7thGrade Language Arts ~ Mrs. Turpin


    Dear Parents & Guardians,


    I am excited about the upcoming school year!  Getting to know my students and helping them reach their highest potential in Language Arts is something I truly enjoy.  In order to partner together for the success of your child, please read the following information.



    The 7thgrade MS College & Career Read Language Arts Standards consists of reading, writing, speaking, listening, language, and vocabulary.


    • We will use a variety of online and print reading resources throughout the year. Every student will read The Giver by Lois Lowry & Touching Spirit Bearby Ben Mikaelsen.  These novels will be for your child to keep and are purchased with the $40 student fee that you pay at the beginning of the school year.    


    • Students will write argument essays, literary analysis essays, and narrative stories. They will also complete shorter writing assignments such as quick-writes and response to quotes.  Grammar is taught through writing and Jag Marks. 


    • Students will learn vocabulary words through the texts that we read. We will also study Greek and Latin roots. 


    • Speaking and Listening is around 16% of the 7thgrade MS CCR curriculum. Students will be assessed on their speaking and listening skills through Socratic Seminars and literature circles.



    • GRADES: Minor Grades-quizzes, homework, daily assignments - 34% of grade

            Major Grades- tests and major writing assignments – 66% of grade


    • SUPPLIES: Binder w/ 3 dividers, 100-page composition notebook, 1 folder with brads and pockets, pencils, highlighters, assignment pad, colored pens, colored pencils



    Homework will be given each week. Please check my “homework blog” on the school website for updates on homework and other assignments. 


    • READING/BOOK CHECK OUT: Students will be required to read books/materials of their choice outside of class. I have a large classroom library and the school has a library that offers many choices.  I also ask that students ALWAYS have a book on hand for any silent reading time.   





    When a student is absent, it is HIS OR HERresponsibility to get the handouts, quizzes, assigned work, etc. from the ABSENT DRAWER & make it up in a timelymanner.  Tests and quizzes can be made up before school (7:30-8:20) or they may come in during my planning blocks (3rdor 8thblocks). Make-up work will NOT be completed during class time.




    • LATE WORK:Late work is accepted but 10 points will be taken off PER SCHOOL DAY it is late.


    • REMIND:

    Sign up for my class Remind by texting @turpinela to 81010


    • CELL PHONE POLICY: I have a cell phone “parking lot” where students will place phones during class. They are responsible for placing them there at the beginning of class and picking them up at the end of class.  Students will be allowed to use phones for various classroom activities such as Kahoot.  Students who are using phones without permission will have their phone sent to the office. 


    • Please know that I am available should you need me. The best way to get in touch with me is via e-mail at lturpin@madison-schools.com



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