Miranda Newberry
Ridgeview Middle School 2017-18



Course Description:

This course is designed to enhance students' communication, reading, writing, and research skills.   The course will focus on understanding and creating a variety of texts from and through various mediums. The course will include the reading and analysis of narratives, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.  Narrative, expository, and persuasive writing for a variety of audiences and purposes is also a part of this course.  Language usage and mechanics will be included in the course to enhance writing and grammar abilities.  Print, electronic databases, online resources, and other media will be used to create a research project. 


Course Goals:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Present the skills and knowledge outlined in the Standards of Learning for 7th graders set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia and achieve a better than passing score on the reading SOL exam.
  2. Read, comprehend, and evaluate various fiction and nonfiction texts and mediums, including drama, prose, and poetry.
  3. Create narrative, expository, and persuasive texts.
  4. Develop research skills using both technology and traditional methods.
  5. Develop and enhance higher level thinking skills.


  • Highlighters (Blue, Green, Yellow)
  • Pencils
  • 3 Subject Notebook
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • Enthusiasm
  • An Open Mind
  • A Willing Heart

Students should have all materials by the third day of the course.



Students will be given a consumable copy of Interactive Reader that will be kept with them and brought to class as needed.  A classroom set of literature and grammar books will kept on the bookshelf in my room.  These textbooks will not be sent home unless checked out by a student.








  • Grading will occur on a variety of assignments, including writing, discussion responses, public speaking, group work, supplemental reading, tests, quizzes, presentations, projects, and participation. 
  • Grading will be based on a 100 point system.  Participation in class discussions and remaining on task in class work is essential to successfully completing this course. 
    • Participation grades – 10%
    • Daily work, homework, and quizzes – 50%
    •  Tests, essays, presentations, and projects – 40%


  • If you have a question or concern about your grade, you must make an appointment with me before or after school.  Do not ask about grades during class time.
  • Scores will be recorded into my computer/grade book and most papers will then be returned to you.  Some of your completed work will go into your writing folder which will continue with you through graduation.
  • We will utilize Google Classroom for many of our writing assignments.  DAILY ROUTINES

Students are expected to enter the classroom quietly and on time each day. 


If homework is due, please place it on your desk to be collected.

On the board will be the day's schedule along with a bell ringer activity (a short assignment that students are expected to complete upon entering the room).


You will only have three minutes in between each class to gather your things and get to your next room.  Because of this, bathroom breaks may occur at the beginning of class as needed but you MUST come into the room and wait until the tardy bell at which time you will be excused to the bathroom if needed.     



ALL assignments are due at the beginning of class.  If an assignment is handed in after I have collected them then it will be considered late.


No credit will be given for any work done in ink other than blue or black or pencil.

All assignments must be labeled with your name and date that it is turned in to me.

Failure to turn in an assignment will result in a zero.


Essays, projects, and other large assignments will be due on time (at the beginning of the period) whether you are present or not.  You must make arrangements to get the assignment to me when it is due either by placing in my mailbox, e-mailing the assignment, or turning it in prior to your absence.  This policy will be disregarded in the event of an emergency.



For regular daily assignments (other than projects and essays), you have five days to make up the work missed.


For tests, quizzes, or assignments that cannot go home, you may make them up as time allows.


A folder containing the week’s lessons along with any missed handouts will be located in the room.  It is YOUR responsibility to check the folder following an absence and completing the missed assignments.  I will not accept work after the five-day grace period. 



Daily assignments and homework - no credit given if late.


Essays and other projects go down one letter grade per day.  No credit after 3 days.


  • Be on time! You must be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings. Follow the guidelines stated previously in the syllabus upon entering the room.
  • Be prepared! Bring daily-required materials to class every day. Students must bring binders, textbooks, pens, and any materials needed to successfully complete the day's work.
  • Be respectful! Show respect to everyone and everything. If someone in the class is speaking, there should be no other talking or interruptions.  Exceptions will be made for group work and class discussions and students will be aware of these exceptions.

*Students must sign out each time s/he leaves the classroom other than group bathroom breaks.
*Cell phones should be turned off and put away.


A discipline binder will be kept to log any infraction.

  • 1st offense: Warning
  • 2nd offense: Discipline Log (Strike One)
  • 2nd offense: Parent or guardian notification with returned signature (Strike Two)
  • 3rd offense:  Administration referral (Strike Three)
Behavior is considered unacceptable when it hinders the learning of others.  A student will not be allowed to impede the instruction of others.