Language Arts 9

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Grade 7-9 LA Course Outline

2014-2015

 

Aims: There are two aims of English Language Arts. One is to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the significance and artistry of literature. Second is to use it confidently and competently for a variety of purposes, audiences and situations. We use language arts in our daily lives to communicate, for personal enjoyment and for learning.

General Outcomes:

Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to:

  • Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences.
  • Comprehend literature and other texts in oral, print, visual and other media forms and learn to respond personally, critically, and creatively.
  • To create oral, print, visual and media texts, and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.
  • To manage ideas and information.
  • To respect, support, and collaborate with others.

Units of Study:

  1. Exploring Genre Unit
  2. Whole Class Novel Unit
  3. Poetry Unit
  4. Small Group Novel Unit
  5. Film/Media Unit
  6. Non-Fiction Unit
  7. Independent Novel Unit
  8. Grammar Unit
  9. Spelling Unit

Grading:

A continuous process is used to evaluate you according to values, attitudes, knowledge and skills you have learned. You will be given a variety of ways to show what you know. Each Unit will have multiple forms of assessment. Class work and quizzes will help you to apply, synthesize and evaluate what you have learned as formative assessment. Unit tests, culminating assignments, the midterm and the final will provide you the opportunity to sum up your learning. Summative scores will result in your final grade and will be weighted as follows:

Coursework: tests, quizzes, assignments, presentations, etc: 75%

Midterm: 10%

Final/P.A.T: 15%

Expectations: All students are required to retest or resubmit an assignment if a mark of less than 50% occurs on the first attempt. Any student may choose to redo once. In most cases the scores will be averaged and recorded.                           

Questions/Help: I can be reached at school (584-3751) or at home (674-5469) or on cell (305-8227). Homework assignments, due dates and news are frequently listed on our school website: www.fortschool.ca. You can access your progress anytime on Powerschool by using your personal username and password.