Have a fun and safe summer vacation.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of grammar usage and mechanics.
Determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language.
Write routinely over extended and shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and organization.
Materials needed for ELA class: agenda book, composition book with sewn pages, pencils, three-ringed binder, dividers with tabs, highlighter, colored pencils
Please label the 5 tabs as follows: 1. Cornell Notes 4. Homework
2. Vocabulary 5. Resources
3. Mtn. Language
The materials listed above are needed for class EACH day.
We only have about 50 minutes for each class to cover daily objectives. Students are to COME to class PREPARED and ready to learn. Returning to locker for items wastes valuable class time, but a liberal grace period will be given until the student is used to the routine.
Each day objectives are introduced, taught, and several examples are practiced with the students. A homework assignment will be assigned allowing the student to begin in class to clear up any misconceptions. Most students will complete the worksheet before the class hour has ended. The HW is to be stored in the binder and reviewed at home if corrections are needed. Homework is due the following day. We will grade the HW in class and points for credit will be given.
If a student participates in a sport or activity and will be absent from lang. arts class, it is their responsibility to bring the completed homework assignment that is due to the classroom before leaving campus. They will also get the assignment that will be given that day.
The homework is designed as a cushion for test or quiz grades that might be low. Homework is routinely assigned on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Since I do not assign homework on Wednesdays or Fridays, I expect for the homework to be completed and ready for grading the next day. Not having the homework complete will limit the grasping of the concepts.
Cover Sheet Contracts:
Due to the seating arrangement in the classroom being rather close, a cover sheet will be issued to every student at the beginning of each quarter. The cover sheet is to be used when completing any independent assignment such as tests or quizzes. At the bottom of the cover sheet is a signature line that states: I will not display my answers to others. If the cover sheet is misplaced the student is expected to provide a blank piece of paper to be used. At the end of the quarter extra credit points are given if the cover sheet was used properly and returned to Mrs. Gordon.
If you would like for your child to redo a lesson for repeated practice please have them notify me. However, a grade will not be recorded for the 2nd attempt. I do not assign or reassign any given lesson or exam for extra credit. I do reward 12 points of extra credit at the end of each quarter, which is calculated into the final grade, if the student demonstrates organization, remains on task, and respects the learning environment. At any time during the quarter one point can be deducted from the 12 points of extra credit if the student has to be reminded of the expectation.
Expectations: Brings necessary materials to class: (agenda, binder, composition book, homework)
Has and utilizes the cover sheet during exams
Remains on task and uses class time effectively
Respects instructor and other students in class
Grammar Homework 5 points (each)
Vocabulary – contextual clues 14 points (each Wednesday)
Vocabulary Quiz 13 points (each Friday)
Mountain Language 20 points (randomly given – 2 per quarter)
Grammar Mastery Tests 100 points (end of units)
Writing Assignments 5 points for each entry that is in the composition book.
You can visit the Mountain Home School District’s website www.mtnhomesd.org to access Parent Connect to view grades. A password can be obtained by contacting the registrar in the front office.
I am excited to see what each student has retained from last year! A great seventh grade year is planned to add to that learning along with collaboration with peers about given topics, studying about why sentences and paragraphs are structured the way they are, and other techniques related to mastering the English language via speaking and writing.
[example] 1. Let’s eat Grandma. vs. 2. Let’s eat, Grandma.
The #2 example is correct . . . knowing grammar saves lives!