Language Arts

Sixth Grade Language Arts     Seventh Grade Language Arts     Eighth Grade Language Arts

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Sixth Grade Language Arts Syllabus

 By the end of their sixth grade ELA experience,

  • Students analyze and edit their own writing to include acceptable use of basic conventions.
  • They also continue to develop their individual voices and styles.
  • Students develop the ability to critique constructively their own and others’ work, a natural increase in writing, editing, and proofreading skills results.
  • As readers, sixth graders begin to experience more sophisticated pieces of literature for study and analysis, which leads them to choose more complex literature to read for enjoyment.
  • Sixth graders often gravitate towards one series or genre, or they read extensively on a topic of personal interest.
  • Students are expected to read at least 1,000,000 words from fiction and nonfiction texts that relate to all subject areas.
  • In assignments related to oral communications or performances, sixth graders are eager to give their opinions or role-play.
  • They work to apply specific guidelines to their speaking assignments.
  • Viewing and listening skills vary widely and are dependent on an individual’s maturity.

Texts

The Language of Literature and The Language Network
McDougal, Littell & Company 2001
Various fiction and nonfiction novels

The units we will complete for sixth grade are

  • Unit 1 Narrative Texts (4 weeks)
  • Unit 2 Reading/Technical Writing (3 weeks)
  • Unit 3 Expository Texts (7 weeks)
  • Unit 4 Persuasive texts (6 weeks)
  • Unit 5 Standards Review (2 weeks)
  • Unit 6 Analyzing and Creating Nonfiction Texts (4 weeks)
  • Unit 7 Response to Literature (6 weeks)
  • Unit 8 Mythology (4 weeks)

Each unit integrates reading, writing, and listening/speaking/viewing standards.

School-wide initiatives that affect Language Arts

1,000,000 Word count in Reading

Spelling Bee

Celebration of Writing

Language Arts Night – 2nd PTO night

8th grade Writing Assessment

6th and 7th grade Mock Writing Assessment- October and January

Homework Policy

The current homework policy in the agenda is:

Incompletes will not be given. If a student has missed an assignment due to an absence, a grade of zero will be averaged in the place of that grade until the student makes up the work within a prescribed length of time. All pre-assigned work will be due on the day of a student’s return from an absence.

Missing Work Policy and Late Work Policy

No more than one (1) grade of zero (0) should be assigned during a grading period unless a parent contact is made. A parent should be contacted each time a grade of zero (0) is assigned after the first zero (0). It is not acceptable for a student to not complete assignments.

Parents should be kept apprised of student grades as often as possible, particularly if the student’s grades are poor and parental help might serve to encourage the student. No student should receive a failing grade in a course unless parent contact has been made by phone or in person when the failure occurs and prior to the student’s receiving the grade. The teacher must maintain documentation of this contact.

Grade Weights

The current grading policy places the following weight on each category of grades that compose a student’s average:

Final (comprehensive) 10%

Tests and Projects 30%

Class work 30%

Notebook and Quizzes 20%

Homework 10%

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Seventh Grade Language Arts Syllabus

By the end of their seventh grade ELA experience,

o  Students expand their uses of descriptive words and complex sentences, as well as their choices of modes of writing.

o  Students continue to develop the ability to critique constructively their own and others’ work.

o  They attempt to imitate favorite authors, demonstrating increasing evidence of the author’s craft in their own writing, a natural increase in writing, editing, and proofreading skills results.

o  As readers, seventh graders continue to broaden their reading experiences through the study and analysis of compelling literature.

o  Seventh grade readers are less likely to be locked into one series than previously, but still may read extensively about a favorite topic or in a particular genre.

o  Students are expected to read at least 1,000,000 words from a variety of fiction and nonfiction sources related to all subject areas.

o  In assignments related to oral communications or performances, seventh graders prefer group interaction as opposed to individual assignments.

o  Students are sometimes reluctant to speak out or draw attention to themselves because they are afraid they will be viewed as “uncool.” Despite those social predilections, seventh graders give oral presentations and dramatic interpretations for various audiences.

o  Students also analyze the effects that media images, text, and sounds have on viewers.

Texts             

The Language of Literature and The Language Network

McDougal, Littell & Company 2001

Various fiction and nonfiction novels             

The units we will complete for seventh grade are

 Unit 1  Narrative Texts (5 weeks)

  • Unit 2  Expository Texts/Research (4 weeks)
  • Unit 3  Persuasive Texts (5 weeks)
  • Unit 4  Technical Writing (5 weeks)
  • Unit 5  Poetry/Drama (4 weeks)
  • Unit 6 Response to Literature (5 weeks)
  • Unit 7 Standards Review (2 weeks)
  • Unit 8 Analyzing and Creating Nonfiction Texts (6 weeks)

 Each unit integrates reading, writing, and listening/speaking/viewing standards.

