Class expectations

All students are expected to be respectful, engaged, learners who uphold Sherman's core values and do not interfere with the learning, safety, or well-being of themselves or others.


An important goal of literature and The Sherman School is to encourage critical thinking. With this in mind, Language Arts class will include a variety of readings, activities, and classroom discussions that encourage and strengthen these skills. I believe that students are most successful when they are actively engaged in their learning, so most classroom time will be spent promoting this engagement through creative lessons and group work.


Each core novel will be accompanied with a project in which students will demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the unit. There will be quizzes on spelling, grammar, and vocabulary every few weeks. Students will be asked to keep a “Writer’s Notebook” in class that they can bring home as they please. Homework will usually be given on a weekly basis, assigned on Monday and due on Friday. We will be creating and documenting a list of rules as a class that the students will be expected to respect and follow on a daily basis.



Grade 6 Language Arts

In Language Arts class we will be reading core novels such as Tuck Everlasting, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Great Fire, and Freak the Mighty. Supplemented with these novels will be a variety of literature such as short stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces. Additionally, students will be expected to apply skills learned and practiced in class while reading independent books outside of the classroom (at least 15 minutes a night).  These independent books will be selected by the student from a variety of provided options each unit, and will be discussed within a class book group. Students will build reading and writing skills through reading, discussing, and reflecting on a variety of literature.  They will review how to write a well-written paragraph as well as learn how to write a narrative essay and an informative essay. Throughout the year, students will practice their researching skills, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling.

Grade 7 Language Arts

We have four units of study in Language Arts class this year along with four core novels including the novel The Lions of Little Rock, the novel The Outsiders, the novel Touching Spirit Bear, and a utopian unit in which students will read the novel The Giver. Supplemented with these novels will be other forms of literature such as short stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces. Similarly to last year, students will be expected to apply skills learned and practiced in class while reading independent books outside of the classroom (at least 20 minutes a night).  Students will build reading and writing skills through reading, discussing, and reflecting on a variety of literature. They will review how to write a well-written paragraph as well as learn how to write a narrative essay, an informational essay, and an argumentative essay. Throughout the year, students will practice their researching skills, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling.

 




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