7th Grade Language Arts
Webb Bridge Middle School
School Year 2009-2010
Instructors: Extra Help Sessions E-mail Address Website
Kimberley Lewis Tuesdays at 7:45 AM firstname.lastname@example.org School Notes
Nicole McNeal Tuesday morning email@example.com School Notes
Julie Swartz Tuesday morning, 7:45 firstname.lastname@example.org School Notes
Haley Walter Wednesdays, 3:35-4:15 email@example.com School Notes
Coleen Kanzler Tuesdays at 7:45 AM firstname.lastname@example.org School Notes
Ashley Glover Tues AM / Wed PM email@example.com www.mrsglover.wordpress.com
COURSE TEXTBOOKS: All books are published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston
Elements of Literature, First Course, 2003 ($56.40)
The Holt handbook, First Course, 2003 ($27.00)
The Holt Reader: Interactive WorkText, First Course ($8.85)
Spelling Lessons and Activities, First Course ($9.90)
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED: One-inch binder, 4 dividers, black or blue pens, funky pens, paper.
In Seventh Grade English Language Arts, students continue to develop an appreciation of written and spoken
language. They expand their use of descriptive words and complex sentences, as well as their choices of
modes of writing. Throughout seventh grade, students continue to develop the ability to constructively
critique their own work as well as the work of others. Students use oral language, written language, and
media and technology for expressive, informational, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes. Students
use the stages of the writing process to write clear, coherent compositions that develop an idea or tell a
story. Goals, objectives, and accommodations for students with Individual Education and/or 504 plans will be
addressed in the course.
Reading and Literature
The student will read and analyze a variety of literary texts, such as poetry, drama, short stories,
and novels, to acquire an understanding of the conventions of each form.
The student will read and analyze a variety of informational texts to develop an understanding of
organizational structures, such as cause and effect or comparison-contrast, and graphic features,
such as diagrams and illustrations that are typically found in nonfiction.
The student will acquire new vocabulary and use it effectively in reading and writing.
The student will recognize and trace the development of the author’s argument for and against an
Reading Across the Curriculum
The student will read 25 books per year from a variety of subject areas, which will be tracked and
counted as a homework grade.
The student will produce a variety of writings such as persuasive, narrative, expository, and response
The student will use technology to research topics and to produce various products such as essays
The student will learn and apply the rules of Standard English in written and oral language.
Listening, Speaking, and Viewing
The student will participate in effective oral interaction with the teacher and with other students.
The student will listen to and view various forms of media in order to gather and share information,
persuade others, and express ideas.
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COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Each student will be required to:
Keep a writing folder which will include samples of work
Keep a binder which will include class notes, class work and instructional focus lessons
Prepare a minimum of six book reports throughout the year
Participate in Writing Workshop and prepare a minimum of five pieces of writing per semester
Participate in class discussion
GRADING POLICY: Each student will be evaluated according to the Fulton County Grading Policy. Homework
will be assigned on an as-needed basis. All work must be turned in on time. A final grade will be determined
by averaging the following per semester:
Tests 25% Grading scale:
Papers/Book Reports 25% A= 90-100
Quizzes 15% B= 80-89
Writing Workshop 25% C= 70-79
Homework 10% F= 69 and below
HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned regularly and students are expected to complete it on time. A
grade will be taken for each assignment. Sometimes homework will include reading or working on a long-term
project. Late homework assignments are not accepted; however, late projects will be taken but will lose 10
points per day.
SPECIAL PROJECTS: In 7th grade, all students participate in the Desktop Stores Interdisciplinary unit.
There are assignments from each subject area that must be completed before participating. Other projects
in Language Arts include the completion of regular book reports.
ABSENCE MAKE-UP PROCEDURE: (FCBOE Policy JBD)
Upon returning to school following an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the
teachers to request make-up work. Make-up work must be completed by the student within the time
specified by the teacher. (The student will be given the same amount of time to make up the work as the
student was absent unless other arrangements are mutually agreed upon.) The student will receive the actual
grade on the make-up work if the absence was "excused." Make-up work for unexcused absences may be
reduced by ten points. Make-up work submitted late will receive a zero.
RECOVERY: “Recovery” is an opportunity for students to recover from a failing or low (73 or below)
cumulative grade in a particular subject. It is available for students who have completed all required work as
assigned and who have demonstrated effort and attended school, but have failed to achieve success. A
student may request recovery work only once per course during each semester (or nine-week connections
period). Students should contact the teacher concerning recovery opportunities. Teachers will establish a
reasonable time period for recovery work to be completed during the semester. All recovery work must be
completed prior to the last ten school days (or five school days for a nine-week course) of each semester.
TEACHER/PARENT COMMUNICATION: Communication initiated by both parents and teachers is essential
to a student’s academic and behavioral success. All students receive agendas/handbooks at the beginning of
the year. This important tool not only helps you to organize assignments, but also serves as a means of
communication between parents and teachers. All students are required to fill in their agendas daily in class.
Teacher websites are available at www.schoolnotes.com.
Grade reports will be sent home according to the schedule in your handbook. Conferences may be scheduled
when necessary. If you would like to contact me for any reason, please call Webb Bridge at 770-667-2940 or
email. I will return phone calls and emails as soon as possible. I look forward to the year ahead, and I know
that this will be a positive and successful learning experience!