Waynesville Middle School
Teacher: Mr. Bansemer
Course Title and Grade: 7th Grade Language Arts
Team: 7th Grade Red
- Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, independently and proficiently.
- Read and comprehend informational text independently and proficiently.
- Conduct research to answer a question; gather relevant sources, print and digital; integrate information using a standard citation system. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
- Follow a writing process to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, style, and voice are appropriate to the task, purpose and audience; develop writing with narrative, expository, and argumentative techniques.
- Narrative: Develop narratives including poems about real or imagined experiences, which establish and maintain a consistent point of view, and include clearly identified characters, well-structured event sequences, narrative techniques and relevant, descriptive details.
- Expository: Develop informative/explanatory writing to examine a topic with relevant facts, examples, and details; establish relationships between ideas and supporting evidence.
- Argumentative: Develop argumentative writing by introducing and supporting a claim with clear reasons and relevant evidence; acknowledging counterclaims; establishing relationships between claims and supporting evidence.
Classwork, Tests, Projects:
During each unit students will have a variety of formative assessments to check their understanding and progress (formative assessments may involve homework). Some units will consist of projects to be done individually or in groups that will count as a summative grade. Students will receive a Scoring Guide for major projects and writing assignments that lay out the requirements for the assessment. At the end of the units there will be a post test for a summative grade. Students will be required to read library books and take a test on the computer over the books each grading period. If students want to retest for a summative assessment, they will need to come to academic assistance after school for a study/reteach session and then a retest session.
Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be a Learner.
Students must be in the classroom before the tardy bell rings, prepared with the textbook, paper and a pencil. Students must raise their hands to speak and be respectful of the teacher and their peers at all times. If the student doesn’t abide by the basic rules above for all minor offenses, the teacher will: (1) talk to the student privately, (2) contact the parent, (3) submit an office referral. All major offenses will be referred to a principal. Students must turn in all completed assignments legibly and correctly on or before the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for assignments when absent. Students have two days to make up those assignments. Students should check their grades in eSchool weekly to ensure that all work is submitted. If the student needs academic assistance, he must inform the teacher (and his/her parent) that he/she will be staying after school for help. The student must also arrange transportation home at 4:00pm or ride the Club Tiger bus at 5:15pm if he stays for academic assistance.
All classes with the exception of high school credit courses (Foreign Language and Algebra) will be weighted 50% for Summative Assessments (including summative projects) and 50% for Formative Assessments and practice work. Late assignments will receive a deduction of 25%. All late work must be turned in prior to the end of the Grading Period. Practice work and homework are important to the success of students in the class and are meant to prepare students for assessments, not measure a student’s understanding of the standard. 100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, and 59 and below=F. Check eSchool every Tuesday for last week’s grades.
Students must be in attendance every day. A student may only have 5 unexcused absences a semester. Upon returning from an absence, students must submit a written excuse to the attendance secretary. On the 4th tardy students receive a warning. The 5th tardy is detention. Detention is held on Wednesday after school. If a student is absent they will have the same amount of days to complete the homework or practice upon their return.
Pearson Common Core Literature (we have a classroom set so students will not be assigned an individual book unless one is checked out due to an absence or special circumstance). Students will need library books to read EVERYDAY
*A folder with 2 pockets
*Notebook paper for assignments
*A notebook to leave in class for Bell Work
*Various art supplies as needed for projects