Middle School Language Arts
Course Overview and Policies
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! The subjects of English and Reading are combined and called Language Arts in the 6th and 7th grades. Therefore, this class will count double in a student’s GPA. The following will be covered.
Reading Literature and Informational Text
- Key Ideas and Details
- Craft and Structure
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
- Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
- Text Types and Purposes
- Production and Distribution of Writing
- Research to Build and Present Knowledge
- Range of Writing
Speaking and Listening
- Comprehension and Collaboration
- Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
- Conventions of Standard English
- Knowledge of Language
- Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
In 8th grade, because we offer Spanish for high school credit, Language Arts will be broken into reading and English with each class counting as one credit.
Students will be issued two textbooks for their Language Arts studies. It is Prentice Hall Literature; Common Core Edition. *This book must be covered with a durable paper cover at all times. Students will also be able to access their textbook through an online account. Look for this information to come home by mid-September. They will also receive a vocabulary workbook Word Wisdom by Zaner-Bloser. This book will also need to be covered. The best way to cover the workbook will be with duct tape. This will be explained in class.
Supplies Please refer to the supply lists on my web page. This differs by grade level for my 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students.
Quarterly grades will be comprised of the following for all 6th and 7th-grade students:
reading selection quizzes and tests
vocabulary quizzes and tests
grammar quizzes and tests
The 8th grade Language Arts course of study is split into two separate classes this year. Your student will have either Spanish and English or Reading and English on their report card.
7TH and 8th GRADE SHOULD SAVE ALL WORK FOR SEMESTER EXAMS!!!
Homework will be assigned as needed. Homework assignments will be posted in the classroom on a daily basis. Students are responsible for writing assignments in their calendar at the end of each Language Arts class. It is important for assignment calendars to be checked each night by students and parents/guardians. This is an excellent way for parents/guardians and teachers to communicate with one another. Please refrain from removing any pages from the assignment calendar. Please check my website at the beginning of each week to view upcoming assignments and due dates for your student. Also, remember to monitor your child’s Progress Book account throughout the school year.
Homework assignments taken as a completion grade (i.e. skill and practice work) will be worth 5 points. Whereas, an assignment evaluated for content will vary in point value depending on complexity. Homework will cover work students were unable to finish in class, along with worksheets, projects, bookwork and studying for quizzes and tests.
Students are responsible for making up classwork and homework due to an absence. Handbook policy will be followed. Makeup work is to be done promptly.
Late assignments can greatly impact a student’s quarterly grade. Assignments that are taken as a completion grade will not be accepted after the due date. Other more complex assignments will be accepted one day late with a 50% deduction. Beyond one day late those assignments will receive a zero.
Grades will be updated weekly using ProgressBook, an online grade book. Your student's account should be active and accessible at this time. Please check to see if you are able to log in with your child’s login information from last year. If you need assistance in accessing ProgressBook, please contact the school office.
In order for learning to take place, students must have a clear understanding of what is expected of him/her. Knowing the teacher’s expectations enables a student to feel more secure and confident in the classroom. All students are expected to adhere to the following behavior guidelines in the classroom.
- Respect yourself. Always think positively and do your best at all times.
- Respect others, their ideas, and their property.
- Speak at appropriate times. Share your thoughts and ideas during discussion time and group work.
- Listen while others are speaking. If you need help or further directions, please raise your hand.
- Be on time to class with necessary books and supplies.
- Homework should be nice, neat, and turned in on time.
- Have your assignment calendar with you at all times.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have by using the assignment calendar, my email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or a phone call at 419-222-2536 ext. 1071 and I will return your call.
I look forward to working with you and your child this year in middle school!