Compton-Drew Investigative Learning Center

    Middle School




    Mrs. E. Johnson


    Instructor Planning Period


    10:30-11:35 PM


    Parent Conferences: Tuesday, Thursday ( any time necessary)

    ( 10:30-11:30 AM )









    6th Grade ELA


    Course Description: Communication Arts skills are to provide experiences in learning that will enable students to communicate effectively in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and information literacy. At the end of the course, students should be able to develop and apply skills and strategies to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate fiction, poetry, and drama from a variety of cultures and times; develop and apply skills and strategies to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate nonfiction; apply a writing process in composing text; write effectively in various forms and types of writing; compose a well-developed vocabulary and apply effective listening skills and strategies; develop and apply effective research process skills to gather, analyze, and evaluate information. Students will explore the vast ideas and thoughts of others through reading to build text connections as well as develop literacy skills from a global minded perspective.


    Text(s): Students will be required to read the following novels:

    1. The Lightning Thief written by Rick Riordan
    2. A World Without Fish written by Mark Kurlandky
    3. Flush written by Carl Hiaasen
    4. Bud, Not Buddy written by Christopher Paul Curtis
    5. Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson


    *Students will be reading the novels in class. However, all students are required to have a library card issued by a local library where they can check out the required novels or novels may be purchased.*


    Methods of Instruction: The teacher will develop lessons that serve to introduce and build students reading and writing through Language Arts skills. Lessons will consist of various skill building strategies that focus on developing and strengthening reading comprehension, analysis, and vocabulary as well as writing and language skills. The instruction is teacher lead and promotes students to become independent thinkers and learners through facilitating individual, group, and differentiated work and activities. Nonetheless, a majority of instruction will be reading centered because it develops not only reading skills but also the other Language skills. Instruction will consist of teacher modeling specific skills correctly for students to emulate when applying skills to assigned work and activities. Instruction is 80% mastery driven in which it is the teacher’s goal for students to achieve that 80% mastery or higher on each skill that is taught.


    However, students are given the opportunity and expected to take leadership roles at all times through the assignment of various duties in class and as facilitators for various projects. Students must always be prepared and open minded for the retention of all instruction.


    Course Objectives: The course objectives are aligned with the curriculum of St. Louis Public Schools and the Missouri State Standards to prepare for the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), a state standardized test.


    Assignments: Assignments are written on the board and explained to students. Students may be assigned projects, which they will be given sufficient time to complete. Incomplete assignments are never accepted and students are given a time frame in which to complete the assignments. As with exams, tests, and quizzes, students are encouraged to achieve 80% mastery. However, grades are acquired according the grading scale or scoring guide.



    Exams/Tests/ Quizzes: There may be weekly quizzes given to assess certain skills and concepts learned within the week. Students are also given a grade level common assessment after completing the reading and writing instruction and activities of a unit. Every student is expected to master with 80% accuracy on tests, quizzes, and skills.


    Grading Criteria: Classwork = 35%

    • In class assignments
    • Do Nows /Quick Writes
    • Class Notes and Guided Practice Activities


    Participation = 20%

    • Learning Logs (participation)
    • Exit Slips (participation)
    • Class Discussion (participation)


    Homework = 15%

    • Independent Practice and Extension Activities
    • Chapter Review Questions and Outlines


    Tests = 15%

    • Unit Exams
    • Benchmark Exams
    • Final Exams
    • Major Assessments
    • Weekly or Daily Objective-Based Quizzes


    Projects = 15%

    • Projects


    Grading Scale:


    A= 90%-100%

    B= 80%-89%

    C= 70%-79%

    D= 60%-69%

    F= 0%-59%



    Course Requirements: Students are expected to take the responsibility of preparing themselves for all classes. Preparation includes but is not limited to homework, textbooks, learning logs, writing materials, and maintaining an organized binder. Class participation is necessary because it is factored in as part of the grade.  


