• Humanities/Writing - 7th Grade (2015-2016)

    Mrs. Ports, Room 209


    Office Hours: Monday and Friday during lunch


    Course Overview: The main focus of this course is grammar, vocabulary and writing.  Each week students will be presented with a vocabulary list which we will work on daily.  This is to help improve their vocabulary acquisition and increase awareness of the vast English language.  We will cover all eight parts of speech in depth, as well as capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure in an effort to raise students’ writing to a higher academic level.  The writing assignments will cover narrative, argument/persuasive, research, expository, and poetry.  All assignments will begin with pre-writing and go through the writing process as a way of demonstrating attention to detail, revision and quality work.  This quality work will be compiled in a creative, professional manner and will serve as the culminating portfolio.  Please note:  ALL FINAL DRAFTS MUST BE TYPED!  Suzan Brown, our very accommodating librarian, is very willing to have students use the computers before school, during lunch or after school.

    Materials Required:

    • Cougar Calendar (your planner)
    • 3 subject notebook with folders (to be used ONLY for Writing)
    • 1” 3 ring binder
    • Pencil pouch (red and blue pens, pencils, scissors and glue stick, colored pencils)


    The grading scale for this class is:     A=100-90; B=89-80; C=79-70; D=69-60 F= below 60.

    Grades are based on:    Homework (15%); Quizzes (30%); Classwork/Notes (15%); Written Assessments (40%).

    How to Access your Online Grade Report:

    1. Go to http://amphi.schoolwires.net//site/Default.aspx?PageID=9423
    2. Click into Parent Portal (at this point you may want to “bookmark” this page so as to make like easierJ)
    3. Fill in the information using student’s name, school ID number and a password.

    Please remember, if there is no grade filled in next to an assignment, this means the assignment has not yet been recorded- it does not necessarily mean the student has a zero for the assignment.

    Quarterly Breakdown of Writing Assignments (subject to change):

    1st Quarter: Prepositions, Nouns, Pronouns, Persuasive letter and Narrative

    2nd Quarter: Verbs, Conjunctions, Interjections, Adverbs, Expository, Comparing film and text

    3rd Quarter: Phrases and Clauses, Sentence structure, Technical writing (science fair abstract) and Persuasive writing

    4th Quarter: Grammar review, Persuasive writing, Research, Poetry, final portfolio


    My goal for this year is to encourage students to take a risk with writing- try something new and really push themselves to set high standards. We will cover many genres of writing; some they will enjoy and others, not so much. Students will be expected to choose 5-8 pieces throughout the year and continue to revise, reflect and rewrite- just like real writers, and by the end of the year, they will be able to tangibly demonstrate their growth as a writer and as an individual.

    Thank you for all you do at school and at home. Please contact me if you have any questions!

    Heidi Ports, M.Ed.

    7th grade Writing

    Coronado K8