• 7th Grade Language Arts Syllabus 2019-2020

    Mrs. Mayfield – Bldg. 4 Rm. 204

    Course Description:  Four basic components make up the Language Arts class.  They are Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.  When a student reads, he/she will be expected to make connections with the written word whether it is using context clues to make an inference (educated guess), analyzing the text to answer questions, or simply identifying the propaganda techniques used in an advertisement.  Writing ties into reading because people write what is eventually read.  Therefore, students will focus on the writing process, and the four general types of writing: descriptive, informative, narrative, and argumentative.  Listening and speaking skills will be reinforced daily through following instructions, peer editing, collaborative discussions, and formal presentations.  


    Assessments (in addition to selection/unit tests and other teacher made assessments) 


    HMH Collections (textbook), Close Reader and Performance Assessment (workbooks) 

    Quarter 1:

    8/12 – 10/16

    -Baseline writing

    -Close Reading Lesson #1 -  Informative Essay

    -Informative book report (project)

    -Quarterly Standards Mastery Assessment (QSMA)

    -!Ready AP1


    Central Idea

    Main Idea and supporting details


    Point of View

    Bias, Propaganda, Symbolism


    Citing Textual Evidence

    Dangling Modifiers

    Collection 6 – “Guided by a Cause”

    Quarter 2:

    10/21 – 12/19

    -Close Reading Lesson #2 – argumentative essay

    -Quarterly Standards Mastery Assessment (QSMA)

    -Debate (project)

    Writing an Argument: task, audience, purpose, Claim, Opposing claim, Counterclaim and Rebuttal

    Provide Evidence




    Collection 4 – “Risk and Exploration”

    Quarter 3:

    1/6 – 3/13

    -Close Reading Lesson #3

    -Literary Analysis using Performance Assessment workbook Unit 3

    -Quarterly Standards Mastery Assessment (QSMA)

    -!Ready AP2

    -Poetry Booklet (project)

    Figurative language (poetry)





    Text Structures

    Citing textual evidence

    Write Literary Analysis (poetry)

    Clauses/types of sentences

    Collection 2 – “Perception and Reality”

    Quarter 4:

    3/23 - 5/27

    -Close Reading Lesson #4 (tentative)

    -Narrative Writing

    -Personal Essay or Short Story (project)

    Analyze elements of plot, determine theme, analyze characters, compare/contrast point of view, draw inferences, use narrative techniques, time sequences, transition use, and conclusion of a narrated experience or event.

    Collection 1: “Bold Actions”


    Report Card/Interim Grades:

    90%-100% = A

    80%-89% = B

    70%-79% = C

    60%-69% = D

    59% and below = F

    Assignment Values/Weights:

    10% - Homework

    50% - Daily class assignments and quizzes

    40% - Tests, Projects and Presentations