Miss Kane's 7th Grade Language Arts Class

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Language Arts Grade 7 Grace Wilday Junior High School (GWJHS) – 2017/2018 School Year

Teacher: Ms. Kane                                           

E-mail:  akane@roselleschools.org                         Location:      Room 1023

Extra Help:  If you require extra help or need to schedule a meeting please notify me and we will set a time before or after school.

 Text

  • Prentice Hall “Literature” Purple book (Full year with various selections of short stories, poems, essays, informational text, and plays)
  • Heat by Mike Lipuca
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafazai with Patricia McCormick
  • Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince
  • They Call me a Hero: A memoir of my youth by Daniel Hernandez with Susan Goldman Rubin

 Required Supplies

  • One spiral notebook
  • One folder (Two-pocket)
  • Extra pens and pencils
  • Pleasure Reading novels or literary works available at home

 Course Description:

This course introduces effective reading, critical thinking, and writing skills. Emphasis is on vocabulary, comprehension, and reading and writing strategies. Upon completion, students should be able to determine main ideas and supporting details, recognize basic patterns of organization, draw conclusions, and understand vocabulary in context.  Students will be challenged to discuss and write about the topics addressed in class readings.  Course Requirements for students: Your grade will be determined by your performance on tests, published writing pieces, quizzes, homework, classwork, and projects. You are responsible to have all assignments completed by their due date.  Those students who hand in their work late will have points deducted each day.  All grades will be posted periodically and can be located at any time through Genesis.

Homework
:  Students will be assigned homework several times per week. Homework may be a reading assignment, a worksheet, review questions, take-home activities, or unfinished class work. All homework should be placed in the assigned homework bin for their class period each day at the start of the class period unless otherwise noted. I encourage you to review your child’s homework on a regular basis so that you know how well your child is doing.  

Quizzes and Tests: To ensure that students are regularly completing and understanding their course work, I will administer formative assessments in the way of exit cards, journal writing or some other informal assessment on a weekly basis.  Additionally, we assess students’ progress with a summative assessment at least once per grading period. If your son or daughter earns a test grade of 70% or lower, please encourage your child to visit with me to discuss ways in which to improve his or her progress.

Projects:  Students will participate in a number of projects throughout the school year. Special projects are fun and challenging additions to your child’s course work.  These assignments will be interactive and will also be of assistance for background knowledge of novels read in class.

Class Participation and Classwork: Active participation in class discussions will help your child develop his or her interpersonal skills, as well as develop writing and reading comprehension skills. To earn full class participation points your child must routinely contribute to class discussions and hand in any classwork assignments.