Fort Loudoun Middle School

Skip to main content
Mr. Justin Crittenden » About Me

About Me

High School: Haines City High School, Haines City, Fl. (2000)
College: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Fl. (2004)
I have taught for 14 years, have a wife and 4 children, and currently reside in Sweetwater. I enjoy camping, travelling, enjoying the beautiful mountains of Tennessee, reading, playing the guitar, and spending time with my kids!
My memories of middle school are when I really began to enjoy reading and music. I remember reading poetry and short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, and listening to Nirvana for the first time. It was an exciting time in my life where I began to figure out who I was as an individual.

Fort Loudoun Middle School

        2021-2022 School Year

                                                       8th Grade Reading/Language Arts Syllabus

                                                      Mr. Justin Crittenden/Mrs. Karen Katcham



                            1st 9 Weeks


Grammar: Sentence Types and Subject/Verb review, Active and Passive Voice


Reading Skills: Description, Tone, Central Idea, Inferences




Unit 1- Perspective and Narrative

-Excerpts from Going Solo by Roald Dahl

-“Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan

-“My Mother’s Garden” by Kaitlyn Greenidge



Unit 2- Liberty and Inequality

-Excerpts from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas by Frederick Douglas

-“The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln


Writing: Narrative Writing (Unit 1) Informative Writing (Unit 2)



                           2nd 9 Weeks


Grammar: Commas, Verb Moods


Reading Skills: Parts of Narrative, Poetic Devices and Structure, Connotation/Denotation, Point of View, Dramatic Irony




-Finish Unit 2-


Unit 3- Short Stories and Poems

-“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Land Lady” by Roald Dahl

-“An Autobiography in 5 Chapters” by Portia Nelson

-“Hope is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickenson

 -“Out-Out” and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

-“Oh Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman

-“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

-Begin Unit 4-


Writing: Narrative (Unit 3), Poetry Writing (Unit 3)



                          3rd 9 Weeks


Grammar: Semicolons, Parenthesis, and Quotation Marks


Reading Skills: Parts of Argument, Characterization, Plot, Elements of Drama.




Unit 4- Science and Science Fiction

-Excerpts from Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Gris Grimly and Mary Shelley


-Excerpt from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

-“Prometheus” by Bernard Evslin

-Non-Fiction Argumentative Texts/Advertisements


Unit 5- Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare



Writing: Argumentative Writing (Unit 4)





                         4th 9 Weeks


Grammar: Colons and Review


Reading Skills: Theme, Characterization, Testing Strategies, Reliable Research Sources



-To Kill a Mockingbird novel by Harper Lee

-Non-Fiction articles and poems from                                                                                      


Writing: Review Narrative, Argumentative, and Informative




*Additional Texts may be added as needed to address specific skills or as review material.



                                                                  Class Procedures


  1. Grading Categories
    1. Classwork/ Homework (30% of total grade) – Minimum of 1-2 graded assignment per week Practicing skills on assignments will help increase quiz and test scores. One of these will be your 1 pager reading goal for each 9 weeks.


  1. Quizzes/Tests (70% of total grade) – approximately one every other week, the final test of each term will be cumulative. Tests and quizzes are the most heavily weighted on the grade categories to indicate mastery of a skill, and are eligible for retakes. Essays will also be a test grade, will include a rubric, and are eligible for retakes. A 9 week’s test will be given to assess mastery for the 9 weeks, and will not be eligible for retakes.


Grading Scale:    Mastered (A)- 93-100

                           On Track (B)- 85-92

                           Approaching (C)- 75-84

                           Approaching (D)- 70-74

                           Below (F)- 0-69



  1. Missing Work/Retakes
  2. A deadline will be set for each assignment given. Assignments will be for partial credit if they are turned in after the deadline. Students are encouraged to complete late work through ICU, and they may also work on current and late work in the before/after school LAUNCH program.
  3. Students are responsible for gathering and completing missing assignments after an absence. Students will follow school policy for time allowed to make up assignments due to absences. Assignments will always be posted on the class Canvas page for your convenience.
  4. Students will have opportunities to improve their quiz scores through classwork, remediation, and retakes. Please refer to the student handbook for policies on retaking quizzes.




  • Resources / Materials
    1. Assignment information, as well as copies of all worksheets and study guides will be posted to the 8th grade Canvas pages


  1. Materials Required of Students
    1. Basic Supplies – paper, pencils, highlighter, blue or black pens
    2. Binder 1”-2” or folder for guided notetaking, rubrics, handouts, etc.

Binder/folder will be kept in the assigned classroom block bin, unless a student needs their notes to take home and study.

  • 5 standard-issue green plastic army men
  1. Earbuds for computer usage





  1. Supplemental websites that may be used:



-No Red Ink 

-Microsoft Office     (Class Notebook, One Note, Microsoft Word)






  1. Classroom Policies
    1. Cheating/Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Cheating/plagiarism may result in student receiving a zero and being referred to the office for further discipline.
    2. Use of cell phones or other personal electronic devices is not allowed in class. Students should leave them in their lockers per school policy.
    3. Students are given five minutes in between each class. Students need to make the most of that time so that bathroom visits are not needed during class. Students also need to make use of their lockers during class changes as backpacks should not be carried into class.
    4. See student handbook for classroom and school behavior plan and consequences  


Contact Information



Call the school number, (865) 458-2026, to leave a voicemail or schedule a conference. Our planning time is 9:10 to 10:10 a.m. each day. We will return calls then or after school.




8th ELA at-home learning

Good morning! We hope all of you are well. 
A plan is being organized this week by the county and FLMS staff for how students may be able to continue learning if we stay out of school for an extended period of time.
In the meantime, the following links are great ways to continue learning on your own:  
If you need to contact Mr. Bethel or Mr. Gornto, their contact information is below:
Mr. Bethel
School number- 865-458-2026
Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
Mr. Crittenden  and Mrs. Nelson