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    bn 7th Grade Language Arts
     
    The "Language Arts" are four, closely related communication skills.  You might know them better as Reading (fluency and comprehension), Writing (grammar, conventions, ideas on "paper"), Listening (not just hearing white noise), and Speaking (clear, concise, out loud communication).  Each day, my students will practice these skills with the goal of becoming better at them than they were when they walked into my classroom at the beginning of the school year.  I strive to create writers, NOT a piece of writing; to create engaged readers, NOT word skimmers; to create speakers, NOT mumblers; to create engaged listeners, NOT just hearers.  A daunting task, yes, but a worthy one, methinks!
     
    HOMEWORK:
     **Regardless of having a specific assignment to do at home or not, I highly encourage you to read something every night.  It doesn't have to be a book! You can read a magazine article, visit a news website to read about a current event, visit a website to learn more about something you are interested in, the manual to a video game or anything else.  The point is...words are everywhere!  Pay attention!  Read them and if you do not understand, look it up!   
     

    1) Complete weekly A3000 articles by the end of the trimester.  Look for them in your A3000 mailbox! Every Tuesday you will have 20-25 minutes in class to complete A3000 articles.  This is time to complete at least one article. You will be given a procedure to help you score 75%+ on the activity.

    A3000 ARTICLES ASSIGNED SO FAR THIS TRIMESTER: 
    • 9/12: "Bad Breath" &  "A New Sport" & "Island Tries to Block Ride-Sharing" 
    • 9/19: "The Cumberland Kids" & "Making the World Claen and Safe" & "Taking the Bite Out of Peanuts"
    • 9/26: "RIP Western Roman Empire" &  "The Romans are Coming-Challenge Lesson" & "Building the Future"
    • 10/3: "No More Ostrich Riding" & "Don't Speak Out" & "Island Beach Covered in Trash"
    • 10/10: "Just one of the Gang" & "911...What's Your Emergency?" & "Who's the Smartest"
    • 10/17: "Helping Japan Smile" & "Robots in School (Challenge)" & "China: What Qianlong Left Behind"
    *** You have until  11/3/17  to complete your A3000 assignment for the trimester***
     
    2)  Complete NRI (No Red Ink-a digital grammar program) assignments.  You have one week to finish for full credit; all trimester for partial credit.  Time is given in class, but completing all of the lessons in the assignment may have to be done at home. Remember, you  are done when you reach mastery on each lesson in the assignment (a score of 10!).  
     
    NRI ACTIVITIES/QUIZZES ASSIGNED THIS TRIMESTER: 
    • 9/7: Confused Words: There & To
    • 9/13: Subject Verb Agreement & Possessives vs. Plurals 
    • 9/20: GK QUIZ week! no new assignment
    • 9/27: Confused Words" its & it's, write & right; capitalize 1st word
    • 10/4: Appositivies, Capitalize 1st word, tricky contractions, plurals vs. possessives
    • 10/11: GK & NRI QUIZ week! no new assignment
    • 10/18:
     
    3) Complete any unfinished classwork from the day or due to absence.  
     
     
    GRADING: 
    Final academic grade is determined by total points earned for the trimester in the PRODUCT category shown in Powerschool. Final effort grade is determined by total points in the PRACTICE category as shown on Powerschool.I do not award + or - grades with the exception of an A+ for earning 100% total points without extra credit. Your grade will be determined by your success in each of these areas: A3000 activities, NRI quizes, Amplify assignments, writing. Every assignment is worth 10 points and the final grade in both categories is determined by the percentage of total points earned for the trimester: 100%=A+; 99-90%=A; 89-80%=B; 79-70%=C; 69-60%=D; 59% and lower=F. 
    Points are awarded as follows:
     
