Class:  7th Grade Language Arts

Teacher:  Ms. Jodi Taylor

Class Objectives: 

·      Read and comprehend a variety of media (textual, visual, and digital) to demonstrate understanding

·      Apply the writing process to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish writing while considering a variety of audiences and purposes

·      Use speaking skills for discussion and presentation that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and information to be conveyed

·      Develop, apply, and adapt reciprocal communication skills

·      Research, synthesize, and evaluate information in multiple formats

Classroom Expectations:  Respect Yourself and Others, Contribute to the Classroom Community, Be Beveridge Ready

Contact Information:  jodi.taylor@ops.org or 402-557-4000

Important Dates This Year: 

NWEA/MAP Reading Test September 14th and 15th  (1 day during these dates - block schedule)
NWEA/MAP Reading Test January 17th and 18th  (1 day during these dates - block schedule)
NESA-Reading:  April 3rd - 6th (2 days during these dates - block schedule)

NWEA/MAP Reading Test May 9th and 10th (1 day during these dates - block schedule)


My Philosophy:  I believe that Language Arts is about Life Skills - writing, reading, analyzing and thinking critically are all means to be successful in life.  My role as a teacher is to give students the tools to cultivate knowledge and understanding.  To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each student so that all learners can feel capable and successful.  I will present curriculum that involves the interest of the students and makes learning relevant to life.  I will incorporate themes, integrated units, projects and collaborative learning in order to make students become active learners.

Textbook:   Our textbook, Collections, contains required reading, assessments and performance tasks that are being taught in all OPS 7th grade classrooms across the district.  The pacing guide is rigorous and include both Academic Vocabulary and Unit Specific Vocabulary.

Q1:  Nature at Work

Q2:  Perception and Reality

Q3:  Risk and Exploration

Q4:  Guided by a Cause

How can parents help at home:  Encourage your child to read something for at least 20 minutes per day.  While watching television, ask your child critical thinking and inferential questions.  Check your child’s agenda and talk about what they learned in class.