ELA with Mrs. Tuttle

  Check out the 7th Grade ELA curriculum:

      Hi! Welcome to 7th Grade! I'm looking forward to being your teacher this year! In 7th Grade,  you will have the opportunity to  read and write in a variety of genres including personal narrative, realistic fiction short story, informational biography, Book Responses, Companion books, editorials, advertising, and poetry. You will also explore about your own "Awesome Moments", inspired by Neil Pasricha's book The Book of Awesome You will have quite a bit of choice for reading material, including independent reading and class assigned readings.  You will also have plenty of opportunity to practice your public speaking skills, which will come in handy for our big speech presentations in May!  

I think you will enjoy using the new laptops! We will make use of the many programs  for composing, conferencing, and presenting our work, as well as to learn about various topics on neat websites. 

The spelling/vocabulary program is individualized. You will take responsibility for identifying vocabulary in reading material, and you will also spend some time studying Greek and Latin roots!  Why?  This can help you to expand your spelling and comprehension skills.  


Throughout the school year, students will read independently outside of school, demonstrating reading comprehension strategies in a weekly book response.  Students will also practice presentation skills by sharing work in literature group circles, author share circles, and making class presentations. A reading/writing workshop model will be used to draft and revise writing, creating publishable pieces. Through conferring in the writing process and sharing pieces via "share circle", students will develop listening and public speaking skills. Students will continue to study elements of language, including figurative language and vocabulary via Greek and Latin root study. Additionally, students will routinely practice conventions through Daily Language Work Out mini lessons.

Unit 1- Narrative Reading and Writing: In this unit, students will focus on elements of fictional writing. They will read several pieces of personal narrative, as well as fiction- including short stories, picture books and novels. Students will read and discuss literature as a class, as well as within literature groups. Students will analyze via mentor texts how author's effectively structure, develop and use grammar and editing conventions to produce strong narratives- both personal and fictional (realistic).

Unit 2- Writing About Reading: In this unit, students will focus on elements of non fiction text, including auto/biography and Companion Books. Students will analyze via mentor texts how authors effectively structure, develop and use grammar and editing conventions to produce strong biographies and unique Companion Books with a strong voice and structure.

Unit 3- Argumentative Writing: In this unit, students will analyze and critique persuasive ads, write persuasive ads and brochures and create effective persuasive visual displays for Invention Convention (advertising their invention). They will also conduct research and write persuasive speeches about  self-selected topics/issues of passion. Lastly, they will practice public speaking skills when they deliver a speech to the class.

Report Card Standards

- Student understands key ideas and details of literature & informational texts.

- Student analyzes craft and structure in literary texts & informational texts.

- Student integrates knowledge and ideas in literary texts & informational texts.

- Student reads and comprehends a range and level appropriate for grade span & informational texts.

- Student effectively uses structure, craft/elaboration, and conventions in writing (narrative, informational, and argumentative)

        Structure- leads and conclusions, paragraph form, chronological order, variety in sentence                             structure

        Craft and elaboration- details, writing devices used to write a piece with "voice"

        Conventions- punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentences

- Student effectively demonstrates presentation skills

Contact Information:  Every student has been given a “Take home” folder—- containing schedule and other hand outs.  This is a good vehicle to send information (such as field trip forms, etc.) back and forth.  

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.  

shelly.tuttle@rsu34.org   or     827-3900  ext.218

Student learning and understanding will be assessed by criteria identified for specific state standards that are identified for assignments. Students will be given opportunities to demonstrate knowledge of the criteria and standards through home and class work such as quizzes and tests, reading responses, written pieces and projects and presentations. Missing work or incomplete work is unacceptable. Students will have opportunities to re-work assessments  during and after school.  

Grading Description
  • We are a standards based school.  Students will either Exceed, Meet, Partially Meet or Does Not Meet a standard.  When working toward a standard, students will be either Progressing at a High Level, Progressing Appropriately , showing Inconsistent Progress or show Limited Progress. 

Progress Reports and Report Cards will reflect  progress toward a standard. 

Homework- *Students are expected to read 20-30 minutes a night, at least 4 nights a week and journal about what they have read on a “weekly bookmark.”  

        *Much time is given in class for completing assignments and projects.  At times, however, a student may need additional time at home to complete work. Due dates and projects are recorded on Team calendar kept in student’s Team Moose folder as well as on  the Team Moose website. 

Assignment Calendar
The calendar below will be updated as much as possible to list assignments and projects. Assignments are listed as they are DUE (unless otherwise specified). Students should use daily planner/calendar to keep track of assignments and other due dates. This calendar can be used as a backup for absences, parental check-in, and changes to schedule.

ELA Assignments