Course Syllabus

7th Grade English Language Arts

Course Syllabus

Amy McAfee


In 7th Grade English Language Arts, students will receive instruction that will enable them to read, write, speak, listen, and think at their grade level. Students will read fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama; write in the descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive modes; and conduct research to gain information about various topics. Students will present information through oral presentations, art projects, and written reports. The course will prepare students to be successful on standardized test; more importantly, it will prepare them to become lifelong learners. All standards from the Alabama Course of Study for Language Arts will be covered. These standards may be viewed by clicking the following link:  7th Grade ELA Alabama Course of Study



Required Materials

These supplies should be brought to class each day.

  1. 1-inch, 3-ring binder with 5 dividers, loose-leaf paper, pencil pouch for the binder, red pen(s), and pencil(s)
  2. Self-selected book from the classroom library, school library, or home
  3. Textbooks and workbooks will be kept in the classroom.

Make-up Work

  1. Missed work may be made up only if a student’s absence is excused.
  2. Students must make up work within three days of returning to school.
  3. Assignments which are due on the day a student returns to class will be due on the scheduled date if they were announced before the student was absent. Any test given on the day a student returns must be taken that day if the test was announced before the student was absent.
  4. Missed tests and work are posted on the Classroom News bulletin board. It is the student’s responsibility to show the teacher his or her excuse, check the board for missed work and make arrangements with the teacher to make up the work. Tests must be made up before or after school, not during class.

Class Rules*

  1. Be on time.
  2. Be prepared.
  3. Be respectful.
  4. Be alert.
  5. All rules from the WEHS Handbook and Etowah County Handbook apply.



Grades are determined on a points-earned basis. For example, if 1,000 points are possible during a term and a student earns 850 points, the grade will be determined as follows:

            850 points (points earned) ÷ 1000 (points possible) = 85 B

Graded tests will be kept on file in the classroom. Copies of graded tests will be sent home at the request of the parent.


Below is an outline of the material which will be covered each semester.


First Semester

  1. Grammar Review
  2. Vocabulary (Tests will be administered on a bi-weekly basis.)
  3. Figurative Language
  4. Plot and Conflict
  5. Point of View
  6. Characterization
  7. Descriptive and Expository Writing
  8. Novel Study: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, with related research
  9. Selected Short Stories and Poetry
  10. Selected Nonfiction

Second Semester

  1. Capitalization and Punctuation Review
  2. Vocabulary
  3. The Sentence
  4. Genres and Sub-Genres of Literature
  5. Book Report Projects
  6. Narrative and Persuasive Writing
  7. Novel Study: The Giver by Lois Lowry
  8. Selected Short Stories and Poetry
  9. Selected Nonfiction