Mrs. Heather Gaylor

February - 3rd Marking Period

We are beginning to wrap up Module 2. Our second class novel, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, is completed and these next couple of weeks we will be testing and writing about the novel, as well as starting our grammar instruction. The focus will be with adjectives and independent and dependent clauses. All of these will help your students be more detailed, descriptive and overall, more improved writers. We are continuing to focus on TDA's and how we respond using text evidence to support thoughts with responses to literature. PSSA's will assess your students in April so we will look at state released items so your student will be comfortable with the format.
Spring is right around the corner, and so is progress reports! Please keep checking the portal. We need the help at home of monitoring your student's timely work completion. Hopefully your student has shared excitement over a team reward for 3rd marking period that ALL of 7th grade will have the opportunity to achieve! With a 65% and better in all core subject areas, No ISS or OSS, no more than 1 office detention, and team discretion on teacher detentions, your student can celebrate with all qualifying 7th graders for a day out! More to come!
Happy Valentine's Day

Welcome to 7th Grade          
English Language Arts at WAMS

I am one of the English Language Arts teachers here at Waynesboro Area Middle School. Hired full time in this school district in 1999, I taught elementary grades 4-6 with most of my time spent in 5th grade. During employment at Hooverville Elementary, I sought after my Masters in Reading, attending Shippensburg University. I earned a Master's Degree and a Reading Intervention Specialist Certificate. In 2006, I came to 7th grade Reading and later 7th grade English Language Arts, as well as 7th and 8th grade intervention classes, here at WAMS.

I hope that the following information will be helpful and serve as a guide for a successful school year.  

In our Language Arts class, your student and I will work together to: 
  • Build essential literacy skills for secondary level and college and career readiness.
  • Bring his or her reading proficiency up to grade level.
  • Develop multi-paragraph writing skills.
  • Apply reading and writing strategies to other subjects such as social studies, science, and math, including their current language arts classes.
  • Show your student that he or she can attain reading success if they apply the best of themselves and actively participate and engage themselves in the learning process.

ELA is a 60 minute class that implements reading, writing, speaking skills and parts of grammar. Students will complete 5 Modules during the course of the year with a class novel and other sources of reading embedded into each. Our rigorous curriculum written and developed by teachers at WAMS, meets the PA Core Standards.

Module One- The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963  by Christopher Paul Curtis

Module Two- Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Module Three- Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Module Four- Call of the Wild  by Jack London

Module Five- Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Students are expected to arrive at class prepared with their class novel, folder, writing utensils, a charged Chromebook, and a positive attitude. Language Arts probably won't be every student's favorite class, but a great attitude and a willingness to learn is a strength to possess.  Grades are gathered from a variety of sources and are weighted accordingly: homework 10%, participation 15% classwork 30%, and lastly, tests/quizzes 45%.

Please check the Community Portal (click for grades) regularly. If you see an assignment marked missing ("M") or incomplete ("I") please encourage your student to complete it. Excused work is only issued if a student was absent and I am not requiring that work to be made up. There is no negative impact on your student's grade when you see an excused assignment. Please visit the 7th Grade Syllabus for additional information.

I am looking forward to a very successful and enjoyable year for your student! As always, if you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me with the email provided.  Thank you! 

Mrs. Heather Gaylor

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