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Miss Grahams 7th Grade English Language Arts 2016-2017 Course Syllabus

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COUSE DESCRIPTION:
I would like to welcome you to 7th Grade English Language Arts! I look forward to a successful and productive year.
During this class, we will be reading a variety of works, writing in a variety of genres, engaging in weekly discussions,
and learn more grammar, vocabulary, and skills to become confident readers, writers, and speakers! Please take a
moment to read over the guidelines in this syllabus and return the signed portion at the end.

Sincerely,
Miss Graham

COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:


1. READING: You will be able to independently and proficiently read, analyze, cite, compare, and contrast
increasingly difficult texts from a variety of genres.
2. WRITING: You will be able to plan, draft, revise, and edit writing, including developing arguments,
information, and narratives.
3. SPEAKING & LISTENING: You will be able to collaboratively discuss with your peers, develop presentational
skills, and evaluate arguments.
4. LANGUAGE: You will learn proper conventional skills for this grade level and a variety of new vocabulary
words.
5. TECHNOLOGY: You will use technology creatively, collaboratively, and in a way that displays digital
citizenship, critical thinking, and research/information fluency. You will learn how to cite.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:
1. Respect yourself, your peers, your teacher, your school, and property.
2. Be on time and prepared for class.
3. Follow daily expectations of the teacher and of the school.

GRADING:

Participation

30% 25% Homework

15% Quizzes & Tests


30%

Papers & Projects


MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS AND DUE DATES:
Journal, 50 pts/quarter: Must include day, date, daily Informational Essay, 40 pts: Due quarter 2.
objectives, journal question, anything else the
student would like the teacher to read. Part of Argumentative Essay, 50 pts: Due quarter 3.
participation grade. Due at the end of each quarter.
Group Project, 50 pts: Due quarter 4.
Narrative Essay, 30 pts: Due quarter 1.
Group Presentation, 50 pts: Due quarter 4.

READING LIST:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
Universe, Benjamin Alire Senz The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak Sherman Alexie

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES:


Design a classroom poster/anchor chart for decoration. Must be turned in two weeks before the last week of each
semester. Can only be completed one time per school year for 10 pts. Talk with me about this before you make it.

PROCEDURES AND CONSEQUENCES:


Late work IS accepted for 50% of the grade for only Extensions on major course assignments are allowed,
seven days after the due date, including weekends. if you ask for them in advance. Talk with me about
what is going on so that we can make
If you are absent, check with me for your make-up accommodations.
work, or e-mail me during your absence. Make-up
work IS accepted for a week after the absence(s). Technology is only allowed to be out in the open
when used for classroom purposes.
You will get a warning for your first late, which
includes not being in your seat when the bell rings. Follow the schools hall pass policy, or you will not be
Two lates result in staying after class five minutes to allowed out of the room until the bell rings.
write an exit ticket. Three lates result in lunch with
me and a written assignment. Four lates result in a I do check for plagiarism on assignments. Plagiarism
call home. results in an automatic zero, a call home, and a
conversation with me.

When in doubt if you can or cannot do something, ask yourself, will it be distracting/disturbing to the current flow of
the classroom? If the answer is yes, dont do it.

Behavior Policy:
1. Warning 4. Call Home
2. Re-assigning Seats 5. Call Administration
3. Written Assignment

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I have read and understand the expectations, procedures, and consequences for my 7th Grade English Language Arts
classroom. I agree to adhere to the procedures and understand the consequences if I do not.

STUDENT NAME: STUDENT SIGNATURE:

PARENT NAME: PARENT SIGNATURE:

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