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  1. “Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” ---George Bernard ShawWelcome to 7th Grade Language Arts Mr. Atherton- Room 214 Please come in and have a seat. REMINDER: If you haven’t gone online to fill out the Expectations Letter Receipt Form, please do so as soon as you can!

  2. Language Arts Classes Reading Counts • Based on students Lexile scores (MAPS data) • Students take an electronic quiz to earn points or complete a book goal • Students may take a quiz 2 times • Students must have a 70% or better to earn credit for the book selected • Grades associated with RC will be reflected in Language Arts class

  3. Language Arts Classes The program offers… • Individual reports for students and teachers • Individualized book lists based on a student’s reading interests • Ability to set book goals or point goals for each student • Opportunities for students/teachers to create tests

  4. Language Arts Classes Parent Communication\ • Parent Portal: If you are not signed up for Parent Portal, see Mrs. Singletary in the main office at some time during the school day for access to: • Grades and Attendance • Calendar (check this out for assignment due dates for your student(s) for every class in ONE PLACE) • Messages from school/teachers to parents (please make sure we have your e-mail address!)

  5. “But in the end, you've got to become the change you want to see in the world." --BonoWho Am I? • 10th Year Teaching at Newton • 13th Year Teaching Overall • 2 Kids, Derek (age 6) and Avery (3) • Hobbies- Reading; Writing (Always thinking about the “Great American Novel”); Sports, especially Denver teams and European Soccer.

  6. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Contact Information • E-Mail: • Voice Mail: 303-734-6252 • I respond to e-mails daily, so that is the best way to contact me. • Website: You Can Find my website online at

  7. "Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you." ---Maori ProverbExpectations • FOLLOW THE CODE • Caring • Open-Minded • Disciplined • Engaged • Be Prepared and Ready to Learn • On Time • All Materials: Pen, Pencil, Paper, Planner • 1 Warning and then After School Detentions: • 1st Detention- 15 Minutes • 2nd Detention- 30 Minutes

  8. "Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you." ---Maori ProverbExpectations • If Behavior Expectations Are Not Met… • First Time- Warning • Second Time- Conference with Teacher • Third Time- Parents Notified • The Student will contact parents if there is a need to call home due to inappropriate behavioral issues during a class session. • Fourth Time- Parent and Student Conference • Fifth Time and following- Referrals

  9. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” --T.S. Eliot Accessing Student Grades • Student grades will be posted online using the parent portal. • Parents will be notified when grades fall below a C and when students have missing assignments • Students will be able to redo and resubmit assignments with a grade lower than 90%. • Students with grades below 70% for major assignments will have to come in and redo them during Homeroom/Knight Time

  10. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” --T.S. Eliot Accessing Student GradesLanguage Arts Grading Scale • Work Habits 10%- Turning in assignments on time, deadlines • Writing Grades- Assignments will be graded in multiple areas according to rubrics • Content 20%- Understanding of Topic, Ideas, Details, Support and Development • Organization and Fluency 10%- Clarity and Coherence, Structures and Transitions, Flow • Language 10%- Grammar, Conventions, Word Choice, Spelling, Punctuation, etc • Speaking and Listening 20%- Oral Presentation, Class Discussions • Reading 30%- Reading Counts, Reading Craft Activities, Vocabulary

  11. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” --Dr. Seuss Language Arts– Content • Writer’s Workshop and Writer’s Notebooks • Story Elements • Poetry • Reading Counts Program/Daily Reading/Reading Workshop • Plan to Change the World/ The Trouble With the Alphabet • 30 Day Challenge and Personal Narrative • A Christmas Carol • Novel: And Then There Were None… • Novel: The Giver • Novel: Touching Spirit Bear • Daily Reading Practice and Daily Grammar Practice Workbooks

  12. A Flipped Classroom? • This year I will be using lessons involving the concept of a Flipped Classroom. • In a Flipped Classroom, students will watch a lesson or video at home for homework and then come to class to apply and practice the concepts set out in the lesson. • This requires every student to have the ability to watch or access videos at home. • Let me know if this is an issue for your student

  13. Any Questions!! Please e-mail me or let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Thanks so Much for Coming!! “There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.” --H.L. Mencken