Welcome! I am so excited about this year! I know that this year will be full of thoughtful reading and writing. I love being a 7th grade teacher and I am here to help you succeed. I have taught a 7th -8th looping class before ( where I stay with the students for two years). I am really excited about this change. Also, I am a certified teacher for GATE students - so those of you who are in my honors class should find this an exciting addition to your reading/writing experience. First,and foremost, my door is always open to you and your parents.
Seventh grade is a fascinating year! Students know the "lay of the land" because they were here last year; they look forward to making their mark and developing their own interests in both reading and writing. Theirs is the year for independence in decisions about books, friends, and taking control of their education. Yet, this year is also a year for community, and deciding what groups to join. Peer pressure can be pretty rough during the 7th and 8th grade and I want my room to be a safe haven for them to explore their ideas, and learn what strengths they have in both reading and writing.
While eighth grade is also the year where students hone their skills for high school, it is in 7th grade where students really begin to focus on their writing and reading skills. My expectations for your success are high! The curriculum is challenging and interesting and will be based on the most recent COMMON CORE standards for Language arts. I will be sharing new books for adolescents with you and working side-by-side with you as we develop our writing skills.
Our beginning units in 7th grade will be on finding out about our own strengths and weaknesses in language arts, investigating how humans learn language, learning how to maintain a language arts notebook, and learning the procedures for a readers' and writers' workshop. Later on in this first semester, we will be studying the Six Traits, poetry, many types of essays, point of view, and various genre of literature.
Your job is to attend school every day, pay attention in class, participate positively in class activities, and complete all your assignments in the manner that meets your and my highest standards. Please enjoy visiting this site's pages and hyperlinks. You will be able to see a preview of each week's lessons, find author's links, locate hyperlinks to help you with your writings, and an on-line private journal.
If you want to view your teen's attendance this year, current Language Arts grades (like a progress report), and/or standardized test scores, or previous district tests: Click here .
If you would like to view all of the Language Arts State Standards, Click here.
Parents and Students: This year, if students receive an "F" on a test-- don't despair! Students may retake a test/ quiz if the following guidelines are followed:
1. Students have 24 hours to get their paper signed by their parents and returned to me.
2. Parents must sign the original paper that they have seen the "low grade" and want their son or daughter to redo it.
3. Both #1 and #2 must be followed to retake the test.
4. * No work may be made up during the last 2 weeks of any quarter except when the student has been absent on the due date or test date.
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Have a happy and productive year!