About the Class

Expectations for Students:

Students are expected to follow these guidelines at all times:

  • Respect yourself, your peers, and the environment
  • Come to class prepared.
  • Participate in all class activities.
  • Follow all school rules outlined in the Student Handbook.
  • Apply their best effort at all times.

Benefits for Meeting Expectations:


  • You will be prepared to learn.


  • You will be treated with respect in a pleasant learning environment.


  • You will not miss valuable instructional time.


  • Your behavior will reflect a level of maturity, which will prepare you for the work force.

Consequences for Not Meeting Expectations:



1st offense

Warning and/or redirection

2nd offense

Lunch detention, parent contact

3rd offense

Discipline referral to office, parent contact

4th offense

Removal from class, discipline referral to office, parent conference

*Keep in mind that there are always exceptions; frequent, repetitive misbehavior will be dealt with more strictly.


Needed Materials:

  • Spiral-Bound 5-Subject Notebook
  • Pencil Pouch
  • Pencil
  • Planner / Agenda
  • SSR Book
  • Post-it Notes
  • Highlighters
  • Eraser
  • Glue Stick
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors

Classroom Procedures:

  • Enter the room quietly, sit in your assigned seat, and begin the bell ringer.
  • Avoid leaving your seat during instruction.
  • Do not leave the room without permission and a signed agenda.
  • Raise your hand and wait quietly for the teacher to respond if you need assistance.
  • Be sure your work area is clean and wait in your seat to be dismissed at the end of class.

Units & Essential Questions:


Universal Skills

  1. Why are effective writing and reading skills as important for effective communication as speaking and listening skills?
  2. How does being an effective communicator help you in your every day life?

Voices from the Past

  1. How does looking at the past provide perspective?
  2. How does the past influence the future?

Voices Around Us

  1. How does society influence identity?
  2. How do individuals influence society?

Voices from Within

  1. How do personal experiences shape identity?
  2. How do personal experiences influence individual responses to conflict?

Voices of Survival

  1. How do calamities impact life?
  2. How does the world respond to calamities?





During most of this course, we will maintain the following weekly schedule:

Day of The Week




Working with Words

Students will improve spelling and vocabulary skills through regular word study.


Reader’s Workshop

Students will strengthen his/her reading ability through strategic reading.


D.E.A.R Day

(Drop Everything And Read)

Students will develop lifelong reading skills through independent and shared reading opportunities.


Writer’s Workshop

Students will strengthen his/her writing ability by incorporating writing process strategies.


Writer’s/Reader’s Circle

Students will develop listening and speaking skills.


Frequently Asked Questions:


Q:   Will there be homework?


A:   Yes, I don’t like to assign homework, but sometimes it is necessary. When assigned, I expect it to be completed and submitted on time.


Q:   Can I turn my homework in late?


A:   Yes, I will accept late homework; however, late assignments will loose 10 percentage points for each day they are late.



Q:   What if I am absent from class?


A:   You will find announcements and homework assignments you may have missed on my teacher page. When you return to class, be sure to check the folder on the bulletin board for any handouts you missed. See me if you have questions about an assignment or need to make up a test/quiz.


Q:   How much time will I have to make up the work I missed?

A:   You will be given the same number of days that you were out to make up any homework or in class assignments. We will schedule a time within a week of your return to make up any tests or quizzes you may have missed.


Q:   Will I be able to choose what books I read?

A:   Yes. Although I will be reading a few books aloud during class, and I will require you to read several specific short stories, you will be given a choice regarding what books you will read for class.