School starts August 5, 2021
Hi, I am excited to begin the new year with you. I have been at Coronado since January 2020 and love being part of the Coronado family. This year we will grow as readers and writers, and engage in critical thinking. As we read, we will discover the meanings behind the text and make connections. I love the “A-ha” moments, allowing us to discover a purpose behind the words on a page. As we perfect our writing, we will look at the mechanics and grammar, but also learn to be creative, persuasive, and effective writers. Please note that this syllabus is subject to change based upon the needs of the students.
Course Overview: The Seventh Grade English Language Arts Curriculum is designed to continue the process of student growth and development within the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar usage. These abilities will be developed within the context of select novels, and selections from the HMH Into Literature textbook. Essential questions and AZ College and Career Ready Standards drive instruction within each unit and provide a purpose for learning.
Materials: Coming prepared to class each day is an expectation. A plastic folder is suggested, to hold loose paper materials. Please have the following materials available:
Pencil with an eraser
Loose leaf paper or spiral notebook
Highlighters (5 colors) Pens (Any color)
Materials that are nice to have, but are not required, include scissors, markers, and colored pencils.
Texts: Students will use their HMH textbook and selected novels. Careful thought is given to the novels selected. The tentative schedule for novels/stories is as follows:
1st Quarter: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
2nd Quarter: Selections from HMH and The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
3rd Quarter: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
4th Quarter: Poetry selections, he Giver by Lowis Lowry
Technology: Students will have access to technology during school hours, as needed. Access to a device at home is helpful to complete homework or missed work. IXL works on most cell phones and tablets. Students are aware of the expectations for technology usage. Students should NOT share login information with others.
Communication: My contact information is on the first page. Email is the most efficient way to reach me. I will send emails with announcements to the primary contact on file with the school. If there is more than one parent that needs to receive the communication, please kindly forward the communication.
Behavior: Students are expected to adhere to the student code of conduct and follow classroom rules. For most behavioral issues, consequences will include a warning, an email to parents/guardians, and/or a referral to administration. Positive behavior will be rewarded in a multitude of ways as well.
Grading: Grades will be updated using the TYLER portal. Missing assignments show as an “m” grade.
A= 90-100% Bellwork/Participation 20%
B= 80 – 89% Classwork Assignments 30%
C= 70-79% IXL Assignments 30%
D= 60-69% Assessments/Projects 20%
F= 59% or lower
Attendance: Please call the office if your student is absent. Students will have the same amount of time to complete any assignment the class was given. Students are not excused from Bellwork due to absence. Please let me know if your student will be absent for more than 2 days.
Homework/Late Work Policy:
- Assignments not completed during class time given will be homework. Independent reading if no other homework is given.
- Late work accepted for up to 5 school days after a due date, with no penalty. Late work will not be accepted after this time. If there are circumstances that prevent a student from completing work within the timeframe given, parents/guardians should contact me to discuss the situation.
IXL: Students will practice skills through a program called IXL. Students will have 1-2 subtopics per week to work on. Each IXL assignment will be worth 10 points per subtopic and will count towards the ASSESSMENT grade. A skill is mastered when a student receives a Smartscore of 100. If a skill is mastered, students will earn 5 points extra credit for that subtopic. A maximum of 15 points of IXL Extra Credit can be earned per quarter.
IXL Username and Password will be provided to students during class. If students used IXL last year at Coronado, their information has not changed.
Points per subtopic assigned will be graded as follows:
Smartscore 85-99= 10 points
70-84= 8 points
51-69= 6 points
50 or below= 5 points
Cell Phone/Earbuds Policy: Students are allowed to have their phone/earbuds during lunch time only. At times I might allow students to use their phone to listen to music while doing an assignment, or to work on an assignment. Students who use these items without my permission will be given a warning, or have the item(s) taken and returned to them at the end of the day. Repeat violations will result in a referral and a parent/guardian will need to pick up the phone from the office.
Assessments: Some assessments will be done through project based assignments, while other times it may be a quiz/test. Students will also participate in MAP testing (District) and AZM2 testing (State).
Help/Tutoring: If your student is struggling, I encourage them to ask for help.
by Jerry Spinelli Year Published:
This book will be read in the first quarter. I am asking that families consider purchasing this book (paperback or e-book).