•  Syllabus Outline

    Teacher: Mrs. Christine Casterline

    2024 Standardized testing dates:NJSLA- May 6,7,8,9,10 
    MAP Growth  Assessment: This is given three times a year as per district expectations.  Students will spend approximately 1-2 class blocks during each "window" taking this assessment.  Below are the "windows" in which the assessment will be given: 
    Fall: 9/18-9/26
    Winter: 1/16-1/22
    Spring: 5/29-6/5
    MobyMax is district wide enrichment.  Each student is required to complete a certain amount of practice  time per week. Students on 7-4 will meet this requirement in DEAR.
    *PLEASE NOTE- The following syllabus may be changed or altered at the teacher's discretion. The activities listed may not occur in the given order.
    Course Description: In Language Arts, reading and writing are recursive processes. Students are immersed in authentic reading/writing experiences by working with a variety of texts and genres to become proficient readers, writers, and learners. Course writing assignments, reading assignments, and activities will often be differentiated to meet the diverse needs of all students.
    Below is a list of units with approximate time frames for this year.  Incorporated in each unit will be grammar concepts pertinent to each unit of instruction.  Reading and Writing Worskshop will also be incoporated. 


     Unit #1: September to October: Social Justice Unit

     Students will focus on empathy and tolerance for different cultural and racial backgrounds. An understanding of the historical   time periods in each text will   also be addressed. Some texts that will be explored: The Seventh Most Important Thing, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Alabama  Moon, Stella By Starlight, Port Chicago, March, Inside Out and Back Again, Refugee, Loving Vs. Virginia, Iqbal, Paper Things 


     Unit #2: November: Personal Narrative Unit

     Students will be tasked with the challenge of thinking about a time where they have demonstrated empathy.  Students will be 

     asked to write a narrative explaining and reflecting on their experience. 


     Unit #3: December to January: Non-Fiction

     Students will read multiple books on various non-fiction topics such as: history, sports, math, famous people, animals, science, 

     etc.   Students will accumulate knowledge on these topics and even expand their current knowledge. Texts will be self-selected.   Some of the books that may be explored are: Extreme Skiing,  Dogs   and Cats, African American History Civil War, Causes of the   Civil War, Finding the Titanic, For LIberty, Abe Lincoln Goes to   Washington, Nature’s Green   Umbrella, Planet Earth/ Inside Out.  


     Unit #4: February to March: Research

     Students will be introduced to MLA formatting, plagiarism, in-text citations, and works cited pages. Most importantly, by the end of the unit students will   understand how to avoid plagiarism. 


     Unit #5: March to April: Argument

    Students will become familiar with an argumentative essay. Students will also engage in debates on various topics. 


     Unit #6: April to May: Dystopian Literature

    Students will become familiar with characteristics of dystopian literature, learn about the controls often present in dystopian literature and emmerse themselves in various dystopian literature options. Some texts that will be explored: Hunger Games, Divergent, Harrison Bergeron, Uglies, and many more. 


     Unit #7: May to June: Poetry

    Students will analyze and assess several types of poems.  Some of the poems in this unit will directly link back to the units we have done this year.  Socratic Seminar will be a valuable tool used in this unit to help students converse about the meaning and depth of the poems being explored.