WELCOME TO 7th GRADE!!!

Ms. Cowley’s – 7th Grade ELA – Room 400

COURSE OVERVIEW

Reading:  Students will read fiction literature, which includes stories, dramas, and poems as well as nonfiction with an emphasis on reading informational texts.  Students will be able to answer text-based questions and cite textual evidence to support their answers.

Writing:   Students will write routinely using standard English conventions for various purposes and audiences over both extended and limited time frames.

Language:  Students will use varying sentence structures, recognize and correct misplaced or dangling modifiers, use commas correctly, and choose precise language to express ideas while eliminating wordiness and redundancy.

Speaking / Listening:  Students will engage in a range of collaborative discussions with different partners on 7th grade topics, texts, and issues.

We are going to have a great year!!

CLASS INSTRUCTION

To support students in mastering testing standards through ongoing assessments, developing independence with reading, and communicating information from higher-level texts, the following interconnected components will be incorporated into my class instruction.

 Whole-Class Grade-Level Instruction

Small-Group Reading and Independent Reading

Small-Group Writing and Independent Writing

END OF COURSE EXPECTATIONS

At the end of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Students will read and understand both fiction and nonfiction informational texts at the middle school level.
  • They will answer text based questions and cite textual evidence to support their answers.
  • Students will write routinely over extended time frames with time built in for research, reflection, and revisions.  They will also write in shorter time frames (a single sitting) for various purposes and audiences.
  • Students will engage in collaborative one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led discussions covering 7th grade topics, texts, and issues.

REQUIRED NOVELS (ANCHOR TEXT)

The following units and goals were created by the Louisiana Department of Education in partnership with Learn Zillion.

Unit 1Anchor TextThe Giver by Lois Lowry

Unit 2Anchor TextA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Unit 3:  Anchor Text:  Behind the Scenes by Elizabeth Keckley

Unit 4:  Anchor Text:  Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Write in Blue or Black Ink
  • Write on Loose-leaf Paper / Use Best Handwriting
  • Include Proper Heading
  • Top Line – Write Name of Assignment & Page Number
  • Skip Lines, Skip Lines, Skip Lines!
  • Use A Separate Sheet for Each Assignment
  • If You Did Not Do An Assignment – Write An “I Did Not Do” Paper

TYPED ASSIGNMENTS

  • Double Space
  • Font – Arial (12)

CLASSROOM RULES

  1. Come in quietly and orderly / Prepare for class
  2. Read the board / Update planner / Begin Bell Ringer
  3. When Ms. Cowley is talking, everyone should be looking and listening
  4. Stay Seated at all times (Throw paper away at end of class)
  5. Make Quick, Silent, & Smooth Transitions
  6. When the intercom sounds, we all listen.

GOOD BEHAVIOR REWARDS

  1. Homework or Class Assignment Pass
  2. 10 -15 Minutes Computer or Library time
  3. Teacher’s Assistant
  4. Stickers / Certificates / Good Note Home in Planner
  5. Good Phone Call Home
  6. Prize or Treat from Grab Bag

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES

  1. Name On The Board And Verbal Reminder
  2. Student Conference With Teacher
  3. Phone Call Home to Parent
  4. Contact Mr. O’Quinn About a Parent Return
  5. Office Referral

CONTACT INFORMATION

tccowley@caddoschools.org

3rd Hour Planning Period

868-5324