• Language Arts Syllabus

    with Mr. Meusel


    Hello, students and parents! Given that we’ve discussed our more general behavioral standards and academic plans in the Apium team letter, please allow me to introduce my personal philosophy and grading plan for this school year.


    Personal Philosophy

    The 7th Grade Language Arts curriculum is largely about media literacy. Whether it’s understanding vocabulary, the ability to parse readings, or researching and writing, my focus is on preparing students to become savvy consumers of media. To that end, we will work to write as often as possible, since I believe that the ability to understand writers most easily comes from writing oneself. We will be comparing various works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, analyzing their differences and similarities, culminating in producing our own works within those genres.


    Making Up Work Due to Absences

    If a student is absent from class or school, the work missed will be due in one more day than they were missing. For example, If a student was absent for three days, they will have four days from the time they get back to complete that work.  Work due on the day they were absent will be due when they return.

    For example, If a student was absent on Tuesday, the student will come in on Wednesday and turn in the work that was due Tuesday. They will receive the work given out on Tuesday, and they will have until Friday (two full days, since they missed one day) to complete it.


    Late Work & Corrections

    Late work will be penalized 10% for each day it is missing, to a minimum of 50%.

    Corrections will be allowed on all quizzes and tests to reclaim half of each problem’s original value. When requested, students will have to write where correct information can be found in our readings.




    Homework: 10%

    Homework will almost entirely consist of worksheets, as some students don't have internet access at home. When possible, a small amount of class time will be allotted for homework on the day that it's given, to allow students the opportunity to ask questions.


    Daily Participation & Classwork: 20%

    Most classes will start with a short journaling exercise, followed by teacher-led instruction and modeling, culminating with the students showing what they’ve learned that period. Most often this will be recorded in Pear Deck, an interactive presentation platform where the students will all be able to write, ask/answer questions, and otherwise participate at the same time. Pear Deck responses are recorded and can be later accessed through Google Classroom.

    Classwork that is not a part of the Pear Deck will be counted separately from Pear Deck grades. 


    Quizzes & Medium-Length Writing: 30%

    Quizzes will occur almost every week, usually on Thursdays or Fridays. The most common type of quiz will be 10-question vocabulary quizzes. Writing assignments not meant to be completed within one class period or for homework, but which lack a detailed rubric, will fall into this category.


    Tests, Projects, & Long-Form Writing: 40%

    Tests and projects will occur at the end of each unit. For any projects and writing assignments that fall under this category, a rubric will be given to ensure that all students can earn complete credit if they follow instructions and put their minds to it.


    Thank you all for taking the time to read this syllabus!

    If you have any questions related to your child’s Language Arts education, I am available by email at meusel.kf@augusta.k12.va.us