Munoz Syllabus - 2017-2018

English Language Arts


Teacher: Ms. Muñoz

Date: August 22, 2016

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/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 you 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 Pigman by Paul Zindel (Pre-AP only, must purchase copy)

  3. la línea by Ann Jaramillo

*Novel selections are subject to change based on student needs and/or availability.

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. 3 ring pencil pouch

  5. Pencils (48)

  6. Highlighter (at least 1)

  7. Scissors

  8. Elmer’s liquid glue

  9. Colored pencils 12ct

  10. 5-Tab Dividers


Some supplies will be housed in my classroom, so you will not have to carry them around.  This will also ensure that you will always be prepared for class.  Please have supplies no later than Friday, August 26th.  For those who are able, I would appreciate help in acquiring any of the following - a teacher always needs these things on hand!

*Clorox wipes


*Hand sanitizer


  1. Enter the classroom calmly and quietly.

  2. READ the board for daily instructions.

  3. Get your composition book and binder (which already has your pencil/materials pouch inside).

  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:   Teacher/Student Conference

     Third Offense:   Teacher/Student Conference & Parent contact

     Fourth Offense:   Lunch Detention / Parent Contact

     Next Level: Discipline referral to the office

     *Severe disruptions/infractions will result in student being immediately sent to the office with a discipline referral.

Accelerated Reader

    A.R.  is an important part of our class curriculum and is worth 40% of your grade (2 Quiz grades each grading period).  You are expected to meet your goal each grading period.  At the beginning of the school year, you will take an A.R. STAR assessment to determine your reading level.  Based on that assessment and the number of minutes you are required to read each day, A.R. will determine your individual goal.  For this course, we require 30 minutes of reading per day.    

    I encourage parents to keep track of their child’s A.R. progress.  You can access student accounts by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Sharyland ISD homepage

  2. Click on Academia

  3. Click on AR Home Connect

  4. Students login using their credentials

  5. At the top of the page, select ‘e-mail setup’

  6. Parent’s emails should appear at the bottom of the window

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:

Teacher Webpage

    This syllabus as well as other information pertinent to this course are accessible via my teacher webpage. - Under Faculty, Select Shannon Munoz.


    I have read and agree to abide by all course policies contained in the syllabus for 7th Grade ELA.

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