English Language Arts


Teacher: Mrs. De Leon

Date: August 28, 2017

Overview & Purpose

    Through our exploration of literature from around the world, 7th grade English students will be reading and reflecting on literature selections that focus on themes we encounter in our lives. In this class, we will make connections between literature and ourselves, develop our reading, writing, critical thinking, and speaking skills, and strengthen our vocabulary and grammar knowledge.

    We will learn to analyze literature, to read and write for deeper meaning, and to think critically about what we read and write. We will build upon our knowledge of narrative, persuasive, analytical and informative writing styles, while learning to incorporate clearly defined thesis statements, textual evidence, smooth transitions, and various organizational strategies into our writing. Our intention in 7th grade English is to prepare for 8th grade, high school, college, and beyond.

Course Objectives

  1. To improve overall reading, writing, and critical thinking skills

  2. To expand our knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar

  3. To maintain effective study habits and organizational skills

  4. To gain a strong foundation in English for uses in future classes and endeavors

  5. To foster an appreciation for writing, literature, and reading

Textbooks & Novels

  1. Mirrors & Windows, Level II

  2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  3. Farewell to Manzanar by James D. Houston and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

  4. The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

  5. la línea by Ann Jaramillo

*We will work to make sure each student has a class copy of each novel, however, I highly encourage you to purchase each novel from Barnes and Noble.  This will allow you to read on your own time as well as markup, dogear, highlight, etc.

Materials Needed

  1. WHITE round ring view binder - 1 ½ inch

  2. Composition book - 7 ½ x 9 ¾

  3. Wide ruled paper (1)

  4. Pencils (at least 2)

  5. Highlighter (at least 1)

  6. Scissors

  7. Elmer’s liquid glue - 4 oz

  8. Colored pencils 12ct

  9. 5-Tab Dividers


Please have supplies no later than Friday, September 1.  For those who are able, I would appreciate help acquiring any of the following - a teacher always needs these things on hand!

*Extra pencils


*Hand sanitizer

*Clorox wipes

*Wide ruled paper




  1. Enter the classroom calmly and quietly

  2. Hang your backpack in the back of the classroom

  3. Get your composition book and binder

  4. Sit in your assigned seat

  5. Begin working on the day’s focus activity

Classroom Expectations & Consequences

  1. Arrive to class on time with the materials required

  2. Listen to and follow instructions the first time given

  3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself

  4. Respect yourself, your teacher, and your classmates

     First Offense: Verbal warning and documentation

     Second Offense:   Detention and phone call home

     Third Offense:   Detention and parent/student conference

     Fourth Offense:   Discipline referral to the office

     *Severe disruptions/infractions will result in student being immediately sent to the office

Grading Guidelines

This course follows grading and make-up policies as outlined by the district.  The grading guidelines for Sharyland ISD can be accessed through the district website:   

I encourage parents to monitor their child’s grades through Skyward Family Access.  Directions on how to login can be found here: