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Franklin: ELA

Woodbury Grade 8 Team Site

Welcome to ELA!

Hello, I'm Mrs.Trainor!

A little bit about me before I get into ELA... I grew up in Watertown, NY (way up north, more snow than you can imagine!) and moved out here to NH in '88. I am married and have one daughter, Emily. She currently goes to UMASS, Amherst and is majoring in music. This obviously means I am a huge supporter of the arts, and absolutely love music! I love to see the creative side of people, so if you have a special talent, I would love to hear about it.

Okay, so let's get to why we're here...ELA. We will have units in both reading and writing, while still focusing on our language, speaking, and listening skills. I have been teaching this stuff for a very, very long time, so trust me to help you succeed and/or grow even stronger in your abilities. Most of our lessons will be familiar to you in format as in sixth and seventh grade, though I like to mix it up. I enjoy tech, so like to throw it in here and there, but don't get me wrong...conversations and discussions are key to expressing yourself. I might even have to admit I tend to stray from lessons because of this (don't tell anyone). 

Here we go- 

Reading Units:

  • Finding Home: Refugees, Inside Out and Back Again
  • Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • ??

Writing Units:

  • Investigative Journalism
  • Literary Essays
  • Position Papers

Other ongoing work:

  • Journals/Independent Reading
  • Vocabulary

Well, as you can see we will be busy. If at anytime you feel lost, confused, in a down right panic...let me know. The year flies by and is much more enjoyable when we work together. Can't wait to see what is in store for all of us!!






  1. Treating others the way you want to be treated.
  2. Showing kindness and consideration.
  3. Liking yourself enough to be you.
  4. Accepting others for who they are.


  1. Being in control of your own behavior.
  2. Being trusted with important jobs.
  3. Having your work finished on time.
  4. Doing your part when working together.


  1. Being truthful to others.
  2. Being truthful to yourself.
  3. Doing what’s right regardless of who’s around.
  4. Being someone others can trust.


  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Language
  • Speaking/Listening

Retakes: Students are allowed to redo a composition or assessment at any time. They must follow the retake protocol: reflection, corrections, parent signature. All students receiving a 60% or below must redo the essay/assessment. 

Independent Reading:

Students are required to read a recreational book, magazine, or newspaper in my classroom during Independent Reading (IR) and at various times throughout the week. I have many books in my classroom for students to check out; they will also have the opportunity to go to the library during class and Directed Study. If a student repeatedly does not come prepared for IR, parents will be notified. Students are also required to have these books available for other teachers when necessary.


I do allow electronic readers in my classroom, though cell phones may not be used for reading. If I feel students will have the advantage of using their electronics to aid in their writing (dictionary, research, Google Docs), I will notify students after seeking permission from administration

Students are responsible for inquiring about any missed notes, assignments, etc. when absent. If possible, a quick e-mail is always helpful. Any work passed out during class is located in the ‘Absent’ bin. Always check the website/Classroom!!