph of the Week Checklist
  • My name and class is at the top left on the first line.
  • I have a heading in the middle on the first line
  • Heading can simply be Paragraph of the Week or POW
  • I wrote 5-8 sentences.
  • My paragraph has a topic sentence.
  • It is not all short sentences.
  • It is evident that I put thought and effort into my paragraph.
  • My grammar and spelling is correct.
  • My paragraph has a concluding sentence.
Our Class Rules
These rules encompass all the expectations for behavior at Franklin Towne:
  • 1. Listen And Follow Directions
  • 2. Raise Your Hand Before Speaking Or Leaving Your Seat
  • 3. Respect Your Classmates And Your Teacher
  • 4. Keep Hands, Feet, And Objects To Yourself


Students who go above and beyond expectations will be rewarded with merits.  Students should not request or expect merits for doing what is supposed to be done.  


Homework Policy

  • All students are required to copy their homework assignments in their planner when they arrive to class. 
  • Students are required to complete all homework and projects entirely and submit them on time (at the beginning of class) on the assigned due date.
  • Any student failing to complete a homework assignment is subject to progressive disciplinary action (including 8th grade lunch detention). 
  • Homework handed in one day late will start with a maximum score of 80 and deduct points as appropriate.
  • Homework handed in two days late and beyond will start with a maximum score of 60 and deduct points as appropriate.



Appointment Slips

  • Tutoring slips will be issued when a student begins showing signs of struggling.
  • Tutoring may occur either in the morning or after school (with two days notice). 
  • Students do not need to wait for me to issue an appointment.  They can request a before or after school appointment at any time they desire additional help.
  • Students are required to attend all teacher requested appointments.  Failure to attend will result in demerits for cutting a teacher appointment.