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									                                                 Landmark Middle School
                                 Language Arts Department Information Letter and Contract
                                                 2012 – 2013 School Year

Landmark Vision Statement:
The vision of Landmark Middle School is to become a top performing middle school by providing a secure and positive atmosphere that encourages
academic success, enhances self-esteem, and promotes respect for others within a culturally diverse society.

LMMS Language Arts department teaches by Clusters as mandated by the MVUSD, which has units aligned with the California State Standards. Each
textbook contains a listing of the California State Standards on the first few pages. We will be improving upon and mastering these standards throughout
the school year.

The Language Arts department at LMMS is a unified group of teachers with similar expectations and the same course of learning as determined by the
MVUSD and the State of California through the mastering of state standards for curriculum. As your teacher I expect all students to be prepared to follow
the curriculum plan and to conduct yourselves appropriately both in academics and behavior. This will promote learning in the classroom and contribute
to a healthy learning environment for all students.

Quality Work:
Teachers will expect students to create quality work by:
        1. Following directions carefully
        2. Writing only on one side of the paper
        3. Writing all class assignments in cursive
        4. Writing all class assignments in blue or black ballpoint pen
        5. Following the Writing Standards as per California State Content Standards
             (See attached)
        6. Submitting all assignments on time
        7. Coming to class prepared to work and learn, this includes bringing supplies daily.

Being in school every day is important to learning and good grades. Please work towards the goal of being in class on time every day!
         Good attendance = Good Grades = Success

General Materials Needed: (For ALL classes)
There are supplies that are needed daily and then there are those that will be needed on some days, but not others. Please be sure that your
child has the following supplies EVERYDAY and attached is the list of items needed to help your student be a successful learner.
         Lots and lots of Paper (college or wide ruled, but not in a spiral notebook)
         1 Pockets Portfolio with 3-Prong Fasteners
         3 or 4 blue or black ink pens
         3 or 4 pencils
         Highlighters (at least 2 colors)
         Small dictionary
         1 subject spiral notebook
         3 ring binder to hold all of the above (at least 2”)
         Planner inside of binder

Classroom Rules:
* Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings
* No gum, food, or drink in the classroom (Water bottles are OK)
* Restroom passes are only available for emergencies
* Late work is only accepted for excused absences. There are severe penalties for   students who do not submit work on time.
Assignments may have an extreme reduction in points or not be accepted at all. This will affect the student’s grade.

Course Work:
Writing Strategies: includes grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the writing process
Reading: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, science fiction, poetry, biography, etc.
Interactive Reader: Each student will receive one of these, please take care of them, they must last all year!
Informal and Formal Oral Presentations: this is a state standard and will be incorporated in other learning
Small Group Work
Independent Reading

Please keep this entire packet, but return the last sheet to your Language Arts teacher promptly.

Thank you
                                                        Landmark Middle School
                                                   15261 Legendary Drive ~ Moreno Valley, CA 92555
                                                      (951)571-4220 Office ~ (951) 571-4225 Fax
                                                                     Ext. 21302
                                                 Teacher Syllabus and Documents
7 th Grade Language Arts                                           Classroom: D102
Instructor: Ms. C. Thomas                                           Email: or
School Web Site:
C. Thomas Web Link:
                                                      Vision Statement
 The vision of Landmark Middle School is to become a top performing idle school by providing a safe and secure atmosphere that encourages academic
                           success, enhances self esteem and promotes respect for others in a culturally diverse society.

                                                                   Required Materials
                                                                 Provided Literature Text Book(s)
         Landmark Student Handbook/ Landmark Planner                                        Blue/Black Ink Pen
         2-Pockets Portfolio with 3-Prong Fasteners                                         Highlighters
         3-Ring Binder                                                                      Pocket Folder
         Spiral Notebook (Hard cover)                                                       Donated Box of 24 pencils
         Dividers with Tabs                                                                 Donated Pack of Lined Paper
         Lined Paper
         #2 Pencils with sharpener

                                                                     Class Structure

Classroom Policy                                                                           All cell phones or unauthorized electronic devices are to be
           ***Be Quiet, Sit Down and DO YOUR WORK!***                                       turned off and put away. These devices will be confiscated if
1. The student is responsible for individual property, behavior and                         apparent and will not be held responsible by school.
learning.                                                                                  There are a limited number of Bathroom Breaks (except for
           Do not leave personal items in classroom                                         Medically Documented Emergencies) No Exceptions
           Maintain suitable Dress Code requirements                                       Completed assignments must include proper Heading (name,
           Complete daily assigned class work/ homework by the following                    date, etc.) and be written neatly in Cursive.
           day                                                                             Late assignments will only receive partial credit and must be
           Maintain a record of class assignments and events in Planner                     submitted prior to posting of grades.
2. Exhibit proper respect for others and their property. (Keep your hands                  Extra-Credit is only offered when minimum course
           to yourself)                                                                     requirements have been met.
3. Enter the classroom in a quiet and orderly manner.
           Maintain good behavior skills through out class session             Consequences
4. Come to class prepared and ready to work.
5. Attend class regularly and ON-TIME.                                         1. Verbal Warning
           No Unexcused absences or tardy.                                     2. Written Consequences or Standards signed by guardian
           Excessive absences and tardy will earn student MANDATED             3. Time Out or Temporary Relocation with written consequences
           Tutoring                                                                       And/ Or Mandated Tutoring with Parent Contact
6. No eating, drinking or chewing gum in class                                 4. In-Class/ After-School Detention and/or Behavior Meeting with Parent
7. Do Not leave seat without Teacher’s permission                              5. Referral with further school consequences.

