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2018-2019 Course Description and Expectations

7th Grade Language Arts

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Ms. Danielle Davis                                                                     






Welcome to Language Arts. Our goal for the year is to learn to read and think as writers, to look at texts through a writer’s eye. We will be reading and writing poetry, narratives, informational, and argumentative texts. You will have the opportunity to read engaging, thought-provoking texts and novels you won’t want to put down. By examining these exemplary texts, you will build your skills as a writer and be able to communicate your ideas effectively.  We will also spend time building your vocabulary and technology skills. Discussion, both speaking and listening, as well as working in collaboration with others, will play a large role in class and help to prepare you for your higher education. I look forward to spending the year learning with you! 


Open communication between students, parents, and teachers is very important to ensuring educational success. I will always do my best to be available to discuss your student’s experience at CLMS. 



Please feel free to email me at your convenience. The schedule below is when I will be available to respond.


Email and Phone Hours:


7:30 am- 9:30 am Weekday Mornings


4:30 pm- 5:30 pm Weekday Afternoons



Tutoring Available: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Homework Haven from 4:15 pm- 5:15 pm



Homework Policy



Homework is not busywork. It is necessary for you to complete in order to participate in class the next day, or to develop important skills. Every Monday, homework assignments will be posted on the board, on our agenda in Google Classroom, and on our website. It is your responsibility to copy this information in a place you won't forget it.


Homework will always be either Article of the Week, or Silent Discussion, and your Reading Logs. All parts will be due the following Monday, by 8:00 am. You may have unfinished class work that will need to be completed outside of class before we . You will be responsible for Unit and Quarterly Projects, but will be given notice well in advance of the due date.


I am always available at Homework Haven on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, for additional assistance or guidance. 




Interactive Note Binders


It is imperative, for the understanding of the Language Arts content, that students have their interactive note binders every class. We will complete right sided pages with lessons/notes in class. The left sided pages are for students to demonstrate their understanding of the material. They can do this in a variety of ways. An example of 2 pages: On a right-sided page is a vocabulary lesson. On the left-sided page, students will demonstrate they understand the vocabulary by either drawing pictures of the terms, writing a short story using the vocabulary, creating a crossword puzzle with definitions in your own words, etc.



Class Reflections


Students are expected to complete an exit ticket at the end of each class. Their journal is available through Google Classroom. This is a time for students to reflect on my teaching and their learning experience to help shape our classroom and lessons.



·         Ear buds

·         1 1-1.5” 3 ring view binder

·         1 2 pocket folder

·         Elmer’s liquid school glue

·         Crayons or colored pencils

·         Scissors

·         Pens, pencils, highlighters

·         1 pack of Post-It notes

·         1 box of Kleenex

·         1 pack of loose leaf college-ruled notebook paper

·        1 box sandwich Ziploc bags

·        1 ruler