Welcome Eagle 6th and 7th Grade Parents and Guardians,
I am thrilled to be your child’s Language Arts teacher and being a member of your educational team. The foundation of our class climate includes a focus on independence, accountability, and effort. All good things take time. Language Arts skills are acquired through layers of skills and application, to become proficient. These layers are acquired through carefully designed lessons that promote growth. Your support is an integral part of this journey and I appreciate you. Please contact me at any time by email or phone should you have any questions, concerns, or comments. Below you will find a general description of the coursework throughout the schoolyear.
Sixth grade students will interpret a variety of text throughout the content areas utilizing vocabulary, reading strategies, and literacy skills. They will be able to formulate a multi-paragraph composition integrating the writing process for a specific audience and purpose and locate, organize, and use information from various sources to communicate ideas. Accelerated students will interpret a variety of text throughout the content areas utilizing vocabulary, reading strategies, and literacy skills, formulate a multi-paragraph composition integrating the writing process for a specific audience and purpose and locate, organize, and use information from various sources to communicate ideas.
Seventh grade students will use multiple word analysis skills, knowledge of literary devices and text structures as well as analytical reading strategies to interpret meaning of grade level text across a wide variety of genres and content areas. Students will write routinely over extended time frames (a single sitting or day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes and audiences. Students will also use the writing process to develop a writing piece using a style appropriate to the audience. They will use listening and speaking skills effectively to a given setting and audience. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grade appropriate text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
This course provides a balance of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills. Throughout the year, students will gain essential comprehension skills and strategies while learning to read closely and cite evidence as support from grade-level fiction and nonfiction text. Students will apply skills they learned in earlier grades to make sense of more challenging stories, books and articles, as well as learn about how authors try to influence readers and then find reasons to support their ideas. Along with this, students will develop a rich vocabulary of complex and sophisticated words and use them to speak and write more precisely and coherently.
All students will progress through the writing process as they plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their own specific types of writing. These writing types include persuasive, informative/explanatory and narrative. Students will also be required to draw upon and write about evidence from literary and informational texts. Due to the focus of writing in most forms of inquiry, short research projects will be infused throughout the year. Through this research, students will answer a question, draw on several sources, and sharpen the focus, based on the research findings.
Throughout the year, students will develop a range of broadly useful oral communication and interpersonal skills. They must learn to work together, express and listen carefully to ideas, integrate information from oral, visual, and media sources, evaluate what they hear, use media and visual displays strategically to help achieve communicative purpose, and adapt speech to context and task.