  Classroom Policy and Consequences are in association with M.V.U.S.D. policy and are subject to teacher discretion based on individual behavior.

                     Grading Procedures                                                                 Minimum Day ‐ Students Only
                 Avg. Trimester Points: 2000                                      November 9             Parent Conference Day
                                                                                  November 12           Veterans Day (Legal Holiday)
Projects: est. 200-500 pts                                                        November 19-20        Thanksgiving Recess
Book Reports/ Essays: 100 pts each                                                November 21           Admission's Day (in lieu of Legal Holiday)
Benchmark Test: 100 pts each                                                      November 22‐23        Thanksgiving Holidays (Legal/Local)
Weekly Homework Packets: 50 pts each                                              December 21           Minimum Day ‐ Students Only
                                                                                  December 24           Winter Recess Begins/Christmas Eve (Local Holiday)
Vocabulary Test: 30-40 pts each                                                   December 25           Christmas Day (Legal Holiday)
Misc. Assignments: 10 pts each.                                                   December 31           New Year's Eve (Local Holiday)
                                                                                  January 1             New Year's Day (Legal Holiday)
 ALL Make-Up Work/ Extra Reports or Extra Credit Assignments due 2 weeks          January 14                        STUDENTS RETURN
      prior to Any Report Card.3RD Trimester tasks are submitted earlier          January 21             Martin Luther King Day (Legal Holiday)
          Make-Up Due Date: 10/19/12                                             February 15           Lincoln's Day (Local Holiday)
           1st Trimester Report Card: 10/31/12                                    February 18           Presidents' Day (Legal Holiday)
          Make-Up Due Date: 02/15/13                                             March 1               END OF SECOND TRIMESTER
           2nd Trimester Report Card: 03/01/13                                                          Minimum Day ‐ Students Only
          Make-Up Due Date: 05/17/13                                             March 25              Spring Recess Begins
           3rd Trimester Report Card: 06/07/13                                    April 8               STUDENTS RETURN
                               Important Dates                                    May 27                 Memorial Day (Legal Holiday)
August 14             Teacher Prep Day                                            May 31                Minimum Day ‐ Students Only
August 15             STUDENTS RETURN                                             June 7                LAST DAY OF INSTRUCTION
September 3            Labor Day (Legal Holiday)                                                        Minimum Day ‐ Students/ Minimum Workday
October 6             Budget Cut Day
October 31            END OF FIRST TRIMESTER
   Please Visit the School Website Regularly. In the Sub-Section of Teachers / Staff open the Web Link of Ms. Crystal Thomas.
    Here I post weekly vocabulary, major assignments, study guides, test information, class photos and any additional classroom
    information or documents.
   Check the student’s grade in Infinite Campus ( using the District
    Provided username and password OR student’s ID and password (see the office for that info.)
   Students need to complete assignments regularly, especially those that are worth the most point, because it’s easier to drop grades then to move
    up a grade. Every time an assignment is given, that is one more set of points you have to get. You can NOT do one assignment, no matter how
    many points its worth, and expect to make up for all the points previously missed.
   Parent/Team Conferences (Conference Card) will be held on November 9th.Unless otherwise mentioned, I will conduct my conferences as
    an “Open Conference” open to ALL parent/ guardians on a first come first serve bases. Location/ Time: TBA. Expect a detailed notice to be
    sent with student 1-2 weeks prior to event
   In-Class Detention or MANDATED Tutoring will be held as an intervention for students needing EXTRA assistance during Breaks and Lunch
    (With /Without Parent Notification). Students will be allowed to eat and use the facilities BUT will return to the classroom to serve their session.
   Class discussion will be integrated in daily assigned readings and activities. Handouts will be distributed in this class throughout the trimester
    and will likely be associated with homework. Students are expected to keep up with reading and homework assignments since they will be used
    in correlation with the classroom curriculum and benchmarks. Daily Assignments will be posted on the front white board of the class.
   Assignments missed during absences are the responsibility of the student to obtain. These items are available from teacher by request. In some
    cases alternative assignments may be given in the place of the missed task.
   Landmark Student Planner’s must be maintained and kept by student at all times and may earn class credit. Planners/Agendas are
    stamped/signed daily for having the assignment written down, NOT for assignment completion or grade. Refer to Grade Reports for that
    information. Grades are posted in the classroom weekly for student/ parent information.
   An informal “Progress Report” may also be issued or requested periodically through out the school year. These reports list assignments, points
    possible, grade received, class grade and missing tasks. This report allows for student to make improvements prior to the end of the trimester by
    determining make-up or extra credit needs
   Students have as many days as were absent to make-up assignments for Full Credit.
   The teacher Does Not retain the majority of the students work unless otherwise indicated. Once it is graded, the assignments. Are placed in a
    “Graded File” for student retrieval. It is recommended that the student keep record of their graded assignments as a reference for at least one
    trimester. The File will be cleaned out periodically and its documents thrown away.
   Homework is assigned as a Weekly Vocabulary Packet; due Friday, with the exception on State Testing Periods. In addition any unfinished
    classroom assignments may be completed at home and turned in the following school day for Full Credit.
   Weekly Vocabulary Test is conducted every Friday. Students will be expected to know the proper spelling and definitions of 20-23 Vocabulary
    Terms. Vocabulary Terms Located on C. Thomas School Web Site at the beginning of Each week. Vocabulary Terms will remain on website
    until the end of trimester. Missed Test can be made-up on Monday of the Next Week After School ONLY!
   Required, Book Reports are Bi-Monthly. Requirements will be attached.
   ALL reports and Essays will be at least 5-8 paragraph minimum with a minimum sentence requirement of 5-8 sentences requirement per
    paragraph. Students are allowed to extend the paragraphs if needed.
   Regular Assessments are recorded frequently with major Test or Benchmarks recorded at the end of the unit. Students will be warned and
    allowed time to prepare, well in advance,
   The teacher Does Not provide basic school materials. The student must come equipped with items like pencils and paper or they can not do their
   Personal items are the sole responsibility of student; do not leave them unattended as the District assumes no liability for loss or damaged items.
    It is also recommended that items of value not be brought to school as they can be damaged, stolen or confiscated with no liability by the school.
   There are a limited number of Bathroom Breaks (except for Medically Documented Emergencies) No Exceptions.
   Student assignments must have proper heading and be in cursive.
   Late assignments MUST be turned in prior to the End of the school week for Partial Grade
   NO Available Extra-Credit!
   Make-up Work Will NOT be offered under Normal Circumstances, But may be allowed on a case by case bases
   Missed Reading Assignments can be Completed by the following: For Each Story in this Unit, apply the following.
         -    Complete the “Connect to Your Life” at the beginning of each story
         -    Review the “Build Background” at the beginning of each story
         -    Review: the “Words to Know- Vocabulary Review” at the beginning of each story.
         -    Write the word and its definition with its part of speech, then write the word 10 times each, and use it 2 different sentences
         -    At the End of Each Story: Complete the Questions
         -    Connect to the Literature; Think Critically, Extended Interpretations, Literary Analysis
         -    At the End of Each Story: Complete “Choices and Challenges” Writing Tasks
         -    WRITING and Writing Handbook Activity
         -    Vocabulary Exercises and Vocabulary Handbook Activities, Grammar in Context with Grammar Handbook Exercises Review with a short student
              written Summary about the author and/or his/her story

