Mrs. Ries

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Language Arts Vision: 

Our vision is to develop students as critical readers, insightful writers, independent thinkers, and effective communicators. 

8th Grade English:

This year, students will focus on a plethora of different activities which will involve reading several novels, completing cooperative learning activities, working on projects and increasing their writing abilities and skills. The novels that we will be focusing on are: Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Pact by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman. Students will work both independently and cooperatively. Students will work on their researching skills as well as their ability to give class presentations. Overall, it will be a challenging, yet rewarding year! 

Contact Information:

The best time to contact me via the phone through the main office is between the times of 10:09 to 10:40 and after school (3:05-). You can contact me through email at anytime and I will get back to you as soon as possible. My email address is 

Extra Help:

I am available most days until approximately 4:30 if your son/daughter needs extra help. 

Current Events:

This marking period, we will be reading
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship while focusing on characterization, main idea, inferencing, theme, point of view, and dialogue. Additionally, we will be focusing on narrative writing. 

Current Novel: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship 

From the author of Lincoln: A Photobiography, comes a clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were both self-taught, both great readers and believers in the importance of literacy, both men born poor who by their own efforts reached positions of power and prominence--Lincoln as president of the United States and Douglass as the most famous and influential African American of his time. Though their meetings were few and brief, their exchange of ideas helped to end the Civil War, reunite the nation, and abolish slavery. Includes bibliography, source notes, and index.