7th Grade ELA Syllabus

7th Grade ELA Syllabus

Jennifer Crowder Nick Deckard Jaclyn Kile Cori Schnick

Sevierville Middle School


English Language Arts - Grade 7

Contact Information

Phone: (865) 453-0311

Email:  Jennifer Crowder: jennifercrowder@sevier.org

Nick Deckard: nicholasdeckard@sevier.org

           Jaclyn Kile: jaclynkile@sevier.org

           Cori Schnick: corischnick@sevier.org



Various class novels

Prentice Hall Literature short stories


Prentice Hall Literature informational texts

Scope Scholastic Magazine


Required Supplies

Composition notebook


Colored pencils/ markers


Pencil bag




Course Overview

This course is designed to increase communication skills through reading, writing, speaking, listening and the study of the English language. Our primary focus in English/Language Arts class will be reading and comprehending complex texts, mastering different writing styles, studying various Greek and Latin roots, demonstrating the rules of grammar, and expressing ourselves orally. We balance the year by reading fiction and nonfiction texts each six weeks.

Course Standards/Objectives

State standards for teaching and learning in this course and others are available at


Major Projects

In the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th six weeks students are required to read a novel outside of class and create a novel project based on requirements given by the teacher.   These projects will reflect the student’s comprehension of elements in literature that are taught in class. These projects  are student-centered and student-dependent.


Per Sevier County Board of Education policy BP 630A, grading will be uniform across all elementary grades. In this course, daily grades will count as 67% of a student’s final average while test grades will count as 33%. Students who receive an excused absence are required to make up work missed in this course. Students who receive an unexcused absence will not be allowed to make up daily missed work and the grade may be assessed as a zero BP 623. Student scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment (TCAP) Program’s grades three through eight shall comprise fifteen (15%) percent of the student’s final grade in the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics, English/Language Arts, science, and social studies. If these scores have not been returned by the end of school, grades will be assigned without including TCAP. Students and parents can have access at all times to current grading information via www.gradebookwizard.

Parental Access to Instructional Materials

Pursuant to Tennessee Code 49-6-7003, parents or guardians may request access to any teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom as well as any tests developed or graded by the teacher. In order to facilitate this request, parents/guardians are asked to submit a request for such review via letter, email, or phone conversation prior to an established meeting for said review.