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McKell Middle School Bulldogs
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Nathan Sutton, Principal
Chris Ailster, Assistant Principal
129 Bulldog Lane
South Shore, KY

Jarrod Lowe

Mr. Lowe’s 7th Grade ELA





Hello!  My name is Jarrod Lowe, and I'm thrilled to say this is my 4th year teaching English at McKell Middle.  Please feel free to email me ( with any questions, concerns, or comments. 


What all students need to know about my class...         


Bring all materials to class. Additional visits to the locker will not be permitted during class time. If there is a special circumstance (your dog ate your pencil, notebook paper is suddenly outlawed in Kentucky, or your library book was abducted by aliens) students will not be excused from class without a signed and initialed planner from Mr. Lowe. No exceptions!



Students are to be in their seats and engaged in daily bell work WHEN THE TARDY BELL RINGS. 

Pencil sharpening, bathroom visits, pointless conversations, and locker visits must be concluded prior to the tardy bell ringing. You have 3 minutes between classes. Make each minute count. 



We work bell-to-bell in my class. No down time. No free days. 

If you are absent, please check past daily agendas for missed homework and classwork. 

Positivity & Respect  

R-E-S-P-E-C-T the physical space and property of your classmates and teacher.  

Respect each individual’s ideas, learning style, and differences. DON’T BE A JERK!

Do your own work!


Assignments and projects must be completed on time. I expect you to make every effort to meet deadlines. We will have daily recurring assignments in this class, which you are expected to have in your possession each day for potential grading. 

“I left it at home,” is not an accepted excuse for missing work. There is a reason you have a student binder, and that’s to stay organized. If you fail to keep up with your daily assignments, you will face the consequences: In school suspension, lunch detention, or a ZAP. 

Repeated failure to meet this expectation will result in conferences with parents, principals, etc. 

Plagiarism of work from another source (copied directly from another student, book, or online source) will not be tolerated. A grade of zero will be given if plagiarism is detected. A make-up of the assignment will be completed in ISI.

School Rules

Traditional school rules, as defined in your 

MMS student handbook, will be enforced in our class.



1. Come to class ON TIME! You don’t want to miss anything.

2. Be ready to LEARN English/Language Arts is what we’re here to study.

3. Listen & Follow Directions Otherwise, you may get lost.

4. Raise Your Hand Before Speaking, Asking   Questions, or Leaving Your Seat

5. Respect EVERYONE Classmates, Teachers, Principals, Custodians, etc.

6. ASK QUESTIONS! If you’re not sure about something, ASK.

7. Work Hard & DO YOUR BEST! Effort requires ZERO talent. 

8. Try New Things. You never know until you try. 

9. Believe in YOURSELF! You can do anything you put your mind to.

10. Have FUN!


Every choice an individual makes leads to either a positive or negative consequence. 

For example, if you go to work, you'll likely be rewarded with a paycheck. If you quit showing up for work, you'll likely be fired.

Each semester during the 2019-2020 school year, students will be expected to refrain from any minor misbehavior which disrupts classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of the school. 

If rules cannot be followed, students will face the following negative consequences:

Strike 1  

Traditional Lunch Detention 

For the first classroom infraction during the semester, the student will serve a traditional lunch detention by sitting alone and completing the writing assignment as dictated by the teacher.

Strike 2

Lunch Detention with Mr. Lowe

Upon the second classroom infraction during the semester, the offending student will face  three days of lunch detention in the classroom with Mr. Lowe. 

During this time, the student will not only eat in silence, but will spend all three days researching and defining multiple high-level vocabulary words. Writing will be neat, and definitions will be complete. 

Strike 3

Extended Lunch Detention with Mr. Lowe

Upon the third infraction during the semester, the offending student will face a week of lunch detention in the classroom with Mr. Lowe, and the loss of their weekly “fun day.” 

During the weeklong lunch detention, the student will not only eat in silence, but will spend their time composing an original 3.5 paragraph essay entitled “The Consequences of My Actions.”  

