• 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!                       



    Instructor Information



    Office Hours

    Tammy Clark


    Monday – Friday

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and

    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    General Information


    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.

    Course Materials

    Required Materials

    • Laptop
    • Internet
    • Quiet work area
    • Notebook paper
    • Pencil

    Optional Materials

    Highlighter, headphones, post-it notes


    Course Schedule





    Week 1

    Getting to know each other

    The Name Jar

    By: Yangsook Choi

    Wemberly Worried

    By: Kevin Henkes

    Ten Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know

    By: Kari Kampakis

    All about me one-pager

    Daily check ins

    Friday quiz/reflection

    Week 2

    Fiction-Characterization and the Elements of Plot

    The Invisible Boy

    By: Trudy Ludwig

    The Paper Bag Princess

    By: Robert Munsch


    By: Rudyard Kipling


    Collaboration project

    Daily check Ins

    Friday quiz/reflection

    Independent work

    Week 3

    Fiction-Importance of Setting and the Elements of Plot

    The Stranger

    By: Chris Van Allsburg

    The Most Dangerous Game

    By: Richard Connell

    Collaboration project continued

    Daily Check Ins

    Friday Quiz/reflection

    Independent work


    Week 4

    Fiction -Point of View and the Elements of Plot

    The Tell-Tale Heart

    By: Edgar Allen Poe

    Edgar Allen Poe Project

    Daily check in

    Friday quiz/reflection

    Week 5



    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




    Exam Schedule




    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

    12:00 Lunch

    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


    Grading Policy

    (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.