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Grade 8 English

In English 8, students must read and comprehend grade-level fiction and nonfiction texts. They must also be able to communicate their ideas orally and through written means, with particular emphasis on writing narrative, informational, and argumentative papers. Students read closely, applying reading strategies to compare and contrast texts. In extended responses, students routinely cite evidence to support their analysis of texts. With increased study of the author’s craft, students evaluate not only the writer’s point of view but also the social and historical context of his or her work. Students are required to participate as members of a literate community, discussing literature and writing, and listening respectfully to others.

 

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Current C.C.S.S. Literary Standards being addressed:

READING

Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

Craft and Structure

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6 Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.9 Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

WRITING

Text Types and Purposes

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.a Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.b Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.c Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.d Establish and maintain a formal style.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
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Grade Seven English

In English 7, students must read and comprehend grade level fiction and nonfiction texts. They must also be able to communicate their ideas orally and through written means. Students read closely, applying reading strategies to draw inferences and analyze texts, and integrate outside knowledge in their reflections and discussions of the texts. Not only are students required to determine the main ideas of what they read, but they also need to cite textual evidence to support their argument in extended responses. Understanding author’s craft through studying literary devices, diction, and format is emphasized. Students are required to participate as members of a literate community, discussing literature and writing, and listening respectfully to others.This course will address the following: Are students effectively reading and analyzing texts so that they can coherently formulate a summary based off of main ideas? Can students build and defend a thesis statement that serves as the central focus for an argumentative writing assignment? Can students make connections to texts through either real-life experiences, media sources, or other texts that they have read and are they able to support those connections with ample evidence?

7th-Grade-English Syllabus

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

 

Week of September 3

Monday- no school

Tuesday-  Introductions, rules and expectations

Wednesday- review summer project expectations and timeline, formative assessments

Thursday-Writing prompts, cursive writing assessment

Friday- being three paragraph argument essay

Week of 9/10/18

Monday- continue with noun exercises, go over transitional words and phrases, continue three paragraph essays

 

math

MATH 7

The Common Core concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts. Students will learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grades. The standards encourage students to solve real-world problems.

 

This year, in the 7th grade, students will…

  • learn that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers
  • learn how expressions and equations work with radicals and integer exponents
  • understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations

  • analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

  • define, evaluate, and compare functions

  • use functions to model relationships between quantities

  • understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem

  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres

  • investigate patterns of association in data

 TESTS AND QUIZZES

Students will have advanced notice of all quizzes and tests. A study guide will be provided a day or two before a test. Students will have the option of doing test corrections. Half credit will be given for this work and added onto the original grade.

Student’s will also have the option to retake a test. This is their responsibility to schedule for after school.

GRADING and LATE WORK

Grades are earned by actively participating in class, and completing classwork, the interactive notebook, projects, tests, and quizzes. Homework is an important part of our students’ academic growth and development. As part of our 21st century learning expectations, the habits of good organization and time management skills are integral to successful task completion. Homework is expected to be turned in on the due dates assigned. Failure to do so will impact the grade on homework. If a student fails to do homework, he/she may be told to call home and make arrangements to stay after.

The school-wide homework policy is as follows:

One day late = 10 pts. off

Two days late = 20 pts. off Three days late = 30 pts. off

No credit for work turned in after 3 days late. 

Any exceptions to this policy will require approval by both teacher and administration. Students having difficulty completing homework should make arrangements for help with their teacher during HIP or after school.

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