Class Info




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Welcome to Ms. Kosmoski's class for the 2021-2022 School Year!
Please take time to read the course syllabus.


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Periods 2 and  5 - Seventh Grade - World Literature
Email: mkosmoski@sapublicschools.com
This course will explore literature from writers from various parts of our world.  The textbook contains a wide variety of classic and modern works written by different international authors.  There is a genre for each chapter, and students will explore the theme.  For example, in Chapter One, students will study short stories with the theme surrounding moments of truth.
The text will enhance student learning by presenting various genres of world literature - poetry, short stories, diaries, novel excerpts, and drama.  The literature includes traditional works by Aesop, Guy de Maupassant, Anne Frank, Homer, Saki, and Elie Weisel.
Students will learn language arts skills through use of visual story clues, graphic organizers, direct teaching of vocabulary, and oral language as they actively read each story.  There is also the component for learning grammatical skills and other language arts skills.
In each unit, reading assessments will challenge the students to recall important aspects of each story or genre, with various hands-on projects to further reflect their understanding and comprehension. 
Materials:
Student text, worksheets, (
the remainder are teacher-provided): loose leaf, binder, notebooks, pens/pencils/markers/colored pencils, and project items.
Class Rules:
These will be posted and discussed in the first week of school.  The basics include respect for yourself and others, arriving to class on time, and forming a positive attitude to learn in class. These items are posted in this district web page.
Course Work:
This program has a free writing journal component,  as well as a current events discussion and writing session.  Students will practice and learn steps to basic paragraph writing which will develop into longer and more detailed pieces.  Students will synthesize what they have learned from reading the selection to develop original composition writing pieces.  
To assess, the program has corresponding reviews and tests.  The focus in this course is on enjoyment in the reading process, and to become more confident writers.  They will learn at their pace, and in multiple modalities of learning.
Grading:
There are two types of assessment: Summative 60% (test and projects) and Formative 40% (quizzes, classwork, and participation).  The grading is the same as the middle/high school scales.