Mrs. Hillmon's Language Arts Class

7th Grade 2013-2014

Our digital classroom

This Language Arts Class

This 21st century language arts class is structured to enhance your writing abilities, both in expository and persuasive formats, as well as further your study of literature and continue the development of your critical thinking skills using digital tools. We will work on strengthening your grammar, building solid sentence structure, and producing well-crafted essays.

My Classroom Expectations

Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the classroom environment, including our digital Edmodo classroom, in order to advance their knowledge of the language arts skill set. Students are expected to be positive, respectful, attentive, and prepared for all class meetings as well as on Edmodo. For a safe classroom environment to exist, name-calling and any other offensive actions will be strictly prohibited and will result in immediate disciplinary action. It is also expected that students do not bring food or beverages to the classroom, especially not gum. Students are expected to treat the provided classroom materials with respect and must make a habit of cleaning up their workspace.

DAILY Classroom Materials

Students are to have the following materials everyday:

  • Charged Chromebook
  • Edmodo Account Information
  • Google Account Information
  • Independent Reading Book


Assignments

  • Google Drive Binder: Students will be keeping a Google Drive Binder for Language Arts. The binder should not contain notes or assignments for any other subjects. Students will need to access the Google Drive Binder every day. The Google Drive Binder will be graded on a regular basis.
  • Bell Work: The first few minutes of class are spent on bell work. Monday through Thursday, students are expected to have an independent reading book and will need to maintain their digital reading log in their Google Drive Binder. On Fridays, students will have an opportunity to write a journal entry about any topic of their choice as long as the topic is school appropriate.
  • Class Work: Students will complete all class work using Edmodo and their Google Drive Binder.
  • Homework: Students will be assigned homework throughout the week and it is due the following school day. Homework will be assigned using Edmodo or Google Drive. If students do not have access to the Internet at home, they will still be able to complete their homework. No late homework will be accepted after 15 days beyond the due date. It is up to students to talk to Mrs. Hillmon about completing late work on time.
  • Reading: Students are responsible for reading a preset number of AR points per nine weeks on their own time. Books must be on or above their reading level. Students must take an AR test and earn at least an 85% on the test to receive credit. AR is worth 10% of the student's final grade each quarter.


Grading Policy

Classwork 300 Points

Homework 100 Points

Accelerated Reader 100 Points
Essays and Projects
300 Points

Tests and Quizzes 200 Points


Total Per Nine Weeks 1000 Points


Absences and Late/Missing work

If a student has an excused absence, he or she will be able to make up the missing assignments without a grade reduction within two weeks of returning to school. If a student has an unexcused absence, he or she will be able to make up the missing assignment within two weeks of returning to school, but will face small grade reduction as a consequence for not turning in the assignment in a timely manner.


If a student simply did not complete an assignment or turn it in by the deadline, he or she will still be able to complete and turn the missing assignment in. However, no late/missing assignments will be accepted after 15 days past the due date. After the 15 days, students will be assigned an alternative assignment to make up. To make up for additional missing points, the student may bring in extra credit that is available to every student throughout the year. It is up to the student to ask Mrs. Hillmon about the extra credit opportunities and to get it in at least one week before the end of the quarter.


Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments you may have. I am always happy to hear from my students and their parents. I will try my best to respond to your communication in a timely manner.


Si, hablo espanol!

A Little About Me

I earned my English Language Arts Education degree from the University of Central Florida (UCF). And, I absolutely love teaching writing and literature. I am also certified to teach Spanish and am VERY excited to teach Beginners Spanish this year. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish, so I am happy to speak with parents in whichever language is easiest for them. But, you should know that I work very hard to help my students learn and master the English language.



I know that this year we will have a lot of fun as we change, learn, and grow together!