• Welcome to Mrs. Pfriender's gifted/advanced language arts class! Students will be engaged this year in a variety of activities concentrating on language arts in 6th grade and 7th grade...with a gifted/advanced twist. In other words, I work to create a curriculum that will develop and challenge intellectual, emotional, social, and creative abilities while keeping in alignment with the statewide standards.  I am so excited about this upcoming year!

     

    Materials:  Students need to bring these materials to class.  During the year, other materials such as poster board, glue, markers, etc., will be needed for projects completed at home.

    • OMS planner
    • duo-tang folder for my class
    • loose-leaf paper
    • pencil(s)
    • highlighter(s)
    • black or blue pen(s)
    • red pen(s)/correcting pen(s)
    • pair of earbuds/headphones
    • colored pencils (set of 12)
    • book for DEAR time

     

    Classroom Rules:

    • Come to class prepared with all materials and work.
    • Remain in your assigned seat unless you have permission to get up.
    • Talk only when permitted.
    • Show respect for everyone in the class.
    • Listen and follow directions.

     

    Consequences:  If a student breaks a rule, he/she will receive a verbal warning.  If the behavior continues, I will contact parent/guardian.  Almost always, this takes care of the issue, and I am so thankful to parents/guardians for this!  However, if the behavior continues, then the student will be sent to Time-Out and then referred to guidance and/or discipline.

     

    Grade Scale:

    • A = 90 to 100
    • B = 80 to 89
    • C = 70 to 79
    • D = 60 to 69
    • F = 59 and below

     

    Categories/Weights:

    • Class/Daily Assignments, Quizzes: 50%*
    • Tests, Projects, and Presentations: 50%*

    *Please note: students will need to work on some assignments at home.

     

    Homework:  This is an advanced class.  As stated above, students will have homework and should use their planners to keep track of assignments.  Homework for my class includes reading, answering questions, grammar assignments, writing assignments, projects, preparing for presentations, and studying for tests/quizzes. 

     

    School-Wide Heading/Late Work:

    • Papers turned in without a name/correct school-wide heading will be marked down 5 points.
    • Assignments that are turned in late will be marked down 20 points.

     

    Planners:  Students need to use the planner to keep track of assignments, quizzes, and tests. They should be filling out a planner entry daily for my class that explains what work they should be doing at home and when it is due.  They should set aside time every night to complete homework for all their classes.  Please understand, this is an advanced class so students will have homework

     

    Novel Studies:  In order to differentiate the curriculum and meet the needs of gifted/advanced students, I use novels (in addition to short stories, poetry, and informational texts).  The following is the list of books we will be reading this year:

    6th Grade Novels:

    • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • Boy…Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
    • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

     7th Grade Novels:

    • Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings
    • The Outsiders by SE Hinton
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

     

    Major Projects:  In order to differentiate the curriculum and meet the needs of gifted/advanced students, students will be required to complete three major projects this year. They will receive an assignment sheet, rubrics, and specific due dates.  They will have some time in class to work on these, but they will work on them mainly at home.  For each of these projects, students will make a formal presentation.   The following are the three major projects/presentations students will be completing this year:

    6th Grade Projects:

    • Utopia Slide Show/Presentation
    • Anecdotal Autobiography/Presentation
    • Theme Park Poster & Brochure/Presentation

    7th Grade Projects:

    • Disaster PowerPoint/Presentation
    • College/University Brochure/Presentation
    • Legend Research Display Project/Presentation