English/Language Arts Course Syllabus
Caverna Middle School
Mrs. Ruth Ann Davis
Class Description: This class is designed to increase your communications skills through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of the English language. Our primary focus in ELA class will be mastery of different writing styles, demonstration of the rules of grammar, and the ability to express yourself orally.
This year you can expect to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction including novels, short stories, dramas, poetry, and essays. These writing pieces will model the different writing styles we will be working on ourselves. Writing assignments will include timed responses, journal writing, essays, critiques, and creative pieces. Vocabulary, spelling, and grammar assignments will also be an important part of this class. Because we are a community of learners, please also expect to work periodically in group situations and to present information to your peers in groups or individually.
Please understand that at-home reading is expected and is a component of our course. You will be held accountable for at-home reading by various methods.
Our major units of study will include but are not limited to:
Expository writing (descriptive, explanation, comparison and contrast, problem/solution)*
Technical writing (friendly letters, thank-you notes, instructions, web pages)*
Persuasive writing/Speech writing and delivery*
Sentence Fluency and Construction
Standard grammar and mechanics
*Throughout all of our writing, we will also utilize the multi-step writing process to develop, revise, evaluate, and improve our products. In our course of study in all the units, we will address the various elements of specific genres (including but not limited to organization, purpose, audience, narration, conflict, sound, graphics, tone, and theme).
Infinite Campus: You are able to see your up-to-date class average at any time on the Infinite Campus website. Your parents must obtain a username and password from the guidance office. Check this site often to see if you are missing assignments in Language Arts.
Teacher Website: I will update my teacher webpage regularly. Please take advantage of this webpage for up to date information, pictures, and other links that you may need. You can access this throught the Caverna Schools website at www.caverna.kyschools.us .
Grading Policy: In our class, you will be graded informally and formally each day, using several different types of assessments. Assessments (quizzes, tests, formative assessments, etc) are worth 60% of the grade and Daily Work (homework, in class work, etc.) will be worth 40%.
Cell Phone Policy: Student cell phones should be turned off and out of sight at all times. The first time a students is caught with his/her cell phone out and/or on, the teacher will take this and the student can have it at the end of class. The second offense will result in the teacher collecting the phone until the end of the day. On the third offense, a parent will be asked to pick the phone up from school. If this happens again, the phone will be sent to Mr. Nesbitt to take further action.
Required Materials: Students will need a composition notebook, highlighters, blue pens, magic markers, glue sticks, and index cards. These can all be turned in to the teacher.
Returned Work: All work will be graded and returned in-class in a timely manner. Please allow a while longer for lengthier writing assignments. Students will have an opportunity to review their graded work, and any questions or concerns may be addressed with the teacher.
Assignments: All assignments must be submitted by the given due date and are due at the beginning of the class period unless otherwise stated. All homework is due the next day unless otherwise stated.
Late Assignments/Missed Work: Any assignments not received on or before the due date are considered late. In order to receive credit for any missed assignments, students must have an excusable absence, tardy, or early dismissal. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the teacher regarding any late/missed assignments and their due date.
Cheating/Plagiarism: Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in an automatic grade of zero. This includes copying homework, classwork, test answers, talking during a test or quiz, allowing someone to copy your work, and trying to pass off someone else’s work as your own.
Parents/Guardians: I have read the Syllabus and I understand the course’s grading policy, homework policy, intended units of study, required notebook organization, and items that my child must bring in daily to be prepared.
Child’s name: ______________________________________________