ELA Syllabus

Waynesboro Area Middle School

2017-18 ELA Syllabus

Mrs. Bryan

Contact Information:

Room #103

Phone #:  (717)762-1191

Email Address:   jessica_bryan@wasdpa.org

Course Instructor Philosophy:        

I believe that it is my job to help provide each student with the essential tools needed to be successful both in the present and in the future. I will strive to come up with new ways to present material and enhance understanding. I also believe that hands-on activities and technology are effective teaching tools and will incorporate them into lessons as much as possible. I believe that each student must also be willing to put forth their best effort each day.  Each class period will be broken up into different components to allow the students to stay involved and get the most out of each lesson.  Adaptations are on an individual basis.

Always remember, What is Fair is NOT Always Equal!


Based on the WASD Secondary ELA Grading Policy, grades for each marking period will be determined based upon the following categories:

  • Classwork and Participation (30%)

  • Homework (10%)

  • Quizzes and Tests (45%)

  • Participation (15%)

Homework, Classwork, and Notebook

  • Practice at home is essential to success in mathematics, just as practice is essential to success in playing a sport, performing a piece of music, or anything else of value.  Students are expected to complete all homework assignments.

  • Classwork will be scheduled to occur during class time and will be worth varying point values.  It could be in the form of an activity, group work, independent practice, etc.  Classwork is an excellent time for students to practice their skills and ask for help if they are having difficulty with a particular concept.

  • Class participation is expected every day and includes but is not limited to: taking notes, being prepared for class, asking/answering questions, being on task, etc.  

  • Each student will be required to keep a 3-ring binder that contains warm-ups, notes, and other activities.  I may check binders occasionally to make sure they are well-organized and up-to-date.  These binders will be an excellent resource when studying for a test and completing homework assignments.  They will stay in may class and occasionally will be allowed to be taken home for certain assignments.

Tests and Quizzes:

  • - A test will be given at the end of each Novel and grammar units.  Tests will be announced at least 3 days in advance.

  • - Prior to most tests, an Open Note Quiz/Test will be administered 1 – 3 days before the testing date.  Students may use their notes, warm-ups, homework, and classwork on the Open Note Quiz/Test in preparation for the chapter test.

  • - There will be at least one or two quizzes during a novel or grammar unit and will be worth varying point values.  Most quizzes will be announced in advance.    

Course Expectations:                                   

  • - The Golden Rule: Be polite, cooperative and respectful of others at all times.

  • - Bring all materials to class with you every day.

  • - Only one person should be speaking at a time.  All others should be paying attention to the speaker.

  • - Follow all school rules.

Any students who have difficulty meeting the course expectations will be given first a verbal warning.  Detentions, parent/guardian contact, and office referrals may also be necessary when actions persist or are disrupting the learning environment of others.


  • - Whenever students are absent, they are responsible for completing missed work. .

  • -  Please refer to the WAMS grading policy for information about timelines for making up work.

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