   Ms. C. Thomas Classroom Wish List
         Line paper • PAPER! Blank Copy Paper (any color) • Construction paper •Pencils • Pens (Blue/ Black) • Dry Erase Markers • Pencil Erasers •
         Electronic Pencil Sharpener • Small manual pencil sharpeners • Tape • Stapler and staples • Crayons/ markers/ color pencils • Bandages • Tissues • Spiral
         Notebooks • 3 Ring Binders • Index cards • Paper/ binder clips • Safety scissor • Highlighters • Used Books or magazines !
                                Course Schedule: (Subject to Change)
Course Content:
We will be using the McDougall Littell text series for 7th grade including the literature anthology, the grammar,
writing, and communication text, and the Reading Toolbox to increase reading comprehension. In addition, we will
be using Step Up to Writing to increase skill levels in writing of essays, letters, and research papers.

         Trimester 1A
              Reading Strategies
              Intro to Step Up to Writing
              Reading Fiction
              Personal Narrative Essay
              Cluster Test (district mandated)
         Trimester 1B
              Short stories with emphasis on Character Development
              Response to Literature Essay
              Cluster Test
         Trimester 2A
              Reading non-fiction
              Writing Summaries
              Cluster Test
         Trimester 2B
              Reading non-fiction
              Persuasive Essay and prep for state Writing Exam
              Cluster Test
         Trimester 3A
              Reading Technical and Career oriented Documents
              CST preparation
              Reading Comprehension skill enhancement
         Trimester 3B
              Reading Novels
              Literature comprehension
              Research paper
              Cluster Test

In addition we will include grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation as a regular part of the classroom

Independent Reading:
All students are required to read for at least 20 minutes daily so to encourage this, a book project will be due each
month on the 15th. The book project will not be primarily written, but will have some written parts. This will be
graded according to the standards of excellence I expect in my class. I have included a separate page that further
explains the book project requirements.

All students are required to have their planner with them daily and are responsible for writing down all
assignments. Occasionally I will check these planners to be sure students are following the rules for writing in their
planner. Parents should check the planner daily to ensure that students are completing all required work.
                                                      Monthly/Trimester Book Projects
                                                         Ms. Thomas ~English 7
                                                         2012 – 2013 School Year

Families and Students:
   The State of California expects that each seventh grade student will be well on their way to reading 1,000,000 pages of literature and expository
material each year. To help meet this state standard I have implemented outside reading projects. These projects are due monthly and the students are
expected to read the novel or non-fiction book required each month and complete the project on time. 1 project is REQUIRED per Trimester, while the
others will be assigned as extra-credit tasks.

   These projects (listed below) will be found on my homework site for the school. I have decided to give a genre for each month’s reading and the same
project for all students. These are written projects, and are designed so that the student may be involved with the reading to develop a project that shows
understanding of the work read.

    I do not accept late projects and I expect a high quality of work, since the students have ample time to prepare. We will mark the due dates in your
student’s agenda/planner, and I have attached the dates to this letter to help your schedules at home.

