Mrs. Phelps’s Classroom Syllabus - 6th Grade
The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated!
A positive attitude, respectful manner, and high expectations make a learning environment enjoyable! Let’s have a fantastic year in 6th Grade Language Arts!
I. INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: Mrs. Becky Phelps
Room: 505 Phone: 218-4610
Plan/Parent Contact Time: 9:29-10:29 AM Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
II. COURSE STANDARDS:
1. Reading: Students will read and comprehend text across the curriculum.
2. Literature: Students will respond to a variety of texts.
3. Writing: Students will write effectively for a variety of audiences, purposes, and contexts.
4. Research: Students will apply reading and writing skills to demonstrate learning.
5. Listening: Students will participate effectively as listeners within formal and informal groups.
6. Speaking: Students will speak effectively for a variety of audiences, purposes, occasions, and contexts.
III. WHAT WE EXPECT OF STUDENTS:
Students will be respectful of one another, any adults in our classroom, and all materials.
Students will follow all school rules as posted and noted in student agenda book.
Students will come to class with a positive attitude and a readiness to learn.
Students will show responsibility by bringing necessary materials and being prepared for class.
IV. WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT FROM THE TEACHER:
A respectful setting.
An expectation that all students will have a successful year.
An environment for learning.
A meaningful lesson/activity each day.
V. MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR EACH DAY OF CLASS:
1. Pencil & pen 2. Assignment/Homework 3. Library Book
4. Colored Pencils 5. Agenda Book WITH Conduct Card 6. 3-ring binder
VI. WHAT WILL THE CLASS BE LIKE EACH DAY?
The class consists of a 90-minute Language Arts block. During this time, your student will spend the first 60 minutes with their assigned LA teacher focusing on English Language Arts Common Core Standards. The remaining 30 minutes students will be either in a small group or large group multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) focusing on comprehensive skills through independent reading.
VII. HOW MUCH “HOMEWORK” CAN WE EXPECT?
Generally, homework will be given once or twice a week unless we are working on a project or writing assignment; then, expect more.
Beyond regular paper and pencil homework, or on-line work, students should read with the goal of completing one book independently every two weeks.
Students may also view assignments on the classroom board, Google Classroom, and the lesson plans tab on my website: https://ams.usd385.org/199478_2
VIII. HOW ARE WE GRADED?
Grades will be weighted in the following manner:
50% Tests & Projects
35% Daily work and homework
15% Independent Reading and AR
IX. WHAT ABOUT LATE WORK, RE-DOS, AND TEST RETAKES?
An assignment is late if a student was at school when it was given and comes the following day without it. He/she may turn in late work one day late with a late pass and receive no grade penalty.
All other work that is late will result in a 20% deduction.
Projects are subject to a different deduction. Students will receive a deduction of 2% for each day it is late, up to but not exceeding, a 10% deduction.
All late work must be turned in prior to the end of the nine weeks for credit.
Also, have your student check the “no name” clip if an assignment is missing. They may have simply forgotten to write their name on their paper.
Any homework/classwork may be redone if a student receives lower than a 75%. They can redo the assignment to earn UP TO A 80% B.
Redos and test retakes are determined on an individual basis and must be advocated by the student.
If such permission is granted by the teacher, the student can correct the test/ quiz for up to 80% B.
X. EXAMPLES OF HOW WE WILL BE LEARNING
At the start of every class, students will be taught various grammar skills to reinforce or enhance their writing.
Vocabulary Flash-Cards and On-line Vocab Games
Students will receive between ten to fifteen words approximately every two weeks. At the end of the two-week period, a test will be given. As a new set of words is introduced, they will be added to the old ones for the following test. The academic vocabulary will focus on the following: affixes and roots, vocabulary, and domain-specific words. Students will also have links to study vocabulary words on-line.
Library/Independent Reading (AR)
Students will visit the library every two weeks as a group in their language arts class. During this time, students will be expected to check out books within their reading range, take AR tests, and read. Students may individually check out new books every day if needed!
Independent reading/AR will be part of students’ grades. In fact, it will be weighted as 15% of their overall LA grade and will consist of three different types of grades:
Deadline Grade (10 points) - Students will be expected to read a book every two weeks and will earn a “deadline” grade every 2 weeks of ten points for completing the book on time. They will receive all the points if they take the AR test during the two-week window in which the book was assigned, or they will receive a zero if they don’t. This grade can NOT be made up.
Comprehension Grade (50 points) - Students will be assessed on how they perform on their AR test, a computerized comprehension test that consists of ten to twenty questions about the book they read. The grade given will be the score earned on the AR, test which will then be converted into a grade worth 50 points. For example, if a student earns on 80% on Where the Red Fern Grows, the grade goes in the gradebook as 40/50, which is still an 80%. If students take the test past the deadline, the score will still be accepted.
AR GOAL (50 points) - At the beginning of each quarter, students will choose their AR point goal based on the STAR assessment and a one-on-one conference with the teacher. Students will have all quarter to reach their goal. When they reach their goal, they will receive all 50 points. If not, they will receive a percentage of what they earned. For example, if a student was expected to achieve 30 AR points but only achieved 25 points, they reached 83% out of 100% of their goal. So, they would receive 83% of the 50 points, which comes out to 41.5/50.
Bonus Points - Students may receive up to 50 points extra credit for reading ABOVE their AR book goal (The AR book goal is typically 4-5 books per quarter). The points earned are based off of the AR points assigned to the book.
Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a program designed to meet the needs of each student in order to focus on skills specific to him or her. Based on the STAR Reading Assessment, students will be placed into groups according to their skill level. If necessary, students will meet with an interventionist in a small group and concentrate on phonics skills, reading comprehension, or fluency.
Dear Parent or Guardian,
After going over the syllabus, please initial next to each statement indicating you understand these key statements. Return this to your child’s ELA teacher by Friday, August 23rd.
_____ I know my child is responsible for reading a book and taking an AR test every TWO weeks.
_____ I understand that independent reading/AR will be part of my child’s grade. In fact, it will be weighted as 15% of their overall LA grade and will consist of three different types of grades: Deadline grades, Comprehension grades, and AR Point Goal grades.
_____ I understand my child will be deducted 20% off his/her homework if it is turned in late (unless a late pass is used).
_____ I understand my child can only receive up to an 80% on any retake of homework, classwork, test or quiz at the teacher’s discretion.
_____ I understand my child is responsible for collecting any make-up work for when he/she is absent or leaves early from school.
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Student Name Date
Student Signature Date
Getting to Know Your Child
1. Does your child have internet access at home? Y or N
2. What is something you want me to know about your child? (This is confidential information.)
3. What is something I can do to help your child be successful this year?