7th Grade English/Language Arts Classes 2016-2017Syllabus
Prentice-Hall Writing and Grammar and Prentice-Hall Literature
The texts focus on incorporating grammar and good organizational skills into the writing process. Classes will also study a variety of literature from several genres, as well as individually chosen novels. Supplementary vocabulary handouts will be used. Research materials for term papers will be available here at MMS. The internet will also be used for research and we will follow all usage policy standards for the computer lab or use of Chromebooks.
Each student is expected to do his/her own best work. Plagiarism or copying will not be tolerated. Illegible assignments will be returned for rewriting. We will complete reading and writing assignments that will then be used along with grammar review packs to hone students’ skills in all areas of grammar and usage. Narrative, argumentative, and informational writing assignments will be covered. Vocabulary and spelling units will be assigned. Speeches and creative projects are incorporated into the curriculum.
Bring: Binder, pencil, all handouts, completed homework, Power School access information, Google passwords
Kept Here: Journals, textbooks, all tests and quizzes, projects for display, writing folder
Grading: A point system will be used to determine the students’ grades. Rubrics for writing assignments and projects will be displayed in the room and on the website. Parents may make an appointment to view graded work and discuss progress.
Homework: All graded homework assignments will be given a point value. Late work receives no credit because we go over all the answers in class. All assignments are to be turned in. Absent students will be given appropriate deadlines to turn in work, following school policy.
Help: Mrs. Troutman will be available for extra help from 7:40-8:00 a.m., and from 3:05-4:10 p.m. M-F. Other times are by appointment. A pass can be issued to make up tests/quizzes or receive writing help during the school day. Just ask.
Class Rules: 1. Be respectful.
2. Be responsible for your materials and with your time.
3. Be ready to learn when the bell rings.
4. Participate in class activities; ask questions if you are confused.
Current Vocab List and Game LinkMob, Mot, Mov Word List:http://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_92/Mob_Mot_Mov_oVnGH.htma passenger vehicle that moves*automobileto move down in rank or status*demotethe ability to move from place to place*locomotioncapable of moving or being moved*mobilebeing able to move about freely*mobilityto coordinate or move people or things around for a purpose*mobilizethe power to move or the process of changing place/position*motionto do something to make a person move into action*motivateto move to a higher grade, rank, or job or to advocate*promotethe act of moving something away*removalGrad, Gress Listhostile or pushy*aggressiveCelcius*centigradeto step down in rank or belittle someone*degradeto step away from a topic*digressa step-by-step change*gradualto move up a step in education*graduateto move a step in a positive direction*progressa sequence within a series*progressionto go back*regressto move up a step or level or improve in quality*upgradehttp://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_51/Grad_Gress_JgNPh.htmPos Word Lista word or phrase placed next to another word in order to define or identify it*apposition
to put ideas into writing; to write a musical piece; to create or produce*compose
to remove from office or power; to take out of place; to put down*depose
to put money into an account*deposit
to put something out for others to see*expose
something that is a burden to someone else; to put your needs above someone else's to the point that it's a burden for others*imposition
to place side-by-side for the purpose of comparing and contrasting*juxtapose
to put something up on a board for everyone to see; to display*post
a plan or offer that is usually put down in writing*proposal
to put into a different order or place; to reverse or transfer the order*transposehttp://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_82/Pos_Words_S0m2Z.htmSid, Sed, Sess Word List and Gamea property evaluator*assessoran executive officer in charge of an organization*presidentto settle into a place to live*residea home*residencea closed automobile that seats four people*sedanto help someone calm or settle down*sedatemedicine that helps someone calm or settle down*sedativefixed to one spot; lazy or still*sedentarythe solid material that settles to the bottom of a liquid*sedimenta meeting, class, or assembly*sessionLog Word List and Gamehttp://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_14/Log_Words_jnARD.htmwords that compare*analogywords expressing regret*apologya conversation*dialoga short section at the end of a book/play directed to the audience*epiloguekind words spoken about a dead person; high praise*eulogyan official record*logbookreasonable words that make sense*logicala word, symbol, or trademark*logoa long speech made by one person, such as a comedian*monologueintroduction/ an introductory chapter*prologueOnym, Ono!!! List and Gamean abbreviation formed combining the first letters in words in a series*acronymnot named, unknown*anonymousan opposite*antonyma person for whom something has been named*eponymwords spelled alike with different meanings and pronunciations*heteronymwords pronounced alike with different spellings and meanings*homonymswords that imitate sounds or that to which they refer*onomatopoeiastrings of words that sound the same*oronyma fictitious or false name*pseudonymwords that have the same meaning*synonymhttp://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_68/Ono_List_sJpm0.htmTain, Ten, Tent