   For all projects the expectations are:
          1. ALL reports and Essays will be at least 5-8 paragraph minimum with a minimum sentence requirement of 5-8 sentences requirement per
                paragraph. Students are allowed to extend the paragraphs if needed.
          2. No pencil on final submission
          3. Neatness counts
          4. No tape showing
          5. No dirt, smudges, or obvious erasures
          6. Name, date, and period on the back, bottom, or attached to each project
          7. Directions for each project will be followed precisely.

   These projects are a way for your child to experiment with different art forms, and composition ideas. This can also be a great way to discuss the novel
or book with your student.

          When helping your student please keep in mind that this reading is to broaden the knowledge of the students and so the following requirements
need to be observed:
          1. NO books that have been movies. If you are not sure if a novel has been made into a movie check the Netflix,, or
               Blockbuster websites. They all have a great list of movies and you should be able to determine whether it has been a movie.
          2. Books must be at least 175 pages and age appropriate. You should plan to send the book in by the 20 th of the previous month for me to

Reading Genres and Due dates of projects:

          ***September 16, 2011                   Where the Red Fern Grows (Required)
          October 11, 2012                        Mystery or Suspense (Extra-Credit)
          November 16, 2012                       Assigned novel, Dragonwings (Extra-Credit)
          ***December 14, 2011                    Titanic Project (Required)
          January 18, 2013                        Any novel of your choice (Extra-Credit)
          February 22, 2013                       Historically relevant Biography/Autobiography (Extra-Credit)
          March 22, 2013                          Assigned novel The Cay (Extra-Credit)
          April 19, 2013                          Historical Fiction (Extra-Credit)
          ***May 17, 2013                         Pringle Person & Bio-in-a-Bag Presentation Report on a Author
                                                  (Final project for the year) (Required)

This year we will all be reading the same book three different times as noted above. These books will be available to be checked out in the school library,
but I would encourage you to buy your own copy if possible. Where the Red Fern Grows was assigned as summer reading so many students will not have
to read it now or will be able to read it a second time this month. We will not be reading in class, but there will be weekly checks during these three times
to monitor the reading being done at home. This may seem harsh, but reading well and having varied reading experiences is the key to success in school.

Books for the other months will be the reader’s choice and may be found in the school library, the local public library, or purchased at the local book
stores or online through various sites being sure that the assigned genre is followed. For these novels I will be checking titles to be sure they are
appropriate and of a proper reading level for the particular student.

If you are not sure about what a genre includes or need some ideas there is a good website: and then look for the ATN Book Lists.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are not sure what to do or how to complete a project.

Ms. Thomas
Lang Arts 7
                                       BOOK REPORT TEMPLATE
                               Use this handout as a guide for creating the actual report
ALL reports and Essays will be at least 5-8 paragraph minimum with a minimum sentence requirement of 5-8 sentences requirement
                             per paragraph. Students are allowed to extend the paragraphs if needed.

Paragraph 1: Introductions of the book (Introduce the book in 5-8 sentences and in 1 paragraph)

        Book Title:

        Setting is very important in creating the mood of the story; describe the setting of this book in detail: paint a
        picture with words. How did the setting contribute to the atmosphere of the book?

Paragraphs 2-3: Introduction of the characters (introduce the characters in 5-8 sentences and in 5-8 sentences per

        Describe the main characters and explain their importance to the story. What part did they play in the story?
        Did any of these characters change, or surprise you?

        Describe the minor characters and explain their importance to the story. What part did they play in the
        story? Did any of these characters change, or surprise you?

Paragraphs 3-6: Summary of the story (Explain the plot or events that occur in the story in 5-8 sentences per

        Write s summary of the story, explaining the important events, clues and actions in the book.

Paragraphs 5-8: Conclusion (Explain how the story ended and what you thought of the book in 5-8 sentence

        How did the story conclude? Were you surprised by the ending? What is your opinion of this story? Would
        you recommend it to others? Why or Why Not?
                               Writing Standards for Middle School Students
                                                 As per the
                                    California State Content Standards

A student paper will:

   1. Be **legibly written on Both sides of a lined 8 ½ x 11” paper in blue or black ink. (Unless
      Typed, then only one sided)

   2. Maintain accurate spelling, correct usage of writing conventions,
      Punctuation, and capitalization.

   3. Have a proper heading on the upper left-side of the page:

      First name/Last name

      This heading is the same that is used at the high school level and is in agreement with the MLA standards for writing, and AVID

   4. Include proper sentence construction.

 ** Handwriting is an important standard that cannot be measured by testing. We will be working
 hard to improve our handwriting by writing the majority of our assignments in cursive. All final
  essays MUST be in ink and follow these rules, failure to do so will result in a zero for the essay
                     Optional Reading Assignments in Language of Literature 7th Grade

