• 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/school daily.  During the year, other materials such as poster board, glue, markers, etc., will be needed for projects completed at home.

    • three-inch binder
    • OMS planner
    • loose-leaf paper
    • 1 pencil pouch
    • 2 pencils
    • 2 highlighters
    • 2 black pens
    • 1 red pen
    • pair of earbuds/headphones
    • 1 pack of colored pencils (set of 12)
    • 1 set of 8 subject dividers
    • book we are reading for class
    • book for Twenty-Book Challenge

    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:

    • Homework: 10%
    • Quiz/Classwork: 45%
    • Test/Project: 45%

    Homework:  This is an advanced class.  Students will have homework and should use their planners to keep track of assignments.  Homework for my class includes reading, answering questions, writing assignments, projects, and studying for tests/quizzes.  Reading homework assignments count as Homework grades; writing homework assignments count as Quiz/Classwork grades; project homework assignments count as Test/Project grades.

    Late Work/School-Wide Heading:

    • Papers turned in without a name and the correct school-wide heading will be marked down 5 points.
    • Quiz/Classwork grade late work and Test/Project grade late work will be marked down 20 points.  I will not accept chapter questions (Homework grade) for a late grade because we go over the answers in class and it’s unfair to the students who did the questions.  You may write at least a half-page summary of the chapter for a late grade.

    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

    Textbook:  In order to differentiate the curriculum and meet the needs of gifted/advanced students, I do not use the textbook.  I use novels (in addition to short stories, poetry, and informational texts) instead, which students will be bringing home and reading at home as well as bringing it to school as we will be using it in class.  They are responsible for these books as they would be for a textbook.  It is imperative that students DO NOT READ AHEAD, and only read the chapters assigned to them as we complete activities with those chapters in class.  The following is the list of books we will be reading this year:

    6th Grade Advanced Novels:

    • The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt
    • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
    • Interstellar Pig by William Sleator

    6th Grade Gifted Novels:

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

     7th Grade Gifted 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 Advanced Projects:

    • Characterization of a Famous Person Poster/Presentation
    • Super Hero PowerPoint/Presentation
    • Book in a Box Project

    6th Grade Gifted Projects:

    • Utopia Poster/Presentation
    • Theme Park PowerPoint/Presentation
    • Book in a Box Project

    7th Grade Gifted/Advanced Projects:

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

    Twenty-Book Challenge:  We have developed a reading program to ensure that students are reading on their own.  Students in my gifted/advanced classes are asked to read the equivalent of at least five books each nine weeks (the books we read in class will count for this but students must wait until we have finished the novels to use them for the Twenty-Book Challenge) and write a response for each.  This is an extra credit grade for me and students are also rewarded by Mrs. Mitchell, our media specialist, for meeting this goal.