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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.

 
Books Needed: Supplies Needed:
Novels:
The Giver
by Lois Lowry
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Night by Elie Wiesel
 


Textbooks:
Currents in Fiction
Vocabulary Power Plus


 

  • 1 red binder with a pack of dividers
  • 1 red single subject spiral notebook (wide ruled)
  • 3 highlighters
  • 3 red pens
  • 1 pack of 4x6 index cards (maybe more throughout the year to be used as vocabulary flashcards)
  • 5 pointed-tip, low-odor dry erase markers
   
Students will be evaluated in the following way:

Journal entries - 15%
Quizzes/tests - 25%
In-class assignments/in-class participation - 10%
Essays and projects - 25%
Homework - 15%
Organization/effort - 10%

My Expectations are that students will:

--come to class prepared
--be responsible for their own work and behavior
--respect themselves, their peers and their instructors
--stay organized and turn in assignments on time
--come in for EXTRA HELP when needed
--keep up with any missing work resulting from absences
--stay on top of their daily homework whether that be reading, journaling, vocabulary exercises or writing assignments
 

     If my students do their homework each night, come prepared for class and make an effort to participate, they should be very successful in 7th grade English. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

           Sincerely,
     Hannah Reimer
     hreimer@usmk12.org
     414-540-3255