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Welcome to Ms. Banks' 7th grade Reading class where reading is like an adventurous journey; the more you invest and explore, the more you discover and achieve.  During 7th grade Reading, students will be exposed to many different Genres of both Fiction and Non Fiction text.  They will have the opportunity to select and read many kinds of Fiction and Non Fiction novels, as well as be exposed to different types of reading and writing from the classroom text and materials.  Students will not only have the opportunity to read and analyze Fiction stories; but will work diligently analyzing characters, setting, story structure, and theme within Non Fiction text including both Biographies and Autobiographies.  They will learn many different strategies for attacking and analyzing text in order to obtain a deeper understanding of what they read. 
 
In addition, later in the school year students will be exposed to one of the historical eras studied in 7th grade Social Studies by participating in a Literature Group and reading and analyzing a selected novel surrounding the events of World War II. 
 
Reading is an interactive process; the more you act and interact with the text, the more the text will respond.  We will be doing a great deal of interacting this year in class.
 
For your information and convenience, I have included my contact information and Course Syllabus below.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Contact Information:
Ms. Donna Banks
                                               Wattsburg Area Middle School
                                               10774 Wattsburg Road
                                               Wattsburg, Pennsylvania 16509
                                               (814) 824-3400, Ext. 3216
                                               Email: Donna.Banks@wattsburg.org

The best way to reach me is by Email or telephone before and after-school and during my plan period from 8:45 – 9:25 a.m. I am also available most days after-school until 4:00 p.m.

My Email address is Donna.Banks@wattsburg.org., and my telephone number is (814) 824-3400, ext. 3216.
 

Curriculum

Our texts include The Language of Literature (each student will receive their own
copy of this text) from McDougal Littel and The Right Source Handbook from Great Source.  Students will alsoread several novels based on their Reading levels and interests.  In addition, I will be interweaving many hands-on activities/experiences into individual reading units including both Fiction and Non-Fiction text so that students will grow both in their Reading and in their interests.

Accelerated Reading Program

Students will take and pass 2-3 AR tests within their diagnosed Reading Range each grading period.  Each student will have a point goal, which they will need to reach in order to receive designated Bonus points. In addition, students will retake the Diagnostic test throughout the year to assess their progress.  This program will not only help me monitor student Reading progress, but will assist students by increasing growth and development with both individual goals and levels.
 

Grading Policy

Grades are earned in the seventh grade under three categories: Achievement, Formative, and Summative Assessments. Assignments will
be based on total points earned out of possible points available and then
weighted according to importance, with Achievement being worth 10%, Formative
Evaluations worth 30%, and Summative Evaluations worth 60%.

Grade Scale

The current grade scale is as follows:

                  100 – 93 A
                  92 – 85 B
                  84 – 77 C
                  76 – 70 D
                  69 – 0 F

Students will be graded using multiple types of assessments.
 

Classroom Rules

Take care of the school; take care of yourself; and take care of each other. In other words, students must be punctual; be prepared; be productive; be polite; be responsible, be respectful; and take turns; BUT most of all  be positive and try your best! Remember to “Reach for the stars, because even if you miss you’ll land among the clouds.”

Class Work/Homework
Homework is assigned to reinforce concepts in class, as well as on an as-needed basis,
therefore, it is NOT optional.  Many times, we will be working on an ongoing project or assignment and class time will be provided. However, at times, if students are unable to complete assignments during the class time provided, they may be expected to complete these assignments for homework.


All homework for the week is listed on the large Agenda Board in my classroom. At the beginning of each week, students should copy these assignments into their Agenda Books.

Absence/Missing Assignments

Students are responsible for checking the “We Missed You” folder, as well as speaking to the teacher when they are absent, so that they may make up any missed assignments. When a student is absent, they must make up all of the work. The students can find any papers or assignments in the “We Missed You” folder. Those papers will be dated and all work must be turned in within ONE WEEK of the date posted at the top of the paper. When work is finished, it should be dated and turned in to the appropriate class period slot.

My promise to you is that I look at our class as a partnership or two-way street where I will do the same.  Remember "every tomorrow" is a "new day" and you are here to not only learn but have fun in the process!!!
 



 
 
"A hundred years from now,
it will not matter what kind of car I drove,
what kind of house I lived in, how
much money I had in the bank...
but the world may be a better place because I
made a difference in the life of a child."
-- Forest Witcraft
 
 
I am only one, but still I am one. 
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
                                                 - Helen Keller

 



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