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Melissa Roberts

7th Grade Syllabus - English 7A/B/Academic Literacy 7A/B

Syllabus for English/Academic Literacy 7A/7B – Ms. Roberts

Individual Criteria for Classroom Success

Commitment to Quality Education

 

Dear V.I.P. our Very Important Parents:

 

Hi, my name is Ms. Roberts.  I will be teaching English and Academic Literacy 7A/7B to your child for the 2015/2016 school year. I am going into my 13th  year at Thomas Alva Edison Middle School.  I have taught for Los Angeles Unified School District for 15 years.  I earned my Bachelors Degree in English/Credential Option from California State University, Northridge and completed my English Credential and CLAD Certification in 2006.  This year I am pursuing my National Board for Professional Teaching in Early Adolescence, English Language Arts.  I am looking forward to this new school year and the challenges that lay ahead.  I truly believe if we work collaboratively we can assist your children in achieving their goals and dreams.

 

All of us take great pride in the educational program at Thomas Alva Edison Middle School.  I would like to inform you about the Individual Criteria for Success to insure promotion in my classroom.  This includes an Overview of the Subject, Classroom Instructional Expectations, Individual Marking Practices, Assigned Homework Policy, and Classroom Rubrics used for Class-Work/ Homework, Reading Responses, and Silent Sustained Reading.

 

I will do everything possible to insure a successful school experience this year for your youngster.  The following information is provided, so through our cooperative efforts, working closely together, we can more effectively provide the finest education program possible.  I anticipate a productive and rewarding year.  Should you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please telephone the counseling office for an appointment. 

 

My Appointment Period is from 1:11 p.m. to 2:38 p.m.

Tutoring:  Wednesday from 2:45 to 3:30pm

 

You can Contact me at: School Number:  (323) 826-2500 (Contact Counseling Office for Appointment)

 

Email Addressmer8846@lausd.net

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Roberts

 

 

GOALS TO ACHIEVE – PRINCIPLES TO FOLLOW

 

Overview of the Subject

 

Text:  Writers Workshop, by Lucy Calkin (English 7A/7B), In The Middle, by Nancie Atwell (Academic Literacy 7A/7B) and The Writers Craft by McDougal Littel.  The standards covered are Narrative, Expository, Response to Literature (Theme), and Argumentative.  The students learn to analyze, critique, respond, discuss and write about the literature read/studied.

 

Theme for the Year:

 

Identity through Family and Cultural Connections

 

Over-Arching Questions:

 

-How does family and culture shape who you will become?

-Why does family/culture or lack of have such an effect on an individual’s life?

-How do you convey your identity through writing?

 

NovelsThe Circuit and Breaking Through, by Francisco Jimenez (Fall/Spring Semester)

              Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan (Spring Semester)

 

Classroom Instructional Expectations

 

**  The Student should be on time for class and have assigned supplies.

**  The Student should turn in ALL WORK ON TIME.

**  The Student should be attentive/respectful at all times and ready to work.

**  Overall the expectation of every Student who walks through the door is to:

      “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.”

 

Individual Marking Practices

 

100-90 = A              English 7A/B                                Academic Literacy 7A/B

  89-80 = B      Writers Notebook           15%       Reading Log/Reading Responses  20%

  79-70 = C      Homework                     10%       Class Work/Homework                 20%               

  69-60 = D      Tests                             35%       Vocab/Spelling/Grammar Test      25%   

  59-00 = F      Projects                         40%        Projects                                    35%

 

Refer to Page 13 in Student Planner Concerning Determination of Cooperation and Work Habit Grades

 

Assigned Homework Policy

 

**Homework/Projects should be turned in when DUE!  NO LATE HOMEWORK ACCEPTED!! NO EXTRA CREDIT!!

 

**Absent students are allowed to make-up homework.  It is their responsibility to get the homework from me and turn it in when they complete it.  They have one week after their absence to turn in their completed work.  I am willing to work with the student concerning their particular situation.  It is their responsibility to get the homework from me after class or after school.

 

Attendance Requirement

 

Learning can only take place while students are present at Edison Middle School.  Every student is expected to be in attendance at least 96% of the school year, NO MORE THAN 7 DAYS EXCUSED ABSENCES ALLOWED ANNUALLY, and report to classes on time, be in assigned seats with materials ready to begin work.  TARDIES are not acceptable. A student is allowed 3 Tardies, at the 4th Tardy the student will Earn a “U” in Cooperation within each Grading period.

 

 

Please review, sign and return to Ms. Roberts, Room 218

 

Students Name (Print) ____________________________

Students Signature  ______________________________

Parent’s Signature  ______________________________, Date _____________________

 

How Parents Can Help at Home

 

Parents are an important part of a child’s education.  Research shows that parental interest and involvement in school has a positive effect on a child’s academic progress.  We will try to keep you informed about your child’s progress and the activities at school.  Letters and forms written in Spanish and bilingual contact person are available to help our communication.

 

Here are some ways to help your child be a

successful student……

 

  1. Take an interest in your child’s work by looking at his or her Daily Planner, which has the Agenda of each Core Class and Homework.  Then have your child show you what they are reading and any other homework for that evening….Math, Science, and History.

 

  1. Establish a regular time and quiet place for your child to do their homework.  Each child should develop the habit of studying at home to be successful in school.

 

  1. Practice weekly spelling words with your child.  This is to be the schedule for vocabulary and grammar tests in my class.

                         Word List comes home on:  Monday

                         Spelling Tests are given on:  Friday

                         Grammar Tests:Thursday

 

  1. Your child will be assigned to read daily at home Monday through Friday.  You will be required to sign a Reading Log.  He or she is given 10 days to complete the novel of their choice.  After, they will be assigned a project in response to their reading.

 

  1. You need to encourage your child to read every day at home.  When appropriate, read aloud to your child or have them read aloud to you.  Reading is an important skill for all academic work, such as Science, History or even Math.

 

Students are required to bring their chosen book to school daily.Reading Homework is assigned each night, Monday through Friday.The students’ Reading Log must be signed daily by you (the Parent) to receive full credit.

 

Parent involvement at home is so helpful.  Your child will love knowing that you are interested in his or her schoolwork and activities.

 

Thank you for your anticipated participation in your child’s educational experience.

 

List of School Supplies Requested for…..

 Ms. Roberts’s English and Academic Literacy 7A/B

Due August 24, 2013 (Monday)

 

In order for your child to experience higher success in my class, please consider purchasing the following items:

 

  1.  Composition Notebook (2)
  2.  Highlighters (yellow, blue, green, pink)
  3.  Edit/Correction Pens (red, green, pink, purple)
  4.  Blue or Black Pens
  5.  Pencils                                                       
  6.  Erasers
  7.  College Ruled Paper (binder paper)
  8.  Post-Its
  9.  1 Folder Marked English/Academic Literacy

 

These items will be used daily and will greatly help your child in improving their organization and study skills.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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