Middle School Language Arts & Literature Information/Curriculum
Curriculum Objectives for 6th, 7th, 8th Grades
Basic elements of writing: Review/model/practice writing process and 6-Traits in writing assignments. Practice building effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays. By the time students graduate from middle school, they will have had experience in how to effectively write a multiple paragraph essay including thesis. Students will practice in writing different genres, using different genres within one piece of writing, and writing for different audiences and for different purposes.
Personal Writing: For example: journal writing, letter writing, personal narrative essay, memoir essay
Subject or Report Writing: For example: biographical description of a person, expository essays, summary, book review, informational: power point presentation, poster, or brochure
Creative Writing: For example: story (historical fiction, fairy tale, etc.), fictional journal entry, character sketch, letter to a character in a book, dialogue/script, poetry
Professional Writing: For example: creating a flier or brochure, business letter, presentation slides
Please check your child’s planner each night so that you can help him or her keep track of homework assignments. Homework is due at the beginning of class. If homework is one day late, the highest grade possible is a 70%. Word processed homework must be printed before coming to class. Homework that is printed at the beginning of class will be marked late. If homework is two or more days late the maximum grade given will be a 50%. Sixth grade student planners will be checked each week for parent/guardian signature.
If a student cannot turn in an assignment because he or she was sick or had a legitimate reason to be absent, work can be turned in late and will not be marked down provided it is turned in when the student returns. The parent will need to write a note explaining the circumstances. The student can also make up homework assignments he or she missed due to being sick or having an excused absence provided that the homework is turned in a reasonable amount of time. Generally one make up day is given for each day absent.
Assessments: Students will be regularly assessed both formally and informally through class discussion and questions, class work, homework, essays and other writing assignments, quizzes, tests, presentations, and projects. Students will be given clear learning targets aligned with state standards. Rubrics will be used for writing assignments, presentations and literature projects. Assignments will be given both for students to practice new skills and to show mastery over skills they have been taught.
40% - Writing assignments, projects, quizzes, tests
20% - Spelling and word-work homework and tests
40% - Language arts class work/homework/skills work
35% - Homework & class work and skills work
35% - Tests, quizzes, and projects
30% - Independent reading
A calendar will be posted at the end of the hall across from the 6th grade. Study hall is open to students in 4th through 8th grade. If a student comes to class without a homework assignment or required textbooks or materials, or is unprepared for class (for example, not bringing needed materials) he/she will be given a study hall sheet, which needs to be signed by the parent and returned to school the following day. The student is also required to attend study hall the day he/she gets the sheet.
Please see Middle School Expectations and Procedures for more information.