This year, we will expand our minds.  We will focus on…

    • Language Arts
      • parts of speech, punctuation marks, and the functions of each
      • constructing logical sentences
      • journaling and writing argumentative, explanatory, and narrative essays
    • Literature
      • literary works from a variety of genres (individual novels, and readings from Scholastic SCOPE: The Language Arts Magazine and The Language of Literature)
      • reading comprehension strategies
      • spellings, definitions, and uses of vocabulary terms



    • 2 notebooks
    • 1 folder
    • writing utensils (i.e. pens/pencils)
    • highlighter(s)
    • your Hamlin ID



    • You are a human being. Some people you like; some you don’t.  You may not be friends with everyone in this classroom, but you will treat everyone in this classroom with respect.  If not, I will take immediate disciplinary action (e.g. loss of privilege/activity, after school in-service with me, detention, etc.).
    • Come to class prepared. Do not despair—I will always have extra writing utensils that you may borrow using your ID as collateral.  However, I obviously cannot cover your homework; that’s on you.
    • Complete your assignments and turn them in to me on time. The highest grade a late assignment can earn is a B-; any assignment not returned within one week of the date assigned will earn an F.
    • Put forth your best effort in your work and your positive behavior.   
    • Raise your hand and wait to be called on before you speak. Call outs will not be acknowledged.
    • I will do my best to help you learn and grow.
    • I will work my hardest to help you reach your fullest potential.