• Sixth and Seventh Grade English 

    Mrs. Pannu (email)

     
    Our task this year is to meet the Common Core State Standards. We will break these standards down into learning targets that we will tackle in multiple units throughout the year. In these units, we will examine, create, and respond to different genres of text (personal narrative, short story, poetry, expository, persuasive, and literary essay). 
     
    Required Daily Materials:
     
    • Binder reminder for recording homework/home-school communication
    • A binder or a section in a binder designated for this class
    • Writer’s notebook (a comp book with black/white cover—college ruled is best)
    • Pencils, erasers, ink pens, and at least one highlighter
     
    Class Rules and Expectations: Remember your PAWS!
     
    • Positive Attitude
    • Always Responsible and Respectful
    • Work to Succeed
    • Safety First
     
    Methods of Evaluation:
     
    Formative Assessment: Students will be required to participate in individual classwork, partner work, peer/teacher conferences, group discussions, and/or practice quizzes on a daily basis. These activities are formative because they literally form our learning—its where we build our knowledge and understanding of whatever learning targets and standards we are working on. Occasionally we will have homework in addition to your independent reading requirement of 25 minutes per night (about two hours per week). Homework is designed to reinforce or extend activities and concepts we learn in class together. Students are expected to write any homework in their binder reminder. You can also sign up for Remind to get homework reminders (see link on the left).
     
    Formative activities and assignments are an important part of a student’s learning and practice. Completing work—whether its classwork or homework—in a timely matter will be part of a student’s effort grade.  
     
    Summative Assessment: Students’ academic grades will be based on summative, or final, assessments. This will include tests, essays and projects. Unit plans with learning targets will be given to students at the beginning of each unit. Rubrics will also be used for projects and assignments so that students know what is expected and how it will be measured.  Should a student earn a dissatisfactory score, he/she will have the ability to retest on any assessment to show his/her new level of understanding. Prior to retesting, however, students will be asked to demonstrate the effort that they have invested in learning and practicing the learning targets.
     
    Academic Grade: Standards Based Grading (SBG) will be used to communicate and improve student achievement by focusing instruction on the alignment of curriculum and assessment with the essential standards. SBG measures the mastery of the learning targets. It is based on the specific set of standards that students need to meet for the grade level. In this way, grading and reporting will provide better communication on what each student knows and is able to do as they make progress towards proficiency in the standards.
    • 4 (A): The student demonstrates mastery of the grade level standard through in-­‐depth understanding of the material, application of the concepts learned, and making connections across content areas.
    • 3 (B): The student demonstrates proficiency in the grade level standard, performing consistently and accurately in the concepts learned.
    • 2 (C): The student is approaching the grade level standard, demonstrating a basic understanding of the foundational material and concepts learned in class.
    • 1 (D /F): The student is performing below the grade level standard, only demonstrating an understanding of the foundational material with help from the teacher and struggles when working independently.
    Effort Grade: Your effort will be evaluated on a separate scale every marking period. Your effort grade is based on preparedness, participation, teamwork, classwork, homework, etc. Both students and teacher will grade effort using the Effort Rubric.
     
    Make Up Work: 
It is so important for students to be on time and at school every day. However if absences do occur, students are responsible for the material covered in class and to make arrangements to make up any missed activities, assignments, or assessments.  
     
    Communication and Extra Help
     
    Please always feel free to talk to me me if you are not clear about my expectations or need extra help. Email also works well. I will be available for after-school tutoring on Wednesdays or by appointment at lunch on any other day. I’m here to help you, but I can’t read your mind, so speak up! ☺ 
Last Modified on March 10, 2016