Welcome to 7th Grade Language Arts!

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     Mrs. Kim O'Brien
    (201)327-2021 ext 2233
    Grading Policy:
    Seventh-grade language arts grades are determined on a point system.  Typically, quizzes and shorter assignments are worth ten to fifty points, while tests and longer assignments are worth fifty to one hundred points, sometimes more.  Homework and classwork assignments are generally worth five to twenty points.

    HOMEWORK: There will be many different types of assignments (reading, writing, grammar, etc.). Reading at home is considered homework and notes will often be scored.  Assignments must be completed neatly and correctly (typed work will be required at times).  If I cannot read the work, it will be returned to the student.  Each homework assignment will count as a single “score” unless otherwise noted. Homework assignments are worth approximately five to twenty points.  At the teacher’s discretion, partial points will be deducted for incomplete or incorrect assignments. Homework assignments will almost always relate to the next day's lesson, book club meeting, or partnership discussion, so it is crucial that you come to school prepared with your completed assignment.  Oftentimes students are given the opportunity to redo assignments in order to earn back credit.  It is the student’s responsibility to redo the assignment and turn it in the following day.  Please use Genesis to monitor your homework grades.  I often leave comments next to assignments explaining a score, or I will give the opportunity to make up a missed assignment.  It is YOUR responsibility to check Genesis, complete the work, and turn it in to me.


    QUIZZES: These may be announced or unannounced, and they will count as a specified number of points depending on the nature of the quiz.  Most quizzes range in value from ten to fifty points.  These quizzes will cover all four areas of study:  grammar, reading, writing, and vocabulary.

    WRITING: Students will be required to have a section of five subject notebook for writing. This tool will be an essential part of the writing completed in class and at home. Students must bring this notebook to class on a daily basis. Some writing assignments will be graded using a generic rubric as outlined by the Common Core Standards and the foundations of the PARCC assessment, and others will have a grade criteria sheet developed for the specific writing activity. All formal writing assignments should be double spaced. Points may be deducted for late submission.  (Due dates will be listed on Genesis.)  Students will have multiple formal writing assignments graded each trimester. In addition, there will be a variety of other writing assignments completed during the trimester. Many of the writing assignments will correlate with the reading curriculum.  Use Google Drive and Google Classroom for assistance with your writing.  You may view anchor charts, revision and editing information, notes/comments on your specific assignments, etc.  Google Drive is the place to find all things related to LA.


    READING: Every student should aim to read for at least 20 minutes each night. You will also use a section of your five subject notebook this year to record your thoughts as a reader and respond to your reading through writing. This notebook section will be a valuable tool during the reading process. You are expected to have it with you in class on a daily basis.  Notes will be checked often to be sure you are keeping up with your reading and moving ahead with your thinking.  I believe your notebook is a window into your brain; this tool will give me information about how well you are learning to become a better reader.  It is very important to keep up to date on your notes.  Every time you read, you must record thoughts about your reading.

    Materials Needed:
    ~Charged Chromebook - These must be charged on a daily basis. 
    ~Five section notebook (section headings: Reading, Writing, Grammar/Vocabulary)
    ~One section of a binder or a folder to keep loose papers
    ~Post it notes (multiple notes will be needed throughout the year)
    ~Blue or black pens
    ~Colored pencils will be used throughout the year, but they are not a requirement.
    Extra Help:  Assistance is given on an as needed basis before or after school.  Students are asked to make an appointment at least one day prior to an extra help session.
    Grades:  Please check Genesis for updated grade information.