Hello--My name is Susan Abbott, and I am the English /Language Arts / Reading teacher for 7th and  8th grade students in both regular and advanced classes.  Below is some information that you will find helpful for this school year.
Conference / Planning Periods
Monday through Friday from 7:50-8:35 a.m. and from 2:35-3:30 p.m.
 (Subject to change according to 2018-19 schedule)
Tutorials for English and Reading
I am available for tutorials daily during  the scheduled Activity / Tutorial period which is during breakfast between 1st and 2nd periods from 8:35-9:02 a.m.*  Students whose class average is 75 or below, as well as those who failed the STAAR test for the previous year, are required to attend daily tutorials.  Failure to attend required tutorials will result in detention.
  (Subject to change according to 2018-19 schedule)
Supply List:
These are the supplies needed for Reading and English in Mrs. Abbott's classroom:
  • 1  2-inch 3-ring Binder (hard-cover, with rings and pockets)
  • 3  Folders with brads and pockets (red, yellow, blue)
  • 2  Composition Books (NOT a spiral notebook!)
  • 8  Tab Dividers
  • Notebook Paper
  • 3  Red Grading Pens
  • Pencils, ERASABLE Pens (black or blue ink only)
Class Content
The goal in 7th and 8th ELA is to gain a better understanding of literature and the use of the English language.  Reading Classes will focus on response to literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) by developing a deeper understanding of literary elements. This will include the genre and structure of the text, author’s style and purpose, figurative language and literary devices used, as well as theme and characterization. Vocabulary instruction will emphasize Greek and Latin roots in conjunction with common prefixes and suffixes. In addition, classes will focus on narrative, expository, persuasive, and procedural writing, with an emphasis on correct sentence structure, style, and grammar.
Below, you will find links for the *Course Syllabus and Plagiarism Agreement that students and parents signed at the beginning of the year, along with the Discipline and Late Work Policy and a Power Point presentation that explains in detail all of the rules, procedures, and expectations for my classroom. Please feel free to review them as often as necessary. I have also included a weekly outline of the material that will be covered for each of my classes. Of course, the content and order the material is presented in is subject to change whenever and however necessary, according to the situation at hand. (*These will be updated for the 2018-19 school year.)