Word List and Gameto hold back by choice*abstainto hold*containto keep from proceeding*detaina form of punishment that holds a student after school*detentionto offer, stretch, or spread out*extendrights of ownership*patentsomething that holds something else in*retainera holder of the right to live in a residence*tenantfibrous tissue holding muscle to bone*tendonuncertain or hesitant*tentativehttp://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_86/Tain_Ten_Tent_V8GX4.htmFer Word List and Gamea driver*chauffeurthe distance around circle*circumferencea meeting bringing people together*conferenceto carry a different opinion*differhighly productive*fertileto guess or conclude based on info*inferto propose or present ideas*offerto value more highly one thing over another*prefera recommendation, usually in writing*referralto bring something from one place to another*transferhttp://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_38/Fer_Word_List_AmTAu.htmCap Word List and Gameable to do something*capablethe ability to take in/hold*capacityto make the most of something*capitalizeto flip over or overturn*capsizea title or short description of a picture*captionto take possession of something or to take someone*captureto take the head off of something*decapitateto take in or encase*encapsulateto get free or take a path away*escapeto summarize*recapitulatePel, Puls List and Gameto force someone to do something or drive them to action*compelto force out of one's mind*dispelto force to leave*expelto motivate or drive forward*impela sudden urge that produces action*impulseto force to move forward*propelto beat or vibrate in short bursts*pulsateto drive back or ward off*repela substance used to drive away insects/animals*repellentdisgusting; offensive*repulsivehttp://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_15/Pel_Puls_Word_List_WDP1x.htmStat Word List:
large property; one's possessions*estate
not active; to stay with no motion*static
a position where one is assigned*station
one's height, an upright position*stature
position in society*status
unchanging, staying the same*status quo
a law, a rule*statute
a device that responds to temperature*thermostat
Pend- Word List and Gameextra material at the end of a book*appendixrelying on someone else for aid/support*dependentan expense*expenditureabout to occur*impendingNOT relying on someone else for support*independentan object that hangs from a necklace*pendantsomething not yet decided*pendingsomething that hangs and swings back and forth*pendulumintersecting at or forming right angles*perpendicularhanging or delayed*suspendedCogni, Sci Wordsprocess of knowing*cognition
to be aware of one's surroundings*cognizant
source of ethics; knowing right from wrong*conscience
thorough; extremely careful*conscientious
to know from past experience*recognize
an expert in science*scientist
showing amateur-like knowledge*sciolistic
not governed by conscience*unconscionable
identity concealed*incognitoSens, Sent Wordshaving fond memories*sentimental
someone who feels the same way*assenter
showing good reason or judgment*sensible
to make less sensitive*desensitize
affected by the feelings of others*sensitive
to feel bitter or upset*resent
an opinion held by a group*consensus
to disagree or differ*dissentDuct-, Duc Words List and Gamehttp://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_42/Duct_Duc_Words_y25Ov.htmto kidnap*abduct
a water channeling system*aqueduct
tending to cause or bring about*conducive
to lead to a conclusion*deduce
the amount to be taken out; a subtraction*deduction
the payment owed before an expense is covered by insurance*deductible
to bring into a group*introduce
the opening or section that leads into a book*introduction
to bring forth*produce
to take down to a smaller form*reduceFlu, Flux Word List and Gamewealth or a great quantity*affluencea flowing together at one point*confluencean outflow*effluenceto vary or flow up and down unpredictably*fluctuategraceful or able to flow smoothly*fluenta liquid or gas*fluida tall, narrow shape designed for a smooth flow*flutedhaving the power to make things flow*influentiala mass arrival*influxoverflow, more than enough; an overabundance*superfluousAud-, Son-, Phon- Word List and Gamerepetition of vowel sounds in successive words*assonanceable to be heard*audiblethe sound portion of a broadcast*audioa large room that accommodates an audience*auditoriumharsh, noisy, or disturbing sounds*cacophonya record player*phonographto vibrate or repeat in sound*resonateecholocation*sonara poem with 14 lines with conventional rhyme scheme*sonnetmusic/words produced by multiple people that sound as one*unisonTact-, Tang-, Tag- Word List and Gamecondition of touching*contacttransmitting illness by touch*contagioussharing a boundary or edge, touching*contiguousto twist together*entanglenot damaged by touch*intactperceptible to the touch*tactiletouching at a single point, but not intersecting; digression*tangentable to be touched*tangibletouching in a snarl*tangleda sharp taste or flavor*tangyClud-, Clus-, Claus Wordsa group of words forming a sentence*clauseabnormal fear of enclosed spaces*claustrophobiaa group of similar things close together*clusterto close an event, movie, or book*concludeto surround on all sides*encloseto keep out*excludeprivate; closed to those not permitted*exclusiveto prevent from a given activity*precludepreferring to be isolated and alone*reclusivekept apart from others; closed off*secludedSummer of My German SoldierVocab 4-6 list and gamehttp://www.classtools.net/arcade/201702_7NZQWV
persimmons*sour orange/red fruit
anoint*to oil for sacred purpose
wither*to shrivel up
jostled*pushed or bumped
engulf*to swallow up
contradict*to say/do the opposite
saboteurs*destroyers of property