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Welcome 7th Grade Humanities Students

Keiller Leadership Academy

7270 Lisbon St.

San Diego, CA 92114

(619)-263-9266

lsullivan@mykla.org

August 22, 2018

Dear 7th Grade KLA Leaders,

My name is Mr. Sullivan and this will be my third year teaching 7th grade Humanities at Keiller Leadership Academy! Before I tell you a little bit about myself I first would like to welcome all new and returning 7th grade students back to KLA. After much success in our first and second year using, "Amplify," we will continue to develop our understanding of the English language and get familiar with new cultures using this curriculum! Each student will love how fun and interactive it makes learning and exploring the English Language Arts all while attaining all the Common Core State Standards of California. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to get to know each one of you and to guide your learning of the English Language Arts and all of its history!

As many of my former students know, I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in a little town called Sharon, which is about 5 miles away from where the New England Patriots play! I am a huge fan of the Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox, but will watch almost any game on TV. I graduated from Sharon High School in 2009 and then attended college at the University of Rhode Island where I attained my bachelor’s degree with majors in Secondary Education along with English. Right now I am continuing my education by taking classes at the University of San Diego. So, just like you, I will be writing essays while analyzing texts throughout the school year. All in all, this will be my fifth year teaching English and my fourth year working with middle school students.

I really enjoy reading and learning about other cultures and experiences different people have in my free time. I actually just finished reading a novel called "Tijuana Straights," about a woman who finds herself in trouble after trying to clean up some of the pollution in her hometown, Tijuana. I enjoyed this book because it mentioned many parts of San Diego I am familiar with including Imperial Beach. I am looking forward to reading many new books in class with you this year where we will explore many different cultures together.  

This last summer I traveled to Costa Rica for two weeks where I surfed, explored a volcano and visited a waterfall called La Fortuna. I also worked hard in my classes and spent some time with my family back in Massachusetts. I spent a lot of time on the beach and even saw several sharks, one of which bit a seal causing the beach to be closed down!

In class this year I will demonstrate Leadership qualities and will expect you to do the same. Respect for me and your peers, working hard, using class time wisely and most of all maintaining an attitude that strives for success are all part of my expectations for each 7th grade student. If you or your parents have any questions or concerns about class performance or any other issues you are welcome to call or email me and we can make an appointment to meet after school. I look forward to meeting you, and have a great feeling about this year!


Mr. Sullivan

7th Grade Humanities
lsullivan@mykla.org
 

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Syllabus for 2018-2019 School Year

Ph: 619-263-9266 ext 2033

 

Welcome to 7th Grade Humanities!

 

Course Description:

 

Humanities class is a combination of both the English Language Arts and History. Students studying humanities will be able to make clear connections between the literature they read and the history behind it. This school year all Humanities students will be learning about different cultures and reading relevant literature through the new, “Amplify, curriculum.

 

The Amplify curriculum will take students on an interactive journey through online texts and quests that will engage students in a groundbreaking new way all while attaining the Common Core State Standards. Students will be accessing technology each day in class to help them comprehend works by Edgar Allan Poe, Lorraine Hansberry, Shakespeare as well as informational and historical texts.

 

HABITS OF MIND

Curiosity:  the desire to know more about the world

Openness:  the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world

Engagement:  a sense of investment and involvement in learning

Creativity:  the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas

Persistence:  the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short and long-term projects

Responsibility:  the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions

Flexibility:  the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands

Metacognition:  the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking

 

What do you know about Humanities class? I know that Humanities class is _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

 

 

Grading Policy

10% Speaking/Listening/Partner Reading

34% Formative Assessments/Classwork

20% Rubric Based Writing

25% Summative Assessments/Interim Tests/Final Essays

10% Vocab App/Grammar Flex/Solo work

1% Citizenship

 

Rubric Based Writing Scale

10 Exceeding Standard/Advanced

8   Meeting Standard/Proficient

7   Approaching meeting the Standard

6   Not yet but getting there.

5   Incomplete

 

                                                                 

Numerical Grade Breakdown

100%-90% = A

89%-80%  = B

79%-70%  = C

69%-60%  = D

59% and below = F

 

Write one question that you still have about the grading policy. One question that I still have about the grading policy is ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

 

Class Expectations

ALL SCHOOL RULES APPLY TO THIS CLASS!  PLEASE REFER TO YOUR STUDENT HANDBOOK.

 

Solo/Reading Comprehension Work

Solo Reading Comprehension assignments will be given every day and checked the following class day. If you do not have computer access, then you must complete the workbook assignment and quickly input it into the “Solo” part of the Amplify website at the beginning of class. Depending on the day I will allow 5-10 minutes at the end of class to work on the Solo.

 

Beginning of Class Procedures

Gather all supplies that will be necessary to succeed in class out of backpack.

Leave backpack in assigned backpack area (you will not be able to access backpack for the rest of the period.)

Retrieve computer quietly.

Quietly walk to your assigned seat.

Sign into Amplify

Begin Vocabulary

Check the board for next steps.

