ELA 7 - General Information
Our English classroom operates under the following set of beliefs:
- Books open doors.
- Everyone deserves respect.
- Friendship is kindness.
- Learning is beautiful.
- Learning is hard work.
- Listening is polite.
- Manners matter.
- Our words have power.
- The responsibility is ours.
- We’re a team.
Making sure our words and actions always reflect these beliefs allow us to create a safe, positive community within our classroom.
In ELA 7, we take three types of grades: 10-point formatives, 100-point formatives, and 100-point summatives.
Formatives that count for 10 points are often checks that teachers have done for completed work or for class activities. Students receive 10 10-points grades for each grading period (progress reports and report cards), resulting in a total of 20 10-point grades.
Formatives that count for 100-points are given after students have received instruction on various skills. They are not given at any particular time, nor are they always announced to the class beforehand. The purpose of a formative is to inform the students and teachers of the instruction and practice still needed on particular skills. Teachers use the students’ performances to design future instruction, and students should use their performances to decide what they need to study and seek help on. Formatives count 40% of the students’ grades. Per RCSD policy, redos are not allowed on formatives.
Summatives are assessments that are given after students have received adequate instruction on the skills they are evaluating. Before every summative, students will be given at least two formatives on the skills assessed. Summatives count 60% of the students’ grades. Per RCSD policy, a student may redo one summative, at the teacher’s discretion, each nine weeks. In order to redo a summative, students must have made a failing grade (59 or below) on the original assessment, AND they must additional instruction OUTSIDE of class time. Redos on summatives are given outside of class time.
Please note that because of the differences in the values and percentages of the different types of grades, some grades affect the overall average more than others. 100-point formatives are worth ten times more than the 10-point grades. Summatives count 60% of the average, while formatives count 40%.
Students can use my example binder to help them keep up with what they should have.
Binders should have 5 tabs: General Info, Reading, Strategies, Current Unit, and Formatives.
Each section has a yellow Table of Contents page to help them keep track of the papers in the section.