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English 7 & 8

Middle School English Language

Syllabus and Grading Policy

2017-2018

Supplies Needed:
College-ruled composition book, Pen, Pencil, Eraser caps, and paper glue. The school will provide a student planner. If you would like to donate a pack of copy paper, I would greatly appreciate it. As the year continues, please re-stock your child’s required classroom supplies.

Classroom Rules:
My classroom rules are quite simple, really. My expectations revolve around two beliefs; mutual respect and responsibility. I respect my students personal space and belongings, and I expect my students to respect my space (classroom: desks, walls, floor etc.) and my belongings (classroom equipment, my personal supplies, classroom displays, etc.) I expect my students to take responsibility for their supplies and classroom materials, and to come to class ready to learn. My responsibilities lie in providing engaging lessons that will support, strengthen, and challenge student skill levels in English language arts. I am also responsible for providing timely feedback on tests etc. so my students have a clear understanding of where they are academically in my class.

My expectations are as follows:

  • Come to class and be on time                        •     Complete class work on time
  • Bring all necessary materials to class             •     Be an active learner- participate!
  • Respect others
  • Do all your homework and bring it to school when it is due
  • Accelerated Reader (AR) Challenge Read 30+ minutes every night
  • Students should have a reading book with them at all times

Course Description:
To provide students with the skills and content knowledge to transition from the process of learning to read to the more advanced processes of reading to learn. Students will build academic vocabulary, in oral and written forms, and independent reading skills to significantly improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. During the fall semester, we will read and analyze fiction and nonfiction text and improve writing informative and explanatory essays. The spring semester will see students continuing to build a robust vocabulary and improve their ability to write an argumentative and narrative essay as well as complete a web-based research project with bibliography; citing the sources of information used in the project.

 

Here is a list of the literary concepts we will study this year:

  • Plot
  • Fluency
  • Setting
  • Thesis 
  • Character 
  • Audience
  • Tone    
  • Point of View
  • Loaded Language

 

  • Figurative Language

Assigned Classroom Novels:
“The Outsiders”- S. E. Hinton;  “Freak The Mighty”-Rodman Philbrick (7th Grade)

“The Giver”- Lois Lowry;  “Esperanza Rising”-Pam Muñoz Ryan (8th Grade)

Supplementary Materials:
NewsELA.com assigned Biographical selections, Informational text selections
Non-print text selections, Short story and poetry selections

Homework Policy
Homework is assigned on a weekly basis. Vocabulary sentences, Reading and Comprehension Questions, and Independent project work, must be completed in the time-frame given. I will not accept late homework unless there is a valid reason such as: family crisis, health problems, housing situations, etc. Simply forgetting to do the homework is not an acceptable reason and your child will receive a zero for that assignment. If a student does not finish their class work, it is automatically assigned as homework and I expect to have that homework the following class.

Students are expected to read 30 minutes Every Night!

Late Work Policy
Because of the wide range of skill levels in this class, accepting late work is a case by case decision. I will try to communicate with you of up-coming projects that may require additional support at home. I will work to modify my assignments based on the individual needs of my students. If you ever have a question about any assignment or homework, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’m here to help your child succeed at Logan, and as we work together, we will see your child grow academically in all subject areas as they gain stronger skills in language arts.

Quarterly Book Reports:
Many of the students in my classroom have poor or non-existent reading habits. As part of their quarter grade, they are expected to read at least one novel. The points from these reports are included in their final grade each quarter. If your student does not read or write the reports, they are forfeiting 20% of their quarter grade.

Grading Percentages

Grading Percentages

Grading Scale:

Attendance: 
Out of 100% . . .
  • Assessments — 50% 
    Quizzes, Vocabulary tests, and Unit tests
  • Reading Comprehension — 20%
    Reading Goals, Book Reports (1 per quarter), Fluency tests
  • Writing and Language Work — 20%
    Essays, Reports, “Prompt” writing, Responses to Literature
  • Independent Practice — 10%
    Projects and Journal Writing

A = 90 – 100%
B = 80 – 89%
C = 70 – 79%
D = 60 – 69%
F = Less than 60 %

3 unexcused = "S" in student cooperation. 

More than 3 = "U" in student cooperation. 

Grades will also suffer because of missed
content!!

 

I look forward to working with you and your child as we explore language arts this year.

 

Respectfully,

 

Pierre Hancock

English Language Arts

Logan Street Span School

213-413-6353

Contact Information:

Mr. Hancock

English Language Arts

Room: 17

Logan Main Office: 213-413-6353  

email: loyce.hancock@lausd.net

 

I have listed the school number and my email address above for your convenience. Please contact me with any information, concerns, questions you may have. Email is the best method for contacting me because I check my e-mail several times a day, until 7:00 p.m. (sometimes later). This is available to my students and their parents.

Parent Contact:

I use a software program called “Remind” to stay in touch with my students’ parents and guardians. All I need from each parent is their name and cellphone number. I will send you a text inviting you to my class, and for the rest of the year I will be available to answer any questions and to update you on your child’s progress.

Please provide me with your name: ________________________
and your cellphone (        )          -               .

 

Thank you!