Welcome to Seventh Grade with Mrs. Geerer

Seventh Grade English and Literature – Lucy Geerer      lgeerer@stalbert.org

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Grade 7 English
Teacher: Lucy Geerer
Text: The Elements of Language, First Course: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2004
Online at    my.hrw.com   user name:   bernadettecooper       password:    bernadettecooper

Objectives:

  1. To continue to build a solid foundation in usage, grammar, and language mechanics
  2. To learn and use the writing process effectively
  3. To develop writing pieces which persuade, inform, express self, and entertain creatively

 Course Content: 

  1. Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Students will receive basic instruction in class. Practice exercises will be completed. Follow-up exercises will be assigned for homework. Chapter tests will be given. 
  1. Writing 
  1. Students will learn the writing process through hands on pre-writes, drafts, revisions, proofreading, and publishing. Students will address different audiences and cover various subjects.
  2. Students will learn to construct well formed paragraphs and employ these in their writing pieces.
  3. Students will write narrative, persuasive, descriptive, expository, and creative pieces.   Students will be guided through the writing process. Students are required to show evidence of each step. Rough drafts may be hand-written or word-processed. Final drafts must be word-processed. Two copies of the final draft will be turned in on the due date. One copy will be placed in the portfolio and one will be graded and returned.

Grading:  The report cards have been revised per archdiocesan guidelines.  Tests/Writing and Quizes determine mastery of knowledge, and, therefore, will become the final permanent record grade. Homework/Daily Work and Conduct/Effort will be assessed separately, however, they too will influence the final permanent record grade.

Grade 7 Literature
Teacher: Lucy Geerer
Text: Common Core Literature, Grade 7: Pearson, 2015

Objectives:

  1. To increase reading comprehension and vocabulary
  2. To experience a wide variety of literature
  3. To develop knowledge and appreciation of the elements of literature
  4. To foster a love of independent reading

Course Content:

  1. Text
    Literature will be studied in units by theme and genre. 
  1. Class Novels
    Several novels and plays will be read and studied by the class as a whole. They may include:
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  1. Accelerated Reader
    Independent reading will be fostered through the Accelerated Reading Program. Students are assessed on the attainment of points accumulated within the AR Program.  Information on AR may be found at renlearn.com.
Grading:
The report cards have been revised per archdiocesan guidelines.  Test and quizes determin  mastery of content knowledge and, therefore, will become the final permanent record grade.Homework/Daily Work, Conduct/ Effort, and Accelerated Reading Goal will be assessed separately and will also influence the final permanent record grade.

Grade 7 Vocabulary

Teacher: Lucy Geerer
Text: Vocabulary Workshop, Level C: Sadlier-Oxford, 2013
Online at:         vocabularyworkshop.com
Objective: To master the use of vocabulary
To spell vocabulary correctly
To define vocabulary 
Course Content:
  1. Students will be introduced to a list of words every week
  2. Students will create index cards for each word to include definition, sentence, picture, synonyms,  antonyms
  3. Students will complete all exercises in the unit; exercises will be checked in class
  4. A test will be given every week over the spelling, definition, and usage of the assigned words
  5. Cumulative review units will be completed and tests given every three weeks

Grading:

The report cards have been revised per archdiocesan guidelines.  Tests and quizes determine  mastery of content knowledge, and, therefore, will become the final permanent record grade.     Homework/Daily Work and Conduct/Effort will be assessed separately and will also influence the final permanent record grade..

Grade 7 Religion

Teacher: Lucy Geerer
Text:  Christ Our Life   Loyola Press 2009
 Objectives:
1.    The seventh-grade program of the Christ Our Life series is devoted to the study of God’s saving love as it is revealed through his Son, Jesus.  Jesus the Way, the Truth, and the Life is designed to help your adolescents grow in their knowledge of Jesus, that they man love him more ardently and serve him more generously.
Class Method:
  1. Small and large group discussions
  2. Scripture reading; prayer; liturgy
  3. Written reflections
  4. hapter tests

Grading:    The report cards have been revised per archdiocesan guidelines.  Tests and quizes determine the mastery of content knowledge, and, therefore, will become the final permanent record grade.  Homework/Daily Work and Conduct/Effort will be assessed separately and will also influence the final permanent record grade.

Church History
(Students will receive instruction in Church History one day a week. Mrs. Tut will teach this component of the Religious curriculum.) 

General Class Rules:

  1.  Be courteous and respectful.
  2. Arrive prepared.
  3. Stay in assigned seat.
  4. Raise hand to speak.
  5. Wait to be dismissed by the teacher.

Homework:

  1. Late homework will receive 80% credit.
  2. If computer is not functioning at home, homework is to be handwritten or a note from a parent or guardian is to be brought to school asking that work be printed in the computer lab due to printer malfunction at home.

 Discipline:

  1. First correction – student signs Mrs. Geerer’s notebook.
  2. Second correction — student receives a check by name and parents are contacted.
  3. Third correction — Detention issued.