Ms. McCusker- 7th Grade ELA
Welcome to Seventh Grade English Language Arts. I am excited to begin the 2018-2019 school year with you! Seventh Grade is a formative year throughout which students will build their reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills. In our quest to develop as lifelong readers and lifelong writers, we will read class novels, short stories, and news articles, while also writing essays, short responses, short stories, and reflections.
The 2018-2019 School Year is comprised of five units meant to build upon each student’s pre-existing skills. Blending traditional English Language Arts practices with technology and interactive lessons, students will progress as independent thinkers and writers through individualized learning. Each ELA unit will offer multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency through writing pieces, enrichment projects, reading logs, interactive presentations, group collaborations, Socratic seminars, and online creations. Throughout the year, students will write both expository and argumentative essays.
An introduction to the Next Generation Common Core Standards.
The Common Core Standards were developed as a guide to ensure that all students are learning the same core skills regardless of location. An example of this is that students in Seventh Grade will learn how to write an argumentative essay whether their classroom is in New York or New Mexico. In 2017, New York published the “Next Generation Common Core Standards” document that revises and clarifies these core standards with the recognition that future jobs are changing.
According to NYSED: “The rate at which knowledge is generated and shared today, often via technology, is unprecedented in human history. To keep pace, today’s children must become tomorrow’s lifelong learners, able to marshal reading, writing and thinking skills. Today’s children must also become adults who are able to communicate and navigate an increasingly interconnected society—one in which literacy skills are routinely called upon. In other words, all students in NYS classrooms must develop advanced literacies. Advanced literacies denote a set of skills and competencies that enable communication, spoken and written, in increasingly diverse ways and with increasingly diverse audiences. This requires writing with precision, reading with understanding and speaking in ways that communicate thinking clearly. Advanced literacies also promote the understanding and use of text for a variety of purposes.”
To read more about the Next Generation Common Core Standards, visit the NYSED website.
25% Classwork & Participation
25% Summative Tasks, Tests, Quizzes, and Projects
25% Writing and Reading Assignments
Independent reading is an integral part of each student’s growth in ELA. The amount of free reading done outside of school has consistently been correlated with growth in vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal fluency, and writing ability. Students may choose their independent reading books from our classroom library, the public library, or a bookstore. The majority of homework assignments will be to read.
Technology in the Classroom
Through the use of iPads, laptops, blended learning, Google Classroom, and interactive lessons, technology is infused in all aspects of ELA.
Google Classroom is used for online homework and classwork assignments. Using your BELL Academy Email Address, enter the code for your class:
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702 - 3r7jp8
703 – 2yq0vbh
704 - khd391
Class Dojo is an informative and interactive window into each student’s day as they travel through their different subjects. Pictures of student work, school outings, sporting events, celebrations, along with teacher comments on participation, behavior, and classwork allow parents to experience their child’s day.
Used as our online grading system and primary point of contact between teachers, students, and parents, JupiterEd is a great way to monitor academic progress. Using this system, I would love to answer any questions you may have throughout the year.
I look forward to a school year filled with learning and growth. Please do not hesitate to contact me should any questions arise during the school year.
BELL Academy 7th Grade English Language Arts
25% Classwork and Participation
25% Homework Assignments
25% Assessments - Tests, Quizzes, Projects
25% Writing & Reading Assignments
Please take a moment to read Ms. McCusker's 2018 - 2019 Welcome Letter to all parents.