 School-wide initiatives that affect Language Arts

 1,000,000 Word count in Reading

Spelling Bee

Celebration of Writing

Language Arts Night during 2nd PTO night

8th Writing Assessment

6th and 7th grade Mock Writing Assessment in October and January

 Homework Policy

The current homework policy in the agenda is: 

Incompletes will not be given.  If a student has missed an assignment due to an absence, a grade of zero will be averaged in the place of that grade until the student makes up the work within a prescribed length of time.  All pre-assigned work will be due on the day of a student’s return from an absence. 

Missing Work Policy and Late Work Policy

No more than one (1) grade of zero (0) should be assigned during a grading period unless a parent contact is made.  A parent should be contacted each time a grade of zero (0) is assigned after the first zero (0).  It is not acceptable for student to not complete assignments.

Parents should be kept apprised of student grades as often as possible, particularly if the student’s grades are poor and parental help might serve to encourage the student.  No student should receive a failing grade in a course unless parent contact has been made by phone or in person when the failure occurs and prior to the student’s receiving the grade.  The teacher must maintain documentation of this contact.

Grade Weights

The current grading policy places the following weight on each category of grades that compose a student’s average:

Final    (comprehensive)     10%

Tests and Projects             30%

Class work                        30%

Notebook and Quizzes        20%

Homework                        10%

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Eighth Grade Language Arts Syllabus

By the end of their eighth grade ELA experience,

o     Students continue to refine their skills in the production of quality essays and narratives. develop their own writing styles.

o     They use strong verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

o     Many enjoy writing in the first person.

o     Students begin to embrace causes, and their writing reflects their developing
social consciences.

o     They often rely on arguments from emotion in their persuasive writing.

o     As readers, eighth graders continue to broaden their reading experiences through the study and analysis of compelling literature. Enthusiastic eighth-grade readers read texts by popular adult authors.

o     Eighth graders enjoy debating a variety of topics, even without proper preparation to support their stands on issues.

o     Students like to work within a group setting on individual tasks. They are willing to share ideas, but prefer to be responsible for their own products.

o     Viewing and listening skills vary according to an individual’s maturity.

o     Eighth grade students deepen their study of Georgia history by identifying Georgia authors and examining texts these authors have created.

o     They will be able to identify the connections between an author, their work, and Georgia, and can determine which of the following criteria an author meets: a) born in Georgia, b) lives in Georgia, c) writes about Georgia, d) is or was a long time resident of Georgia, and this is reflected within their work.

o     They become aware of the ways Georgia is reflected within text through the study of setting, characterization, theme, historical context, and current events.

Texts                 

The Language of Literature and The Language Network
McDougal, Littell & Company 2001
Various fiction and nonfiction novels

The units we will complete for eighth grade are

  • Unit 1    Narrative Texts (3 weeks)
  • Unit 2    Expository Texts (6 weeks)
  • Unit 3    Persuasive Texts (6 weeks)
  • Unit 4    Standards Review (3 weeks)
  • Unit 5    Research/Technical Writing (8 weeks)
  • Unit 6    Poetry/Drama (4 weeks)
  • Unit 7    Response to Literature (6 weeks)

Each unit integrates reading, writing, and listening/speaking/viewing standards according to the Georgia Performance Standards.

School-wide initiatives that affect Language Arts

1,000,000 Word count in Reading

Spelling Bee

Celebration of Writing

Language Arts Night in conjunction with the 2nd PTO

8th Writing Assessment

6th and 7th grade Mock Writing Assessment

Homework Policy

The current homework policy in the agenda is: 

Incompletes will not be given.  If a student has missed an assignment due to an absence, a grade of zero will be averaged in the place of that grade until the student makes up the work within a prescribed length of time.  All pre-assigned work will be due on the day of a student’s return from an absence. 

Missing Work Policy and Late Work Policy

No more than one (1) grade of zero (0) should be assigned during a grading period unless a parent contact is made.  A parent should be contacted each time a grade of zero (0) is assigned after the first zero (0).  It is not acceptable for student to not complete assignments.

Parents should be kept apprised of student grades as often as possible, particularly if the student’s grades are poor and parental help might serve to encourage the student.  No student should receive a failing grade in a course unless parent contact has been made by phone or in person when the failure occurs and prior to the student’s receiving the grade.  The teacher must maintain documentation of this contact.

Grade Weights

The current grading policy places the following weight on each category of grades that compose a student’s average:

Final     (comprehensive)            10%

Tests and Projects                    30%

Class work                               30%

Notebook and Quizzes                20%

Homework                               10%