Course Syllabus

6th Grade English/Language Arts 2013-2014

Course Description, Concepts, and Pacing Guide

Throughout the school year, students will be introduced to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) curriculum. The main implementation tool used for instruction will be the SpringBoard, Level 1 textbook. This textbook is aligned with the CCGPS and is inclusive of the necessary performance elements needed for student mastery. Each day, students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum in which they will work towards gaining an enduring understanding through skills and strategies that address their individual learning modalities. Activities within the curriculum include close reading of texts, oral interpretations, collaborative discussions and assignments, and written analyses.

Unit 1: Narratives (short stories, poetry, and film)

Unit 2: Fiction and Nonfiction Storytelling

Unit 3: Novel Study

Unit 4: Revision Unit

Unit 5: Research and Drama

Independent Reading

Students are expected to read daily within their zone of proximal development (ZPD) range as indicated by individualized STAR testing results.


Homework – Teachers expect homework to be completed as assigned as a method of helping students prepare for the lessons.

Late work – Late work is not accepted unless the student has a legally excused absence. Extenuating circumstances will be addressed on an individual basis at the discretion of the teacher.

Make-up work – Announced work, such as homework, quizzes and major assessments are due the day the student returns. For each day’s excused absence, students will have one day to make up missed work. If a student is absent under extenuating circumstances, special arrangements can be made to make up work. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THE CALENDAR AND/OR REQUEST MISSED WORK.

Academic honesty – Receiving or giving information for an assignment is cheating and when caught in the act students will not receive credit nor receive the opportunity for a chance of make-up. Plagiarism is not acceptable: If a student takes information from the Internet or any printed resources without a citation or copies directly from a source, it is considered plagiarism and the assignment will not be accepted

Parent Portal

Newton County provides student grade-book information through the Parent Portal.

( This site allows parents to access grades and to monitor their child’s progress in his or her courses. Parent Portal will be updated at least once a week.

Textbooks & Materials

We will use a combination of learning materials to achieve our learning goals. If the textbook is lost, stolen, or damaged, it is the student’s responsibility to pay the “replacement cost” of the book before another book is issued. In the event that the lost book is found, please retain all receipts.

· CollegeBoard – SpringBoard, Level 1 ($17.65)

· Independent Reading Sources from Recommended Novels

Grading Percentages/Scale:


Homework – 10%

Classwork/Activities – 30%

Performance Tasks/Projects/Embedded Assessments – 20%

Formative Assessments/Common Assessments/Quizzes– 15%

Tests/Unit Tests – 25%

Grading Scale

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

Dates to Remember:

September 13 – Parent Conferences

September 16 – 20 - ITBS

October 17 – Report Cards

October 14-25 – Benchmark I

December 9 – 20 – Benchmark II

January 9 – Report Cards

February 24 – March 7 – Benchmark III

February 28 – Parent Conferences

April 15 – 25 – CRCT

May 23 – Report Cards