   After Twenty Years                                   The World Is Not a Pleasant Place to Be
   Bums in the Attic from the House on Mango Street     A Christmas Carol
   A Crown of the Wild Olive                            A Defenseless Creature
   A Crush                                              Ant and Grasshopper
   Dark They Were and Golden Eyed                       The Ant and the Grasshopper
   Days Wait                                            The Old Grandfather and His Little Grandson
   The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind                     The Richer, the Poorer
   Last Cover                                           Arap Sang and the Cranes
   One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts                       Asputtle
   A Retrieved Reformation                              Brother Coyote and Brother Cricket
   The Scholarship Jacket                               The Foolish Men of Agre
   The Serial Garden                                    The Force of Luck
   Waiting                                              How Odin Lost His Eye
   The White Umbrella                                   Kelfala’s Secret Something
   Zebra                                                Lazy Peter and His Three-Cornered Hat
   From Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a      The People Could Fly
    Fugitive Slave                                       Pumpkin Seed and the Snake
   From The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt          Sundiata, Lion King of Mali
   From The Autobiography of Malcolm X                  Waters of Gold
   From Barrio Boy                                      Young Arthur
   From Boy: Tales of Childhood                         Required Reading Assignments in Language of
   Dirk the Protector from My Life in Dog Years                        Literature 7th Grade
   Eleanor Roosevelt                                       Seventh Grade
   Face To Face With Twins                                 Thank You Ma’am
   From Short Story to the Big Screen                      Amigo Brothers
   From Growing Up                                         The Bat/ The Moose’s
   Homeless                                                What Do Fish Have To Do With Anything?
   From Immigrant Kids                                     An Hour with Abuelo
   An Interview with Ray Bradbury                          The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street
   From Knots in My Yo-Yo String                           War of the Wall
   The Lives of La Belle                                   Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
   Looking For America                                     Casey at the Bat
   Name/ Numbers                                           Exploring the Titanic
   The Night the Bed Fell                                  American Childhood
   The Noble Experiment from I Never Had It Made           They’re Well Suited for Studying Moose
   From No Ordinary Time                                   The Highway Man
   Offerings at the Wall                                   Out of the Ballpark
   Passing on the Flame                                    Primal Compassion
   Aardvark                                                From Long Walk to Freedom
   Good Hot Dogs/ Buenos Hot Dogs                          The Eternal Frontier
   Graduation Morning                                      Ode to an Artichoke
   If I Can’t Stop One Heart from Breaking                 The Difference a City Year Makes
   The New Colossus                                        The History of Chocolate
   The Pasture                                             Four Decades in Space
   The Rider                                               The Elephant
   Scaffolding                                             The Turtle
   From Song to Myself                                     Reading beyond the Classroom
   A Time to Talk                                          Jabberwocky
   To You                                                  Sara Cynthia Sylvia Stout
   Winter Poem
                                 Weekly Homework Assignments
                            Due in Packet Form at the end of each week
  Daily Assignments that go unfinished can be completed at home and turned in the following school
                                           day for credit.

         The Weekly Homework is in addition to regularly scheduled assignments and Monthly Book Report

 Vocabulary Terms Located on C. Thomas School Web Site at the beginning of Each week. Vocabulary Terms
  will remain on website until the end of trimester. Missed Test can be made-up on Monday of the Next Week
                                              After School ONLY!

Weekly Reading assignment: “____________________________________________________”
                            pg. ______Language of Literature

Weekly Vocabulary Assignment

          Monday: Master List of 15 - 20 Vocabulary Terms
                    Determine: roots or prefixes with-in terms and their meaning
                    Write 5x each in cursive

          Tuesday: Define each of the vocabulary terms

          Wednesday: Use each term in a sentence with a context clue (Refer to page 67, The Language of Literature)

          Thursday: Vocabulary Poster (Directions Attached)
                    Study for Test
          Friday: Vocabulary Test (Spell the words correctly and match the definitions)
                                                  Language Support Weekly Vocabulary Assignments

         Due in Packet Form at the end of each week
         Daily Assignments that go unfinished can be completed at home and turned in the following school day for credit.
         The Weekly Vocabulary Assignments is in addition to regularly scheduled assignments.

                                                              Weekly Vocabulary Assignment
Monday: Master List of 15-20 Vocabulary Terms; Study
         Determine: roots or prefixes with-in terms and their meaning
Tuesday: List 3 synonyms and 3 antonyms for each word
         ABC Order – Write you’re spelling words in reverse ABC order.
Wednesday: Silly sentences – Write 10 silly sentences using 2 spelling words in each sentence.
Thursday: Picture Words – Choose 10 words and create a picture with them. Be sure to label the pictures that match your spelling words.
Friday: Pyramid Writing
       Write the first letter of your word, and then on the next line, write the first two Letters of your word. Continue doing this until you have the word
Lang. Arts 7
                                                    Vocabulary word

                            Vocabulary Poster Instructions
       You need to create a vocabulary poster for your assigned word that graphically
       displays the meaning of your word with images, pictures, cartoons, drawings and/or symbols.

       Refer to the Vocabulary List and Definitions sheet for more information about your word.

   1. Size must be 8 1/2 x 11 on unlined paper or cardstock
     (colored or white).
  2. Your poster must be organized, neat and colorful.
     Images can be a combination of drawings, cartoons,
     pictures or symbols.
  3 .Divide your poster into 3 sections as seen
    on the right.
  4. Measure down 2 inches from the top of the paper
    and draw a straight line across your paper. This
    section is for your WORD.
 5. Measure up 2 inches from the bottom and
   draw a straight line across your paper. This
   section is for the COMPLETE DEFINITION.
6. The middle section is for your IMAGES.