Wait for further instructions from the teacher.

 

Restroom Policy

 You will be allowed to leave the room ONCE per week.  I expect that you will ask to use the restroom and you will need to sign out at the back desk. You must write the date, time, location and time back in on the sign out sheet. You must always wear the orange vest whenever you leave. The vest must be worn properly.

 

Hand Raising

Students must raise their hands to speak out loud in class unless specifically directed otherwise by the teacher. Talk only when permitted. Be aware of the situation since quiet talking is allowed in some situations and speaking to the entire group without raising your hand may be allowed in others. I will remind you once and expect compliance. Non-compliance will result in consequences such as lowering of the student’s citizenship grade, detention, and/or a call home.

 

Why do you need to raise your hand to speak? I need to raise my hand to speak because _____________________________________________________________________________.

 

 

Countdown  =  the teacher may count down from 5 to 1. At “1” students must be back to their seats, quiet, and ready to follow directions. Students not following directions will receive a loss of citizenship points.

 

Absences and Missed Work:

Students are responsible for all work missed work during their absence. All assignments will be posted online.

The student should set up an appointment with the teacher to go over and to turn in any missed work. Late work may only be submitted during the teacher’s tutoring time after school.

Missed work is the responsibility of the student to make up!

 

What should you do if you miss a class? If I miss a class, I need to 

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

 

Citizenship Points

You will be graded daily on Speaking and Listening, Participation, and Work Habits. You can also lose points for the following violations

Backpacks at seat

Not getting quick questions started within 1 minute of bell

Not facing forward/paying attention while the teacher is talking.

Dress Code

Off Task

Arguing

No Homework

Disrespectful to other students/teacher

Outbursts without raising hand

Walking around room

Spending too much time playing with mechanical pencils/not prepared with supplies

Tapping

Cross-classroom talking/yelling/giggling

 

REACH

Every student will be held accountable to REACH

Respect           We treat others with kindness.

Enthusiasm     We have a good attitude towards the learning.

Achievement   We will succeed in all our classes.

Citizenship      We take pride in our school.

Hard Work      We complete all assignments on time and not waste a minute.

 

 

Student Name: ________________________________________________________

 

Parent Signature: ______________________________________________________

Spring Break Work

1. Read the short story, "The Black Cat," by Edgar Allan Poe
 

2. Illustrate 6 different scenes/parts from the short story in the story board comic strip. Underneath each illustration describe what is going on or use a quote. Storyboard must include color for full credit. A story board is what we did for "The Tell Tale Heart," it is basically a comic strip of the main events that happened in the story.

On the back of the story board write down 5 words from the text that you did not understand. Use google to find the definitions and paraphrase them on the back.

Spring Break Packet 2017

Directions: Read "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe
 
 
Illustrate 6 different scenes/parts from the short story in the story board comic strip. Underneath each illustration describe what is going on or use a quote. Storyboard must include color for full credit.
 
On the back of the story board write down 5 words from the text that you did not understand. Use google to find the definitions and paraphrase them on the back.
 
 

Winter Break Raisin in the Sun Project

Create a move poster for A Raisin in the Sun 
(Periods 1,2,4,5)
 
points   Include a quote from the text or movie at the bottom of poster
5 points    Poster is illustrated with a scene from the play/movie
5 points    Poster contains main character names at the top (Walter, Ruth, Beneatha etc.
5 points    Poster contains less than 2-3 spelling/grammar errors.
 
This project is meant to be fun and creative! You can choose any scene that we have read/watched to illustrate. Some examples are: When Mama gives Walter the $3,000, When Mama decides to purchase a new house, When Walter and Beneatha dance in the kitchen, When Mr. Lindner tries to get the Younger's to not move into Clybourne Park. etc. Make sure to use color!  I would like you to write a quote from the scene you are illustrating at the bottom of the movie poster as well. You can find the text in the Amplify Library. This movie poster can be done on a regular sized printer paper, or you can make it bigger if you would like. Good luck and enjoy your break!
 
Mr. Sullivan

Red Scarf Girl Poster Project

Red Scarf Girl Poster Project


Due Date: Friday October 14th



Directions:


-Choose a scene from Red Scarf Girl that we read in class. This could be any excerpt from Lesson 1-12 in SubUnit 3.


-Illustrate the scene you and your partner have chosen.


-Include one quote from that scene about how Ji-Li feels during the moment. Quote must be written big and clearly on poster.


-Include Ji-Li’s hopefulness during the scene. (From 1-10)


-With your partner write a brief summary of what is going on in the scene that you illustrated. (Can be written on lined paper, or typed.) (5-8 Sentences)


Rubric


20 pts- Presentation: Poster is illustrated using colors, words are written clearly, neatly done


30 pts- Quote: Quote is relevant to the scene, is clearly written,

30 pts- Summary: 5-8 sentences, documents important/key moments in scene and how they affect Ji-Li.


