Ms. Morris Classroom Website


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English Language Arts is an integration of reading, writing, speaking, and listening based on the Common Core State Standards ( delivered in a way that fosters critical thinking and meets the needs of the middle school child and the 21st Century learner.

During this school year, students will be:


  • Students will read, write, and discuss engaging and rigorous literary and informational texts
  • Students will write in a range of genres including text-based explanations and arguments
  • Students will develop skills for real-world reading, writing, and discussing
  • Students will engage in small and whole group text-based discussions


  • Students will, while using a variety of mentor texts, learn sound sentence, paragraph and essay structures
  • Students will learn the 3 "buckets" of writing
    • Writing to inform
    • Writing to argue/persuade
    • Writing to tell a story or narrative
  • Students will have more emphasis on non-fiction reading and writing across all content areas


  • Homework
    • Will be posted on this website with due dates
    • Will not have homework every night, vacations or weekends
  • Late work is accepted with no penalty but must have a parent signature on the top of the assignment
  • Reading & Writing
    • Most of this work will be done in class as individual and group work
  • Submission of work will be via GoogleDocs and Google Classroom unless otherwise stated.


  • Practice and Participation
    • Work towards competency of targets
    • Homework and classwork
    • Individual and group work
  • Formative Assessments
    • Self-monitoring of progress:  "Where are you now?"
    • Data gathered will determine next steps for student and for teacher
    • Personal and academic goal setting
  • Summative Assessments
    • Assignments and assessments designed to measure the competency of targets that will be graded