English-Lang. Arts

"Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire"
--William Butler Yeats

ENGLISH​ ​LANGUAGE​ ​ARTS Team​ ​Intrepid​ ​–​ ​Grade​ ​7 Mrs.​ ​Shea

Dear​ ​Parents/​ ​Guardians​ ​and​ ​Students,
Welcome​ ​to​ ​Team​ ​Intrepid​ ​and​ ​the​ ​seventh​ ​grade!​ ​During​ ​this​ ​class,​ ​instruction​ ​in​ ​reading​ ​and writing​ ​will​ ​be​ ​delivered​ ​via​ ​the​ ​workshop​ ​model.​ ​Students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​explicitly​ ​taught​ ​skills​ ​and strategies​ ​during​ ​mini​ ​lessons​ ​and​ ​then​ ​given​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​practice​ ​these​ ​independently. Through​ ​strategy​ ​groups​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​one-on-one​ ​reading​ ​and​ ​writing​ ​conferences,​ ​students’ individual​ ​needs​ ​will​ ​be​ ​met.​ ​Throughout​ ​the​ ​year​ ​students​ ​will​ ​develop​ ​a​ ​repertoire​ ​of strategies​ ​as​ ​they​ ​become​ ​more​ ​proficient​ ​independent​ ​readers​ ​and​ ​writers. 

Reading​ ​Workshop​ ​Expectations:​ ​​Students​ ​will​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​nightly​ ​independent​ ​reading,​ ​track their​ ​reading​ ​in​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​a​ ​reading​ ​log,​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​a​ ​reader’s​ ​notebook.​ ​A reader’s​ ​notebook​ ​is​ ​a​ ​place​ ​for​ ​students​ ​to​ ​use​ ​writing​ ​to​ ​deepen​ ​their thinking​ ​and​ ​make​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​the​ ​books​ ​they​ ​are​ ​reading.​ ​They​ ​will​ ​set​ ​goals for​ ​themselves​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​track​ ​of​ ​their​ ​progress​ ​towards​ ​meeting​ ​these goals.​ ​Students​ ​are​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​be​ ​prepared​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​books​ ​with​ ​the classroom​ ​teacher,​ ​reading​ ​partners​ ​and​ ​book​ ​clubs. 

Writing​ ​Workshop​ ​Expectations:​​ ​During​ ​writing workshop,​ ​students​ ​are​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​a​ ​writer’s​ ​notebook specifically​ ​for​ ​the​ ​rehearsal​ ​stage​ ​of​ ​the​ ​writing​ ​process.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​stage, depending​ ​on​ ​the​ ​unit​ ​of​ ​study,​ ​they​ ​may​ ​be​ ​conducting​ ​research​ ​or planning​ ​how​ ​their​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​writing​ ​will​ ​go.​ ​The​ ​notebook​ ​will​ ​also house​ ​students’​ ​writing​ ​goals.​ ​The​ ​drafting,​ ​revising​ ​and​ ​editing​ ​stages of​ ​the​ ​writing​ ​process​ ​will​ ​most​ ​often​ ​be​ ​conducted​ ​digitally.

Materials:  ✓ One​ ​(plastic)​ ​five​ ​pocket​ ​accordion​ ​binder
                        ✓ One​ ​marble​ ​composition​ ​book
                        ✓ One​ ​package​ ​of​ ​​ ​pencils
                        ✓ Post​ ​it​ ​notes​ ​of​ ​various​ ​colors  

Nightly​ ​Expectations:
● Students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​read​ ​nightly​ ​and​ ​record​ ​independent​ ​reading​ ​on​ ​a​ ​reading log.​ ​Nightly​ ​expectations​ ​may​ ​also​ ​take​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​a​ ​written​ ​assignment,​ ​and/or application​ ​of​ ​learned​ ​reading​ ​skills​ ​or​ ​strategies.

Grading​ ​Policy
60%​ ​Major​ ​Assessments​ ​(formal​ ​writing​ ​assignments,​ ​essays,​ ​projects,​ ​etc.)
40%​ ​Minor​ ​Assessments​ ​(reading​ ​evidence/responses,​ ​preparation​ ​for​ ​partner/​ ​book​ club discussions,​ ​nightly​ ​reading​ ​log,​ ​informal​ ​writing,​ ​conferences​ ​with​ ​teacher,​ ​etc.)

The​ ​Door​ ​Is​ ​Always​ ​Open​ ​to​ ​Students​ ​and​ ​Parents! 
One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​benefits​ ​to​ ​looping​ ​is​ ​that​ ​it​ ​affords​ ​the​ ​unique​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​student,​ ​parent​ ​and teacher​ ​collaboration.​ ​​ ​By​ ​building​ ​strong​ ​bonds,​ ​communication​ ​and​ ​trust​ ​are​ ​strengthened and​ ​all​ ​parties​ ​benefit!​ ​​ ​I​ ​invite​ ​both​ ​students​ ​and​ ​parents​ ​to​ ​contact​ ​me​ ​with​ ​questions, concerns​ ​or​ ​comments​ ​as​ ​we​ ​begin​ ​this​ ​very​ ​important​ ​two​ ​year​ ​relationship. 

I​ ​am​ ​looking​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​working​ ​with​ ​each​ ​of​ ​you​ ​this​ ​school​ ​year!
Sincerely, Mary​ ​Shea  mshea@sksd-ri.net (401)​ ​360-1333