MMS 5th Grade Literature and Composition

with Ms. Jennifer Kuntz

How do you ACHIEVE in 4th Grade Literature and Composition?

Ask questions

There are many resources available to help you.  “I didn’t know” is NOT an acceptable excuse.

Come to class prepared every day

Bring your journals, folder, and the novel, story and / or poem we are currently studying.  Also, make sure you’ve completed any assigned reading and are prepared for discussion.

Have respect

For yourself, each other, the teachers, and the authors.

Intelligent responses take time

Think things through before writing or speaking, and listen carefully to others.

Express your creativity

Through your writing and your responses to literature.

Voice your opinion        

Participate in discussions, through thoughtful reading, listening, and speaking.  All opinions are valid, even if you don’t agree.  Everyone will have an opportunity to express their viewpoint.

Exceed your own expectations        

Do your best on each assignment.  Spelling, grammar and neatness count!

Schedule:       11:00 – 12:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays; alternate Mondays with Ms. Christina Miller 

Homework and Assignments:

  • “Quick” homework / worksheets will be due the next class day.
  • Longer-term assignments will generally be due on Tuesdays.
  • Quizzes on reading and concepts covered in class will be given on Thursdays, beginning the third week of class.
  • Homework / assignments should be turned in either directly to Ms. Jennifer, or to the basket on her desk in the Media Center if she is not available.

Grading:

Check JupiterGrades often!  Scheduled assignments and quizzes will be posted there, as well as all grades.  Here’s how things are graded:

  • Composition (part of Language Arts):   Writing-focused assignments and homework.Included in overall Language Arts grade with Spelling and Grammar
  • Reading:  Classwork, homework, quizzes and assignments directly related to reading or reading skills.

50% – Assignments: includes longer-term homework assignments and multi-part projects.  You’ll probably have 2-3 of these a grading period.

40% – Participation: This includes discussion, in-class work and behavior, and “quick” homework (such as worksheets).  The majority of the work we do is graded in this way.

10% – Quizzes: These are short tests reviewing assigned reading and concepts covered in class.  The purpose of quizzes is to 1) check you are doing the reading, and 2) make sure you understand what you’ve read or discussed in class.  The lowest quiz grade per quarter will be dropped.

What Ms. Jennifer expects from you:

30 minutes of reading daily:  Fifth graders should read a MINIMUM of 30 minutes per day on average – every day.  Beginning in September, you will keep a daily log of their reading. The log is due at the beginning of the next month.

Regular writing practice:  You will have a reading response journal in which you will reflect on your reading through writing.  You will also have a personalized writing journal to practice and play with words.  Writing prompts will be assigned on a regular basis.

Absences:  Please let Ms. Jennifer know in advance if you know you will be absent for class(es).  If you are out on the day something is due, you are responsible for turning the assignment in on the day you return to school.  It is also your responsibilityto find out what was missed.

Assignments:  Homework is due at the beginning of class on the day it is due.  That means completed and ready to turn in – no last minute printing or editing.  Five points per school day will be deducted for late assignments.  If you are at school on the day something is due, it must be turned in.  Discuss special circumstances with Ms. Jennifer as soon as possible.  Assignments will NOT be accepted after two weeks.

What you should expect from Ms. Jennifer:

I will do my best to make sure that each student has what s/he needs to be successful by being prepared for each class, and making sure you have all of the necessary information.  Please ASK QUESTIONS and let me know if you need help.  But, don’t say “can’t” – because you CAN! 

Other information:

Need to talk to Ms. Jennifer?  Ms. Ms. Jennifer is generally at school from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  As long as there isn’t another class going on in the Media Center, students may come by and talk to her with questions or concerns.  Email also works: jkuntz@millhopper.com .

If a longer conversation is needed, please set up an appointment.

Novels: The cost of novels ordered for use by the students will be billed to the parents by the school.

E-readers:  Use of electronic reading devices is fine, but the student is responsible for taking care of them – and for purchasing electronic formatted materials or checking them out from the library.

Accommodations: If listening to an audiobook or some other accommodation would be helpful, please let Ms. Jennifer know.  All students, regardless of accommodations, are expected to complete assigned reading and writing assignments, and participate fully in class.