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    Grade 7 ELA Course Syllabus 2019-20
    Mrs. Holly Furth
    Rm 108

    Welcome to what I hope will be a challenging and exciting year! In this class, we will strive to become master readers and writers. As an active learner, you should begin by identifying your strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing, and critical thinking. Throughout the school year, you will seize the opportunity to begin thinking about goals you will work towards accomplishing in ELA (English Language Arts) this year. I hope at least one of your goals will include trying new things such as exploring an unfamiliar genre in reading, working on your communication skills, or attempting a new writing format. My main goal is to help you achieve yours. I look forward to working with you and your parent to accomplish a successful 7th grade school year!

    Mission Statement
    The primary focus of the ELA program at Miller Junior High School is to foster a learning environment in which students whose reading and writing skills that are below 7th-grade standard, meeting standard, or above standard may achieve success at their optimal level.

    Course Description
    7th grade ELA classes will explore a variety of literature with an emphasis on informational/expository and argumentative writing.

    Class Texts
    My Perspectives English Language Arts by Pearson

    Homework Requirements
    Students are required to keep a book of their choice to read at home and at school, and brought to class daily.  This book may be obtained from the school library, Timberland Library, or from home. We will be going to the library once a month, but students are encouraged to do this task on their own as well. Students are responsible for reading a minimum of 45 or more minutes each and every day. Students are required to keep a weekly reading log and turn it in to the teacher on the specified due date signed by their parent.  Students may need to complete their grammar lessons on the website called NoRedInk if they don't complete them at school.  Any work not completed at school is considered homework.

    I follow the Miller Junior High grading policy, which can be viewed in the Student Handbook. All graded work is given a point value, and points are totaled for a final grade. 

    A 4.0 93-100 Exceeds Standard   High Honors
    A- 3.7 90-92.9
    B+ 3.3 87-89.9
    B 3.0 83-86.9 Meets Standard     Honor Roll
    B- 2.7 80-82.9
    C+ 2.3 77-79.9
    C 2.0 73-76.9 Approaching Standard
    C- 1.7 70-72.9
    D+ 1.3 67-69.9
    D 1.0 60-66.9
    F 0.0 0.0-59.9
    Inc. No Evidence of Learning

    *If you’re not earning the grades you want from me, I am not receiving the quality of work I want from you! This philosophy means that each student is responsible for earning his or her own grades. I do not give student grades, so if you do not earn a grade on an assignment you felt you deserved, it's your responsibility to look over your work using the rubrics provided for each assignment, or conference with me to determine where improvement is needed making revisions and corrections, and then resubmitting the assignment if possible.  Makeup quizzes/tests may be taken before or after school.  Students who want to improve their score on a quiz/test may have one opportunity to retake the quiz/test and receive up to a B+ for their final score.

    Required Class Materials
    Large binder with class dividers, pencils, pens, Hi-lighters (Green, Yellow, & Pink), Post-It Notes, colored pencils or markers, and college-ruled notebook paper. A book to read when assignments are completed.

    Extra Help and Study Time
    I’m available for extra help before and after school if a student makes arrangements with me, and their parent for transportation ahead of time. MJH offers an after-school program for students who would like extra assistance with their work. Snacks and a bus ride home are provided. Please feel free to contact me by phone at 360-538-2100 ext.5931 or email at hfurth@asd5.org for any questions or concerns that may arise.





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