Selena Watley

Welcome to Mrs. Watley's
8th Grade English Class


Welcome to eighth grade English! This is my thirteenth year teaching English here at ACMS. I am an Amelia County High School graduate and a graduate of Longwood University. I live here in Amelia with my husband and two children. I have a passion for reading and thoroughly enjoy sharing that with each of my students.


The eighth-grade student will learn and apply interviewing techniques developing and delivering oral presentations in groups and individually. The student will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking. Students will evaluate, analyze, develop, and produce media messages. The student will plan, draft, revise, and edit writing, with emphasis on exposition and persuasion. The student will apply reading and writing skills in all subjects, as well as respond critically to literature. The student will continue development of vocabulary, with attention to connotations and figurative language. The student will continue to develop an appreciation for literary genres through a study of a wide variety of selections. The student will describe themes, make inferences, interpret cause and effect relationships, differentiate between fact and opinion, and draw conclusions from a variety of texts.


Parent/Teacher Communication


I feel that it is very important to have open lines of communication between myself and parents. There are multiple ways to contact me in regards to any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year. Email:, text: using the REMIND APP @kghbbc6 to the number 81010, or calling the school and leaving a message: 804-561-4422. 


 Course Materials

**A fully charged chromebook 
**The assigned novel for each quarter

Grading Policy

100-90=      A                     Formative (Quizzes, Classwork, and Homework) 45%

89-80=        B                      Summative (Tests, Projects, and Essays) 55%

79-70=        C                                 

69-60=        D                                 

59-Below=    F                                


Make-Up Work & Homework Policy


Please see the ACPS handbook for the make-up work policy.  Please know that I will enter a zero into the PowerSchool to serve as a reminder for the student to get the missed work made up; it is not intended to stay there.

Students have until the Sunday following the school week to turn in all assignments for that week.