Junior High English Syllabus
Course Overview: This class will introduce you to many thought-provoking pieces of literature and nonfiction and will provide you with the opportunity to engage in rich discussions and enjoyable activities around our readings. It will also build upon your ability to write clearly, with depth and passion, while strengthening your understanding of grammar and conventions. Writing is an essential academic skill as you move toward high school, college and beyond. Throughout the year, you will strengthen your vocabulary, which in turn, will help you become a more effective reader and writer. In this class, you will come to see the power that language has!
Tests / Quizzes 40%
Daily Homework 20%
Independent Reading 5%
1) Grammar, Greek & Latin roots and vocabulary lessons are integrated within the reading and writing curriculum and begin most daily lessons. Students can expect a quiz in one or more of these areas twice a month.
2) Students are expected to use their online account to complete reading and writing tasks at home. The online textbook should be used at home, but students may borrow a textbook from school if needed. Each student will receive his/her own “Close Reader” workbook and will complete assignments in this throughout the year.
3) Thorough note-taking during grammar, writing and literature discussions is required. A section in the students 5-sub notebook is dedicated for English class.
4) Participation in discussion is required and will be formally graded several times throughout the trimester. Students can expect some project-based assessments, group & partner activities, and oral reports.
5) Students can expect to write in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes (i.e. descriptive/narrative, argumentative, research/expository). At least two major writing assignments will be required each trimester in addition to several daily or smaller writing tasks. All 7th graders will write and present a speech in the winter trimester.
6) Independent outside reading is required and is worth 5% of the grade. Please see Independent Reading Sheet for further requirements. Students will have time in the library to read and check out books and will have some time in class for independent reading. Students will record all books read from the year on their “Book Record Sheet” which is handed out at the beginning of each trimester. Awards are given to students who demonstrate outstanding independent reading.
7) Standardized testing questions and test-taking skills will be practiced throughout each trimester. Particular emphasis will be given during the fall trimester to prepare for standardized tests and high school placement tests.
8) At least one literary field trip will be planned to enhance a literature unit. This year we will attend the production of “A Christmas Carol” in November at the ACT Theatre.
7th Grade Novel Units:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
A Christmas Carol play adapted from Charles Dickens
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
2-3 Units from Collections textbook