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Class Information and Expectations:
English 7 is a
one year course that will expand students' reading, writing, speaking,
listening and research skills, as well as strengthen critical thinking
skills. Grammar, mechanics and vocabulary will be taught as essential
elements of writing.
The top priority
in 7th grade English is for students to improve their ability to express
themselves in both their written and oral work. Class participation and
group work are central to the success of the class. Technology plays an
increasingly important role in class and for homework assignments.
Writing assignments are designed to teach the rudiments of essay
construction. The focus on the formal essay format benefits students in
their daily writing process; it also helps them very directly in their
preparation for standardized tests in the coming years. An extensive
study of grammar and vocabulary serves to improve students' writing and
public speaking skills.
Students read a
wide variety of literature including essays, short stories, newspaper
articles, and novels. These are used for the development of reading
strategies, literary interpretation, and appreciation, as well as the
models for good writing.
The course will
be made up of daily oral language (D.O.L.) exercises in the form of take
home quizzes, vocabulary
lessons, reading assignments, journal entries, discussion and
note-taking, tests and quizzes, and essay assignments.
Homework will be
given on most nights. Homework will range from reading assignments to
journal entries to specific grammar worksheets to vocabulary exercises,
and will almost always be checked the following day. It is very
important to keep up with all assigned materials and reading. Late
assignments will automatically have 10 percentage points subtracted from
the final grade, each day that they are late, with the exception of
absences due to illness.