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Welcome to 7 Blue Lang Arts!  

Welcome to my website!  I hope you can find the information you're looking for- let me know if there are any problems!   


The 2018-19 school year is in full swing, and I am in my 23rd year of teaching.  Which is odd, because based on my age, I must have started teaching when I was nine years old!  




I love hearing from parents and students!  The best way to reach me with any questions, comments, or concerns, is email.  I check it several times a day and respond quickly.  I also have voicemail, but the response time is a bit more clunky.  Most years, I received less than ten voice mails from parents, so I check it less and less.  

Email:  jscott@jeffco.k12.co.us

Voicemail:  303-982-9003

LINK TO SUMMIT RIDGE HOME PAGE: http://summitridge.jeffcopublicschools.org/



There are several documents on my docs page that parents should look over.  This includes a "common questions" syllabus, permission slip for books and movies, and list of 'big picture' goals for the year.  


Class Work Policies

My policy:
1.  Any writing piece can be done for up to 100% credit, it the student sits with me after school to read and discuss the piece one on one.  This includes the theme thread paragraphs. 
2.  Tests can be retaken, but students need to come in and study after school for 30 minutes to qualify.  This does not include book tests, but does include the fig lang test.
3.  If kids honestly read the outside reading novels but score a D or F on the test, they are invited to see me after school for a five minute book talk.  If they convince me that they read the entire book, I will raise their grade to a passing grade.
4.  Extra credit can be earned for reading extra novels DURING the novel units.  This does no apply to times when we are doing 'student choice' reading.    


      Current Curriculum

Sept 20

We are moving on from our literary terms and short stories unit to our narrative writing unit.  This is a district genre study.  Students will work towards writing two first person narratives- one realistic and one fantasy- with an emphasis on internal dialogue, figurative language, pacing, visual writing, word choice, and theme.  We will also be including a study of symbolism, with an emphasis on MacBeth, The Tell Tale Heart, and an episode of The Twilight Zone.


Between Sept 17 and Oct 1, students are reading novels of their choice.  There is no assessment at the end of this time, but students must write three sentence summaries each time they read, to be turned in on Oct 1.  At that time, the next set of novels will be passed out.  This will be the Science Fiction set of books!


   Film Club Schedule

Film club meets in my room on the first Thursday of every month to watch movies.  Students do need a permission slip and $1 to join (for snacks), and we watch movies that kids have probably not seen before.  Look for a schedule on the documents page.  




Students will be expected to read two hours per week at home, which averages out to 20 minutes per day.  Students can juggle this however it best fits their schedule- work around soccer practice and other classes and family time, but at the end of each week, students are responsible for 2 hours of reading. Most of the homework for 7th grade English Language Arts will be this reading.  There will be the occasional writing assignment or the "finish at home if you don't finish in class" work, but the big part is outside reading.  


Most of the time, students will be given novels to read at home.  They will need to finish the books by a certain due date, so it is possible kids will need to read more than the two hours per week to complete an assignment.  If students finish books early, they are still responsible to read two hours per week.  Options include asking me for additional books, finding their own books, or reading magazines, newspapers, or online materials.


When students are reading class novels that I've handed out, they don't need to do additional work beyond reading the book by a certain date.  There will be an assessment for the book at the end of the allotted time.  Other times, students will be able to choose their own books, but during that time, they will be expected to write summaries each time they read.  This will be explained in class, and there will be an optional worksheet for this on my documents page.  


    Honors Option

At the beginning of the second trimester, some students will be invited to join the honors option class.  This group will meet during access time, and students will still be part of the traditional lang arts classes.  Ability, curiosity, motivation, and attitude will all count toward being invited to this group. Twenty students have been invited and accepted into honors for trimester two.  Invitations were based on MAP scores and current grades in LA.  For trimester two, the group is pretty much set, but there will likely be some changes heading into trimester three.  I have discussed this with classes, and students are aware of the potential for being added (or dropped) from the honors option.  


Extra Help

All students are invited and encouraged to attend extra help students after school every Tuesday and Thursday.  This is a chance for students to get one on one help with problems, work independently with support, or even check grades and make up work.  Except for the occasional club or meeting, all four core teachers will be here to help students until 3:25 on those days.  Students who have transportation problems should consider buying an activity bus pass, which runs to our feeder elementary schools at 3:30.


Please contact me via email if you have questions or comments!