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2017-2018 7th English Language Arts with Mrs. Joan Farus

Email: farus_joan@svvsd.org, Room 1157

 

WELCOME!  Teaching at Twin Peaks is fantastic and unique.  I love the diversity & strong community here.  Middle school is my favorite age to teach because the kids are bundles of energy and fun!  We have high expectations, but with effort, persistence, and diligence, they are achievable.

 

EXPECTATIONS:   Our classroom is a community with personal learning, participation, and cooperation. Students will follow the Six Pillars.  My classroom rules and consequence expectations are designed for personal responsibility.  Consequences are related to the issue to correct the behavior.  My general classroom expectations are:

 

     Be Prompt        Be Prepared      Be Positive       Be Productive       Be Polite

 

GRADING:  

·       30%        Activities and Learning Experiences:  Bell Work, group projects, in-class work, parts of research, checks for understanding, reading in class, worksheets, and as deemed appropriate.

·       70%        Assessment:  tests, quizzes, homework, vocabulary, out-of class assignments, speeches & presentations, research papers  and  large projects.

 

LATE WORK/STUDENT ILLNESS:  Due dates are posted on assignment sheets, on the board, and online.  According to school policy, late work has a penalty of 10%.  Students with an excused absence have two days per each missed day.   Students should talk to me directly if they have issues or concerns.  

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

CURRICULUM:  Language Arts is a core subject and what we often miss is the importance of these skills in every class and for the rest of your life.  The skills include reading, writing, speaking, and, most importantly, thinking.  We joyfully delve deep into the Core Knowledge curriculum while developing character through the Six Pillars every day.

 

READING:

  • STUDENTS WILL READ ALL NOVELS, POETRY & SHORT STORIES: The Call of the Wild, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, & Anne Frank:  The Diary of a Young Girl.  We will read wonderful short stories like “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Necklace” with other great short stories by authors such as James Thurber, Edgar Allan Poe and more.  Poetry included in the curriculum includes: “Annabelle Lee,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” “Fire and Ice” and much more. (Please see Core Knowledge Curriculum for the complete list.)

 

WRITING SKILLS:

  • WRITING:  Students will respond to reading selections and write original work.   Students will complete most writing in school, focusing on essays, summaries, outlines, a research paper, and presentations.  The students penned poetry anthologies, and their creativity was amazing.  Also, students will be compiling a writing portfolio this year, and are required to critique their work and the work of classmates for their portfolios.

 

  • VOCABULARY, SPELLING, AND GRAMMAR:  Students have a vocabulary, spelling and grammar lesson each week.  The vocabulary and grammar are practiced in homework due each week.  There will be a test on Friday.  Not completing homework will have a great impact on their grades.

 

SPEAKING:  

  • DRAMA & VERBAL SKILLS:  We are reading/watching “Cyrano de Bergerac” which the kids loved last year.  Students will present a project on World War II and present in class after we read and watch “The Diary of Anne Frank.“  The research will be done in school and for homework for projects. 

 

HOMEWORK:  Vocabulary workbooks are due Friday (with a quiz on Fridays).  All novel reading for homework is required, and the written work is due about every 3-4 weeks.   Additionally, there will be test review, work on the research paper and the final presentations.  

  

COMMUNICATION:  My class website is connected to the Twin Peaks Charter Academy website.  You can access it through middle school teachers, Language Arts, and look for my name.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU FIND THE CORRECT PAGE – I teach both 6th and 7th grade classes.  I also have a 7 Language Arts class, and a 7 Advanced LA class. 

 

The easiest manner to contact me is via email – farus_joan@svvsd.org.  I often do not get to the phone until after school most days.  I can check email between classes and at lunch.  I respond the same day as I receive the email unless it is after 4:00 p.m. or there is an IT problem.

           

I always tell the kids that I don’t know what is in their heads if they don’t tell me.  Because of that, and sometimes their reluctance to ask in class, I am available after school every day.   I prefer for students to contact me first because 99$% of the time, we have a solution in about five minutes.  It also ensures that they are responsible for their grades and assignments. 

 

Please contact me with any concerns and do not fret. There is a solution to every problem.  Mrs. Joan Farus

 

2017-18 7th Grade Language Arts Curriculum Map

Joan Farus

 

Essential Skills

1.     Writing an outline to be used to organize a speech, essay or research paper.

2.     Using vocabulary from the Core Knowledge sequence appropriate in all forms of writing.

3.     Using a dictionary and an encyclopedia as resources to complete assignments or improve writing/research.

4.     Organization of a 5 paragraph essay, and writing a persuasive/informative essay

5.     Identifying the theme of a piece of literature or poetry and being able to discuss and write an appropriate response addressing the theme.  

Topic

Dates/ Duration

Skills

Warm up procedure & Classroom procedure

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases, Procedure for assignments and Quizzes

WRITING: proper Writing format and technique (using evidence)

FALL BENCHMARK

GRAMMAR:  Editing  (Writing out numbers, Appositives, Capitalization), Nouns, Verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions

August

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

Elements of Literature – Setting, Theme, Characters, Plot, Rising action, Climax & Falling action

Summaries/Expository Writing (Essays on Literature)

READING:  The Call of the Wild by Jack London

GRAMMAR: Types of sentences (declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory), End marks

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

September

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

Pronouns (Subjective, possessive, objective, indefinite)

Vocabulary in Context skills, vocabulary with dialect and time periods

WRITING:  Research Paper (Informative writing)

 Choice of topic, Narrowing a topic,

  Evaluating primary and secondary sources, web sources

 Source and note cards,  Outlines,  Formatting & formal style

 Bibliographies,  Drafting and final drafts.

 Grammar – Verbs, Helping Verbs,

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

October/

November

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

 

READING:  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Core Knowledge:  Short stories:  The Gift of the Magi  by O.Henry

Grammar:  Verb phrases, gerunds, Fragments, Simple, Compound, Complex and Complex-compound sentences

 

First Semester Final:  Call of the Wild, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and grammar

November/

December

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

Core Knowledge Poetry pieces, using rigor techniques to find meaning, enhance comprehension, author’s craft.

William Blake – “The Chimney Sweeper – Songs of Innocence” & “The Chimney Sweeper – Songs of Experience”

“Annabelle Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

“Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen

“Fire and Ice” Robert Frost

“Because I could not stop for death” by Emily Dickinson

“Heritage” by Countee Cullen

“Macavity: The Mystery Cat “ by T.S. Eliot

“The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service

WRITING:  Poetry Anthology

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

January

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

 

DRAMACyrano de Bergerac – using rigor for complex texts.

Terminology for Drama: stage directions, etc.  

Writing:   Narratives, writing poetry anthology, learning literary devices and figurative language

Theme in literature

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

Grammar:  Sentence Patterns 1-5

February

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

Essential Skill 3

Essential Skill 4

Essential Skill 5

 

Grammar – Direct objects & indirect objects, Prepositions & prepositional phrases, Clauses – adjective, adverb, & noun clause

SPEAKING:  Reading and presenting poetry in class.

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

CK short stories (The Necklace & The Purloined Letter)

March

Essential Skill 1

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Essential Skill 5

ESSAYS – Writing and Reading Core Knowledge Essays

CK SPEECHES: Winston Churchill, FDR Declaration of War

READING:  Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

“The Night the Bed Fell”, James Thurber

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber

DRAMA:  Anne Frank Play and movie

GRAMMAR:  Improve writing through word choice, voice, tone and mood, Participles, Compliments

CK Vocabulary/Spelling instruction – Greek & Latin  (Roots, Foreign Phrases

April

Essential Skill 1

Essential Skill 2

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Essential Skill 5

 

WRITING – WORLD WAR II PRESENTATIONS IN CLASS:  presentation text, bibliographies, researching nonfiction sources

SPEECH:  Tone, volume, speed, presentation, etc.

Essays on Anne Frank,

 

Second Semester Final:  Cyrano de Bergerac, Anne Frank, Grammar, and Final Presentation (50%)

May

Essential Skill 1

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