    Your poster will be completed Thursday of every week and presented
                              the following day.
 To get started:
 a) Choose or determine your vocabulary word then you need to think and plan how to arrange the poster.
 b) Determine what kinds of artwork you want on your poster.
 c) Decide if you want to use a computer, draw by hand, and/or use magazines
   Or newspapers.
 d) Consider creating a rough draft of your poster on a piece of notebook paper before
   you begin.
                                                   CORNELL NOTES
Period / Subject

  Topic: ___________________________________________________________________________________

         Connections Column                                                     Important Information

 Sample Question and Notes
 What Should I write down / when?                Write down only important information. Look For:

 I take notes?                                            * Bold, underlined or italicized words
                                                          * Information in boxes or with icon/ symbol
                                                          * Headers / sub headers on the page
                                                          * Information that is repeated or emphasized
                                                          * Words ideas or events that might be on a test
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                                                          *    Take notes on bullets and indents; not formal outlines
                                                          *    Cut unnecessary words
                                                          *    Use telegraphic sentences (America Enters war 12/44)

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                                                                                            2. Themes are presented in thoughts and conversations. Authors put words in their
                                                                                               character’s mouths only for good reasons. One of these is to develop a story’s
                                                                                            Themes: The things a person says are much on their mind. Look for thoughts that are
                                                                                               repeated throughout the story.
                                                                                            3. Themes are suggested through the characters. The main character usually illustrates
Foreshadowing: The use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in the              the most important theme of the story. A good way to get at this theme is to ask
  story.                                                                                       yourself the question, what does the main character learn in the course of the story?
                                                                                            4. The actions or events in the story are used to suggest theme. People naturally
                                                                                               express ideas and feelings through their actions. One thing authors think about is
CHARACTERIZATION ~MAJOR CHARACTERS: Almost always round or                                     what an action will "say". In other words, how will the action express an idea or
  three-dimensional characters. They have good and bad qualities. Their goals,                 theme?
  ambitions and values change. A round character changes as a result of what
  happens to him or her. A character that changes inside as a result of what happens        IMAGERY: Language that appeals to the senses. Descriptions of people or objects
  to him is referred to in literature as a DYNAMIC character. A dynamic character             stated in terms of our senses.
  grows or progresses to a higher level of understanding
    Protagonist: The main character in the story
    Antagonist: The character or force that opposes the protagonist.                       FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE ~ Simile
    Foil: A character that provides a contrast to the protagonist. In the course of the      A figure of speech which involves a direct comparison between two unlike things,
  story.                                                                                      usually with the words like or as. Example: The muscles on his brawny arms are
                                                                                              strong as iron bands.

MINOR CHARACTERS: Almost always flat or two-dimensional characters. They
  have only one or two striking qualities. Their predominant quality is not balanced        Metaphor: A figure of speech which involves an implied comparison between two
  by an opposite quality. They are usually all good or all bad. Such characters can be        relatively unlike things using a form of be. The comparison is not announced by
  interesting or amusing in their own right, but they lack depth. Flat characters are         like or as. Example: The road was a ribbon of moonlight.
  sometimes referred to as STATIC characters because they do not change in the
  course of the story.                                                                      Personification: A figure of speech which gives the qualities of a person to an animal,
                                                                                              an object, or an idea. It is a comparison which the author uses to show something in
POINT OF VIEW ~ First Person                                                                  an entirely new light, to communicate a certain feeling or attitude towards it and to
  The narrator is a character in the story who can reveal only personal thoughts and          control the way a reader perceives it. Example: a brave handsome brute fell with a
  feelings and what he or she sees and is told by other characters. He can’t tell us          creaking rending cry--the author is giving a tree human qualities.
  thoughts of other characters.
                                                                                            Onomatopoeia: The use of words that mimic sounds. They appeal to our sense of
Third-Person Objective: The narrator is an outsider who can report only what he or            hearing and they help bring a description to life. A string of syllables the author has
  she sees and hears. This narrator can tell us what is happening, but he can’t tell us       made up to represent the way a sound really sounds. Example: Caarackle!
  the thoughts of the characters.
                                                                                            Hyperbole: An exaggerated statement used to heighten effect. It is not used to mislead
                                                                                              the reader, but to emphasize a point. Example: She’s said so on several million
Third-Person Limited: The narrator is an outsider who sees into the mind of one of
  the characters.                                                                             occasions

Omniscient: The narrator is an all-knowing outsider who can enter the minds of more         ELEMENTS OF PLOT: All fiction is based on conflict and this conflict is presented
                                                                                              in a structured format called PLOT.

FORESHADOWING: An author’s use of hints or clues to suggest events that will
  occur later in the story. Not all foreshadowing is obvious. Frequently, future events     Exposition: The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone,
  are merely hinted at through dialogue, description, or the attitudes and reactions of       presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the
  the characters.                                                                             story.

                                                                                            Conflict: The essence of fiction. It creates plot. The conflicts we encounter can
IRONY: Irony is the contrast between what is expected or what appears to be and
                                                                                              usually be identified as one of four kinds. (Man versus…Man, Nature, Society, or
  what actually is.

Tone: The author’s attitude, stated or implied, toward a subject. Some possible
  attitudes are pessimism, optimism, earnestness, seriousness, bitterness, humorous,        Rising Action: A series of events that builds from the conflict. It begins with the
  and joyful. An author’s tone can be revealed through choice of words and details.            inciting force and ends with the climax.

