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Mrs. Walker's 7th Grade Reading/Language Arts Class

Welcome to 7th grade!!  My name is Tammi Walker, and I am the 7th grade Reading and Language Arts teacher. This year begins my 22nd year teaching. I have been at Philadelphia for 21 years, and I have been in 7th grade for 12 years. PES is the only place I have ever taught. I also attended school at Philly from Kindergarten through 8th grade. So, as you can see, I have a history with PES. PES is HOME! I have a reputation for being tough, but I truly love my 7th graders!!  There isn't anywhere I would rather be than 7th grade at PES!!
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7th Grade English-Language Arts

Classroom Plan and Procedures Handbook

Mrs. Tammi Walker


Email:                            Phone:  (865) 458-6801  ext. 5042



Arrival to class: When you arrive to class,  get computer, check email, check skyward if you are in my homeroom.  If not in my homeroom, use the restroom and begin editing bell ringer.

Dismissal: Students should remain in their seats until told to pack up and transition to their next class.

Homeroom: Students’ 1st block teacher will be their homeroom teacher.  Students will go directly to their 1st block each day when school begins.  This teacher will provide students with purple folders, forms, etc. that are needed for school, as well as take lunch count.

Cell Phones: Students will turn their cell phones in to each teacher at the beginning of class, and cell phones will be returned at the end of each class.  All cell phones must be put away and turned off while at school, unless permission for use has been given by the teacher for a class activity.  For educational purposes, I ask that students bring their cell phones to class.  They will be using them in class for different activities and assignments.  Students must ONLY use their devices when given permission, and they must be using them for educational purposes ONLY when in the classroom.

Lockers:  Students will receive a locker number and combination at the beginning of the year.  This is where they can keep their books, supplies, and other belongings.  Students must treat these with care and keep them clean throughout the year.  Students are NOT to put food of any kind in their lockers.  In preparation for high school, students will be required to use their locker throughout the day.  Students MUST learn their locker combination and use their lockers daily so that they do not end up carrying all books and supplies throughout the day. 

  • Announcements: All students should be attentive and listen to announcements.  These announcements provide teachers and students with important information.  No talking will be permitted during this time. 
  • Restroom: Students will have 7 minutes in between each class to go to their lockers and use the restroom.   If students need to use the restroom during class, they may ask permission.  If students ask to use the restroom during class, they will be allowed to go, but they will have to use one of their bathroom passes.  Students will receive three bathroom passes from each of their teachers.  If students still have all three passes at the end of that 9-weeks, they can choose an assignment to add 5 extra credit points to for that 9-weeks.  Students will receive new passes at the beginning of each 9-weeks.  If students lose their passes, they will not be replaced.  The purpose of this is to teach students to use their time wisely.  To avoid losing instruction time, I ask that unless it is an emergency, all students should use the restroom during the 7 minutes in between classes. 
  • Transitions: In transitions from class to class, restroom, lunch, library, lab, specials, and all other activities, students are expected to transition quietly, safely, and respectfully down the halls.  Be respectful in ALL places.
  •  3-Ring Binder: Each student is to have a 1-inch binder with 5 dividers for English-Language Arts.  This will store all materials for English-Language Arts.  Students must keep all work in this binder and bring it to class each day. Students will periodically have binder checks, so it will be very important to keep all classwork, homework, and notes in this binder and to keep it organized.  The dividers need to be labeled as follows:  Editing/Bell Ringers, Literature, Writing, Notes, Homework, in that specific order.  Students will place notebook rubrics in the very front as they are given to them by the teachers for notebook checks. 
  • Bell Ringer: Students will be given an editing bell ringer at the beginning of each week.  Students can find the number of errors for each day of editing on the board, and students will work on the editing bell ringer each day they enter my class.  The editing bell ringer will be turned at the end of each week.
  • Purple folders: This year, we are trying something new with purple folders.  No longer will you receive an actual purple folder.  We are going to be sending digital copies of most purple folder items.  This will come to you via email.  It is very important to please let the teachers know all of the email addresses you would like this information sent to.  Students will also receive emails with purple folder info attached.  If you do not have access to internet on a phone or computer, please let us know, and we can send you a paper copy. 
  • Agenda: Students will no longer have agendas/planners in 7th and 8th  Students will be trained how to put important dates and assignments into their Office 365 accounts using the calendar application.  We will also help students download the Outlook calendar app on their phones.  If students do not have cell phones, students will be provided a calendar.   
  • Snacks/Drinks: Students are allowed to bring water to class, but it must be in a bottle with a lid.  Snacks can be eaten in class, but they must be out of sight and not create a mess.  If this privilege causes a distraction, it can be taken away.


