Reading Course Syllabus
Text: Choices in Literature, Prentice Hall, Inc. ($42.47)
Course Description: The seventh grade reading curriculum is closely tied to the language arts curriculum and is designed to develop the student’s reading comprehension skills, vocabulary skills, and enjoyment of reading. The student will learn to infer, question, analyze, and predict while reading literature from a pluralistic background. The student will also learn to make personal connections and develop interpretations of the literature.
The student will read short stories, personal narratives, poems, dramas, and nonfiction in the following thematic units:
The Me You See, Where Paths Meet, and Deciding What’s Right
The student will read short stories, narratives, poems, dramas, and nonfiction
in the following units:
You Are the Solution and Communications Explosion
Grading: The student will be evaluated with a variety of criteria. The criteria will include, class work, homework, quizzes, tests, and projects. Class work and homework will comprise approximately 50% of the total reading grade. Quizzes, tests, and projects will comprise the remaining 50%.
Homework: Homework is assigned as necessary. Homework may take the form of reading, writing, or studying for tests or quizzes. Homework will be checked on a due date, and late homework will not be accepted.
Provision for Improving Grades: Students who have low (73 or below) or failing cumulative grades may ask the teacher for opportunities to improve their grade when all work required to date has been completed and students have demonstrated a legitimate effort to meet all course requirements including attendance.
Help Sessions: Help sessions can be provided during homeroom from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Other times may be arranged with the teacher on an individual basis. Please note that advance notice is requested to avoid conflicts.
Teacher/Parent Communication: The student is required to keep a list of grades and assignments in his/her agenda. The parent should check this from time to time to keep up with the student’s progress. Grades will be sent home periodically (every 6 weeks, with interim progress reports every 3 weeks) for the parent to review. If a problem arises, parents will be notified. Please note that you may reach teachers by calling Northwestern Middle School and leaving a message if you have questions or concerns. You may also e-mail your concerns directly to the teacher.
Absent/Make-up work: It is the student’s responsibility to request make-up work for an absence. Upon returning to school following an absence, the student should request make-up work. The student must complete make-up work within the time specified by the teacher. (The student will be given the same amount of time to make up the work as he/she was absent unless other arrangements are mutually agreed upon.) The student will receive the actual grade on the make-up work if the absence was “excused.” Make-up work for “unexcused” absences may be reduced up to 6 points. Make-up work submitted late will receive a zero.