    A3000: ACTIVITY AVERAGE SCORE EFFORT & BONUS
    Your PRODUCT A3000 grade is your activity average (90's=9, 80's=8, 70's=7, 60's=6, 50's=5, 40's=4) for the trimester. 
    Your PRACTICE A3000 grade is your effort in completing assigned articles: 2/3 of the assigned articles =10/10; 1/3 of the assigned articles=7/10; less than 1/3 of the assigned articles=4/10; 1/6 of the assigned articles or less=0/10. 
    Your additional PRODUCT A3000 grade is Bonus (EC) points earned for the following:
    • completing ALL articles for the trimester.  
    • scoring 75%+ on 2/3+ articles for the trimester
    • scoring 100% on 1/3+ of the articles assigned for the trimester.  
    • lexile growth of 1+ point for the trimester (only happens when you consistently score 75%+ on the article activities!)
    A3000 LEXILES (reading level) for 7th grade:
    Far Below Grade Level: 625 and lower 
    Approaches Grade Level: 630-965 
    **Meet Grade Level: 970-1120**strive to be here by the end of your 7th grade year!
    Exceeds Grade Level (College & Career Ready)1125 and above
     
    NRI and GK (NoRedInk & Grammar Keepers): 
    Your PROCESS NRI grade is your practice assignment average (90's=9, 80's=8, 70's=7, 60's=6, 50's=5, 40's=4) for the trimester.  Practice assignments not completed, or even started, will bring your average down, so do your practice! One point will be deducted for 3+ late submissions.  
    Your PRODUCT NRI grade is individual quiz scores. Quizes will be completed in class and each counts towards your overall grade for the trimester (usually 2-4 per trimester).
    The above information holds true for GK as well.
     
    AMPLIFY ASSIGNMENTS (solos): 
    Solos are multiple choice questions answered after a reading passage. These assignments are scored internally on the Amplify program.  LQ's (literature questions) related to the current text are graded on a ten  point scale. Students have grading criteria in their 3-ring binders for reference while answering LQs.
     
    WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: 
    All writing assignments will be graded using the attached rubric with the exception of district writing performance tasks which will scored using the district provided rubric.
     
    EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY!
    There are only 3 ways to earn the 10 point maximum EC in ELA: 
    1) Earn your A3000 bonus points (see above)
    2) Present a picture book to your class on a Friday or to a primary class in the library for 5 EC points. Ask to be given a date if you want to do this. You can do ONE per trimester for EC, but can do others for the joy of it! 
    3) Exceptional whole class behavior for a guest teacher: rank 10=3EC   9=2EC   8=1EC
    Extra Credit will only raise your grade one full letter grade (10 percentage points max).  EC cannot be used to raise a B to an A.  A3000 bonus points will be put in first, then other EC points will be entered until the 10 percentage point max is reached. EC points will be entered at the end of the trimester for final grade.
     
    CURRENT CURRICULUM MATERIALS:
    • Amplify ELA web based ELA program
    • Achieve 3000 web based nonfiction reading passages (2/wk)
    • No Red Ink (NRI) web based grammar and conventions practice
    YOUR Time (MWF): 
    YOUR time is...your time to read whatever you want (I will not control it!) without being graded on anything! Whoo-Hoo!!! There are, however, some rules to follow so YOUR time runs effectively and efficiently:
    1) You are reading during YOUR time, not socializing in any way.
    2) You may read any type of school appropriate book (novel, graphic, etc.), a school appropriate magazine, a personal ereader that is not connected to the internet.  
    3) Your school iPad is in your backpack
    4) You spend no more than 10 YOUR time minutes once a week on a classroom library quest for a new book.
    4) BOOK BUZZ!! For 5 minutes after YOUR time, we will BUZZ about our books! If you want to BUZZ follow this procedure:
    • stand up
    • state title, author, page numbers you read today, and show cover  (ex: "I'm reading Harry Potter #1, by JK Rowling. I read pages 195-215 today")
    • share an interesting sentence, or a cool simile or metaphor, or an excellent new word with its definition as used in the book, OR read  a short passage  (2 paragraph max) that caught your attention, etc.  Be ready to explain WHY you chose to share what you did without prompting from me!