• W.S. Hornsby Middle School

     7th Grade English Language Arts

     SY 2019-2020

    Teacher: Mr. Tom A. Bennett Jr.

    Email: BenneTo@Boe.Richmond.K12.GA.US


    Course Description:

    This course will encourage students to use a large range of written and communication skills.  Some of the key skills we will focus on are: 1.) comprehending and interpreting texts, which includes written, audio, and visual texts 2.) effectively communicating and interacting with others in group situations.  The English Language Arts Curriculum introduces students to core concepts that are further developed and expanded as the student moves up in grade level. Students have the opportunity to study and analyze literature in the “young adult” genre while also understanding the fundamentals of writing essays. Students will also engage in debates and classroom discussions.


    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt textbook and resources (Collections)

     Reading text:

    The Giver

    Required Materials

    • Composition Notebook
    • 3-ring binder
    • Notebook paper
    • Dividers (5)
    • Blue or Black pen/ pencils
    • Highlighters are optional

    My Expectations:

    I expect every student to come in the class with no excuses and to take school seriously because this is their “job” for the moment. I also expect students to rise above any stereotypes that were placed on them because they can do anything they put their minds to do. I know they can do great in my class, but it’s up to them to prove me right!

    Classroom Rules & Responsibilities

    • Be seated and ready to begin class before tardy bell rings. Have textbooks, class supplies, assignments and personal reading book ready.
    • Come to class prepared to work hard and ready to learn.
    • Respect yourself, your classmates, your teacher and our classroom at all times.
    • If you have any questions, ask the teacher instead of bothering your classmate.
    • Never give up and try your best!

    Classroom Consequences

    1. Verbal Warning
    2. Student Conference
    3. Parent Contact (Phone call, email or letter)
    4. Silent lunch or detention
    5. Parent Conference
    6. Discipline referral (for major offenses i.e. fighting)

    *The order and type of consequence depends on the severity and nature of the violation.

     Grading Percentages 

    • Test=25%
    • Classwork 20%
    • Quizzes=20%
    • Projects=20%
    • Participation=10%
    • Homework=5%


    Grade Scale:       A= 100-90   B=89-80   C=79-70   D=69-60   F=59 & below



    Seatwork will be assigned daily. Students are required to write the Daily Question in their composition notebook which will be graded weekly. Other guidelines that students need to follow regarding assignments are:

    1. Full credit will only be given to assignments turned in on time.
    2. Assignments are due at the beginning of class.

    Daily Journals:

    Daily journals are due on Friday of each week. These journals should be in a composition book. The student will get the notebook back at the start of the following week.



    Quizzes will be given at any time during the school year. Some will be planned and others will be a pop quiz. Test will be given after each unit.



    If I did not give homework on a particular day your child can still do I Ready, USA Test prep or read for 30 minutes.


    Absent/Late Work Policy:

    On Time: In order to earn full credit on assignments, they should be handed in promptly at the beginning of the class period when it is due.

    Absences: If a student has an excused absence, as defined by the code of conduct then work may be submitted for full credit. The number of extra days will be the same as the number of days absent. (i.e. 2 days of excused absence gives the student 2 days to complete the assignment upon their return to school). Students are responsible for obtaining their makeup work.

    Late Work: Homework will NOT be accepted late. Projects and writings will be given a due date along with a cut off deadline. A 10-point reduction in grade will result for each day late after the due date, up to the deadline. After the deadline date, the project or writing assignment will NOT be accepted.


    How can I help My Child Succeed?

    • There will be tutoring sessions on Monday of each week from 4:15 to 5:00 by appointment.
    • Go over homework with your child to make sure they understand their assignment.
    • Encourage your child to believe in themselves and give them supportive words.


    Parent/Child/Teacher Communication:

    In order for us to have a successful year communication is very important! The majority of our communication will be through email. For pressing issues, a meeting at the school or a conference may be scheduled to discuss student’s academics, behavior, or attendance. The best way to contact me is through the email address that is stated at the top of this page.