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Course Description
During the course of this year, students will read a range of texts and practice writing in several different modes (informational, persuasive, narrative, etc.). My curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Language Arts standards, so our goal is to build students' reading, writing, and language skills while also boosting their speaking and listening abilities.

The seventh-grade language arts curriculum is somewhat challenging. We learn and practice some complicated grammar concepts, and our reading selections require more concentration and critical thinking. While this year may be tough for some students, they will be better prepared for next year and, beyond that, for high school. 

Textbooks and Workbooks
Grades 6-8 are using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Collections textbooks and Close Reader workbooks this year. 

Classroom Management
  • Listen when someone is talking- Quietly raise your hand if you have a question or comment and wait calmly for the teacher to respond. Respect your classmates when they are speaking. Do not whine or complain if the teacher does not respond right away.
  • Follow directions the first time they are given- Arrive to class on-time everyday and be in your seat working on the warm-up activity when the bell rings. Come prepared for classeveryday with all of the necessary materials (i.e. pencil, school supplies, worksheets, homework, and proper uniform).
  • Treat everyone with kindness and respect- Respect yourself, your classmates, and your teachers with your words and actions. Do not vandalize, destroy, or steal other people’s personal belongings.
  • Take care of our school and class- Respect your classroom and school environment.

If a student CHOOSES to ignore one of the above expectations:

  • Level One: Verbal Warning
  • Level Two: Written Record of Behavior
  • Level Three: Recess Detention
  • Level Four: Teacher/Parent Contact
  • Level Five: Parent Meeting with Student, Teacher and Administration
  • Level Six: After School Detention with Parent Supervision 15 minutes (3:30-3:45)
  • Level Seven: After School Detention with Parent Supervision 30  minutes (3:30-4:00)
  • Level Eight: Administration Discretion

*We promise to apply ALL consequences FAIRLY and CONSISTENTLY, because we believe your child deserves no less. In addition, we reserve the right to use the above consequences as we believe is most appropriate in any individual circumstance. 

If a student CHOOSES to behave appropriately, he/she will receive one or more of the following positive consequences: 
  • Positive Phone Call Home
  • Positive Note Home
  • Extra-Curricular Time
  • Student/Teacher Generated Rewards
  • Participation in Quarterly Conduct Party
Grade Distribution
Formative (Classwork, Homework): 60%
Summative (Quizzes, Tests, Projects): 35%
Participation: 5%

Grade Point Scale
A = 90% - 100% 
B = 80% - 89% 
C = 70% - 79% 
D = 60% - 69% 
F = 59% - below