Middle School Language Arts with Mrs. Smith

Our Eyes are Fixed on the Lord!

Our Language Arts course is designed to assist students
in improving their communication with writing, reading, and speaking skills.

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Grades are calculated on a total point basis.

Accelerated Reading

These tests can be taken during our weekly before school, during recess, in class, and after school with Mrs. Smith. Students who surpass their reading goal may be eligible for reading rewards.

Class Routines

Weekly information will be posted in the Monday Memo.


Check with me the day after your absence.  We will schedule a time to make up missing instruction, tests or quizzes.  It is your responsibility to meet with me and complete the missed work! .


* All rules in the handbook apply in the classroom.

* Have a good attitude and try your best.

* Be respectful and responsible.


* Students will write appropriate responses to literature and complete ILEARN writing requirements to enhance growth in written expression.


Quarterly Reading Goals: AR Reading Requirements and Grading

Once Quarterly goals have been set, the Reading Challenge begins.

All students are required to read at least one fiction and one nonfiction book and complete AR quizzes over the books each quarter to be eligible for any of the reading rewards.

Individual reading goal will translate into a grade for the quarter worth 30 points. Any student, who meets his personal goal, will earn all 30 points for the quarter, translating into 30 out of 30 which is a 100%. Any student, who does not meet his personal goal, will earn credit for the percentage of his goal completed. For example: if a student’s goal is 24 points, and he earns 93% of his goal, his AR quarter 1 grade would be a 28 out of 30 which is a 93%.

To reach their goal, students should be reading 20 to 30 minutes a day.

*AR Due Dates*

                  *AR points will be evaluated for grades and rewards. 

                  *The due dates will be posted on the Middle School Calendar.

Novels and Dramas

In addition to the classroom reading book, students will read and engage in supplementary novels and dramas. All of these materials are provided by St. Malachy School.

Listed below are the literary works for each grade level.

Heaven is For Real, Breaking Through, Number the Stars, The Wright 3, A Long Walk to Water, Phantom Tollbooth

The Outsiders, The Giver, Call It Courage, Three Cups of Tea, Monsters on Maple Street, A Christmas Carol

To Kill a Mockingbird, Across Five Aprils, She Said Yes, Animal Farm, Diary of Anne Frank, A Midnight Summers Dream