English Language Arts Grade 7
Mrs. Meador Room 85
There are 5 main standards that we will be focusing on throughout each quarter of the school year:
Reading Literature (RL)
Reading Informational (RI)
Speaking and Listening (SL)
Each of these standards will be addressed throughout the quarter via non-fictional related research, reading a related novel, writing informational and argument pieces, and presenting findings just to name a few learning objectives. Students will be presented with a daily learning goal and related activities that match that particular learning objective as it relates to the standards.
These books will be read entirely in class (mostly). Books will be provided. If you would like to purchase a copy or an audio copy, you may but it is not required. In addition, we will read poetry and informational text that connects to the themes of the novels as we read.
On level 7
· Excerpts from Pearson “My Perspectives”
· The Outsiders
· Absolutely Normal Chaos
· The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
· Various independent reads
Students will read a variety of the books listed above, and may also read books from the 7th grade reserved list which you can find on the CUSD website under curriculum.
- All students will be required to read their independent reading books 4-5 nights a week for approximately 20 minutes a night.
- We will read several exciting novels together in ELA. The majority of the learning will occur in the classroom due to the required books that don’t go home…. but some unfinished work may be needed to be completed at home on certain occasions.
- Research assignments will be done entirely in class, but you may have to print articles at home. If you need help with printing, please ASK ahead of time.
- Vocabulary homework such as literature novel words and Greek/Latin roots will be assigned when we begin the reading of the novels. Often times, it may be started in class, but will need to be finished at home.
- As with the activities listed above, most writing will be started in class, but certain times students need to go home to continue brainstorming, begin writing, or to revise and edit their piece. Final publication might be completed in class or at home as necessary.
General Guidelines for Success
- Stay organized! It is helpful to clean out your binders/folders at least once a week.
- Read for enjoyment purposes and to expand your way of thinking.
- Use Infinite Campus to check grades at least once a week. Check with me if you see anything that concerns you, such as low tests grades or missing assignments.
- Check my teacher website at least once a week for upcoming due dates, and assignments
- Advocate for yourself! If you have questions or concerns, ASK! Teachers are here for YOU! Chances are, we can help! :)