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 English Language Arts Syllabus: 7th Grade

Mr. Economou

Room 312

teconomou@goldendoorschool.org

 

 

Description:

 

This course will encourage students to use a wide range of communication skills including those involved in written and oral English, including the following: organization and development of effective communication, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling and personal voice. Students will have ample opportunity for growth in the area of reading through the use of the literature textbook, novels, articles, and class activities.

 

 

Supplies:

 

  1. 3 Subject Notebook (Three Sections - Notes - Vocabulary - Grammar)
  2. 150 sheets college-ruled binder paper
  3. Highlighter
  4. 3x5 index cards – 1 packet
  5. 1 composition notebook (Journal)
  6. Folder

 

Expectations/Rules:

 

            When you first walk into class:

  1. 1.     Do so quietly.
  2. 2.     Take a seat.
  3. 3.     Complete the “Do Now.”

 

In this English Language Arts class, we will engage in many discussions that deal with the text that we are covering, as well as in depth analysis of writing samples we are reviewing. To give everyone a chance to speak and to make sure that we are respectful of our classmates’ thoughts and ideas, the following rules and expectations must be met:

  • Raise your hand when you want to speak.
    • Do not call out.
    • Always be prepared.
    • Exhibit self-control and responsibility
    • Active Participation
    • Consistent Attendance
    • Please be aware that it is disrespectful to engage in side conversation while a classmate is reading or sharing their thoughts.

 

Areas of Study:

 

Reading:

-       A Wrinkle in Time

-       Fiction and Nonfiction

-       Types of Nonfiction

-       Short Stories/Informative Texts

-       Novel –  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)

 

Writing:

-       This is a writing intensive course that will require students to complete a draft during class for any writing assignment that will be eventually turned in as a typed final submission.

  • Narrative Writing
  • Argumentative Writing
  • Informative/Explanatory (Research Paper)

 

Assessments:

 1.     Cold Prompts are timed essays written once at the start of the unit and once at the end.  This is to track improvement and growth. The first cold prompt will count as a Classwork grade. The second will be entered as a Test/Project grade.

 2.     The DORA assessment is done on the chromebooks and is designed to test your reading level.  These are completed at the end of every quarter and returned with your report cards.

 3.     PreviLearn is a computer-based PARCC practice which students will be required to take periodically either in the classroom. Students will always have a chance to review specific questions from the Previlearn and use that information to improve on their test taking abilities. Most often, these will count as classwork grades, however, as we move closer towards the PARCC, they might also count as quiz grades. Students will be notified before taking a Previlearn that will count as a quiz. 

 4.     At the end of every quarter, students will take a Benchmark Test for the unit. All reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills learned in the quarter will be on the benchmark. This is a Reading Test Grade.

5.     Fluency Checks are completed every month and are designed to test your reading fluency.  You are required to read at a normal pace for one minute.

 

Homework:

 

                        Students will be allowed to submit homework one day late for half of the possible total points. The following day no credit will be given. In addition, homework must be handed in at the beginning of class, it will NOT be accepted if it is handed in by the end of the day.

 

 

Journals:

 

            “Journals” are 1 page assignments, that only count towards Writing, that will be completed over the weekend in a student’s composition notebook. I will not accept any journal entries that are typed or submitted on loose-leaf paper. For this class in particular, the journal topic will either expand on a “Do Now” topic that students have started to explore, or a topic that is relevant to the interests of the class. Students will receive the topic in class on Friday and will have until the beginning of class on Monday to receive credit for the assignment. As mentioned in class, students will have a bit more freedom in expressing their “personal voice,” for this assignment. Because of this, grammar, spelling and mechanics do not count towards the final grade for the journal. Students who do not complete their journals will not be able to receive a passing grade for Writing.

 

 

Web Page/Google Classroom:

Last year, the 7th grade team successfully implemented the use of Google Classroom, primarily to help students keep better track of their assignments. The effectiveness of this application was emphasized by the ability students had in checking their phones for any notifications a teacher may have sent. The notifications might have been an updated homework assignment or review sheets for a test or quiz. All students will be enrolled during class time and will have access to the application at home. For this class in particular, students will be able to find:

  1. Copies of all stories read during class.
    1. This includes notes or review sheets to help students better prepare for a quiz or test.
    2. Writing Resources
      1. Example Writing Pieces
      2. Graphic Organizers
      3. Helpful resources including citations and formatting
      4. All Journal Topics
      5. Some, but not all homework assignments will be posted here.

 

This does NOT mean that OnCourse or the teacher webpage will not be updated. Parents can always look at OnCourse to stay updated on the latest homework assignment as well as their child’s current grade.

 

Heading Format:

 

            In order to better prepare students for their final research paper, but perhaps more importantly for their higher education careers, all assignments should follow the MLA header format shown below:

 

                        Name

 

                        Teacher’s name

 

                        Course Title

 

                        Due Date

 

                                                                        Title (Make sure it is underlined and centered)

 

Course Weight:

Your grade will be based on the work that you do in class, homework, attendance, quizzes, tests and projects.  It is broken down in accordance with the school policy:

           

                        10%     Class Participation

                        15 %    Homework

                        15%     Classwork

                        20%     Quizzes

                        40%     Tests/Major Projects

                        *No extra credit will be given.*