Advanced Language Arts Course Syllabus

Advanced Language Arts Course Syllabus

Name ______Period______Date______

Advanced Language Arts Course Syllabus

Tracy Steiner-

Course Description – The emphasis in this course will encompass comprehension and expression of the written and spoken word. Students will improve skills that involve various forms of reading, writing, viewing, listening, speaking, and presenting. As a secondary goal, students will investigate digital citizenship and learn to use a variety of digital tools in order to create and present information.

Course Requirements/Procedures –The following will be expected of all students:

  • Maintain an organized, up-to-date notebook (checked for a grade once per quarter).
  • Utilize a daily planner to keep track of homework and due dates.
  • Read an assigned novel each quarter, and write a five paragraph literary response essay as part of the EQT each quarter.
  • Achieve the Accelerated Reader point goal collaboratively set by the teacher and student each quarter (will count as a grade).
  • Create projects each quarter on assigned topics and novels.

Course Calendar – Refer to the calendar below for a summary of the quarter. When assignments are made, students will be given specific due dates.

FIRST QUARTER
Quarter 1 Begins / Tuesday / August 8
Holiday- Labor Day / Monday / September 4
Progress Reports Issued / Week of / September 11
Quarter 1 ends / Friday / October 6
Teacher Work Day / Monday / October 9

Supplies Needed:

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  • One 1-inch binder
  • 5 dividers
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Blue or Black Pens (only)
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Daily planner to record homework assignments
  • A device capable of recording, saving and sharing
  • The novel assigned each quarter

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Grading System – Major grades such as exams, writing assignments, and projects count as 60% of the grade, homework counts 10%, and daily work such as quizzes and classwork counts 30%. All assignments count as a grade.

Absences/Make-up Work – Students are responsible for completing all assignments. When a student returns from an absence of any length, he can check the make-up work folder to identify and record missed assignments. Before leaving the class, students should obtain a due date from the teacher.

Evaluation and Homework– An average of at least one weekly exam or project will be given. Students are assigned homework on an as-needed basis, and they are required to write the assignment in their planner.

Planning and conference time – When school days are on a regular schedule, I am available to meet with parents between 8:00-8:40. Contact the office at 221-2200 to schedule a conference.

Remind Parent Notifications- Remind 101 is a parent and student notification program. This program allows me to send notifications of projects, tests, and due dates to all subscribers via text message or e-mail. In order to receive notifications, please “subscribe” to my class by texting the appropriate code below(no spaces) to 810-10.

Grade 7- @steiner7

Grade8- @steiner8th

Supplementary Books – The required novels for this quarter are shown below for each grade level. This book is to be read independently. A weekly assignment will be given.

7thThe True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

8thThe Giver by Lois Lowry

Reading Assignments for First Quarter Novels

Week of… / Novel / Read Chapters / Assignment
August 21-25 / Gr. 7Charlotte Doyle
Gr. 8 The Giver / 1-4
1-5 / Response Journal/packet questions due on Friday
Aug 28-Sept 1 / Gr. 7Charlotte Doyle
Gr. 8 The Giver / 5-8
6-10 / Response Journal/packet questions due on Friday
September 5-8 / Gr. 7Charlotte Doyle
Gr. 8 The Giver / 9-11
11-15 / Response Journal/packet questions due on Friday
September 11-15 / Gr. 7Charlotte Doyle
Gr. 8 The Giver / 11-17
16-20 / Response Journal/packet questions due on Friday
September 18-22 / Gr. 7Charlotte Doyle
Gr. 8 The Giver / 18-22
21-23 / Take Written Test
EQT Essay written in class

Note for Grade 8 students:

The Giver is available to read online by scanning the QR code below:

Note for Grade 7 students:

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is also available in full text online by scanning the QR code below:

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