10 pts- Grammar/Spelling: capitalization/punctuation, no grammatical errors, Includes quotation marks

10 pts- Hope-o-meter: Include how hopeful or hopeless Ji-Li is during the scene chosen

Syllabus

lsullivan@mykla.org

Ph: 619-263-9266 ext 2033


Welcome to 7th Grade Humanities!


Course Description:


Humanities class is a combination of both the English Language Arts and History. Students studying humanities will be able to make clear connections between the literature they read and the history behind it. This school year all Humanities students will be learning about different cultures and reading relevant literature through the new, “Amplify, curriculum.


The Amplify curriculum will take students on an interactive journey through online texts and quests that will engage students in a groundbreaking new way all while attaining the Common Core State Standards. Students will be accessing technology each day in class to help them comprehend works by Edgar Allan Poe, Lorraine Hansberry and Shakespeare.


HABITS OF MIND

Curiosity:  the desire to know more about the world

Openness:  the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world

Engagement:  a sense of investment and involvement in learning

Creativity:  the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas

Persistence:  the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short and long-term projects

Responsibility:  the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions

Flexibility:  the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands

Metacognition:  the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking


  1. What do you know about Humanities class? I know that Humanities class is  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.


 Units of Study



  1.  Which Unit are you the most excited for?  I am the most excited for ________________________________ because _____________________________

____________________________________________________________________.



Grading Policy

10% Vocabulary

10% Reading Comprehension

20% Daily Writing

20% Daily Standards-Based Formative Assessment (tied to lesson focus/check sheet)


40% Summative-

Final Draft/Quest/Block and Interim Tests


Formative Assessment Grading Scale

10 Exceeding Standard/Advanced

8   Meeting Standard/Proficient

7   Approaching meeting the Standard

6   Not yet but getting there.

5   Incomplete

                                                                 

100%-90% = A

89%-80%  = B

79%-70%  = C

69%-60%  = D

59% and below = F


  1. Write one question that you still have about the grading policy. One question that I still have about the grading policy is ___________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________.


Class Expectations

ALL SCHOOL RULES APPLY TO THIS CLASS!  PLEASE REFER TO YOUR STUDENT HANDBOOK.



Reading Comprehension Homework

Solo Reading Comprehension assignments will be given every day and checked the following class day. At the end of each class period, the teacher will remind you to write down the Solo assignment  in your agenda. If you do not have computer access, then you must complete the workbook assignment and quickly input it into the “Solo” part of the Amplify website at the beginning of class. . Homework will also be posted on the school website. Go to WWW.mykla.org, then access the link to the teacher’s class.


  1. Where should you write down your homework? I write my homework down _____________

__________________________________________________________________________.


Beginning of Class Procedures

  1. Gather all supplies that will be necessary to succeed in class out of backpack.
  2. Leave backpack in assigned backpack area (you will not be able to access backpack for the rest of the period.)
  3. Retrieve notebook and computer quietly.
  4. Quietly walk to your assigned seat.
  5. Sign into Amplify
  6. Begin Vocabulary
  7. Check the board for next steps.
  8. Wait for further instructions from the teacher.


Restroom Policy

To use the restroom, I will require you to have your student agenda.  You will be allowed to leave the room ONCE per week.  I expect that you will ask to use the restroom and have your planner open and ready to be signed.  If you do not have your student agenda, you will not be permitted to use the restroom.


Hand Raising

Students must raise their hands to speak out loud in class unless specifically directed otherwise by the teacher. Talk only when permitted. Be aware of the situation since quiet talking is allowed in some situations and speaking to the entire group without raising your hand may be allowed in others. I will remind you once and expect compliance. Non-compliance will result in consequences such as lowering of the student’s citizenship grade, detention, and/or a call home.


  1. Why do you need to raise your hand to speak? I need to raise my hand to speak because _____________________________________________________________________________.


Countdown  =  the teacher may count down from 10 to 1. At “1” students must be back to their seats, quiet, and ready to follow directions. Students not following directions will receive a loss of citizenship points.





Absences and Missed Work:


  • Students are responsible for all work missed work during their absence. All assignments will be posted online.
  • The student should set up an appointment with the teacher to go over and to turn in any missed work. Late work may only be submitted during the teacher’s tutoring time after school.
  • Missed work is the responsibility of the student to make up!

What should you do if you miss a class? If I miss a class, I need to ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.


Citizenship Points

You will be graded daily on Speaking and Listening, Participation, and Work Habits. You can also lose points for the following violations

  • Backpacks at seat
  • Not getting quick questions started within 1 minute of bell
  • Not facing forward/paying attention while the teacher is talking.
  • Dress Code
  • Off Task
  • Arguing
  • No Homework
  • Disrespectful to other students/teacher
  • Outbursts without raising hand
  • Walking around room
  • Spending too much time playing with mechanical pencils/not prepared with supplies
  • Tapping
  • Cross-classroom talking/yelling/giggling

REACH

Every student will be held accountable to REACH


Respect           We treat others with kindness.

Enthusiasm     We have a good attitude towards the learning.

Achievement   We will succeed in all our classes.

Citizenship      We take pride in our school.

Hard Work      We complete all assignments on time and not waste a minute.