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open the door, but you must enter by yourself." ~ Chinese Proverb
Welcome to seventh
grade English. This is my twenty-fourth year teaching English
at Benicia Middle School. Even though I have been teaching for thirty-two
years, I learn new things all the time. Thatís one of the best things about
teaching -- being able to share what I learn with my students.
In my class, effort leads to success. Every day in class is a new day-- a new chance to do your best and learn all that you can. I hope youíll visit this website throughout the year. You will find the daily agendas, links to your grades, worksheets and hand-outs, vocabulary words, and lots more. If you have any questions about your class work or your grades or any other concerns, you can send me an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com. I am looking forward to an enjoyable, productive, and challenging year with you. Please donít hesitate to ask me for help anytime.
assignments receive points. The points are converted to
100 - 90% = A
89 - 80% = B
79 - 70% = C
69 - 60% = D
59% - below = F
Weighted Grade Categories:
Writing = 30% of grade
Reading = 30% of grade
Grammar = 20% of grade
Vocabulary = 20% of grade
Grades can be accessed 24 hours a day on the internet through Power School. All assignments receive points. The points are converted to percentages. Grades are updated at least once a week. After being graded and recorded, almost all work is returned to the student. I strongly recommend that you save all returned work in case a grading error occurs.
Daily Work / Papers & Projects
Students have English homework Monday - Thursday nights for 30 minutes. In addition, you are expected to read independently for at least 15 minutes a day. Homework is usually started in class and due the following day although long-term papers and projects are also assigned.
given because they relate to concepts being dealt with in class. The assignments
help reinforce ideas discussed or skills being developed. If you choose not
to do an assignment on time, you miss an opportunity to interact with the
teacher and classmates about the material being covered. Since 90% of the
assignments we do are corrected and reviewed by you in class, if you don’t
have your work, you miss the chance to receive feedback on what you've done,
as well as a step in the sequence of learning. In addition, completed homework
is one of the best ways of assessing your progress and mastery of the standards.
It's a way for me to determine if you're understanding what you're supposed
to be learning in class.
Daily Work: Students who do not have an assignment completed when it’s corrected in class will lose 10% for the assignment being late.
Projects & Papers: Students who do not have a project or paper completed on the day it’s due may lose 10% for each day it’s late.
Independent Reading Logs: Students are required to keep track of their reading progress and to respond to their reading on a regular basis. Indpendent Reading Logs are due at the end of each quarter.
lined 3-hole paper
colored pens for correcting and editing
blue or black pens
a set of sharpened colored pencils
a spiral bound composition notebook just for English class
an Independent Reading book
a student planner
a binder with a section for English
"The greatest underdeveloped territory in the world lies under you hat." ~Anonymous
Paragraphs must be indented.
Proper end punctuation must appear at the end of all sentences.
A capital letter must appear at the beginning of all sentences.
Papers must be neat & legible.
Directions must be followed accurately.
A reasonable amount of thought and effort must be apparent.
"If you can dream it, you can do it." ~Walt Disney
Research has shown that children who read regularly do better in all aspects of learning. As part of your reading grade, you are expected to read 800 pages from grade appropriate books each quarter. After finishing a book, you need to enter the title and other information in an Independent Reading Log that will be turned in at the end of each quarter.
There are lots of books available for check-out in my classroom, as well as at the school and public libraries.
If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed in class and to make-up any missing assignments or tests. You should:
Call a classmate for information or look on the web site at http://mrshatzi.com/agendas.
See me to get your missing work.
Arrange to make-up tests and quizzes.
Turn in make-up work as soon as possible to the black tray on the teacher’s desk.
All absent, re-do, and make-up work must be turned in by the Friday the week before the end of the quarter.
I am available to help students before and after school Tuesday through Friday, except when I have yard duty or a meeting to attend. It's a good idea to check with me ahead of time.
"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb over it, go through it, or work around it." ~ Michael Jordan