Course Syllabus


    Full Class Syllabus



    Course Description 

    This class is designed to help each and every student grow as a learner, reader, writer, listener, speaker, and thinker.  You will be working hard every minute of every class, but we will have some fun too!  In addition to working hard individually, you will be expected to collaborate as a whole class, in small groups, and with partners for discussions and projects.  

    Together, we will explore Language through a variety of texts, including non-fiction, fiction, short stories, novels, and poetry; our class novels this year will be A Long Walk to Water, The Giver, and The House on Mango Street.  We will use additional mentor texts to learn grammar, sentence structure, and literary elements. Vocabulary will be addressed through studying Greek and Latin Roots and a Word of the Week.  There's lots of learning to do, and I'm excited to get started! 



     Class Rules 


    1. Be Responsible
    • Get to class on time
    • Complete homework
    • Bring materials
    • Write in agenda
    • Stay on task
    • Be prepared
    • Take care of class supplies
    • Stay organized
    • Clean up your mess


    1. Show Respect


    • Be kind to others
    • Listen to the speaker (both teacher and peers)
    • Raise your hand
    • Avoid distractions
    • Keep an open mind to new ideas
    • Pay attention
    • Follow the rules and directions
    • Help others


    1. Be an Active Learner
    • SLANT
    • Ask questions
    • Answer questions
    • Track the speaker
    • Nod your head
    • Participate
    • Take notes
    • Follow along in reading and work
    • Stay on task
    • Show up and stay in class (limit absences and bathroom breaks)
    • Get extra help when needed
    • Use time wisely
    • Keep working the whole time


    1. Stay Positive
    • Don’t forget to smile
    • Give compliments
    • Believe in yourself
    • Be proud of your work
    • Motivate yourself and others
    • Always try your best
    • Be resilient (Don’t give up!)