Mood: The climate of feeling in a literary work. The choice of setting, objects, details,   Climax: The climax is the result of the crisis. It is the high point of the story for the
 images, and words all contribute towards creating a specific mood. For example, an            reader. Frequently, it is the moment of the highest interest and greatest emotion.
 author may create a mood of mystery around a character or setting but may treat               The point at which the outcome of the conflict can be predicted.
 that character or setting in an ironic, serious, or humorous tone
                                                                                            Falling Action: The events after the climax which close the story.
THEME: The main idea or underlying meaning of a literary work. A theme may be
  stated or implied. Theme differs from the subject or topic of a literary work in that
  it involves a statement or opinion about the topic. Not every literary work has a
  theme. Themes may be major or minor. A major theme is an idea the author returns
  to time and again. It becomes one of the most important ideas in the story. Minor
  themes are ideas that may appear from time to time.
                                                                                            Resolution (Denouement): Rounds out and concludes the action.
It is important to recognize the difference between the theme of a literary work and the
    subject of a literary work. The subject is the topic on which an author has chosen to
    write. The theme, however, makes some statement about or expresses some opinion
    on that topic. For example, the subject of a story might be war while the theme
    might be the idea that war is useless.

         Four ways in which an author can express themes are as follows:
1. Themes are expressed and emphasized by the way the author makes us feel... By
sharing feelings of the main character you also share the ideas that go through his
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Subjects                *Omitted             *Suppress                 *Schizophrenic     Devise
Predicates                    ********       *Controversial            *Crescendos        *sumptuous
Phrases                 Conduct                    ********            *Unceremoniously   *vigilante
Clauses                 Barren               Consolation                     ********     *In memoriam
Fragments               Frail                Cower                     Essay                    ********
Simple Sentence         Mistrust             Cunningly                 Biography          Redundant
Compound Sentence       Presentable          Revive                    Foreshadows        Revert
Complex Sentence        Suede                Scuttle                   Advances           Righteous
Verb                    Opposing             Bungalow                  Summary            Spherical
Noun                    Obstacle             Mongoose                  Hyperbole          Translucent
Pronoun                 Pocketbook           Personification           Verb               Hesitated
Adjective               Permit               Plot                      Preposition        Concentration
Adverb                  Kitchenette          Cantonment                Flash              Enthusiastic
Preposition             Ice box              Veranda                   Amputated          Crenellated
Conjunction             Subheading           Cultivated                Pondered           Embarked
Interjection            Captions             Brahm                     Chaotic            Incredibly
Cliché                  Predict              Providence                Dignity            Improvising
Idioms                  Visualize            Sequence                  Docile             Exhilarated
Analogies               Connect              Skimming                  Aviary             Dismayed
Metaphors               Question             Combatant                 Regrettably        Staggering
*absence                Clarify              Antagonism                Refund             Pursuer
*absorption             Evaluate             Agitate                   Punctuated         Captor
*abundant               *Predominant         Elusive                   Analyze            Obscure
     ********           *Vengeance           *Mischievous              Synopsis \         Perfunctorily
Similes                 *Strenuous           *Influence                *Ascertained       Formality
Prose                         ********       *Preliminary              *Scrutinized       *Dismembered
Poetry                  Disciplinarian             ********            *Diminutive        *Piecemeal
Short story             Encrusted            Ammunition                      ********     *Flabbergasted
Novel                   Exuberantly          Embroidered               Antagonism               ********
Novella                 Gaunt                Orderly                   Contorted          Galleon
Essay                   Intricate            Parchment                 Idiosyncrasy       Moor
Fiction                 Jauntily             Suite                     Incriminate        Claret
Non Fiction             Menacing             Abuelo                    Defiant            Rapier
Foreshadow              Poised               Convalescing              Flustered          Cobble
Dependent clauses       Tensing              Contorted                 Intense            Plaiting
Independent clauses     Wince                Incalculable              Legitimate         Wicket
Derivatives             Dapper               Falsify                   Optimistic         Ostler
Anecdotes               Chaffed              Melancholy                Persistent         Casement
Autobiography           Quavery              Insatiable                Teleplay           Symbol
Exposition              Matisse              Rehabilitate              Spectacles         Redcoats
Rising action           Urgency              Sentimental               Atmospheres        Sacrifices
Climax                  Overgeneralization   Stanza                    Murmuring          Perspective
Falling action          Fallacy              Stereotype                Interjecting       Images
Resolution              Bias                 Foreshadowing             Reluctantly        Stanzas
*achievement            Propaganda           Allusion                  Circumstances      Torrent
*distinguished          Dialogue             Anecdote                  Anxious            Breeches
*hindrance              *Incidentally        Couplet                   Monster            Tawny
     ********           *Proposition         Humorist                  Fallout            Denotation
Hyperbole               *Questionnaire       *Maturity                 *Superintendent    Narrative Nonfiction
Hydrophobia                   ********       *Magnificence             *Psychology        *Correspondence
Exhibited               Main Characters            ********            *Approximately     *Nuisance
Equated                 Minor Characters     Idiom                           ********     *Handkerchief
Definite article        Dynamic              Stifling                  Advances                 ********
Semicolon               Static               Short story               Clarify            Accommodations
two-year old (person)   Trait                Character (personality)   Literal            Dazzled
(properly written)      Characterization     Theme                     Symbolize          Eerie
Comedies                Motives              Point of View             Portrays           Feverishly
Appearing               Barrage              Third-person narration    Illustrates        Indefinitely
Forewarned              Bedlam               First-person narration    Response           List
Bluff                   Dispel               metaphor                  Influence          Novelty
Conviction              Evading              Illustrates               Grammatical        Prophecy
