7A Language Arts Ms. Lindsay Damm

7A Language Arts
Ms. Lindsay Damm
[email protected]
Classroom Procedures and
 Your child is on a wonderful team with teachers who
embrace the middle school model
 If you or your child have a need, a concern or a
situation I should know about, please let me know.
 There is ALWAYS time before school if you need a
quick conference or a minute of my time. I am usually
here by 7:30-7:45 or after school from 3:30-4:00pm
 I want your child to ENJOY reading and writing even if
it isn’t his/her strength.
Supplies Needed
One spiral notebook with 70+ pages (will stay in LA classroom)
Loose-leaf paper
Folder to keep assignments, notes, etc.
Red pens
Highlighters – at least 3 different colors
 A novel of their choice
 Please try to have these items by the 2nd day of school!
Five Parts to Language Arts
Grammar (Conventions)
Holt Elements of Language (Green
 Demonstrate the writing process
 Explore writing domains (persuasive, expository, narrative,
 Summary writing
 Letter writing
 Poetry writing
 Analyze and respond to literature
 Grammar
 Spelling
 Vocabulary
Holt Elements of Literature
(yellow books)
 Read from a variety of genres with accuracy, immediate
recognition and expression
 Read for comprehension and response
 Read from a district approved list of novels
 Understand and apply elements of fiction (character, setting,
plot etc.)
 Demonstrate understanding of types of literature (novel, play,
prose etc.)
 Discuss literature during book groups and classroom
ALA 7th grade novels
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
As You Like it by William Shakespeare
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Quarterly Novel of Choice
7th LA Grade Novels
 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
 Seedfolks (2nd quarter)
 The Outsiders (4th quarter)
 Quarterly Novel Choice
 Reading Assessments – 30%
 Reading quizzes, quarterly book report, reading comprehension
 Writing Assessments – 30%
 Literary Analysis, journal entries, essays
 Vocabulary/Grammar Assessments – 25%
 Weekly vocabulary tests, parts of speech quizzes, grammar tests
 Homework/Classwork – 15%
 In-class assignments, weekly vocabulary charts, reading logs
 Gradebook Codes: MI= Missing, LA=Late, AB=Absent,
 Turnitin.com is an online resource that helps students
and teachers with plagiarism.
 Turnitin.com also offers other tools such as peer
editing and online rubrics.
 Assignments/Essays that are assigned on the
computer will be submitted to Turnitin.com.
 Students will be working with this online tool in the
classroom. Many students will have an account from
6th grade if they were at student at AMS.
 Students will have vocabulary test every Friday
 Please let your child use the computer for school uses.
There are many assignments that your student would
greatly benefit with the use of a computer
 Your child’s attendance is extremely important
 Your child will keep track of all of their assessments
throughout the year. Including writing assignments,
reading quizzes, vocabulary quizzes, and grammar tests.
 Learning lab is available for students who need extra time
to complete their assignments. It is offered EVERY
morning at 7:30am
 Please email me with your questions and I will reply
back within 24 hours
 [email protected]