Syllabus for Advanced Language

Language Arts
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COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The student will participate in an extensive study of grammar,                                                 reading, spelling, vocabulary, writing, public speaking, and                                                     technological/research skills as outlined in theAlabama Course 
                                          of Study via the Common Core Standards.
COURSE OUTLINE:     Students will copy from the board an outline every week  to indicate                                       to you, the parent/guardian, the material that we will be covering.                                         Please keep in mind that if your child is ever absent, the weekly                                             outline will serve as his/her source for makeup work. 
                                    Additionally, the school web site may be accessed in order to view                                         and copy the outline from home. 

MAKEUP WORK:  According to board policy, students have three                                                                      days to make up work after an excused  
                                                               absence.  After three days, if the student has not                                                                  made up missed classwork, homework,
                                                               tests, projects, presentations, or any other                                                                            assignment, he/she will receive a zero unless I      
                                                               have granted prior permission for an extension.                                                                    Also, please note that it is the student's                                                                                           responsibility to ask for makeup work.


 TEXTBOOK:  Writing Coach-----Reviews grammar and writing skills (Classroom Set Only) 

 WORKBOOK: All-in-One Consumable Workbook

LITERATURE BOOK:  Prentice Hall 7th Grade Literature (Classroom Set Only) 

***Please Note:  All the above mentioned texts are provided to your child by the school; however, lost or stolen books will be the sole responsibility of the student/parent to whom they were provided.***   


(Topics to Be Covered)


Study skills, library skills, etymology, prefixes, suffixes, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, four kinds of sentences, subjects/predicates, conjunctions, simple/compound sentences, end marks, commas, semi-colons, elements of writing---concentration on journals and narrative writing, “Who Am I?”composition, and the novel---Sounder.


Common nouns, proper nouns,  capitalization, , plurals, possessive nouns, appositives, action verbs, linking verbs, helping verbs, verb phrases, verb tenses, intransitive/transitive verbs, subject/verb agreement, apostrophes, hyphens, underlining, quotation marks, partner fable art/writing project,  an oral  “Fable” presentation, and the novel---The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle .



Perfect Tenses of verbs, principal parts of verbs, active and passive voice, subject/verb agreement, pronouns/antecedents, complex sentences, expository “Why?” composition


Adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, figurative language, descriptive compositions, propaganda,  and persuasive compositions.

Continue prepositions; begin interjections, parenthetical expressions, introductory clauses and phrases, infinitives, and gerunds; review all eight parts of speech; and conduct an extensive standardized testing review.


Literary focus--- a concentration on fables, mythology, poetic artistry, the novel---The Outsiders,  a novel-related research project, and a Power Point presentation.  


***Literature, such as short stories, folktales, myths, and poetry will be incorporated throughout the course of the year.***


TESTS:      Students will generally have two to three major chapter tests (grammar)  during the nine weeks, ranging from 100-200 points each.    Vocabulary tests may be given periodically throughout the year, particularly in relation to our reading focus; however, many vocabulary words usually appear on literature tests, as part of the related text. 


GRADING SYSTEM:       a.  chapter tests         c.  classwork      f.  pop quizzes     

                                                  b. vocabulary tests   d.  homework    g.  oral presentations 

                                                  e.  writing                    h.  projects      

Students’ grades will be derived from dividing the cumulative total of points students have earned by the total points possible.



EXAMPLE:  Student earned:  1,425 points

                       Points Possible:  1,500 points

                        Overall Grade:  95/A


*** Please note that the above-mentioned schedule per six weeks is tentative.  If changes have to be made, your child will be notified well in advance. Thank you!



STUDENT AKNOWLEDGEMENT:  ______________________________________

PARENT/GUARDIAN:  ___________________________________________

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