Course Outline

7th Grade English Course Outline

Instructor: Amy Gallagher

a.gallagher@ast.ma

 General Course Description

The study of English in grade 7 focuses on the basic areas of the language: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and vocabulary. The intent of the course is to reinforce a solid foundation in each of these areas. In order to do so, there will be two classes of English: Grade 7 English and Grade 7 Foundations and Grammar (F&F).

Grade 7 English Course: We will focus on reading comprehension skills, listening skills, and vocabulary development with writing and grammar to focus on responses to reading.  We will read and study a variety of material, that will be informational texts and literature.  The course is designed to give students an understanding of how the elements of fiction are used.

Grade 7 English Foundations and Grammar (F&G): This course will focus on grammar and proper grammatical usage within writing.  In addition, students will develop skills related to understanding and applying various structures of English.

Throughout both English courses, grade 7 students will develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking.

7th Grade English Course Requirements in Detail

The requirements for grade 7 English will consist of reading a variety of literary genres, including narrative text/fiction, literary nonfiction, and informational / expository text from numerous authors. They will also:

–        Understanding sentence variety including simple, compound, and complex sentences.

–        Understanding the structure of a coherent paragraph to inform, describe, narrate, and persuade.

–        Use journal responses and creative writing prompts for self-expression.

–        Study the elements of fiction: plot structure (exposition, conflict, point of view, setting, theme, and characterization)

–        They will learn to use reading strategies.

Students will be responsible for completing any reading assignments in non-book format.

Texts and Materials covered may include (but are not limited) to the following:

The Call of the Wild                                            Jack London

The Hound of the Baskervilles                               Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Wordly Wise 6

Glencoe Grammar material / Glencoe Literature Course 2

Class Attendance and Classroom Behavior:

It is absolutely essential to attend every class in order to succeed. Students are expected to be on time every day, prepared to participate in class and complete all assignments. Students are expected to participate fully in each lesson, as well as exhibit good behavior towards their teachers and classmates. Disruptive behavior and/ or non-participation in class activities will result in losing participation points and may result in removal from the classroom and disciplinary action.

It is imperative that students bring the required texts, books, notebooks (2), binders / folders, functioning pens and pencils. In the event of an absence, a student should contact the instructor as soon as possible to indicate the reason. However… Students are responsible for all work presented when they’re absent, and are also responsible for any announcements made in class. If due to an emergency a student misses a class, it’s the student’s responsibility to find out what was missed either by contacting the instructor or another student! Excessive absences without adequate excuse will result in 0% credit for any work, including quizzes and tests missed that day. Absences are excused after a note from the appropriate administrator.  Any missed work due to excused absence is due the day you return to school, not just the next class meeting.

Students are required to remain in class for the whole period, unless prior permission to leave early has been granted by the instructor.

 

Grading Policy:

Major Assignments, Essays, and Tests:                           40%

Classwork and Quizzes:                                                25%

Homework:                                                                  20%

PAC:                                                                            15%

 Plagiarism:

Students who plagiarize or cheat in any way risk serious disciplinary actions.  It is a serious breach of school conduct and will be reported directly to the Head of School and consequences will following as the student handbook states.

Deadlines   — Due Dates

For major assignments deadlines and due dates will be announced as far in advance as possible. Students are required to maintain an assignment notebook as part of their course portfolio. Keep all your assignments in a portfolio. The portfolio is scored at the end of the term unless otherwise specified in class.  At the end of the year, students will use work from their portfolio to revise and reflect on the progress they made throughout the year.  This portfolio should be kept in hard copy as well as on each student’s blog.

Student must submit work by sharing a Google doc/Google drive document with me.  Emails with invitations must be received by the beginning of the class which the assignment is due otherwise it will be late. Share and email me at a.gallagher@ast.ma.  All essays and major assignments will also be posted on each student’s blog throughout the year.

Late Work

Work will be considered late if it’s submitted after the class period it is due.  Late work will receive a 10% grade reduction for each day that the assignment is late.  All work must be submitted.

Policies Regarding Assignments:

  1. 1.     Daily grades/quizzes/homework assignments will not be accepted late.
  2. Major grades—with the exception of assignments that are to be presented to the class on a designated day—will be accepted late and will be graded, but will be penalized by 10% per day.
  3. If you are absent (excused) on the day an assignment is due, the work is due the day you return.
  4.  If you are absent (excused) on the day of a test or in-class essay, you should expect to stay after school on the day you return to make it up.
  5. If you are absent the day before a major test, essay, or project is due that was assigned ahead of time, it is still due on the day you return to school despite the fact that you were absent the day before it was due.
  6. We will follow other policies regarding make up work in the handbook.
  7. It is YOUR responsibility to get missed work when you return after an absence.
  8.  Discussions play an important role in this course; please make attending school a priority.  The value of being in class cannot be replicated in make up work; those who miss school are often in jeopardy of failure.

Classroom Procedures:

  1. ENTERING THE CLASSROOM – Enter the classroom quietly and get ready. Sharpen pencils, get necessary reading material or “Do Now” work, check board for daily assignments, and be in assigned seat and on task when the bell rings.
  2. EXITING THE CLASSROOM – Before leaving the class at the end of the period, all students need to clean up their space and put away all materials.  Students need to complete the “exit ticket” before they are allowed to leave the class.
  3. TARDY- Being late to class is not acceptable; however, if you are tardy, be seated and quietly get your materials out for class. Do not interrupt the class by asking the teacher or a peer to repeat anything you have missed.
  4. TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS- I will come around during independent reading or writing time at the beginning of class to collect homework. Put all work in the homework box for your class.
  5. BATHROOM PASSES- Students should use the restroom between classes or during the 5-minute break during class; otherwise you should need to leave class only in emergencies. You will receive 5 bathroom  passes that you may use during the term for emergencies or other issues.  Students can either use them or turn them in at the end of the term for extra participation credit.
  6. CELL PHONES- If I see it, I’ll take it. Leave them at home or in the basket on my desk, either turned off or on silent.  If I see a cell phone on your person, it will be confiscated and will result in lost points for the term.

Independent Reading:

Each term students are expected to read in class and at home.  This reading should be a novel, article, informational text, etc that each person reads for pleasure.  It can not be a novel or story we are reading as a class.  In addition to the reading, students are expected to complete work for the “Independent Reading Project: Layered Curriculum” project and will be counted as a major assignment for the term.

 Rediker and Blogs:

As part of this class, the teacher will maintain a class blog and a Rediker class page with important information for all students and families including assignments, announcements, and deadlines.  In addition, each student will maintain a portfolio of finished work on their own blog throughout the year which will be assessed at the end of each term.  The class blog address is http://english7.astblogs.org/

Required Materials:

Students are expected to come to class prepared every class with the following:  current stories and work we are discussing, notebook (either composition or spiral), binder or folder to maintain a portfolio, pens/pencils, dictionary and thesaurus, tissues for personal use, a homework notebook, and anything else you may need.

 

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