Welcome to 7th Grade!

Welcome to 7th Grade!

Welcome to 7th grade English and Social Studies at ISA. I use a student-centered approach to teaching and learning, meaning I use instructional practices that provide a wide variety of meaningful experiences for students. These practices encourage and stimulate creativity, student expression, critical thinking, and collaboration. All activities strive to accommodate the learner’s interests, abilities, and backgrounds by allowing for a range of learning styles, or multiple intelligences.

Supplies to bring to class every day
1 Planner / Diary
2 Notebook / Binder with dividers and paper
3 Pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, glue stick
4 Journal
5 Personal reading book and/or novel study book
6 USB thumb drive for computers

How to Survive 7th Grade

To be successful in 7th grade this year, you will need to:

  • Work to the best of your ability
  • Come to class prepared with all necessary materials
  • Take positive risks
  • Actively participate
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Stay organized
  • Take care of yourself, others and your space
  • Believe in yourself
  • Work collaboratively with others

7th Grade Grading Policy – English and Social Studies

(Based on current educational research and best-practices)

Homework is an important activity to solidify lessons taught in class, taking one’s own time to practice that which has already been taught. It is an important life skill to complete and turn in homework on time. There are rewards and consequences in class, just like in life, as a result. Your homework will be scored and recorded in the grade book and will be part of ongoing discussion about you as a learner (including at parent-teacher conference time).

  • Grades will not be based on behavior
    • Attendance and attitude are not part of your grade
    • Grades will not be reduced for late work, but work will be marked as late in the grade book
    • If work is not handed in on time:
      • Students must make the work up on their own time (after school, during break, before school, etc.)
      • After 3 days, an e-mail will be sent home
      • Extra credit will not be offered or given
      • Grades will not include a group grade for group assignments
      • Grades will not include zeros for missing assignments
        • If a graded assignment is not turned in, students will receive an incomplete until the assignment is handed in.
        • Students will be included in the grading process.
          • Students will be given rubrics for all major assignments, will be asked to self-assess their work, peer-assess, and also to reflect on the work that they have done.
          • Homework/Class work/Practice will not be included in the final grade.




Homework & class work (all practice work)

Published Writing (Essays, journals, narratives, poetry, etc.)


Presentation (formal presentations to the class)


Reading (STAR, AR, Lit groups, novel study,


Vocabulary (Vocabulary quizzes)


Quiz (Comprehension checks and small summative assessments)


Social Studies


Homework & class work (all practice work)

Test (large summative assessments at end of unit)


Quiz (smaller assessments within a unit and comprehension checks)


Project (based on units of study)


Presentation (formal presentations to the class )


Major Units of Study


The Writing Process + 6 Traits

Vocabulary and Spelling

Historical Fiction



Science Fiction

The Short Story

Social Studies


Ancient Greece

The Roman Empire

Middle Ages


The Rise of Modern Europe

I look forward to working with you and your child this year. I know that this year will be both fun and successful. The best way to get in contact with me is through email at David.Cole@isa.aberdeen.sch.uk My policy is to respond to you within 24 hours, so if you do not hear from me, please re-send your email or touch base again.

Many times I do not have time to check email during the instructional day, so if there is an important message you need to get to your child, please call the office during the day. (01224.730.300). If I am able to check email, I will often send you a quick “I got it” to let you know I have received your message.

Sincerely,        David Cole

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