ELA

I.S 73 Q- English Language Arts Department Course Requirements

Our goal in ELA is to help students develop vital reading, writing and communication skills, as well as to foster a love of literature! Students in grades 6-8 must meet the following requirements for successful completion of the English Language Arts Curriculum:

For each thematic unit of study in ELA, students complete 2-3 Formal Writing Assessments. These writing assessments are used to showcase students’ understanding of the unit texts, concepts and themes, as well as to determine quarterly writing goals. These writing assessments are part of the student’s ELA portfolio, which comprises 30% of each marking period grade.

At the beginning of each unit of study in ELA, all students complete a multiple choice reading pre-assessment. Data from each unit pre-assessment is used to establish an individual reading goal for the unit.

At the culmination of each ELA unit of study, all students complete a multiple choice post- assessment. Data from each unit post-assessment is used to measure growth and to determine whether or not students have met their individual reading goal for the unit. Quizzes are given at teacher discretion throughout each unit of study. Tests and quizzes comprise 30% of each marking period grade.

Homework consists of 15% of each ELA marking period grade. All homework assignments are expected to be handed in on the day they are due. Homework will consist of work to review the day’s lesson, reinforce previous knowledge, and/or prepare for the next day’s lesson. In addition, in ELA it is always expected that students read a minimum of 30 minutes after school. In order to build reading stamina, students should increase independent reading time throughout the school year. All 6th Grade ELA classes are required to complete and submit reading logs for their daily independent reading.

All ELA classes participate in The Reading without Walls Challenge as part of the ELA curriculum. The goal of the Reading without Walls Challenge is for students to expand their reading repertoire. Students are required to read 10-12 books during the school year (approximately a book a month) and use a reading challenge grid provided by their teachers to keep track of their reading activity.

Participation comprises 25% of each marking period grade. All students are expected to come to class prepared to work and participate in classroom activities and discussions. Participation will be based on how a student participates in class through use of teachers’ feedback, engaging in presentations, student to student discussions, student to teacher discussions, and whole-class discussions. Teachers and students will create and utilize higher level thinking questions to guide their work and discussions about ELA topics and texts.

All ELA classes are part of the school-wide Word Generation Vocabulary curriculum. In ELA, we teach the new academic terms and launch the topic and article at the beginning of the week. Throughout the week, students are expected to bring their Word Gen workbook daily, in order to engage with the new terms and topic in subject area classes. At the end of the week, all students complete a written response to the weekly topic question in ELA class.