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Mrs. Zitnik
7th Grade Language Arts - Liberty Jr. High

About Language Arts

Follows the Liberty standards and practices.  Most homework assigned is finishing reading assignment, studying for a test/quiz, or finishing novel reading.  Otherwise, most work is completed in class. 

Absences: Each student receives one calendar day to make up work for every day he/she is absent.  In cases of prolonged absences, contact me and we will make arrangements regarding missed assignments. Students are expected to turn in an absent sheet with any absent work.

Late work: Students are allowed two homework extensions to receive full credit for late work turned in within two school days per trimester. Assignments turned in after three days or the third late assignment are subject to a late penalty of 20%. Students are expected to turn in a signed late slip with all late assignments before earning points.

Redo work: Students will be allowed to retake up to two assignments per trimester. Not all assignments can be retaken. Students are expected to have completed all assignments related to the assessment that will be retaken. Students are expected to turn in a grade change slip when work is redone. All redo work is expected to be finished within one week.

Grading Scale: The grading scale for ELA follows the Liberty Junior High scale.

Homework/Classwork: 20%
Formative Assessments: 30%
Summative Assessments: 50% 

I encourage you and your child to check grades at least once per week. If your child has a smartphone, I can assist in installing the Power School app (a special server code is needed). I can help you set it up as well!

Please check this website and Google Classroom for up-to-date information.  


What is it? 

Every day we start class with an 7-minute creative journaling time or silent reading time followed by a brief share time. Students receive points for participating. Students may turn in work that they are particularly proud of writing. Increasing the students’ volume of writing will help them become better writers.

How are bell ringer points earned?

Students receive 5 points per day for participating. Like in sports or music, practice makes perfect. The more time spent on the activity, the better it is for the student. The same is true for writing.

Can bell ringer points be lost?

Yes. Absences, sectionals, office visits, or off-task behaviors result in the loss of points.

Can those lost bell ringer points be recovered?

Yes! All a student has to do is turn in a minimum 1/2 page creative writing assignment for each day points are lost. Students have daily prompts they may use for inspiration. I expect points to be recovered in one week's time.


Major genres covered through the use and application of literary terms and Notice & Note Signposts: short stories, novels, poetry, non-fiction, fiction, folklore, and drama.

Students will receive a MyPerspectives workbook as well as online access to all MyPerspectives materials. Students will take their assessments online. The assessments are rigorous and require students to apply their knowledge in a new way. Students will annotate every reading assignment this year using the Notice & Note close reading strategies. Please visit my website for more information.

Please note that the novels used at the junior highs may contain mature content.  Please contact me if you do not want your child reading any of the novels used this year.  I will inform you of all novels via a permission slip sent home with your child.

Classroom Novels:
The Giver/Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens [ACC Only]



[Please refer to my grammar page for extra help!]
sentence diagramming

forms of language 

functions of language