Grading Policy

Grading Policy:
Major Assignments (60% of Final Grade):
Research Papers
Minor Assignments (40% of Final Grade): 
Daily Classwork
Notebook Checks
Journal Writing
Excused Absences:
Students with an Excused Absence will have the opportunity to make up missed work
at the rate of 1 day for 1 day missed, with a maximum of 5 days. Students who are
absent had prior notice of a major or minor assignment must complete the assignment
on the 1st day back to school. Student will receive a 0 for any major or minor
assignment not made up within the allotted time.
Unexcused Absences:
Students with an Unexcused Absence may not make up missed work. However, if the
unexcused absence is determined to be caused by extenuating circumstances,
makeup work may be allowed. The grade for the makeup work will be no higher than
a 70.
Failing Major Assignments:
All students will have up to 3 additional school days to redo a failing major assignment,
but the grade will be no higher than a 70.
Late Major Assignments:
All students will have 3 additional days to make up a major assignment if late (with a
progressive grade penalty of 10 points per day).
Semester Exams:
Semester exams will be comprehensive and count as 20% of the semester grade.
Should the semester exam cause a student to fail the semester, the student has the
option of retesting. The student must retest within 3 days, and the retest will be the sole
responsibility of the student. The retest grade will be no higher than a 70.


English Language Arts


Teacher: Ms. Lyda

Date: August 19. 2019

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. My Perspectives - Pearson

  2. The Outsider by S.E. Hinton

  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 (at least 2)

  6. Highlighter (at least 1)

  7. Scissors

  8. Elmer’s liquid glue - 4 oz

  9. Colored pencils 12ct

  10. 5-Tab Dividers


Supplies will be housed in my classroom, so your scholar will not have to carry them around.  This will also ensure that your child will always be prepared for class.  Please have supplies no later than Friday, August 26th.  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


  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

Accelerated Reader

    AR is an important part of our class curriculum and is worth 40% of your grade.  You are expected to meet your goal each grading period.  At the beginning of the school year, you will take the AR STAR assessment to determine your reading level.  Based on that assessment and the number of minutes you are required to read each day, AR will determine your individual goal.  For this course, we require 25 minutes of reading per day.    

    I encourage parents to keep track of their child’s AR 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. Parents 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.  



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

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