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Class Pacing Guide

Important Announcements

6 months ago

By Megan Walden

Congrats to Ben T., our Student Leadership representative for 5th Period Character Ed!

School Calendar Amendments: 
Dr. Brown presented a list of dates to be declared as “Early Release Days” for all Lumpkin County Schools.
  • August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse
  • September 13, 2017 Parent Conferences
  • October 11, 2017 System Professional Learning
  • November 8, 2017 Parent Conferences
  • December 15, 2017 End of Semester
  • February 14, 2017 Parent Conferences
  • May 18, 2017 End of Semester

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Class Information and Office Hours

3 months ago

By Megan Walden

General Class Information   

Each day is started with a Daily Warm-up

All of our lessons are thematic, meaning they center around the current text the class is using. All vocabulary, writing assignments, etc. will be based on the text.

I assign very little homework. Usually, homework is unfinished class work. 

I will update my class calendar with the daily class schedules at least once a week. (It is subject to change) 

I can be reached by e-mail daily, so please feel free to contact me at any time. 

I have available office hours for tutoring upon request.

Supply List 



Composition Notebook


Construction Paper            

Glue/Glue Sticks





Paper Towels 



Office Hours

I have available office hours for after-school tutoring upon request.

Class Syllabus

3 months ago

Mrs. Walden’s 7th Grade ELA Course Syllabus

Teacher Information


Phone: 706-864-6189 ext. 41406

Office Hours


After school tutoring available upon request. If you would like for your child to stay after school, please provide me with a full day’s notice so that I can prepare.


*Texts are subject to change, and you will be notified of any such changes

*Parents are not expected to buy any of these texts; class sets will be provided

  • The Hobbit

  • A Christmas Carol

  • The Giver

  • Gathering Blue (Honors only)

  • Novel Study based on interest, books to be determined

  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

  • Non-fiction Current Events

Online Resources

*Links can be found on teacher websites and will be provided in class

*Students will have access to chromebooks during class as needed

  • Google Classroom

  • Classworks

  • BrainPop

  • IXL

  • Galileo

  • Kahoots

Keeping Up with Due Dates

All due dates will be posted in the classroom as well as on teacher websites. Google Classroom will also send out automated reminders when a due date is approaching.

Formative assessments, including in-class projects, will be given periodically throughout each unit, followed by a summative assessment at the end of each unit.

Grading Policies

60% of a student’s grade is made up of daily work, such as warm-ups, journals, and skill practice exercises.

40% of a student’s grade is made up of formal assessments, such as projects, formal writing assignments, quizzes, and tests.

If a student is absent, he/she has five days from the day that he/she returns to class to collect and complete any missed assignments. It is the responsibility of the student to collect any missed work. Any work turned in after the five day window will lose ten points for each day that the assignment is late. This means that eventually, should an assignment not be turned in, the grade can and will drop to a zero. If a student attends Saturday school, that student will be able to make up zeros for partial credit, resulting a grade no higher than a 70. Students who have missing work will be assigned to the opportunity room on Friday during break to make up said late work for 70% credit.

If an absence is planned, please give me at least two days notice in advance so that I can send any necessary materials, instructions, or makeup work home with the student. This helps to prevent the student from falling behind upon returning to class.

A student who is absent on a single day before a regularly scheduled test will be responsible for taking the test on the regularly scheduled day and time.  Students who have been absent more than two consecutive days (including the test day) will be given appropriate time for study and preparation before making up the test.

Class Rules and Expectations

Students are expected to follow the school policies laid out in the student handbook.

The expectations set for students by the 7th Grade ELA Team are as follows:

  • Always respect yourself and others.

  • Clean up after yourself.

  • Come to class on time.

  • Be prepared for class.

  • Always be on task.

  • Be a part of the tribe.

