7th Grade Language Arts 2017-2018

Mary Workman, Room 7 (503) 825-5417


Course Topics—Writing

Course Topics—Literature/Vocabulary

Expository (Companion Book)

Argumentative (includes research component)

Narrative (includes realistic fiction)



Writer’s workshop model (Lucy Calkins)

Continuous writing and reading….

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Junior Great Books and short stories

Battle of the Book books

Medieval novels

So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko      

                                     Kawashima Watkins

Student choice novels

Various informational texts

Greek/Latin roots

Grammar Instruction based on need

Examples of Class Activities:

  • Novel studies

  • Collaborative discussions

  • Mini lessons

  • Vocabulary practice

  • Reading strategies and poetry

  • Writing workshops using several different modes of writing:  narrative, expository, and argumentative.

  • Focus on the six plus 1 traits of writing and the writing process.

Materials Required Daily

  • Notebook paper, pens, and pencils

  • Composition Book

  • Writer’s folder

  • Daily SSR book (Novel of student’s choice at student’s individual reading level). Each time you finish an SSR book, you are expected to choose and have another one. Plan for this.

  • Planner (Raider Trimester Tracker)/phone/calendar

OPTIONAL (nice to have): highlighters, post-it/sticky notes

Grading Policy:  Grades are used to show proficiency on the nationally recognized common core state standards and progress toward a earning an Oregon high school diploma.  

Grades will be computed using two categories:

  • Skill demonstrated (Summative assessments) = 80% of final grade                                                                     
  •                 Summative assessments are given after learning and practicing a skill.  
  •                  Students are allowed to retake summative assessments after completing practice toward improvement

  • Practice/Daily Work (Formative work and assessments) = 20% of final grade

              Formative assessments are given continually through assignments, quizzes, and activities while learning, practicing,
                             and perfecting the skills being taught.

  • No extra credit available
  • No retakes for formative (practice) assessments

  • Informative Only

    • Pre-test scores for units of study

    • A  communication tool to keep students/parents informed (ex. class forms)

Proficiency Requirements: Each student’s skill proficiency will be measured using the standards set in the nationally recognized Common Core State Standards, with a focus on the Sherwood School District Language Arts Priority Standards. We teach all the Common Core Standards, but “priority” standards are skills we will focus on in more depth.

Interventions: Students are offered interventions when additional strategies are needed to help them achieve proficiency as determined by classroom assessments.

Extensions: Students demonstrating advanced proficiency are offered extensions to address individual rate and level of learning.

Sherwood School District – Sample Secondary Proficiency scores

Category Label

Synergy Reporting

Generalized Definition



Meets all of the requirements of the grade level standard and can demonstrate understanding at a higher level of rigor based on Blooms Taxonomy.



Meets all of the requirements and demonstrates all of the knowledge and skills of the grade level standard at the appropriate level of rigor.



Meets the most basic elements of a given standard, but not all knowledge and skills embedded in the standard are demonstrated.   Demonstrates the essential knowledge and skills required.  Cannot demonstrate level of rigor called for by verb in the standard



Meets a few elements of a given grade level standard, but many required elements are missing and limited understanding demonstrated

Insufficient Evidence

0-59% depending on level of understanding

Student completed the assessment, but little, if any evidence of learning relative to the standard is shown