Onslow Virtual Academy
Syllabus-English Language Arts – Seventh Grade
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at the Onslow Virtual Learning Academy! I am super excited to be a part of the virtual learning community! It is my pleasure to introduce myself as a seventh-grade teacher at the OVA. I am an avid learner, reader, and motivator. Education is my passion and reading is my obsession. I can promise one thing to all my students and their parents my love for reading is contagious and my greatest hope is that all students will catch the reading bug! I am anxious to hear students discuss, write and comprehend text like they have never dreamed possible. It is an exciting adventure that we have before us and it will take us to new lands, action-packed scenarios and deeper understandings of ourselves and others around us.
I am married to Terry Clark. We have two children, Tac (27) and Terrin (19). We love watching movies and eating at restaurants. Some of my hobbies, beside reading, include cooking and making crafts. I love Pinterest! We moved to North Carolina 20 years ago from West Virginia and have been proud to call Onslow County our home. This year might look and feel different but, it is going to be great because we get the opportunity to be a part of something new and exciting! I am so glad you are here with me!
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This class is an online class for seventh grade English Language Arts students. The North Carolina Standard course of study will be used to guide instruction in reading and writing.
Expectations and Goals
Students are expected to use Onslow County issued laptops to meet with Mrs. Clark in live meetings on Microsoft Teams three times a week for 20 minutes. Students are expected to complete 2-3 graded assignments per week. Student will be expected to use Teams to collaborate with other classmates on projects. Students will receive grades on independent work, quizzes, test, projects and daily check-in assignments. Mrs. Clark will utilize the WAG (Week at a Glance) form for students to know what is due and when the assignment is due. Mrs. Clark will also upload monthly schedules of concepts, skills and reading assignments for students to refer to throughout the month.
- Quiet work area
- Notebook paper
Highlighter, headphones, post-it notes
Getting to know each other
The Name Jar
By: Yangsook Choi
By: Kevin Henkes
Ten Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know
By: Kari Kampakis
All about me one-pager
Daily check ins
Fiction-Characterization and the Elements of Plot
The Invisible Boy
By: Trudy Ludwig
The Paper Bag Princess
By: Robert Munsch
By: Rudyard Kipling
Daily check Ins
Fiction-Importance of Setting and the Elements of Plot
By: Chris Van Allsburg
The Most Dangerous Game
By: Richard Connell
Collaboration project continued
Daily Check Ins
Fiction -Point of View and the Elements of Plot
The Tell-Tale Heart
By: Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe Project
Daily check in
Daily check in
Test on 9/25
Note: Weekly assignments can change depending on student progress and unforeseen circumstances. Updated Schedules will be given out every month-Next schedule will be posted by September 28th for October
Fiction – The date of this test can change if Mrs. Clark decides the students need more time to prepare.
Additional Information and Resources
Team meeting schedule
Middle School Student Schedule
The middle school schedule will be different for the first two weeks. This schedule will go into effect on August 31st.
9:00 Block 1
9:30 Block 2
10:00 Block 3
10:30 Block 4
11:00 Block 5
11:30 Block 6
1:00-2:30 Scheduled Small Groups/Independent Student Work
Middle School Live Sessions
Blocks 1, 3 & 5: Mondays and Thursdays
Blocks 2, 4 & 6: Tuesdays and Fridays
All Blocks: Wednesdays
(10 Point) Grading Scale:
90-100 A Formal assignments 60%
70-79 C Includes tests and projects
60-69 D Informal assignments 40%
59 and below F Includes: independent work, quizzes, check-ins
Parents and students are encouraged to check the Parent Portal weekly. Grades will be posted on PowerSchools mostly on Saturdays. If PowerSchools is having a maintenance weekend grades will usually be posted on Mondays.