7th Grade Language Arts/ Adv Language Arts

    Mr.Loper    RM: 303     Maxwell.Loper@dvusd.org   (602) 467-6552

    Class Description and Objectives:  During the school year we will be working diligently in Language Arts to cover a wide array of standards. A copy of these standards can be accessed on our district website. The areas we will cover will range from reading and analyzing the elements of literature, expository texts, poetry, vocabulary, functional texts, persuasive writings, and even several different novels. Of course we will also be incorporating writing into much of what we do in class on a daily basis. We will be composing essays, narratives, letters, and poetry.

    Text Book: Collections (Grade 7) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt   Website: my.hrw.com

    Supplies**: On a daily basis students will need their school planner, an ample supply of pencils, erasers, blue/ black/red pens,  loose leaf paper, highlighters, a 2 pocket folder for LA only, student handbook, and a pleasure reading book. I recommend students get a one-inch binder filled with college-ruled lined paper, with dividers. 

    Donations of facial tissue, hand sanitizer, and Clorox wipes are always greatly appreciated.

    **Arizona law requires that public schools provide supplies required for academic success. This list represents optional, supplementary items which you may supply, at your discretion.


    Classroom Expectations: Student should be on time, prepared for class, and respectful to all others in the classroom. Students should ask appropriate questions when they arise and listen when others are speaking. The use of cell phones and personal music devices is prohibited in the classroom unless special permission is given. Failure to follow any of these expectations will result in discipline ranging from verbal warnings, detentions, up to referrals to the office. All students have the right to learn and no student will impede that right.

    Assignments and Late Work: Assigned work must be completed and prepared to turn in to the teacher at the end of class on the assigned day. If a student does not have an assignment completed they will have one additional day to complete the work, but that assignment will have a max score of 50%. 90% of the work done for the class is done within the school day. Homework is only assigned for studying vocabulary and preparing final copies of essays. Parents of students who repeatedly fail to complete work will be contacted and informed of the current issues in the classroom.

    Absent Work: Students are responsible to pick up absent work upon returning to school. They will have 1 day for every day they were absent to complete the work. In cases of long term absences, special arrangements will be made by the teacher.

    Grades: Grades will be updated weekly in the online Power Schools system. It is important that you and your student have access to their current grades in all classes. Students’ grades are divided into three main categories: Assessments 70%, Classwork 25%, and Homework 5%. Physical grade print outs will be sent home at the middle and end of the quarter, in the form of progress reports and report cards. Students may request a grade print out and a list of missing assignments from the teacher at an appropriate time during any class period.

    I’m looking forward to another amazing school year. Please feel free to contact me at any point if you have questions or concerns.

    7th Grade Language Arts/ Adv Language Arts

    Mr.Loper    RM: 303     Maxwell.Loper@dvusd.org   (602) 467-6552