7th Grade ELA Syllabus5

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					                                                                                 Ms. Jessica Clark
                                                                        7 th Grade Language Arts


                                                                                        CONTACT INFORMATION
                                                               Room #: 134
                                                               Phone #: (502) 695-6740
COURSE OVERVIEW                                                Email:
Reading is the skill that allows us to understand the          Jessica.Clark@franklin.kyschools.us
world around us; writing is the skill that allows us to        Website:
express ourselves in that world. In this class, I will focus   http://franklin.kyschools.us/ClarkJessica.aspx
on effective reading and writing strategies that will be
important throughout life. To this end, I will also                                               GRADING CRITERIA
emphasize critical thinking and organization skills. I
consider the classroom an important professional                  Participation/Performances           45%
environment, so I maintain high academic and behavioral                o Daily Work
                                                                       o Homework
expectations. At the same time, I enjoy a learning
                                                                       o Warm Ups
atmosphere that is lively and enthusiastic, so I
                                                                  Measured Assessments                 55%
incorporate many types of activities and technology.                   o Unit Tests
                                                                       o Quizzes
Throughout the year, we will make connections with                     o Reading Packets
history and the arts and attempt to gain insight into the              o Writing Pieces
human experience via reading and writing. Below are the
                                                                                               REQUIRED MATERIALS
units we will cover along with their essential questions.
                                                                  Binder devoted to Language Arts
Unit 1 - Characters with Character                                Binder tabs (set of 5)
What makes characters in historical fiction believable?                o Warm Ups
                                                                       o Reading Literature
Unit 2 - Perseverance                                                  o Reading Informational Text
How do characters, real and fictional, use words and                   o Writing
actions to demonstrate perseverance?                                   o Language
                                                                  Binder paper
Unit 3 - Courage in Life and in Literature
                                                                  Pencils, pens
How can reading about the courage of real people inform
our understanding of determined literary characters?
                                                                                                  HOMEWORK CLUB
Unit 4 - Survival in the Wild                                  Each Wednesday, I will be available after school to
What similarities and differences exist among characters       provide help with assignments. This time is open to
who survive in the wilderness?                                 any student who wants specific support with
                                                               classwork, direction with a reading book, or extra
Unit 5 - Science or Fiction?                                   study time. I may also ask students to stay if I feel
How do authors make science fiction believable?                they are struggling and need additional guidance. I
                                                               want all students to be successful by keeping their
Unit 6 - Literature Reflects Life: Making Sense of our         materials organized, continually bringing and
World                                                          reading an independent book, submitting
Is literature always a reflection of life?                     homework and classwork, completing reading
                                                               packets, and keeping up with writing pieces.
  STUDENT EXPECTATIONS
                               Be present.
 If absent, check my website or master binder for missed work and
notes. Late work will be accepted with no penalty for two days after
you return to class. After that, the grade will drop 10% each day (10%
each week for projects).
 Three tardies in a single nine weeks results in a D-Hall.                                   STUDENT EXPECTATIONS, CONTINUED
 Use the bathroom before coming to class. If you need to leave the
                                                                                                      Be productive.
room for another reason (nurse, library, office, etc.), please ask by
                                                                                  Board = paper; if I write it on the board or show it
raising your hand (only during individual/group work time). Once
                                                                                 on a PowerPoint, it is important enough for you to
given permission, complete your Hallway Passport. Permission will
                                                                                 write it down.
not be given the first or last ten minutes of class (the 10/10 rule).
                                                                                  All students are expected to participate in class
 Permission will not be given to leave the room to see the
                                                                                 discussions and be ready to answer questions. I will
counselor; if an issue arises, let me know and I will email Mrs. Rogers.
                                                                                 ask many questions each class and look forward to
                                                                                 hearing from every student. If you have a question or
                            Be prepared.
                                                                                 comment of your own, please raise your hand.
 As you enter the classroom, take your assigned seat and prepare
                                                                                  If you need to leave your seat to sharpen a pencil,
your materials (turn in homework, sharpen your pencil, take out your
                                                                                 use hand sanitizer, or throw away trash, only do so
binder and blank paper, place your reading book on the desk, and
                                                                                 during individual/group work time after asking for
write down the day’s Agenda).
                                                                                 permission by raising your hand. You may get a tissue
 When due, reading packets, binders, and writing pieces should be
                                                                                 during instruction or discussion time if it’s urgent.
placed in the appropriate crate before instructions starts.
                                                                                  Do your own work. Academic dishonesty (copying
 At the beginning of class, complete the Warm Up; make sure to
                                                                                 someone else’s work) and plagiarism (submitting
include the date, question, and reflective answer written in complete
                                                                                 someone else’s words and ideas as your own) will
sentences.
                                                                                 result in a zero for the assignment and a letter home.
 Binders and agendas should be kept organized and up to date. All
                                                                                  Do your best work. Unless otherwise instructed, all
materials in the binder should be labeled with the tab section, title,
                                                                                 verbal and written answers should be thorough and in
and date.
                                                                                 complete sentences. Try to include explanations,
                                                                                 specific evidence from the text, and examples.
                            Be professional.
                                                                                  When you finish class work, complete a “check in”
 Whenever the teacher or another student is talking, there should               with me to make sure you understand the material
be a voice level of zero in the room. During such times, all students
                                                                                 thoroughly. After that, you may read your book and
should be SLANTing: Sit up, Listen, Ask and Answer questions, Nod
                                                                                 work on the reading packet. Again, it is critical that
your head, Track the speaker.
                                                                                 you have your book with you every day.
 When working individually, there should be a voice level of zero
                                                                                  Each night, complete any assigned homework and
and you will need to stay in your assigned seat. If you need help, raise
                                                                                 then read independently for thirty minutes or more.
your hand for the teacher.
 When working with a partner, stay in your assigned seat and work                                                 CONSEQUENCES
with someone next to you with a voice level of one. If you need help,        Students are also expected to adhere to the Code of
get help from others close to your or raise your hand for the teacher.       Conduct and Common Area Procedures. EMS uses the
 When working in a group, you will move seats to form the group             following progressive consequences for when behavior
and work with a voice level of two. Often, groups may be assigned            expectations are not being met:
and chairs rearranged before class. If you need help, get help from                   1. Verbal Warning
others in your group or raise your hand for the teacher.                              2. In Class Time Out
 In the event of a phone call or a school-wide announcement on the                   3. D-Hall + Parent Contact
intercom, immediately assume a voice level of zero.                                   4. “Cool Down” and Reflection
 When we transition from the classroom to any other area                             5. Office Disciplinary Referral
(computer lab, library, theater, etc.), I will dismiss you by rows to line                                     PARENT EXPECTATIONS
up along the lockers. Walking through the halls on the right side, the            Set aside a quiet place for approximately thirty
class should keep a straight line and a voice level of zero.                       minutes a night for independent reading and any
 Students are welcome to check out books from my library, signing                 possible homework.
them out in the Checkout Journal on the top of the bookcase.                      Check your child’s agenda to make yourself aware
 Class will be dismissed by the teacher. Dismissal will include                   of assignments and due dates.
reminders about assignments and double checking that agendas and                  Read over homework and drafts of major writing
binders are in order.                                                              pieces.
 Before you leave, be sure to push in chairs and pick up trash to                Contact me by phone or email if any questions or
keep the classroom looking nice.                                                   concerns arise.
                                      Ms. Clark’s Syllabus Signature Page

