• Course Description: Language arts instruction will provide a meaningful, integrated program that is planned and developed for all students utilizing the four language arts processes: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Reading instruction will expose students to a variety of reading strategies for reading literary and expository texts.  Writing instruction will include the development of written communication skills, including narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative writing.  Standard English conventions are developed through the writing process.  This course is aligned to Common Core Standards for 7th grade English/Language Arts.

    1. Textbooks and Instructional Materials: The books/materials listed here will support student learning and are available in class.
    • Required Text:

              Pearson My Perspectives (Grade 7)

    1. Supplementary Texts:

              Additional core literature/novels

              Standard dictionary, thesaurus, & additional resource materials

    • Supplemental Materials: Students will need to arrive in class each day with the materials needed for the day’s work. Materials include a 3-ring binder, paper, pencils, pens, their school agenda, etc.


    • Behavior/Attendance/Work Ethic: Students are expected to arrive to class on time and to be ready, willing, and able to work during the class period.  It is a class expectation that students be prompt, prepared, responsible, and respectful.  All school rules as stated in the Visalia Unified School District Conduct Code are enforced.
    1. Grading Policies:
      1. Score Calculations—Rubrics/Scoring guides will accompany assignments and/or will be posted so all students know exactly what is expected to achieve proficiency. True standards-based grading does not involve grade calculations.  Students must achieve a rubric score of 3 or higher to meet grade-level standards.  Proficiency is based on mastery of the content standards.

    Rubric Score



    Advanced – Student communicated/demonstrated clear and complete understanding of the concept, skill, or standard.


    Proficient – Student communicated/demonstrated an understanding of concept, skill, or standard without the depth of an advanced score.


    Basic – Student does not fully understand the concept, skill, or standard, but is making progress toward grade-level standard.


    Below Basic – Student shows little or no understanding of concept, skill, or standard.


    1. The Grade—Marks/grades will be based predominantly on assessments. Assessments will include selection tests, quizzes, midterms, essays, and semester finals.  A four-point rubric will be used to evaluate the proficiency level for each standard.  Scores of 3 or 4 are proficient - at grade level. A score of 2 is approaching proficiency and grade level for the given standard.  A score of 1 will need to be improved in order for a student to achieve a passing score.  Students will have multiple opportunities to reach proficiency on each standard.  Grades will be assigned as follows:
    Performance Level

    Rubric Score Averages



    4.0 – 3.7

    Meets and often exceeds all grade level standards


    3.6– 3.0

    Meets grade level standards


    2.9 – 2.3

    Approaching grade level standards

    Below Basic


    (Below Proficient) Does not meet grade-level proficiency; is in danger of failing



    (Insufficient Evidence)  Has not completed 80% of assessments given during a specific grading period; is in danger of failing

    1. Quality of Work—Student work (both practice and assessment) is expected to be complete, proficient, and on time. Most assignments involve collecting data, recording observations, and answering questions.

          D. Multiple Opportunities to Achieve—Students will have multiple opportunities to reach grade level standards through the reteaching                    and reassessment process.  If a student still has not reached proficiency on a standard, appropriate interventions will be provided. 

    1. Extra Help—Grades are based on student proficiency on VUSD essential standards. No extra credit is given.  Extra help is offered by appointment with the instructor.

    Homework, Late Work, and Make-up Work—Homework will be assigned to provide practice with concepts and skills taught in class.  Regular practice will improve performance on assessments.  Assignments should be done in a timely manner.  Make-up or late work is accepted as negotiated with the teacher.


    1. Parent Contact: Parents may view assignments for their son/daughter on the school agenda, curriculum map, or Pinnacle Internet Viewer.  E-mail is the preferred method of communication as it is direct, quick, and easy.  Parents are welcome to call or email at any time.  If you do not have Internet access, the school phone number is (559) 730-7921.