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Danielle Lovejoy

Class Syllabus

Course Description and Objectives

7th Grade Language Arts is a year long course which addresses the District-adopted content and performance standards.  You will be working on skills to improve reading comprehension, literary response, analysis, vocabulary development, written communication applications, writing process, listening, observing, and speaking.  You will become an accurate, perceptive and careful reader, writer, speaker, and listener. You will employ active learning strategies that enhance and further lifelong learning skills. I have high expectations and am committed to supporting each student.  I am here to help each student succeed in this class. We have a lot of work to do this year, however, I believe in having fun while learning. The attitude that YOU bring into this class every day will determine this.


Course Requirements

In order to receive a grade of C or higher—which indicates attainment of grade-level standards—a student must successfully:

  • take notes, including class discussion and Cornell notes

  • complete your ABU reading and Book Group assignments

  • write responses for reading assignments, complete an in-class journal

  • develop essays including: narrative, argumentative and informative; one formal essays per trimester (formal essays include those which progress through all stages of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, responding, revising, editing, publishing)

  • pass comprehension quizzes, including vocabulary and spelling--every two weeks

  • complete various projects, both individual and group

  • give oral presentations both alone and as a member of a collaborative group

  • be an active participant in the successful completion of the course, by studying in class and at home

  • you are expected to keep all assignments and to double check that the grade matches the one on Parent Portal


Evaluation and Assessment

Grades will be determined on a point system.  Each assignment is worth a certain number of points, and then weighted accordingly:  A=90-100% B=80-89% C=70-79% D=60-69% F=59% and below (not passing)

Course Work

Percentage of Grade

Classwork, Homework, Reading Quizzes


Tests (Vocabulary, Spelling, End of Unit, Finals), Projects, Speeches


Welcome Work and SSR Book Groups


Writing (Essays, Rough Drafts, Journals, Perfect Paragraphs)



Absent/Make Up Work:   You are expected to see me for make-up work as soon as you return from an absence.  Students have the number of days they were absent to complete all of the missing assignments.  The student is responsible for finding out what he/she missed while absent. Be ready to make up any tests you may have missed on the day that you return.  Original assignments/tests may be changed to deter students from cheating.


Late Work:  You are expected to complete all homework assignments by the beginning of the class period that it is due.    If an assignment is late, it may still be turned in BUT it will only receive up to half credit.  Students will not be given any late work extensions on essays, projects or big assignments without prior consent.  Essays and big projects will be docked 10% for every two days it is late (ex: a weekend would count as two days). If a student needs an extension on a due date because of extraordinary circumstances, he/she must talk to me before the assignment is due and have a parental note explaining the situation.


No Name Papers: Students must put his/her first AND last name, period, and date on everything he/she turns in. Papers with no names are added to the no name section of the room. If students identify their work, they may receive the late work grade of 50%.


Office Hours: Office hours will be held during lunch for those students who make arrangements in advance.  Students can always make an appointment to meet with me before or after school if extra help is needed.  Academic Wednesday or Friday School is also available for students needing extra support.


The novels read and discussed in this class may include some from the following list:

         The Giver                                Holes Farewell to Manzanar Percy Jackson & the Olympians  Christmas Carol Beowolf *miscellaneous short stories and poetry to be read throughout the year


Behavioral Objectives

Daily active, engaged, and appropriate participation is expected.  Daily attendance is crucial. Treat everyone in the classroom with respect and courtesy.  Please take appropriate language factors into respect. No personal grooming in the classroom.  Students will be given one warning when inappropriate behavior is occurring. Students who need multiple warnings will be given a referral to the office, after school detention, and a phone call home will be made.  No cheating/plagiarism; cheating will result in a referral and a zero on that assignment.


“Lovejoy Lottery” tickets will be given to students with exceptional behavior, study habits, attitudes, or intelligent answers.  The “Lovejoy Lottery” will be held after the Friday spelling/vocabulary tests and prizes will be given to the winners.


Cell phone policy:

Cell phones are expected to remain off and out of sight during class time unless otherwise stated.  Please place your cell phone in the numbered pocket up front or in your backpack. If seen, the teacher will take the phone and it won’t be returned until the end of class.  Multiple infractions may result in phone calls home and referrals.


Bathroom Breaks:   When you leave class, you miss important information.  Please plan to use the bathroom on your own time. If needed, one student may use the bathroom one at a time.  You will have three bathroom passes/drinking fountain privileges per trimester. Plan to use wisely. If you do not use your passes, they may be turned in for 10 points of extra credit each at the end of the trimester.


Ms. Lovejoy’s rules:

Be on time—that means in your seat when the bell rings and that you have anticipated what it going to be our first activity, as per the agenda, and you have all of the necessary materials out.  Tardies will have an effect on your grade.  Please show up to class on time, especially after the passing period.

Be prepared—bring materials, homework (and keep all work!)

Be respectful—no interrupting, no leaving your seat during instruction or when the bell rings until Ms. Lovejoy excuses the class, respect all classroom materials

Be willing—to participate, to learn, to try

Be responsible—complete all class work/homework assignments, turn in work on time.


If a student chooses not to follow the expectations, he/she will receive one or more of the following consequences:

1.      Verbal warning, change of seat

2.      Email/phone call home

3.      Teacher Suspension/Alternative Learning Center detention for the period

4.      Discipline Referral *I will also write referrals for behaviors that are outlined in the student handbook.





While I have many expectations for myself as your educator (to be clear, fair, and judicious), I also have many expectations of you.  I expect that you will come to class having done your homework assignments so that class time may be spent discussing it rather than playing catch-up.  Above all, I expect you to come to class with an open mind, as well as with the ability to respect others’ opinions. One thing I want to make sure is that this classroom continues to be a safe haven for everyone -- name calling, or badgering of any kind, will not be tolerated.  Please continue to treat each other with kindness and RESPECT!

Active Learning Supplies

Students will bring the following supplies every day to class:  

  1. 3-ring binder with ample binder paper

  2. Assignment planner (provided by the school)

  3. Blue or black pens, pencils

  4. 2 Highlighters (2 different colors)

  5. SSR Reading Book

  6. Reusable Water Bottle

Ms. Lovejoy’s Contact Information

E-mail (best way to reach me!):  

Phone number: If you need to reach me by telephone, please call the school directly 925.625.5060 and leave a voicemail at extension 4336

Current Assignments