I have read, understand and agree to follow the expectations set forth by Ms. Clark for Language Arts class.

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                                        (Student printed name)

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                                          (Student signature)

I have read, understand and agree to help my student fulfill the expectations set forth by Ms. Clark for Language
Arts class.

                   X___________________________________________________________
                                        (Parent printed name)

                   X____________________________________________________________
                                          (Parent signature)

For ease of contact and to receive update emails, please provide any household email addresses and the
best phone number to contact you. Also, please feel free to leave comments concerning your child or the
upcoming school year.
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                                                Student Survey
   1. Describe yourself in three sentences or less.
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   2. What are your hobbies?
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   3. What sports/clubs do you plan to participate in this year?
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   4. What type of music do you prefer? Who is your favorite musician?
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   5. If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
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   6. What types of movies do you prefer? What is your favorite movie?
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   7. What types of books do you prefer? What is your favorite book?
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   8. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
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   9. What are your favorite classroom activities (reading, working in groups, writing, graphic organizers,
      notes, etc.)?
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   10. What do you want to do after you graduate from high school?
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   11. What is your favorite school subject? Why?
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   12. Describe the family you live with (parents, guardians, brothers, sisters, pets, etc.).
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   13. Tell me anything else I should know about you.
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   14. Do you have access to a computer at home? ________________________________________________
   15. Do you have Internet access at home? ____________________________________________________

				
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