Middle School Language Arts
“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song.” Psalm 100:2
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Updated August 2022
Welcome to our class! My name is Mr. Volpi, and my primary concern is to give your child a quality Language Arts education rooted in Catholic values. In our English classes, we’ll focus on proper grammar, mechanics, and spelling; careful and considered writing and essay composition; and creative, fun media presentations. In Literature, we’ll read a combination of Classical and Modern texts (informational, historical, poetical, argumentative/persuasive, short story, novel and play texts–just to name a few!). We’ll engage in respectful, robust class discussions pertaining to our readings, in addition to doing a variety of assignments and projects!
This year’s (’22-’23) Novel List (subject to change):
6th Grade: Refugee by Alan Gratz, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Grimms’ Fairy Tales (selected tales) by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
7th Grade: Tex by S.E. Hinton, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace, and The Pigman by Paul Zindel
8th Grade: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (on which this year’s 8th Grade Play is based!), Animal Farm by George Orwell, and The Diary of Anne Frank (stage production/play adaptation of Frank’s diary) by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Day and Time of Help Sessions: Help session will meet in the Science Lab on Monday, 2:50-3:30 p.m. Students not picked up by 3:30 pm will signed into extended care.
Class Rules and Expectations: Each student is expected to: 1.) Be punctual to each class meeting. 2.) Be properly dressed in school uniform; 3.) Have available all class materials (notebook, iPad, blue or black ink pen and/or pencil, etc.); 4.) Participate in class activities (please raise your hand until called on); 5.) Respect one another by being polite, civil and courteous.
Assignments and Assessments: These are accessed and completed via the Schoology app, which is on your child’s iPad. Assignment due dates are posted therein. It is the student’s responsibility to stay abreast of all upcoming assignments and assessments via the calendar.
Grades: Each assignment is worth a total of (see below) points. The student’s total course grade is determined by dividing the student’s overall earned points by the total amount of available course points.
- Tests and Major Assignments: up to 100 points
- Quizzes: up to 50 points
- Class and Homework: 5-25 points
*During the first quarter, late work will receive half credit. After the first quarter, no late work will be accepted.
Absence/Make-up Work Policy: Students should have the same number of days that he/she was absent to make up work. Absent work should be submitted via email instead of Schoology.
Subject Focus: 6th Grade Homeroom, English, and Literature (Section 2); 7th Grade English and Literature (Section 2); and 8th Grade English and Literature