Elective                Feint                Influences                Precise            Toll
Ferocity                Game                 Impressive                Punctuated         Tribute
Linger                  Improvise            Complete predicate        Uncompromised      Titanic
Portly                  Pensively            Noun                      Sauntered          Maiden Voyage
Quiver                  Perpetual            Adverb                    Spectacle          Stateroom
Scowl                   Unbridled            Adjective                 Passage            Squash court
Sheepishly              Suspense             Observe                   Conveyed           Turkish bath
Trudge                  Prediction           Anecdote                  Episode            Valets
*Catechism              Welterweight         Cheerful                  Parallelism        Steward
*Analysis               *Unanimous           Fishing                   Analogy            Stokers
Confession           Witnessed          Accompanied                  Omniscient               Nuisance
Absolution           Ponder             Delegation                   Third person narration   Perpetual
*Pharmaceutical      Aquarium           Botanist                     Astonished               Ravenous
*Abysmal             Enthusiastically   Manufacturers                Enthralled               Odious
*Bureaucratic        Faux               Sequential                   Persistence              *Incognito
   ********          Momentum           Chemist                      Accustomed               *Lackadaisically
Collective Noun      Hysterical         Concentrated                 Vanished                 *Obnoxious
Proper Noun          Incredible         Condensed                    Convinced                     ********
Common Noun          Photographing      Confectionary                Fascinated               absence
Abstract Noun        Enraged            reminiscent                  Desperation              stretch
Concrete Noun        Hesitation         malnourished                 Dimensions               tyranny
Verb                 Deliberateness     Consume                      *Mechanism               syllable
adjectives           Concentrate        Associated                   *Supernatural            eliminate
adverbs              Guttural           *Soubrette                   *Stereoscopic            etiquette
Ostler               Alpha              *Soul-searching                  ********             hygiene
stanza               Authorities        *Lexicography                Perceived                innocence
suspense             Extraordinary          ********                 Optic                    fallacy
revulsion            Skepticism         Volume                       Christened               optimism
onomatopoeia         Reexamines         Faint                        Flogged                  disciple
exaggerated          Hesitate           Dash                         Domestic                 criticize
concentration        *Arbitrary         Free                         Stanza                   hypocrisy
translucent          *Incessant         Baffled                      Metaphor                 amateur
spherical            *Obscure           Accuracy                     Resemblance              actually
righteous                 ********      Jubilant                     Sustained                merit
redundant            Refuting           Mimic                        Recalling                abundant
reverts              Support            Flustered                    Advertisement            cocoon
*Fundamentally       Pro                Improvising                  Manufacturer             eighth
*Indispensable       Con                Industrious                  Mechanism                dividend
*Remembrance         Introductory       Torrent                      Guarantee                *.unanimous
      ********       Engage             Synonyms                     Specimen                 *correspondence
abundance            Audience           Antonyms                     Flourishing              *handkerchief
anonymous            Transition         Denotation                   Naturalist
charitable           Facts,             Connotation                  Trespassing
currency             Statistics         Ravenous                     Commandeering
destitute            Examples           Melancholy                   Steadfastness
emerge               Quotation          inevitably                   *Tuberculosis
endeavor             Conclusion         ironically                   *Pneumonia
finale               Opposition         *Renaissance                 *Consciousness
mortal               Explanations       *Catastrophe                     ********
odious               Significance       *Supercalifragilisticexpia   Eagerness
pledge               Relevance          lidocious: According to      Constancy
provision            Interpretation     the 1964 Walt Disney         Drought
solitude             Similarity         film, it is defined as       Species
summon               Fictional          "something to say when       Harshness
surplus              * Stigmatize       you have nothing to say".    Churning
transform            *Millennium            ********                 Treacherous
welfare              *Supersede         Abbreviate                   Isolated
onlookers                ********       Consequence                  Malnourished
memorable            Narrative          Assumption                   Idiom
disrespect           Assigned           Synthesize                   Objective
*incoherent          Topic              Variation                    Indifferent
*macabre             Section            Subsequent                   habitation
*reassurance         Diagram            Significance                 shipwrecked
      ********       Moral              Introduction                 thunderstruck
Generalizations      Theme              Plagiarism                   extraordinary
Publicity            Conflict           Influence                    apparition
Billboard            Climax             Formulate                    inhabited
Media                Experience         Critique                     overpowering
Extraordinary        Recommendations    Cumulative                   constrictor
Argument             Suggestions        Deduce                       *Cumbersome
Overgeneralization   Curtailed          Depict                       *Exhausted
Conclusion           Incomprehensible   Chronology                   *Acquaintance
Prior                Indivisible        Compile                          ********
Inferences           Resiliency         Complement                   Schematic
Summing              Transitory         Approximate                  Topography
Restate              Apartheid          Authentic                    Virtuosity
Valid                Profound           *Malthusian                  Stupefying
Accomplishment       Virtuous           *Tongue                      Unobtrusively
Surpassed            *Accidentally      *Touché                      Whim
Announcing           *Minuscule             ********                 Humiliation
Charitable           *Irresistible      Bidding                      Intrigued
Defenseless              ********       Horrified                    Endured
Profoundly           Impassible         Chariot                      Edible
Sportsmanship        Chronology         Constellations               Fortress
*Czechoslovakia      Civilization       Charred                      Phobia
*Acknowledgment      Flourished         Ascend                       Sidetrack
*Grotesque           Dissolved          Spectacle                    Tantalizing
      ********       Beneficial         Thematic                     Zeal
                     Equivalents        Inexperience                 Ridiculed

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