Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Class Syllabus 2014-2015

Welcome to Seventh Grade English.  My name is Mrs. Ripp, and I am looking forward to a positive and productive school year.  In this class, students will have the opportunity to explore and practice their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  To stay up-to-date on homework or current projects, please check our class blog www.mrsripp.com

Materials Needed Daily

  1. 1 pocket folder
  2. 1 spiral notebook
  3. Pencil/pen
  4. Loose leaf paper
  5. Device if you have one
  6. Reading book - or something to read
  7. *on a given day, students may be asked to bring supplies such as scissors, glue/glue stick, markers, or color pencils.

English Assignments

There are two types of assignments in English this year:

  1. Formative Assignments—the purpose of formative assignments is to practice new skills and concepts.  Formative assignments will not count toward a student’s final grade.  However, these assignments will appear on Infinite Campus—with a weight of zero—so that parents and students can keep track of progress.

  1. Summative Assignments—summative assignments allow students to show mastery of a skill or concept.  This work will be the basis for a student’s overall English grade. Examples of summative work include, but are not limited to, projects, written work, quizzes, and tests.

Formative/Summative Rubric

Formative and Summative work is assessed on the following scale:
Exceeds expectations/exemplary
Fully proficient (this is the expected level of performance)
Partial mastery/Still progressing
Minimal effort shown/Insufficient evidence

Standards to Be Assessed

Both formative and summative work will be geared toward gaining proficiency on the following Common Core Standards.  

The learner will:
  1. write informative texts to convey ideas; select, organize, and analyze content.
  2. write narratives to share real events, using vivid detail and ordered sequence.
  3. use technology to produce writing, interact with others, and cite sources.
  4. draw evidence from texts to support written analysis.
  5. command the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and vocabulary.
  6. determine and analyze the development of central ideas/themes in a text; summarize.
  7. evaluate claims in a text; assess and express the soundness and relevance of reasoning.
  8. analyze how story elements interact.
  9. express ideas clearly in collaborative discussions; build on others’ ideas.
  10. present focused claims with support, using eye contact, volume, and elocution.

**Not all standards will be assessed every quarter.

Letter Grades

At the end of 2nd and 4th quarter, students will be assigned a letter grade for English.  This grade will be based on teacher and student judgment of a student’s overall proficiency within the grading period.  Students will be assessed on the following scale:

Exceeds expectations/Exemplary
Meets expectations/Proficient
Meets some expectations/Partially Proficient/Progressing
Some gaps in proficiency
Significant gaps in proficiency

Please look over the syllabus with your child.  If you have any questions regarding class work or student progress, do not hesitate to call or send an e-mail message.  My school number is 835-4874, and my e-mail address is psripp@oregonsd.net


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