Beginning-of-the-year info and homework policy
Welcome to 7 West English!

You
have lots of fun events to look forward to this year, including:

- A field trip to the Garde Theatre in New London!

- The annual All 7th Grade Poetry Slam -- You may win a lava lamp!

- Having class in Mrs. Rolston's 1965 VW Bus!


7 West English homework policy

Homework is assigned to reinforce the skills and strategies taught during a lesson. Sometimes homework is given to allow you more thoughtful time to focus on a specific project. Mrs. Rolston is available to help you during all-skill and after school on Mondays.

As a student, you are expected to hand in assignments on time. Extra time is provided if you are absent from class. However, you are responsible for getting copies of missed class notes and assignments. Mrs. Rolston will provide you with the information you missed. Full credit will not be earned for late assignments unless approved by teachers.

Homework focuses on:

  • Understanding a text
  •  Insight into a text
  • Supporting conclusions with specific examples and quotes from a text
  • Responding in a clear and concise manner
  • Using Standard English grammar and punctuation rules

The homework rubric is based on the Common Core Standards’ 0, 1, 2 model.

Homework Rubric:

GOAL- Score 2 (100%)

  • The organizational structure has a clear beginning, middle and end. The topic is focused and strongly maintained.

  • The response provides adequate and convincing support and includes the effective use of facts and details from the source.

  • The response demonstrates an adequate command of conventions: correct sentence formation, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and spelling.

PROFICIENT- Score 1 (75%)

  • The organizational structure of the work is inconsistent. The topic is mostly maintained throughout the response.

  • The response provides some evidence and elaboration that includes mostly general information from the source.

  • The response demonstrates a partial command of conventions.

BASIC- Score 0 (65%- 0)

  • The response has little or no organizational structure; the response lacks focus.

  • The response demonstrates minimal or no use of evidence and elaboration for support. The response may be vague, confusing, and may include incorrect information.

  • The response demonstrates little or no command of conventions.

  • Student may re-work the assignment for an improved grade.

7 West English Class Overview

Text Analysis

          The Common Core State Standards require students to prepare for “college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and non-print texts in media forms old and new.”  In order to accomplish these objectives, students will demonstrate their understanding of texts in many ways.

7 West English students will:

  • Focus on the analysis of fiction and nonfiction texts.

  • Research and cite sources to support your ideas and conclusions.

  • Use different types of technology to present your ideas and conclusions.

  • Integrate grade level reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in the classroom.

  • Demonstrate a grade level command of Standard English.

Personal Reading

          All John Winthrop students are required to have a personal reading book with them every day. 7 West English students may read genres of their choice, or they may read a specific assigned genre or class book.

7 West English students will:

  • Always have a personal reading book with them every day.

  • Complete a Reading Log every two weeks that briefly summarizes the pages they have read.  After completing the Reading Logs and handing them in on time, students will be eligible for a drawing of fantastic prizes!

  • Complete a comprehensive Book List of all of the books they have read during the year.

  • Assemble an Exemplar Portfolio that illustrates the best examples of their skills during the year.