Syllabus for Language

Language Arts
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COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The student will participate in an extensive study of

                                           grammar, reading, vocabulary, writing, public speaking,

                  and the research process via technology as

                 outlined in the Alabama Course of Study.


 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. 

WEEKLY LESSON PLANS:  These may be assessed by using STI.  Passwords are generally

                                                   sent home within the first two weeks of school.  Please use this

                                                   technological tool to assess daily/weekly assignments whenever

                                             your child is absent, or simply use it to follow the progress of 

                                                your  child’s classwork, homework, test grades, and
                                 overall average.

TEXTBOOKS:   Writng Coach---Prentice Hall
Prentice Hall Literature Grade 7:  Common Core Edition 

 (Topics to Be Covered)

 1st  Nine WeeksStudy skills, library skills, etymology, prefixes, suffixes, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, four kinds of sentences, subjects/predicates, conjunctions, simple/compound/complex sentences, coordinating conjunctions, end marks, commas, semi-colons, common nouns, proper nouns, compound nouns, hyphens, capitalization, plurals, possessives, apostrophes, quotation marks, underlining, appositives, elements of writing---concentration on narrative writing, Partner Fable Project/composition, and the novel---Sounder.

 2nd Nine Weeks:   Action verbs, linking verbs, helping verbs, verb phrases, verb tenses, intransitive/transitive verbs, direct/indirect objects, predicate nouns and adjectives, subject/verb agreement, perfect tenses of verbs, present and past participle, active and passive voice, and expository writing . 

 3rd Nine Weeks:  Pronouns/antecedents, adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases,  correlative and subordinating conjunctions, dependent and independent clauses, complex sentences, figurative language, descriptive compositions, and an extensive literary focus within the literature book.

 4th Nine Weeks:  Interjections, parenthetical expressions, introductory clauses and phrases, gerunds,  infinitives, and standardized test practice.

Literary focus--- the novel---The Outsiders, for which there is a novel-related research project, a persuasive letter, and a cooperative Power Point presentation. 

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


TESTS:      Students will generally have four or more major chapter/unit tests relating to                               grammar and/or literature each nine weeks.  Generally, these are each 100 pts.   

Vocabulary quizzes will be given periodically throughout the year; however, many vocabulary words usually appear on literature tests, as part of the related text. 


GRADING SYSTEM:          a.  chapter tests     d.  classwork/warm-ups    g.  pop quizzes     

                                                b. vocabulary         e. homework                     h.  oral presentations 

                                                c.   quizzes               f.  writing                          i.  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 nine weeks is tentative.  If changes have to be made, your child will be notified well in advance. Thank you!

 BEHAVIOR/CONSEQUENCES:  All rules and guidelines outlined in the student code of

                                                             conduct and student handbook will be strictly enforced.



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