Thursday, August 2, 2012

Expectations for Term 1

Seventh Grade
Language Arts/English Class
Ms. Dorsey  
Tentative Term 1 Plan:    
Term 1 (August 20 - October 26)      Can you. . . ?
  • correctly use end punctuation (periods, question marks, exclamation marks) on the sentences you write?
  • correctly capitalize the beginning of each sentence and capitalize proper nouns (names of specific people, places, or things)?
  • correctly spell words and names you need to use in seventh grade, including seventh grade commonly confused words  (confused words chart.doc)?
  • write a complete paragraph with a beginning, middle, and end, and transitions?
  • support what you’re saying or writing with evidence (effective details)?
  • recognize and write cause-and-effect and comparison-contrast text structures (paragraphs)?
  • understand these parts of an argument: claim, warrant, and evidence?
  • read novels and short stories and identify and discuss setting, plot structure, character, and theme? 
  • Read and write poetry, summarizing meaning, recognizing theme and mood, and identifying poetic devices such as alliteration, rhyme, figurative language, word choice, and the creation of specific images. 
  • participate effectively in whole-class and small group discussions, activities, and projects?
  • write complete and varied sentences?
  • correctly use commas when listing three or more things within a sentence (commas in a series), and when using coordinate adjectives?
  • summarize literary and informational text?

By the end of Term 1, the expectation is that you will master the bolded skills and understandings, and that you will be well on your way to mastering the non-bolded skills and understandings. 

1st Term
August 21 - October 26 (Seventh Grade Day is on August 20.)
A days = 23
B days = 22
Total days = 45

[Term 2 -- main idea, summarize, fact vs. opinion]