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Syllabus

7th Grade English-Language Arts
Campbell County Middle School 
2016-2017

Instructors: Samantha Corman and Gwen Haywood

Email: samantha.corman@campbell.kyschools.us and gwendolyn.haywood@campbell.kyschools.us

Time of Plan Period: 8:23-9:23

Phone: 859-635-6077 Ext. 303  

Grade level: 7

Description:
This course is an integration of various forms of communication, including reading, writing, speaking, listening, observing, and language.  This course will continue to build upon college and career readiness skills necessary for the 21st century student.   Students will have the opportunity to further develop literacy skills through comprehension, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, research, and rhetorical modes. 

Course Standards: 
Students will:
•    Read, independently and collaboratively, a wide variety of stories, dramas, poems, and literary nonfiction from diverse cultures and different time periods.
•    Analyze various text structures and elements.
•    Develop effective writing skills to introduce and support opinions, demonstrate understanding of topics studied, and convey real and imagined experiences and events.
•    Produce typed, portfolio-worthy writing pieces
•    Develop appropriate language and grammar skills to communicate effectively
•    Be able to integrate different media to both synthesize and contrast the ways in which the presentations are different. 

Textbook: 
SpringBoard  English Textual Power, Level 2
Holt Elements of Literature 

Materials: 
One 2-inch binder with pockets, five section dividers, loose-leaf paper, pencils with erasers, one highlighter, one flash drive for school (not one per class) *Tissues, paper towels, and hand sanitizer are not required but are greatly appreciated.

Grading: 
The following grade scale is used to convert percentage grades to letter grades:
A+ 99% or higher                 C 76% - 81%
A 95% - 98%                        C- 73% - 75%
A- 93% - 94%                       D+ 70% - 72%
B+ 90% - 92%                      D 67% - 69%
B 87% - 89%                        D- 65% - 66%
B- 85% - 86%                       F 64% or lower
C+ 82% - 84%

If a student has completed all homework assignments during the unit and has successfully completed the additional, assigned learning tasks in the identified areas of weakness, he/she may retake an assessment over those specific learning targets not yet mastered. 

No bonus points or extra credit assignments will be offered or included in the grade.  If the student fails to complete and submit assignments as required and to teacher/school expectations, consequences such as teacher detention, teacher docs, etc. will be issued.

Participation & Attendance:
Students are expected to actively participate in all class activities.  Students who are absent will obtain all make up work for my class from the absent work trays in my classroom.  Students will have the number of days they were absent to make up the missed work.  Students are encouraged to ask questions regarding missed assignments.

General Outline (subject to change): 

Unit 1 and 2 The Choices We Make

This unit introduces the year-long focus on “choices,” using a variety of genres to investigate this theme.  You will examine texts that present characters who, for personal or cultural reasons, have made choices about the way they live their lives.  You will analyze fiction and nonfiction texts and create and present original works that express the concept of choice.  In creating these original texts, you will engage in the writing process, including collaborating with your peers in writing groups.

Unit 3 and 4 What Influences My Choices?

People choose to do something, buy something, or think a certain way for many reasons.  Often, it’s because they have seen something in the media promoting it.  In this unit, you will analyze print, visual, and film texts that are common in the media and advertising.  You will also investigate how advertising influences the lives of youth by critically reading and viewing informational text and film.  You will analyze the components of argumentation by reading argumentative essays, news articles, and speeches.  By the end of the unit, you will become a skilled reader and writer of a variety of nonfiction texts, an engaged collaborator in discussion groups, and an effective argumentative writer.

Unit 5 and 6 Choices and Consequences

How do the choices you make now shape your future self?  In this unit, you will explore how decisions can have far-reaching consequences that determine your character, values, and contribution to society.  You will read a novel that focuses on one young man’s emerging realizations about how his personal history continues to affect his relationships with his friends, teammates, family, and school.  You will analyze choices made by different literary characters and write an essay about the consequences.  Also, you will apply your understanding of choices and consequences to a research presentation about a historical figure or world leader who made inspiring choices that helped shape our world.  

Unit 7 How We Choose to Act

In this unit, you will discover that writers make choices about their use of language based on their intended effect, just like a performer or presenter makes choices about oral and physical delivery.  You will practice reading and analyzing poetry as well as portraying various characters in group and individual performances.