By Megan Walden

Links for Extra Practice

The Hobbit

7 months ago

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
- J.R.R Tolkien


Literary Elements
  • Symbolism
  • Hyperbole
  • Idiom
  • Personification
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Alliteration
  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Dynamic Character
  • Static Character

Textual Vocabulary

List #1
  • Confusticate
  • Conspirator
  • Defray
  • Depredations
  • Dreary
  • Flummoxed
  • Immense
  • Lamented
  • Plight
  • Plunder

List #2

  • Cleave
  • Deception
  • Droning
  • Inevitable
  • Loathsome
  • Perilous
  • Throttled
  • Wary
  • Wrought
  • Yammering

List #3

  • Abominable
  • Accursed
  • Famished
  • Frauds
  • Lair
  • Ominous
  • Unwrought
  • Venture
  • Waning
  • Wily

A Christmas Carol

about 1 year ago

I will live in the Past, Present and the Future. The spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
- Scrooge



Literary Elements

Textual Vocabulary

Greek and Latin Roots

Sentence Structure and Clauses
Coordinate Adjectives
Misplace and Dangling Modifiers

Non-Fiction Articles

about 1 year ago

Be the change you want to see in the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi


Variety of non-fiction articles and informational books and texts including Scholastic READ magazines and current events

Literary Elements
  • Elements of non-fiction
  • Setting
  • Point of View
  • Author's Purpose

Textual Vocabulary
  • Sketches/Photos
  • Quotes
  • Sections
  • Historical Context
  • Footnotes
  • Multiple Perspectives
  • Bibliography
  • Index

The Giver

over 2 years ago

Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.

- Lois Lowry in The Giver


Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction

Literary Elements

  • Setting
  • Euphemisms
  • Characterization
  • Symbolism
  • Point of View
  • Theme
  • Setting vs. Mood
  • Conflict
Textual Vocabulary

Vocab 1-6

  • Bewilderment
  • Chastise
  • Disposition
  • Gravitate
  • Hasten
  • Infringe
  • Interdependence
  • Meticulous
  • Nurturer
  • Palpable
  • Reluctant
  • Tunic
  • Transgression

Vocab 7-12

  • Exasperated
  • Recollection
  • Profound
  • Prestige
  • Retroactive
  • Acquisition
  • Precision
  • Apprehensive
  • Crescendo
  • Benign
  • Indolence
  • Conspicuous
  • Diminish

Vocab 13-18

  • Skeptical
  • Skittered
  • Daub
  • Excruciating
  • Placid
  • Grotesque
  • Ecstatic
  • Obsolete
  • Expertise
  • Luminous

Vocab 19-23

  • Syringe
  • Dejected
  • Obscured
  • Stealthily
  • Emphatically
  • Hypnotically
  • Vigilant
  • Peril
  • Solace
  • Lethargy

By Megan Walden

Gathering Blue (Honors)

over 2 years ago

Take pride in your pain; you are stronger than those who have none.
                    -Lois Lowry
                 Gathering Blue
Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction

Teaching Groups
  • Setting
  • Euphemisms
  • Characterization
  • Symbolism
  • Point of View
  • Theme
  • Setting vs. Mood
  • Conflict

Literature Circles

12 months ago

Students are grouped into reading groups based on their interests. While visiting our 7th Grade ELA "Good Reads Grille," students sampled the below books and chose which they would be most interested in reading.

Literary Choices

  • The Teacher's Funeral
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • Code Orange
  • The Illustrated Man
  • The Graveyard Book
  • Soldier Boys

Genre (Varies by book)

  • Horror
  • Historical Fiction
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Humor

Literary Elements: Review of all Year

  • Tone
  • Mood
  • Theme
  • Characterization
  • Figurative Language
  • Setting
  • Symbolism
  • Point of View
  • Conflicts

Textual Vocabulary

  • absurd
  • benefit
  • bewilder
  • commotion
  • dreary
  • ecstatic
  • expertise
  • hasten
  • immense
  • meticulous
  • mischief
  • ominous
  • peril
  • perilous
  • ponder
  • ponderous
  • reluctant
  • skeptical
  • vigilant
  • wary

After reading their group's assigned novel, students will complete a group project to present and promote their novel to the class.

By Megan Walden