Course Syllabus - 7th Grade English

Course Description:

In this class, we will continue to build our English language arts skills. We will work on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These abilities will be developed within the context of different literature units.

Reading List:

  • Various short stories, including:
    • “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto
    • “Rogue Wave" by Theodore Taylor
    • “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury
    • "The Dog of Pompeii" by Louis Untermeyer
    • “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes
  • The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  • Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer, adapted by Barbara Cohen
  • Bronx Masquerade – Nikki Grimes
  • Independent reading projects

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In addition to the short stories and full-length books listed above, you will be reading a number of books on your own at home and in class. You will be responsible for keeping track of this reading as well as for completing various forms of reading responses.



paper We will look at the six traits of effective writing and practice the editing and revision process. By the end of the year, you will have created a portfolio based on many different writing genres. Your portfolio will include formal responses to literature, short summaries, a narrative, and poetry. At the end of the year, you will have a chance to reflect back on your growth as a writer during 7th grade.

Please Note: Students will keep the following written items in class:

  • Writing portfolios, containing revised work, drafts and prewriting activities
  • Grammar and vocabulary folders, containing daily exercises done in class

Parents are welcome to see students' portfolios or folders, making sure to have students return them promptly for ongoing use in the classroom.


Recommended Materials:

Please bring the following supplies to class every day. If you need help getting any of these, let me know privately, and I'll make sure you're all set.

  • Blue or black pen, red pen, and #2 pencil
  • Three ring binder and extra paper
  • Silent reading book
  • Binder Reminder


Homework reinforces the ideas, facts, and skills that we learn during class time. It also helps to prepare you for future lessons. Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis and will consist of:

  • Specific shorter lessons and handouts assigned by me
  • Reading
  • Writing practice
  • Review for a test or quiz
  • Ongoing projects, writing assignments, or reports. Longer assignments will be chunked into smaller parts and will include frequent checkpoints to monitor progress. Time will be provided in class to assist students.


late homeworkLate Work:

Late homework can be turned in the following class period for half credit. Homework that is turned in after this time will receive no credit. Late projects (essays, presentations, etc.) will be dropped one letter grade for each day that they are late. All work must be turned in on time to earn full credit unless:

  • You have an excused absence.
  • You talk with me at least 24 hours before the due date and are granted an extension.
  • You have a note from a parent/guardian with an acceptable reason why the work is late (traumatic event, family emergency, etc.) Sports, performances, etc. are prior known choices, not acceptable reasons for late schoolwork.


If you are absent, it is your responsibility to go to the Extra Handouts Bin and retrieve the work you have missed. If you have questions about this work, you need to come and see me at Brunch, Lunch, or After School for help. You have the same number of days that you were absent to turn in any assignment or project that you missed or to make up any quiz or test. If you have been absent for an extended period of time due to a lengthy illness, modifications for assignments and tests can be arranged.


Your grade will be point-based and will consist of homework, class work, quizzes, tests, and writing and speaking projects.

Grading Scale:

Within each 10% range will be + and – indicators. Please note that grades will not automatically be rounded up. Rounding up is reserved for those cases where students have demonstrated extraordinary effort.


Infinite Campus, Website, and LibGuide:

Please note that you can use Infinite Campus, the class website, and the Terman English LIbGuide to answer common questions:

  • What’s the homework tonight?
  • What's my grade?
  • Where can I get another handout?
  • I missed the powerpoint today. Where can I see it?

Grades, website, and LibGuide will be updated regularly.

Extra Help:

I want you to be successful in this class! If you need extra help, please ask for it. You are always welcome to make an appointment to see me during lunch or after school. Just come up and ask me privately, and I will be happy to meet with you. I am here to help you!

Rules and Consequences:

Rules: So that you and your classmates can learn, I have a set of rules to ensure that we will have a safe and comfortable learning environment this year.

  1. Be in your seat working when class starts.
  2. Listen to your classmates and to your teacher respectfully.
  3. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.
  4. Be responsible. Take responsibility for yourself, for your peers, and for our classroom.
  5. Follow Team rules and Terman rules.

Students who behave inappropriately or come unprepared for class will get 2 warnings and, if the behavior continues, will meet with teacher to discuss appropriate consequences.