English Language Arts, Grades 7-8
My name is Katelyn Boucher and I will be your child’s English teacher. Middle school English Language Arts is an important step in your child’s education. This year we will be focused on increasing literacy, skill practice, and preparing for the State Exam which will occur at the end of the year. I know our working together will result in a successful and happy year for your child.
First, I would like to introduce myself to you. I am a graduate of Siena College where I earned by Bachelor’s degree in English and a certification in Secondary Education. I have been teaching for two years, and this is my first year at Hartford. I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Library Science and Information Technology in an online program through Mansfield University. I look forward to incorporating what I am learning through my classes into our classroom!
I believe the classroom is a place where students learn not only academics but also about themselves, others, and the world beyond the classroom door. As a teacher, my job is to guide the students to develop positive attitudes and habits about learning. Students who develop confidence, skill and a personal style for achieving will be successful and in turn will find school appealing. One of my goals is to teach students to take ownership in their own learning process; I believe student engagement is the key to success in any subject. Another goal is to establish an environment in the classroom where the students have the best opportunity. I believe children learn best when they feel safe, can trust the situations and people with which they interact, and know the established routines.
There is such diversity among students—physically, intellectually, and emotionally—but each student is capable of success, all at their own individual level. Please feel free to contact me at school if you have any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child this year.
Middle School Language Arts is the forum for students to explore and understand the past, present, and future through literature and writing. By reading various genres of literature; such as mystery, science fiction, and historical fiction; students will broaden, relate to, and share each other’s perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of mediums, so that all voices may be heard. Classes will incorporate Common Core Curriculum Standards and ELA Test prep, in order to provide the best possible foundation for future achievement. Through encouragement, support, and fun, English class will successfully guide and hopefully inspire our students to reach their fullest potential.
Be seated with all materials and supplies when class begins.
Complete all assignments on time.
Listen while others are speaking.
Respect each other’s opinions, space, and belongings.
Follow the Golden Rule: Treat others as you want to be treated.
NO CELLPHONES. I know it’s difficult. But Zack Morris always got his taken away, and he was the coolest of cool. No exceptions for HCS.
Writing utensils (pens, pencils, etc)
One three-ring binder
Loose leaf paper and/or spiral notebook
One journal or composition notebook
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Various short stories and poetry
*All material is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the class and/or instructor and is supplemented with additional text throughout the year.
Grade Breakdown and Policy
For this course grades will be based on a points system. Points earned will be divided by points possible, in order to calculate quarter averages. Generally, the majority of points are awarded for lengthy or detailed assignments, as well as summative assessments such as tests or essays. An example of the general point scale is provided below:
Class Participation: 5 points (weekly)
Homework: 5-10 points
Quizzes: 20-40 points
Tests/Projects: 50-100 points
Writing/ Projects: 50-200 points
*Class participation is essential to success in English class. Participation will be recorded each week on a scale of 0-5 points (5 being the best), for student engagement and attentiveness, as well as contributions to class discussion and overall behavior. It is essential that each student take an active role in English class in order to ensure success.
It is ESSENTIAL that you attend class regularly. Excessive absences will result in reduced achievement in this content-heavy course. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to come to me to make up the work that was missed. With the help of my teacher website (located on the district homepage), you should be able to view and download missed assignments from home, as well. (*Tip- Make it easy on the both of us and just show up, eh?)
You must be in class and prepared to begin when the bell rings. If you are late, you must have a pass from another teacher or staff member. If you are late consistently without a pass, you will be awarded detentions.
During an excused absence (ex. illness, travel), that student is allowed the number of days absent in order to make-up work.
During an unexcused absence (ex. suspension, truancy), assignments are due the day the student returns to class. Any late work will result in a percentage deduction such as that for late assignments (stated above in Grade Breakdown and Policy).
o Miss Boucher’s Teacher Website: located on the district homepage, will be the best resource available to students and parents alike for up to date information regarding assignments and curriculum, as well as class announcements.
o Edmodo Page for English 7/8: Discussions will be generated online through forums and individual responses. It’s like Facebook, for school work!
o Pathfinders: I will create a series of webguides for various projects, including but not limited to research based assignments. These technological resources will improve information search strategies and prompt optimal retention by emphasizing process over result.
o After-School Hours: I will be after school every day but Friday for any student who would like to receive extra-help. For these students who go the extra-mile I am willing to work on outlines and revision to improve assignment grades.