Welcome to 7th and 8th Grade
English Language Arts Classes
with Mrs. Floss and Miss Turnbull
This year will be an exploration of language: written, read, and expressed. All students will enjoy participating in their learning, rather than being witnesses to it.
We are a community of readers and writers learning for ourselves throughout our lives!
I feel fortunate to be able to embark on this wonderful, fruitful journey of learning. Each student who wants to will succeed in a way that goes beyond mere test scores to prepare you for success in whatever you choose to do in the future.
This class is set up for you to learn in the way that is best for you. At many times, each student will be reading and writing different texts based on the same lesson. This way everyone can engage in learning in a way that is interesting, useful, and challenging for your own interests, abilities, and learning styles.
Your ability to communicate effectively, write well, and analyze what you read, see, and hear is central to this class. These skills will help to make your future more vibrant!
Grades will be based on daily reading and writing both in and out of class, discussions and presentations, online interaction, preparedness, quizzes, tests, and an exam. Every five weeks, each student will work toward approximately 400 points. Generally: 100 points for daily reading with analysis, 100 points for a writing project, 100 for a notebook and class reflections, and 100 points for homework and quizzes. The final exam is 1/5 of the student's total grade with a school policy of mandatory attendance the day of the exam.
HOMEWORK: It is necessary to read as much as humanly possible every night. Use your agenda to help keep you organized when work needs to be completed outside of class or due dates approach.
Students will take quarterly benchmark assessments as well as a final exam. Each will cumulatively assess the students' understanding and demonstration of the Core Curriculum State Standards in ELA. The state ELA assessment is in the spring and impacts each student's need to be enrolled in AIS services during the following school year.
Additional work, practice, and help may be given to any student who struggles with any assessed skill. I am here to teach, explain, inspire, and foster dreams. You are here to learn, try, succeed, and dream. They both take hard work, dedication, creativity, and grit. I promise you will become a better reader and writer this year! With those, your future is limitless!!!
Please be POLITE, POSITIVE, PREPARED, & PRODUCTIVE.
(I will, too.)
In this class and actually in life, it’s not where you are, it’s how much you grow!
Degrees and Certifications: