COURSE TITLE: 7th Grade Language Arts
- Collections: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Close Reader: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Novel List – To Be Announced
- In Person: Composition notebook, glue, blue or black pens, pencils for daily use, Expo markers (we can write on the desks!), colored pencils or thin markers, loose leaf paper, and a 2 pocket folder or section in a binder for this class.
- Remote: Notebook, pens, pencils, colored pencils or thin markers, and computer with internet access.
- Wish List: Lined paper, Clorox wipes, and large hand sanitizer for the classroom.
Teacher: Mrs. Bonita Vidaure
Credentials: Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education—English
Instructor Availability (In Person and Remote)
I am available by email and will respond in a reasonable timeframe. I can also be reached before or after school by appointment. If you need anything, please let me know and we can work something out.
Course Topics and Objectives
- Exploring the different genres of literature; Becoming familiar with literary terms; Using composition to accurately express thoughts; Understanding grammar and its use.
- Understanding grammar and its uses, application through composition
- Expanding vocabulary and spelling capabilities
- Exploring the different genres of literature
- Becoming versed with academic, literary, and content terms
- Using composition to creatively express thoughts
CLASS PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
In person: Students need to be on time. This means students are in class and ready to learn when the tardy bell rings. You need to be prepared for class with all necessary materials, working on Bellwork, and ready for further instruction when the bell rings. The tardy policy is as follows:
- 1st Tardy: Warning
- 2nd Tardy: Lunch detention and phone call/email
- 3rd Tardy and Beyond: Office referral.
If you are absent, you are responsible for checking the folders in the back and asking either peers or me what you missed and what you need to make up. This can be done in class after an absence, by checking Canvas, and/or the class calendar. If you know you are going to absent ahead of time, I may be able to provide you with work.
Remote: If you are going to be absent, please let the teacher know. You will be responsible for watching the recorded lesson and following along with what was done during our meeting time. If you are late to the meeting, please enter without making a distraction and when appropriate message the teacher about what you missed at the start. Attendance will be counted based on participation in Canvas per online day.
Participation (In Person and Remote)
Participation is key to learning—if you want to succeed in school you have to participate. Students need to come to class prepared for what we will be doing in that day. This means having all materials needed, finishing homework/assignments, charged computers, and be ready to engage and have fun!
Expectations for Class Behavior and Demeanor (In Person and Remote)
Treat the teacher and all other students with respect.
- Treat others as you would want to be treated- this includes teachers and students at any time.
- Listen to other when they are speaking.
- No talking back! Remember to be courteous to peers and teachers.
- Use only language that builds others up, not tears them down. NO PROFANITY or RACIAL SLURS of any kind will be tolerated.
- You are expected to dress in accordance with the school dress code at all times. If any portion of your undergarments (underwear, bra straps, etc) is visible you are in violation of the school dress code.
- No eating in class. No gum in class. No drinks in class- except water in a closed cap water bottle.
- Students are not to groom themselves in class- no brushes, sprays, lip gloss, etc.
- No throwing anything in the class- this includes water bottles, books, papers, pens/pencils, bags, etc.
Considerations for remote learning:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Keep your background and learning space as free of distractions as possible.
- Listen to the teacher for instructions.
- Be mindful of others who may be talking.
- “Arrive” on time to the lessons. If you know that you are going to be late or miss the lesson, let the teacher know.
Assignment Submission (In Person and Remote)
Assignments in this course may be handwritten or typed. If you chose to type an assignment, no device issue will be considered valid. Assignments need to be in the proper format based on the guidelines (MLA format and properly cited). Assignments without the proper formatting will not be graded. During our time that we are remote, if you need help submitting an assignment on Canvas, please contact the teacher or one of your peers for help.
In person: Assignments need to be turned in the day it is due to receive credit. Teacher digression will be used to determine if an assignment will be accepted. Students will have one day for each day missed to turn in late work. I will not remind you; students need to be responsible for their absences and late work. Special considerations will be given for emergency situations, which are events such as severe illness, death in the family, and catastrophes.
Remote: All work is due the Monday of the following week. If you fail to turn an assignment in, you will have until the unit of study is completed to turn it in for points.
Academic Honesty (In Person and Remote)
Academic honesty is an important practice throughout your educational career and is extremely important at Cooley Middle School. Plagiarism is not tolerated, and every source must be cited in MLA format. Students must submit their own original work, this means no work done for you by siblings, parents/guardians, websites, or other outside sources. Students that cheat will receive a 0%, parent/guardian will be contacted, will not be able to retake/redo the assignment. Students will also receive a lunch detention and office referral.
GRADING (In Person and Remote)
Grades will be inputted in the gradebook as I finished grading them. If you have a question about your score on an assignment, please come talk to me before/after school, via email, or during office hours during remote learning. I am happy to explain why you received the score you did. Please don’t hesitate to see me with any questions or issues. I am not perfect and if I have made an error, I will gladly correct it. I am always glad to discuss your grade with you and answer any questions you may have.
At Cooley, we want all students to have a fair chance of success, which is why we have a Retake Policy on all assessments. Please use this opportunity to your advantage! You will have 2 weeks after a test grade is posted to retake an assessment. See me for specific guidelines and requirements.
Percentage Values for Course Assignments (In Person and Remote)
% of Final Grade
Assessments/ Projects/ Essays/ Quizzes
Classwork/ Practice/ Notebook Checks/ etc..
Semester Final Exams
Composition Notebook/ Assignments (In Person and Remote)
You will be required to keep a notebook for all classwork. Each day, you will be required to write down the date, the learning objective for the day, and a response to the bellwork question. In addition, any notes or activities will go on this same page. From time to time, you will be given notes or worksheets to glue into your notebook. This daily information should be reviewed and studied each night. If you are absent it is your responsibility to locate and complete all assignments given during your absence. You will be allowed to make-up interactive material. Points will be deducted for incomplete material. Your writing must be legible; neatness is a requirement for a passing grade.
Reading Assignments (In Person and Remote)
Reading is a vital part of your education. You will be expected to read not only poems, articles, short stories, and classroom novels while at school, but you must bring a the book of your choice that you are currently reading EVERYDAY. One of my goals for you is to find a genre that you LOVE. Whether it’s non-fiction about your favorite sports, mystery thrillers, or anything else, I just want you reading every single day! If you or your parents have any issues or concerns with assigned reading material, please do not hesitate to come to me immediately. I have a class library and the school has a large selection of young adult books.
Book Reports/Projects (In Person and Remote)
You may be required to do one (1) major book project each semester. I will give you the project and rubric with plenty of time before it is due. You have more than enough time to complete these assignments. I do appreciate these projects turned in early as long as they are done well. Specific instructions and project rubric will be available to students in a hard copy form.
Computer Usage (In Person)
We have a cart of laptops that can be used during class time. These will be used on occasion to access online articles, our online textbook, Galileo assignments/dialogs, and district assessments. You will be expected to use these computers appropriately and only for the assigned work/test.
Phones, Distractions, etc. (In Person and Remote)
Phones, Apple Watches, and other technology are not allowed during the school day and must be kept in backpacks at all times. In addition, fidget spinners and anything that can be distracting to the student or their fellow peers will not be permitted. If a student is allowed some type of device according to an IEP or 504 paperwork, the proper accommodations will be made on a case by case basis. During remote learning it is very important that you keep your phone away and that you are only doing schoolwork. This means that you are not watching tv, texting friends, playing video games, or on sites that are not being used during instruction.
Considerations for Online Learning
Students at all levels are now engaging in virtual class sessions on Teams. To ensure a positive and productive learning environment during these sessions, it is important that all students adhere to the following behavior expectations:
- Login credentials must not be shared. Sharing of login information violates other students’ and teachers’ rights to confidentiality and could allow class participation by unauthorized persons and/or lead to disruptive behaviors that detract from a productive and positive learning environment.
- Students who are disruptive, displaying inappropriate behaviors, and/or “trespass” virtual sessions will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Consequences may result in communication with parents/guardians, administrative consequences, and/or temporary or permanent loss of technology access, which would prevent the student from participating in virtual sessions. Students receiving this consequence would have assignments provided to the student’s parent/guardian.
To assure confidentiality for students and teachers during distance learning, all parents/guardians are asked to follow the following privacy guidelines:
- Virtual classes are designed for students. To prevent disruptions to the learning environment, parents/guardians may observe classes, however, they should not actively participate in sessions. Parents/guardians may assist their child with technology and/or remain nearby.
- Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any other way any part of a virtual class, including not posting on any social media platform.
- Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating during virtual classes should not be collected, discussed or shared.
- Parents/guardians should not engage with students during virtual classes. If you need to speak with your child during a session, first mute your child’s microphone.
Thank you for your support and cooperation in ensuring that distance learning is a positive, productive and enjoyable experience for all!
Please note that some of the live lessons may be recorded for future viewing. If you do not wish to be recorded, you have the option to turn your camera off.