    Attendance Policy: St. Louis Public Schools requires students to attend everyday and the rules apply to Compton-Drew ILC as well. When a student is absent, they must return to school with a written excuse for their absence(s) in order for the absence to be verified. Chronic tardiness and absences keep students from developing behaviors that make them successful and will be reported to the social worker.



    Late Homework Policy


    Homework Policy: All homework assignments are expected to be turned in on the due date. It is the responsibility of the student for keeping their parents abreast of the class work and having parents sign homework. Parents are also urged to check the student’s binder for daily assignments. Students have two days to complete assignments before the assignments have to be turned in.  ( Ex. If an assignment is given on Monday, it's not due until Wednesday.  Therefore, the day it's due and not turned in, 20% will be taken off the grade that Wednesday.   If it's not returned on Thursday, 50% will be taken off the grade.  If not turned in on Friday, the student will receive a 0 on the assignment).

    Of course, there are exceptions such as illnesses, death in family, etc. However, there MUST be a written excuse from parent/doctor in order for the assignment to be accepted by the teacher. 

    The board establishes the following major purposes of homework for the St. Louis Public Schools:

    • To reinforce the principles, concepts, and information taught and learned in the classroom.

    • To assist teachers in assessing the student's comprehension of concepts and skills covered in class.

    • To stimulate creative, logical, and critical thought.

    • To provide an opportunity for the creative application of material mastered during the formal class time.

    • To teach the student self-discipline and self-motivation regarding the responsibility and effort required to complete assignments.

    • To permit parents to have a more active role in educating their children and in monitoring their classroom assignments and in becoming familiar with their textbooks.

    The average time to be spent on homework is as follows:

    Grades 6-8: Twenty (20) minutes per evening for each of the basic subject areas for students in grades six (6) through eight (8). This translates to an average of seventy-five (75) minutes of study each evening for students in these grades.




    Classroom Guidelines & Procedures:


    Text Box: Class Expectations for Room 309







    • Treating others the way you want to be treated
    • Showing kindness and consideration
    • Liking yourself enough to be yourself
    • Accepting others for who they are


    • Being in control of your own behavior
    • Being trusted with important jobs
    • Having your work finished on time
    • Doing your part when working together


    • Achieving goals through commitment and hard work
    • Giving your best in everything you choose to do
    • Trying without giving up or giving in
    • Making the most of every opportunity


    • Making every decision carefully
    • Thinking everything through responsibly
    • Exercising your freedom to choose
    • Deciding what is right and doing it


    • Being truthful to others
    • Being truthful to yourself
    • Doing what is right regardless of who’s around
    • Being someone others can trust


    • Saying nice things and sharing compliments with others
    • Being considerate, kind, and respectful in all your actions
    • Lending a helping hand to those around you
    • Being the person others can count on


    Text Box: Class Procedures:


     Daily Class Procedures: 
    1. Enter the room quietly and take your seat. Wait for the instructions of the teacher.
    2. Have all necessary materials needed for class i.e. paper, pencils, pens, books, homework, etc.
    3. Work diligently and cooperatively with peers if asked to do so.
    4. Make sure your written work adheres to the “Writer’s Guidelines.”
    5. Participate in class.
    6. Review and check work before turning it in.
    7. Clean-up your area.
    8. Gather materials for next class
    9. Line up in a straight line before leaving the room, quietly.
    10. Move quickly to the next class.


    Drills: Various Drills (Fire, Tornado, Earthquakes, Intruder, etc.) will be followed as set forth by the school administrative team and SLPS.

    Written Assignments and Academic Misconduct: All written work submitted must be the student’s original work and conform to the guidelines provided by the teacher. This means that any substantive ideas, phrases, sentences, and/or any published ideas must be properly referenced to avoid even the appearance of plagiarism. It is the student’s responsibility to know all relevant school policies concerning plagiarism. Any documented cases of plagiarism can and will result in a failing grade.