Basic English Language Arts I

Mrs. Simpson - Room 702 (816)736-5340 ext. 2971

*In this course, we will study various types of literature, oral communication, written communication, vocabulary and grammar. 

Reading: We will focus on novels, stories and plays such as Romeo and Juliet, The Lightening Thief,  and 12 Angry Men. We will also be reading non-fiction news articles independently through NewsELA and Read Theory.  The purpose is to be able to read many types of texts while applying reading strategies, in order to have a better understanding (and LOVE) of reading.   Whether you enjoy reading or not, it is absolutely necessary in all aspects of life! You CAN find something you enjoy reading! We will discuss this throughout the class :)  

  Book Commercials: An expectation of this course is to share “book commercials” with the rest of the class. Once you have completed a book of at least 100 pages, you are ready to share your book commercial, which is a quick snap shot of your book. You will be graded on the quality of your book commercials.

*Grammar* - An important part of this class will be strengthening your ability to use commas, punctuation and even sentence structure! We will complete some activities independently through

  Writing: We will work on various types of writing activities. Why? Writing goes hand-in-hand with reading. The better you are at reading, the stronger you will be at writing. Our writing activities may include journals, short essays, long essays, letter writing, resume writing and research papers. Don’t worry! I am here to help you become stronger writers!  

  Oral Presentations: Along with the book commercials, you will be expected to present information orally. This will be both formal and informal. It is very important to be able to present information in front of others. It is a life skill you will need in the future.                 

Materials Needed:

*Laptop (charged and ready to go!)

*Notebook paper or spiral notebook

* Textbook or novel

* Individual reading material

*Pen or Pencil

*Folder or binder to keep papers

  Grading Scale

Grades will be figured based on points earned on class discussions, activities, homework and exams.

90 – 100% - A

80 – 89%  - B

70 -  79%  -  C

60 -  69%  -  D

0  -  59%  -  F

And finally…….. IT’S YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR! Congrats on your first year of high school! I look forward to guiding you this year!!!!

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. ” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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