Ms. Hardy's ELA Class

6th Grade English Language Arts

Welcome to ELA! Remind101 Sign Up Info: Homeroom/Period 2 text "@phardy2" to 81010 Period 3 text "@phardy3" to 81010 Period 7 Honors text "@phardy7" to 81010 Period 8 text "@phardy8" to 81010 I am very excited to be working with you and your child throughout the new school year.  I hope as a result of my class he/she will become a lifelong learner with a love of literature.  I will be relying on you over the course of this year to work together with me and in so doing, ensure your child reaches his/her potential.

Please read over this information with your child. Feel free to contact me with any questions.  Again, I look forward to working with you and your child. I know this year will be the best yet!

Course Syllabus

Instructional Philosophy: The format of this English/Language Arts class will be group-driven and student interactive. I love to see every student actively engaged in the lesson.  I have high engagement expectations in order to create a rigorous educational atmosphere. For classroom discussion, activities, and group projects to be successful everyone must participate to the best of his/her ability. Classroom instruction will be differentiated to meet the needs of all learners.

Standards for 6th grade ELA:

can be found on CCSD’s website (ELA Middle School)

Required Books: (Given by School District)

Collections.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Grading Policy:








Class work:

There will be numerous in-class activities, group assignments, and daily independent activities throughout the year that will be used to reinforce lessons, develop critical thinking skills, and promote creativity.  A student must participate in classwork activities to receive full credit.  Simply, if you do nothing in class, you will receive nothing.

Late work policy: Grade reports are sent home every other Wednesday. If any of the NEW assignments for that two week interval appear to be missing, the student has until that Friday of grade report week to get any of those missing assignments turned in for partial credit (excluding special circumstances such as extended absence). The dates of each specific two week interval will be included as a typed note on each grade report as well as the Friday deadline reminder.

Classroom Rules

  1. Arrive to class with required materials and ready to learn.

  2. Respect school and personal property.

  3. Respect others.  Be kind in your words and your actions.

  4. Listen carefully and follow directions.

  5. Work quietly.  Do not disturb others who are working.

  6. Follow all school rules and policies.


  1. Verbal Warning

  2. Lunch/Recess detention (Conference w/teacher)

  3. Parent Conference

  4. Referral to Administration

Severity Clause: Blatant misbehavior (fighting, extremely rude, crude, or any other behavior deemed completely unacceptable by the teacher) will result in a student being immediately sent to the office and a referral will follow.


Classroom Procedures and Expectations

Entering Class:  Students are expected to enter class quietly and with all necessary materials, sitting promptly in their assigned seat.  As soon as students are seated, they will have bell work to begin.

During Class: Students must have permission to leave their seat at this time.  Students must also raise their hand before asking a question.

Exiting the Room: The teacher will dismiss students from class when their area is clean and all students are seated quietly.  The bell is a reminder of dismissal for the teacher; the teacher will always dismiss the class.

Required Materials

  1. Three ring binder

  2. Pocket dividers for binder

  3. Notebook paper

  4. Pencils/Pens (blue or black ink only)

  5. (optional) Colored pencils/crayons/markers

  6. Composition/spiral notebook

  7. Handheld sharpener  

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