•    Welcome to 7th grade English!!! The 7th grade ENGLISH course and 7th grade HONORS ENGLISH course at Industrial Jr. High are rigorous and cover many areas of learning. It is important that we stay in close contact with one another so that your child will have a successful school year.

       I can be reached at the school during my conference from 1:00-1:49 or you may call after school (284-3226- EX 1303).On most days I am here until 5:00. Also feel free to e-mail me at bcharbula@industrial isd.org.

    Rules:

    1. Follow all school rules.

    2. Be prepared for class; this includes having a pen or pencil, homework, novels, and library books.

    3. Respect others and raise your hand before speaking.

    4. Stay on task at all times.

    5. No candy, gum, or drinks (water is allowed in class).

    6. Be in your seat at the bell.

    Areas of learning to be addressed this year:

    7th Grade Regular English:

    1. Literature and Novels: We will use the Seventh grade Literature (Holt McDougal) textbook periodically. Students will be responsible for reading several different stories in class/ at home. Novels will also be part of the curriculum. Within each story, several literary devices will be reviewed or introduced: style, foreshadowing, flashback, symbolism, theme, plot diagramming, personification, characterization, irony, conflict, metaphor, allusion, etc... The novels I will use are Holes by Louis Sachar and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

    2. A.R. Reading: AR points will count as a daily grade. Students are responsible for 10 AR points each six weeks, except for the first six weeks of this year. However, rather than waiting until the end of the six weeks, the AR points will be due in the 3rd week of the six weeks. Listed are the following days when AR points are due district wide:October 5, November 16, January 25, March 8, and April 26. (No late work is accepted on long range work. Therefore the due date is the cut off and whatever the point total is at that time, this is the grade the student makes.

    The AR grading scale: 10 points= 100, 9 points = 90, 8 points= 80, 7 points= 70, 6 points = 60, 5 points = 50, 4 points= 40, 3 points= 30, 2 points= 20, 1 point = 10. 

    3. DOL (Daily Oral Language) and DOG (Daily Oral Grammar):  Students will record sentences in their DOL spirals. Expect a DOL quiz/test every other Thursday. The quiz will count as a daily grade (40%) and the DOL TEST will count as a major grade (60%).   DOG will be shared and tested upon in the second semester.

    4. Spelling: A spelling quiz or test will be given every other Thursday during the first semester only. The list of words will be given to the students at the start of the school year. With a short forty-nine minute class period, not much class time will be spent on spelling, therefore it is important to study at home. The spelling quiz will count as a daily grade (40%) and the spelling TEST will be a major grade (60%). Please study (especially on Wednesday nights). Also note that the spelling list is online each week.  Students or parents may access the words from the Internet if needed. 

    5. Journal Writing and Poetry: Assignments will happen on a varied basis.

    6. Grammar: Sentence types, fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement, adverbs, prepositions, parts of a speech, etc... will be introduced through textbook lessons and in-class writing assignments. Grammar will also be addressed through Daily Oral Language, Daily Oral Grammar, The Texas Write Source textbook, and the Writing and Grammar textbook by Prentice Hall Publishing.

    7. Writing: The main focus will be working with students to write creative narrative stories and expository essays. They will learn to incorporate clever literary devices as well as learn to edit and self-correct their papers using ratiocination, elaboration, imagery, figurative language, and descriptive words. Students will also learn to write engaging introductions and conclusions to their stories.  Writing is tested at 7th grade; therefore, essay writing will be a huge part of our curriculum this year.

     8. Reminder AppTo receive messages about homework, tests, etc.., students will be given remind app information on the first day of school. 

    **************************************************************************************

    7th grade Honors English

    1. Literature and Novels: The textbook used is Holt McDougal. Students will be responsible for reading several different stories in class/ at home. Within each story, several literary devices will be reviewed or introduced: style, foreshadowing, flashback, symbolism, theme, plot diagramming, personification, characterization, irony, conflict, metaphor, allusion, etc... A majority of the reading will be completed at home so that class time can be used for annotating, analyzing, and composing quality, concise written responses. The novels I will use this year are The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and  The Giver by Lois Lowry.

    2. AR reading: (40% daily grade)  For the 7th grade Honors English class, each student must earn 10 points by the given due dates: October 5, November 16, January 25, March 8, and April 26. These dates fall in the 3rd week of the six weeks before progress report grades are released. (No late work is accepted on long range work. Therefore the due date is the cut off and whatever the point total is at that time, that is the grade the student makes.) 

    The AR grading scale: 10 points= 100, 9 points = 90, 8 points= 80, 7 points= 70, 6 points = 60, 5 points = 50, 4 points= 40, 3 points= 30, 2 points= 20, 1 point = 10.

    3. Lone Star Book Reading: Seventh grade honor students are required to read and pass four Lone Star Award Winning AR Books by March 29, 2018. Students must earn a 70% or better on the four books. These books are then combined for a cumulative major test grade in March.

     4. DOL (Daily Oral Language) and DOG (Daily Oral Grammar): Students will record sentences in their DOL spirals. Expect a quiz/test every other Thursday.  The quiz/test will consist of old and new sentences.  The quiz will count as 40% of the grade and the test will count as a major grade at 60%.  DOG lessons will start in the second semester.

    5. Spelling: A spelling quiz or TEST will be given every other Thursday during the first semester only. The list of words will be given to the students at the start of school. With a short forty-nine minute class period, not much class time will be spent on spelling, therefore it is important to study at home. The spelling quiz will count as a daily grade (40%) and the spelling TEST will count as a major grade (60%). Please study (especially on Wednesday nights). Also note that the spelling list is on-line each week. Students or parents can access the words from the Internet if needed. Every third spelling list is for a major test grade.

    6. Journal Writing and Poetry: Assignments will happen on a varied basis. Journals should be brought to class when asked.

    7. Grammar: Sentence types, fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement, adverbs, prepositions, parts of a speech, etc... will be introduced through textbook lessons and in writing assignments. Grammar will also be addressed through Daily Oral Language, Daily Oral Grammar, The Texas Write Source textbook, and the Writing and Grammar  textbook by Prentice Hall Publishing,

    8. Writing: The main focus will be working with students to write creative narrative stories and expository essays. Students will learn to incorporate clever literary devices, as well as learn to edit and self-correct their papers using ratiocination, elaboration, imagery, figurative language, and descriptive words. Students will also learn to write engaging introductions and conclusions to their stories. Writing is tested in 7th grade; therefore, essay writing will be a huge part of the curriculum this year.

    9. Reminder app: To receive information on homework, tests, projects, etc... students will be given information on how to sign up on the first day of school.

     

    ****************************************************************************************

    Daily work= 40 % of the grade: Includes items such as daily work, reading assignments, Daily Oral Language and Spelling quizzes, grammar assignments, worksheets, etc...

    Tests= 60% of the grade: Includes items such as end of book exams, vocabulary exams, major projects, composition book assignments, final drafts of compositions, essays, research papers, etc...