Work Materials/Class-Work

Materials: Students are to come to class with all necessary materials.  Unless told otherwise, students need to bring their English-Language Arts binder, pencils (at least 2), loose-leaf paper, various colors of highlighters, and various colors of ink pens (no black ink).  Students will need these supplies DAILY.

 Information on classwork being turned in: students should always label the top right-hand corner of their notebook paper with the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Date
  • Homeroom (Walker, Woody, Mason)
  • Block (B1, B2, or B3)

Absentees If a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to come to the teacher after they return to find out what he or she may have missed.  If notes were taken that day, the student will be responsible for asking a friend or neighbor to see his or her notes before or after class to copy them down.  A student who is absent will have one week to get any make-up work completed and turned in once they return to school.  Example:  A student misses Monday and Tuesday of this week, and comes back on Wednesday.  His/her work is due at the start of class next Wednesday.  Students are encouraged to get make-up work turned in as quickly as possible, but they have this time if it is needed. 

Homework:  Students will receive a Drops in the Bucket homework sheet every Monday.  These pages review basic skills that students usually have a hard time with.  DIB’s (Drops in the Bucket) will be due on Friday.  I will not accept them early.  Students need to keep them in the Homework section of their 3-ring binder until Fridays.  We will grade these together on Friday so that students can ask questions on anything they miss or do not understand.  Students will be given one opportunity to turn their DIB’s in late.  If they are late more than once, they will not be accepted. 

Due Dates: Students will always be notified about when work is to be turned in.  It is essential that students turn work in on correct due dates.  Oral book reports/presentations WILL NOT be accepted beyond the deadlines.  Please make sure to pay attention to any deadlines or due dates for assignments. 


  • Lead and Set an Example: As 7th graders, the students are leaders of the school.  At all times, students should set a good example by showing respect to all adults and fellow warriors.  We want to truly hold students accountable for exemplar behavior as members of “The Back Hall.”
  • Handling Behavior: If students fail to abide by classroom procedures and policies, there will be a consequence.  For beginning or minor offenses, students can experience silent lunch or reducing/losing recess time.  If needed, students can receive a discipline referral, detention, or other forms of behavior intervention that will be determined on an individual basis. 


The Back Hall Wall of Shout Outs: There is a bulletin board in the back hall specifically for the purpose of giving shout outs and positive encouragements to teachers and students.  We want the back hall to be a loving, encouraging, respectful, and positive place for both teachers and students to spend their days in.  This is just a simple way for all of us to demonstrate our appreciation and encouragement for those around us.  All students need to do is ask a teacher for a post-it note or index card, they will write their shout out or encouragement to a teacher/student of their choice, and a teacher will hang it on the bulletin board for them.  This can be done as often as a desired. 

Teacher Website/Email: Please go to my teacher website and subscribe to it.  When you subscribe to my teacher webpage, you will receive emails notifying you of additions and/or changes to my teacher page.  You can also subscribe to the PES calendar through your mobile device, and it will sync the school calendar with your mobile calendar.  This is a simple way you for you to stay in touch and up to date on things going on at school and in my classroom.  Also, please feel free to email me at any time. This is the easiest and quickest way to contact me. 

The 4 P’s: BE POSITIVE, BE PUNCTUAL, BE PREPARED, BE POLITE.  These 4 classroom principles are to be adhered to in our ELA class.  As 7th graders, the students are the leaders of the school.  Students need to practice being leaders both inside and outside the classroom. 



Tentative Class Syllabus:

Novels: The following novels will be covered this year (one per 9-weeks): 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Giver
The Hobbit
The Hunger Games
Mystery Month (month of October): We will be covering a few short stories in the month of October that will give you cold chills…
The tentative list of short stories we will cover will be:
Pit and Pendulum
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Masque of the Red Death
The Most Dangerous Game
The Yellow Wallpaper
Students will be writing a narrative essay/story during the mystery month
On-Point with Poetry: Poetry will be covered in the 3rd 9-weeks.  Titles to be announced at a later time. 
Wrapping up the year: We will spend the 4th 9-weeks on our 4th novel, skill review, and test preparation.
Non-Fiction: Non-fiction will be covered throughout each 9-weeks
Writing Essays: Students will be writing at least one essay per 9-weeks that will be in relation to the novel being read that 9-weeks. Essays will either be an argument, informational/explanatory, or narrative. 
  • Important Note: Any title is subject to change.  Any changes will be announced to students and on the teacher webpage.