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    Course Description

    7th grade English Language Arts (ELA) is designed to give students an opportunity to develop written and verbal communication skills, and to help students become more competent in the areas of vocabulary, reading comprehension, efficiency, and composition. Students will review writing and speaking traits, and use the skills to compose narrative, expository and imaginative pieces of work, which will be scored using State Standards. Additionally, understanding and applying reading strategies is a major focus of the class. Appreciation of recreational reading is stressed throughout this course, in order to encourage and foster individual interests as well as levels of reading. Above all else, this course is intended to foster an attitude of appreciation for learning as a life-long skill.

    Course Expectations

    Students are expected to be actively involved in their education. We will be engaging in a variety of activities—journal writing, note taking, discussions, reading (both orally and independently), writing, listening, projects, and other activities. Students are expected to complete all assignments, work samples, tests, and projects.

    Behavior Expectations

    Students are expected to be respectful, responsible, and safe. All policies stated in the Daily Planner will be observed. Electronic devices (cell phones, ipods, electronic readers, etc) are NOT allowed in class. Students will also be expected to conscientiously treat the classroom technology with EXTREME care and respect every time it is used.

    Consequences for minor classroom disruptions or violating school rules:

    • Verbal warning.
    • Behavior Response Sheet & Time Out Phone call to home.
    • Discipline referral to office.


    My feeling on the topic of homework is to keep it at a minimum. I believe that after-school hours should be spent engaging in personal and family interests. Kids, at any age, have a life outside of school. I support their involvement in activities that encourage them to be
    well-rounded individuals. Although students will rarely have assigned homework, they will need to use class time appropriately to avoid using home time to complete assignments. Students will need to read a novel regularly, at their discretion, to meet required literature responses and 2 book talks each semester.

    Check Google Classroom to stay current with weekly assignments and deadlines.

    Course Standards

    As required by law, students will be scored on their knowledge and skill of the standards expected for the course. Students will not only be given an overall grade for the course but will also be measured on specified standards aligned with course content. The standards will be measured using the following rubric scale.

    Rubric Scale



    Mastery: Superior academic performance through evidence of in-depth understanding and demonstration of skill/standard.


    Approaching Mastery: Consistently meets and sometimes exceeds the basic skill/standard and has a complete understanding, and can demonstrate the skill/standard.


    Proficient: Meets the standard with basic knowledge and demonstration. Some errors may be present.


    Working Toward Proficient: Not yet passing. Occasional demonstration of skill/standard.


    Not Proficient/Insufficient Evidence: Limited achievement of the grade level standards/expectations. Proficiency cannot be determined due to missing assignments, and/or length of time in school.


    Did Not Attempt Task


    Power Standards

    Description/Learning Targets


    RL.7.1: I can cite textual evidence to support my analysis of what I read.
    RL.7.2: I can determine and summarize a theme or central idea of a text.
    RL.7.3: I can identify and define all parts of a plot line within a text.
    RL.7.6: I can identify and explain the author’s point of view within a variety of texts.


    W.7.1-3: I can write with clear main ideas and supporting details.
    W.7.1-3: I can use organizational structure appropriate to the writing mode.
    W.7.4: I can use appropriate language and style to enhance the effectiveness of my writing. W.7.5: I can follow and utilize all parts of the writing process.


    L.7.1-2: I can understand and demonstrate correct usage of standard English, grammar, and conventions in writing or speaking.
    L.7.4: I can use a range of strategies to determine word meanings.
    L.7.5: I can identify and demonstrate understanding of figurative language and word relationships.


    SL.7.1: I can prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations. SL.7.4: I can effectively present information orally, with pertinent descriptions, using appropriate organization, body language, eye contact, volume and clear pronunciation.

    Grading Criteria

    Academic grades will reflect a student’s mastery of the subject’s knowledge and skills according to state standards. Extra credit will not be provided. Differentiation strategies available in this class may include extension activities, acceleration, or other activities, depending on the needs of the student.

    Eighty percent of a student’s grade will be determined on summative assessments based on the proficiencies; twenty percent will be based on daily work and other formative assessments. Below is an example of what makes up each percentage.

    80% Summative Assessments

    20% Formative Assessments & Personal Management

    Book Talks
    Close Reader Responses Speeches


    Journal Responses Daily Practice Activities Career Readiness Skills Quizzes
    Book Spines

    District Grading Scale:

    1. A  Mastery

    2. B  Approaching Mastery

    3. C  Proficient

    F Not proficient

    Standard Grading Scale:

    90-100% = A 80-89% = B 70-79% = C Below 69% = F

    *An “I” (Incomplete) may be temporarily entered. It has no value and is a place holder if the teacher feels that, with more time, the student will demonstrate proficiency.

    Reassessment: Students may be given opportunities to retake assessments they fail, or wish to retake, in order to demonstrate proficiency, provided that they are making adequate progress toward proficiency. Students must complete the formative assessments attached to the summative assessment, before a retake is offered. Retakes of formative assessments will not be offered.

    Academic Support: Extended Learning Time, supplementary formative assessments, individual and small group instruction and differentiation strategies will be offered. Differentiation strategies available in this class may include: extension activities, acceleration, or other activities, depending on the needs of the student.


    Daily attendance is important; the learning experiences a student misses in the classroom are often difficult to make up. If a student is absent, it is imperative that upon returning to school, s/he come by my room before school or during lunch to discuss what was missed. Students can check the posted weekly calendar in Google Classroom, in their time tracker, or check with classmates to secure all handouts, assignments, journal prompts, and notes. I have a crate by the door where all work is stored for each semester. I expect that students advocate for themselves and actively seek information that they have missed.

    Materials Required for class EVERYDAY:

    • 1 70+-sheet spiral notebook
    • 2 or more ballpoint/gel pens (various colors) 1 pack of 3x5 lined index cards, any color
    • 2 or more colored highlighters colored pencils
    • 1 pair of earbuds/headphones