•  Ms. A. Blair 

    7th grade EELA

    Room B5


    My philosophy:

    I believe all kids can learn, and all kids are smart. It's a teacher's job to figure out how a student learns best and then use that modality as often as possible. When students feel challenged, they stay engaged, they stay curious, and they thrive.

    This quote was posted on a teacher's board on Back-to-School Night when I was an elementary school parent years ago. As I read it, I thought, That's exactly how I teach!

    "The surest path to positive self-esteem is to succeed at something which one perceived would be difficult. Each time we steal a student's struggle by insisting they do work too easy for them, we steal their opportunity to have an esteem-building experience. " ~ Sylvia Rimm

    District Grading Policy:

    50% Summative, 40% Formative, 10% Individual Practice

    Course description:

    The class is designed to meet language arts standards and to develop higher-level thinking skills. The cross-curricular format provides opportunities to address content and skills that would not normally be met in the general language art course.  In this accelerated class, activities promote the development of creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.


    All parts of speech


    "Brushstrokes" incorporated into all writing pieces

    Reading Units:

    Human Rights, A Christmas Carol, Greek mythology, Middle Ages, Mystery

    Study skills:

    Best approaches to studying because reading the material over isn't studying


    Attention Parents/Guardians:

    1. Please visit your child’s Powerschool Portal to view ALL upcoming due dates for assessments, projects and homework.

    1. Students will be given 1 WEEK to complete and submit a formative or summative assignment. Teachers will use their discretion about dropping points for late assignments.  If not handed in for partial credit after one week, the assignment will receive a Zero.

    1. Assignments that are not submitted on time will have a “0” place holder UNTIL the assignment is completed and submitted.  Once a grade is placed, the Zero is removed.