Language Arts

Welcome back!!!These first two weeks we will be focusing on class procedures and

On these first two weeks, we will be focusing on class procedures and familiarize you with the expectations of the class.

On Tuesday, we will be visiting the Information Center to check out a book for independent reading. Our goal is for you to read more than ever this year, and I will be trying everything in my power to instill a love and respect for reading within each of you. If you are currently reading a book at home, please bring it to school on Tuesday.

Language Arts

Dear Parents and Students,

WELCOME to Discovery School!

Thank you for your confidence in trusting the teaching of your children in our hands.

The syllabus below is designed to give you a brief overview on different components of the Language Arts class. The goal is for each student to obtain mastery of each and every content standard for students in Language Arts for grade 9:

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing:
    • Use a semicolon to link two or more closely related independent clauses.
    • Use a colon to introduce a quotation.
  • Comprehend thoroughly when reading or listening.
  • Apply knowledge of the language to understand how language functions in different contexts.
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on reading and content.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • Demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Class dynamics will include research, projects, oral presentations, reading of assigned material, class work, and oral or written tests. Neatness and order will be expected at all times.

ASSIGNMENTS

It is the responsibility of the student to replenish all the work that has been assigned in his absence and to deliver them in the stipulated time, except for the following reasons:

  1. If a student misses one or two days, he/she must submit a written excuse at home to replenish the work that he was unable to do.
  2. If a student is absent three days or more, he/she must submit a medical excuse to replenish the work that he could not do.
  3. If the student presents the appropriate excuse, he will have one day for each day lost to replenish the work he was unable to do.
  4. If the student does not present his / her work in the stipulated time, it will not receive a grade.
  5. If your absence is planned in advance, the assignments that must be submitted for the day of departure must be submitted earlier.

CLASS RULES

  1. Attend class every day. Absences must be justified and documented.
  2. Students must come prepared to class, this includes bringing all necessary materials.
  3. All assignments must be submitted by the date indicated.
  4. Students must show respect and consideration to others at all times.

MATERIALS

  1. Notebook
  2. Pencil & eraser
  3. Pens

* Colors and markers

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us.

Gloria Palacios

Secondary Assistant Principal

gpalacios@discoveryschool.edu.hn

(504) 2221-7790 ext 148

(504) 9561-1434

Pia Girbal

*Substitute Teacher

MS/HS ELA

pgirbal@discoveryschool.edu.hn

 

ELA May 15-19

This week you will be working on the “Be the Change” project that was inspired from our trip to Amor, Fe, y Esperanza. The leaders for the project are: Nico, Laura T, Laura S, Avery, Liza, and Sofia. Each day you will be responsible for making crafts and artistic products. You should complete the daily notecard to inform me what you have accomplished that day and the substitute will sign off. Please manage your time well and remember the purpose of this project.

ELA April 24-28

We will continue our Sustainable Development Project this week. On Monday, Ms. Amy will be facilitating an activity with you to get you thinking about systems and solutions. On Tuesday, you will collaborate with your fifth grade partner(s) to come up with a problem and solutions to focus on for your goal. For the rest of the week you will work on problem/solution writing.

ELA April 18-21

We will begin our Sustainable Development Projects in collaboration with Ms. Amy’s 5th grade ELA class this week. On Wednesday you will present the goals to your partner and get to know each other. We go over all the details of the project with you then. Make sure to stay updated with due dates and guidelines. We will be focusing on problem/solution writing towards the end of the week.

ELA April 3-7

This week we will finish our unit on research and informative writing. You will practice the skills we have been reviewing by completing SAT practice tests online. We will also continue one-on-one conferences for final revisions on the paper. Also, you will be starting a new project in collaboration with Ms. Amy in 5th grade. You will be partnered with a 5th grader to complete a research and writing assignment on the United Nations’ Sustainability Goals. All information will be given in class, along with rubrics and requirements.

The final research paper is due by this Thursday, April 6th, but you may turn it in any day this week to get your grade sooner.

ELA March 27-31

We will continue to focus on language and writing this week while simultaneously applying those skills to your research papers. Throughout the week, I will be conferencing with you one-on-one about your papers, as well as overall strengths and needs for improvement. Each night you should be revising your papers using the skills that were addressed that day in class.

ELA March 20-24

We will be having mini lessons all week to perfect and finalize your research papers on influential women of history. On Tuesday, March 21st, you will have your second draft due and then on TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH YOUR FINAL DRAFT IS DUE FOR 200 POINTS. All this week you will be receiving comments on your papers and we will have individual conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday to evaluate your writing under the categories in which you will be graded.

 

ELA March 13-16

Using the first drafts of your research paper, we will be peer editing and revising this week. You will review proofreading marks and be required to have multiple people edit the paper. The final research paper, complete with in-text citations, title page, 4-6 pages, etc.. will be due on Tuesday, March 21st. Then, we will work on the presentations of your research before we move on to a new unit for fourth quarter.

ELA March 6-10

We are continuing our research paper for Women’s History Month. By Tuesday you should have your research outlines complete and ready to start the first draft of your paper. We will be in the info center Tuesday-Thursday. ON MONDAY, MARCH 13TH YOU SHOULD HAVE THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR PAPER COMPLETE. That means that you should have at least 4 pages, complete with intro and conclusion, and the Works Cited page.