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.
Tutorials for English and Reading
Tutorials will take place on Wildcat Wednesdays at the end of the regular school day.  Students and parents will be notified of the tutorial 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!)
    • *Students who were in my class last year only need ONE composition book, as long as they left their response journal in the classroom over the summer
  • 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 were handed out at the beginning of the year, along with the Discipline and Late Work Policy.  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 in which the material is presented is subject to change whenever and however necessary, according to the situation at hand.