Burke County Middle School
Language Arts Syllabus 2017-2018
Teacher: Ms. Trinetta Harden
Students in this course will have an in-depth study of literature, grammar, vocabulary and writing using a Comprehensive Literary Model. The course objectives are aligned with Georgia’s State Standards for English Language Arts and Burke County’s curriculum guide for 7th grade ELA. Students taking this course will read an assortment of challenging and complex literary works. Students will respond to the literature through different writing assignments, which include critical analysis, narrative, persuasive, research, and multimedia presentations. Grammar instruction will consist of Daily Grammar Practice (DGP) and will continue throughout the year in conjunction with student writing and literature. Vocabulary instruction includes STEMS and literature specific vocabulary. Lastly, in carrying out the research process, students in this course will identify a topic, collect information from primary and secondary sources, and present their findings and conclusions in oral, written, and visual formats.
Textbooks, Major Works, and Supplementary Materials:
Below are the texts and supplementary materials covered over the course of the school year. Each selection of major works and novels will be provided for the student; however, a personal copy of the novel is encouraged for highlighting and note taking in the novel’s margins.
Major Works and Novels:
Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
While the World Watched – Carolyn Maul McKinstry
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor
Informational text selections
Non-print text selections
Short story and poetry selections
United Streaming videos
All students are expected to arrive daily and be prepared with required materials.
Materials: Loose-leaf notebook paper, pencils, 3-prong 2-pocket paper folders (4)
Assessment and Grading Policy:
At the end of each instructional unit, a major assessment will be given. Major assessments include: a major test, project, or writing assignment. During each unit, students will be given quizzes, short writing assignments, class work and homework assignments to enrich the understanding of skills taught throughout the unit. Class work and homework will be graded for completion and/or accuracy. Tests and quizzes will be graded for accuracy. Writing assignments will be assessed for the six traits of effective writing. Projects and writing assignments will be assessed using rubrics, which will be given out and explained to the students when the assignment is assigned.
BCMS Grading Scale:
C= 70-79 (70 is the minimum passing score)
F= Below 70 (Failure)
Grades in this course each nine weeks will be determined by the following breakdown:
Daily Work = 30% Nine Weeks Exams = 10%
Homework = 10% Projects = 20%
Tests = 20% Reading Comprehension = 10%