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Class Information – Mrs. Nosel 2012-2013 English/Language Arts – Grade 7 Blue Language Arts is unique in that it combines many elements: reading/literature, writing, grammar, etc. As writing is the highest, most challenging form of communication, it is the area in which the greatest emphasis will be placed. This year will also be the first one for students in which only one class period per day will be scheduled for Language Arts. WRITING Writing is hard. The ability of students to compose, edit, revise and publish is one that is somewhat counter- intuitive to the world in which they live. Middle school students love to communicate and pride is evident in their faces when a piece is well-done. Student writing will be scored according to the MCAS rubric for long compositions with varying areas of focus. Writing assignments often will reflect the genre currently under study in class beginning with memoir/short story. The District’s current literacy initiative focuses on fewer, well-composed written pieces submitted for formal evaluation with teacher/student conferencing throughout the process. Drafts and final products are maintained within the classroom in student portfolios for future reference and revision practice. In March, grade 7 students participate in the MCAS long composition testing as a portion of their overall literacy testing. Within the classroom, students will work not only writing sample MCAS long compositions, but also in self- evaluation of their pieces with actual MCAS essays used as models of instruction. INDEPENDENT READING Reading partners with writing as the second major component of Language Arts. To improve one’s writing, one must experience a wide variety of great reading material and discuss/share the journey. Students will be given time (approximately 10-15 minutes 3-4 times per week) to read independently in class. Assessment, through 1:1 teacher/student conferences will occur upon completion of a novel however, frequent “check-ins” throughout the book may occur. It is also expected and encouraged that each student read outside of class and that students have an independent reading book with them EVERYDAY. With over 1,000 books in the Language Arts classroom as well as the vast volumes in the school library, access to independent reading books is not an issue. All students will be assessed within the first weeks of school in their ability to read fluently and comprehend. This quick assessment will give this instructor the information necessary to determine the appropriate level of material for each child as well as areas in which the student may require additional assistance or enrichment. These are formative assessments are used to drive instruction and do not “count” toward a child’s grade. GRAMMAR View grammar and its use as the building blocks of writing. While one does not identify what part of speech every word is within a novel, knowing how to use and identify the various elements of the English language is imperative to adding maturity to one’s writing and speaking. Students will review the 8 parts of speech, complements, and common usage rules and incorporate their learning into their written work. WORK STANDARDS Each student is expected to complete all work on time, to the best of his/her ability. Students who are absent will be given one make-up day for each day of absence. The student is responsible for acquiring his/her own make-up work (a study buddy is highly recommended) and, in the event of an absence, scheduling make-up quizzes and tests. Students can view relevant homework information on the teacher’s webpage, accessible through the Mountview website. GRADING TESTS 200% QUIZZES 100% PROJECTS 200% WRITING ASSIGNMENTS 200% HOMEWORK (Collected) 100% HOMEWORK (Completion) 200% HOMEWORK Students receive a grade for homework if the assignment is collected and scored. Otherwise, students receive a homework completion grade of 100%. Each missed assignment will deduct 5 points from this grade. Homework is due during the class period, when the teacher requests that students take out their homework. Students are not permitted to leave the room to retrieve homework from another location and late homework is not accepted. For assignments that grow over time, such as an essay, a student who does not do the required work may be required (at the teacher’s discretion) to complete the assignment for the following day for partial credit. All homework is posted on the teacher’s website, accessible through the Mountview Middle School home page. Worksheets, stories, and relevant, helpful tip sheets will be posted on the photo/documents section of the webpage and students my print, copy by hand, or use template sheets within the classroom to complete assignments. Please avoid emailing homework to the teacher for printing. Other than long-term writing assignments, all homework may be handwritten in a student’s notebook for full credit, unless otherwise specified. MATERIALS/CLASS EXPECTATIONS Students are expected to report to class prepared to work with the following items: Notebook (s) Students should have a Writer’s Notebook (composition book) A second, general notebook with the following sections: Reader’s Workshop, Homework, Notes Folder or multi-pocket expanding file with a section for ELA handouts Agenda Book Writing utensils (pen, pencil, highlighters) Independent Reading Book Homework Ruler Glasses (if necessary) CONTACT INFORMATION I look forward to a productive year with your child. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. I, in turn, will do the same! Mrs. Kelley Nosel Kelley_Nosel@wrsd.net (508) 829-5577