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Sandy Springs Charter Middle School

7th Grade Accelerated Language Arts Syllabus 2017-2018

Instructor: Rachel Rolader Room #: E-136

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School Phone Number: (770)-552-4970

Course Description: Seventh Grade Advanced Language Arts is an integrated approach to language built around a
collection of classic and contemporary literature which includes a mix of genres with a variety of cultural perspectives. The
course integrates composition, grammar concepts, reading, vocabulary, research, and oral language skills. Students who
have been achieving above grade level in language arts will continue to be challenged at an appropriate level.
Accommodations and modifications will be made according to students needs. The TAG curriculum is designed
specifically to meet the needs of the gifted learner. Activities may differ in scope, depth, and pace. There are also
increased opportunities for higher level thinking skills which include analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and synthesis.
The Talented and Gifted curriculum is designed specifically to meet the needs of the gifted learner. Activities may
differ in scope, depth, and pace. There are also increased opportunities for higher level thinking skills which include analysis,
interpretation, evaluation, and synthesis.

Course Outline: Students will study the elements of the short story, novel, drama, poetry, essay, autobiography, and
other fiction and nonfiction genres. Literary analysis will focus on predicting, inference, foreshadowing, characterization,
motivation, point of view, theme, setting, and plot. The study of poetry will include figurative language, personification,
metaphor, simile, rhyme and rhythm, rhyme scheme, theme, mood, and sound devices.
Using the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing), the students will write and study the
narratives that develop plot, include well-defined characters and settings, and use literary devices (e.g., dialogue,
imagery, vivid verbs).
responses to literature that focus on interpretation and use specific references to the original text, other texts, and
prior knowledge.
informational essays or reports that create an organizing structure appropriate to the purpose; are supported by
facts, details, and examples; and document sources using parenthetical documentation.
argumentative compositions that establish and develop a controlling idea and support arguments with evidence.
poetry (figurative language), drama (expressiveness), and stories (setting, character, plot) employing basic
characteristics appropriate to each genre.
Students will study the forms, structures, and conventions of Standard American English and use them appropriately in
writing. Areas of study include spelling, punctuation, parts of speech, subject complements, phrases, clauses, and
classification of sentences by structure.

Grading: Major Assessments/Essays/Tests: 40% Fulton County Grading Scale:

Minor Assessments/Quizzes/Projects: 30% 90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 69 and below F
Class work: 25%
Homework: 5%

Academic Performance Requirement: Tag/Advanced students must maintain an average of 80% in a Tag
or Advanced class in order to avoid being placed on probation. If a Tag/Advanced student's grade falls below
80% in a Tag or Advanced class, the student will automatically be placed on probation. Probation will last at
least one quarter grading period. Failure to maintain an 80% by the end of the probationary period may result
in removal from the Tag/Advanced class.

Help Session: Tuesdays at 7:45AM. Students must obtain a pass from Mrs. Rolader to attend. Students must
also notify Mrs. Rolader if they are planning to attend the help session by 2PM Monday.

Daily Materials: Interactive notebook, loose leaf paper, 1 divider within binder designated for ELA, a
blue/black ink pen, a red/colorful pen, pencil, scissors, and glue.
Textbook Information:
Prentice Hall Literature Book ($85.95 replacement) Prentice Hall Writing Coach ($20.97 replacement)

Writing: The bulk of the Language Arts curriculum is writing. Students will be composing a number of
informational, argumentative, and literary essays throughout each unit. It is very important that
students are prepared for the intense writing program this course requires.

Reading Expectations: Reading will be expected inside and outside of the class. Students will be asked
to complete reading logs, complete AR quizzes, and/or create book reports to demonstrate reading
completion in addition to assigned reading for the class.

Recovery Policy:
1.) Opportunities designed to allow students to recover from a low or failing cumulative grade
will be allowed when all work required to date has been completed and the student has
demonstrated legitimate effort to meet all course requirements including attendance.
2.) Students will be able to recover grades on major assessments and earn up to half of their
missed points.

Academic Dishonesty or cheating is never tolerated. Any student caught cheating will be referred to
the administration and the assignment in question will earn a zero grade (not be eligible for recovery).

Make-Up Policy: It is the sole responsibility of the student to obtain, complete, and hand in make-up
work. Students must turn in any missed assignments within the number of days absent from school. In
the event a student is absent on the day of a test, the student is expected to take the test upon their
return to class. However, the teacher will allow a student to make up a test before school during a
help session. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule the make-up test and arrange
transportation to school in the morning or home in the afternoon.

Late Work: Late work is accepted, but 11 points will be deducted daily from the earned grade.

Note: You may only complete ELA Assignments in this class. Any other work will be collected and NOT RETURNED.

Teacher/Student/Parent Conferences:
Although email seems to the most efficient way to deal with minor questions or concerns, a student or
parent can request a conference at any time. Please allow at least 48-hour notice when scheduling
conferences. Conferences can be scheduled between the hours of 2:00-3:00 p.m. simply by emailing
Mrs. Rolader at

Homework Expectations:
Homework is given on a regular basis. Because homework is a tool teachers use to reinforce standards
taught, completing homework assignments on time is imperative to being successful in the classroom.

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contact information portion of the syllabus and to verify that both the
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