Strikes 2 & 3 also results in the student losing their weekly fun day for the week the infraction occurs.

Repeated infractions will result in a parent/teacher contact or conference with appropriate school staff.

Mr. Lowe's Class : Course Description


The 7th grade English Language Arts class is founded on the tenets of reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language. My goal is to help students develop improved reading skills through the exploration of both fiction and non-fiction literature, spark new vocabulary acquisition and usage, and facilitate each student’s ability to read and write more confidently in all subject areas. My purpose is to always put forth my best effort in helping each child become the best ELA student they can be.  The student’s purpose is to come to class prepared, be willing to participate, to pay attention, and to always give me their best effort.  

This year, in the area of reading, students will continue to develop their abilities to determine the main idea of a text and to analyze those texts based off of textual evidence. Students will learn to analyze how an author organizes their writing and why the author has chosen a particular point of view. Students will also develop skills to compare and contrast written and multimedia versions of a text, in addition to determining how different writers approach the same topic. 

In terms of writing, students will continue to develop these skills by composing argumentative, informative, narrative, and research texts. They will be able to produce clear writing that has appropriate organization and style for their desired topic. The students will use technology to produce and publish their writing and to cite sources.

Students will further develop their research skills this year by drawing evidence from different texts that support their own writing. In order to develop their speaking and listening skills, students will learn to ask productive questions that lead to group discussion and to modify their own views in accordance with new information and ideas expressed by those around them.

Students will also practice speaking in front of a group of their peers while using relevant descriptions, facts, and details to support an opinion. Throughout their writing and speaking, students will continue to show their command of the English language, particularly in the use of phrases and clauses and varied types of sentences. 

This course is aligned with Kentucky’s Common Core Standards for 7th grade English.


Please check your child’s planner for any special notes and/or assignments. Also, please contact the school if you would ever like to schedule a parent/teacher conference. Be sure to visit the MMS Open House within the first few days of school, as well as our Parent’s Night, which is usually held within the first half of the first term. 



If you ever have questions or concerns about anything, please know that my door is always open and I am here for you. Please speak with me prior to class, or at the end of the school day, and I will do everything in my power to help address your concerns and to chill you out. 

7th Grade English Language Arts: What You Need to Know

ELA Notebook ELA Notebooks will be kept in a special designated area of the classroom, and be used to organize and maintain all in-class assignments, writing prompts, pop quizzes, and notes required for the class. 


Students will retrieve their ELA Notebook at the beginning of each class, and use the notebook to  record answers or writing prompts for their daily bell work. These notebooks will then be returned to their designated areas at the end of class.

ELA Notebook checks will be made at random intervals by the teacher, but normally no more than once every two weeks. I will check for completeness, accuracy, and effort. 

All notebook checks will be recorded for a grade.


ELA Folder/Binder Each student will utilize a pocket folder (or binder) to assist in the organization and transportation of ongoing assignments, weekly vocabulary, and any/all handouts.  

Weekly Vocabulary Students will receive a list of ten new vocabulary words each Monday. Throughout the week we will spend a portion of each class reviewing the words, definitions, and proper usage. 

All weekly vocabulary will be kept in a specially designated ELA Folder (or binder) which students may take home each night for study purposes.  

Students may expect a vocabulary quiz each Friday, which will also be taken  for a grade. 

Weekly Language Review The Weekly Language Review is an ongoing homework assignment that features language concepts, word review, and study skills. The assignment is always presented in a routine format, making it easier for students to prepare for and complete. 

Each WLR will focus on current ELA standards, while also serving as a review for skills that have already been taught.

Students are tasked to complete one column each day (Monday through Thursday), which we will attempt to review on a daily basis. Completing daily questions should require fewer than 15 minutes of homework time.



The WLR will be submitted for a grade each Friday. (Do you see a pattern forming here?)




Weekly Reading Review Similar to the Weekly Language Review, the Weekly Reading Review bi-weekly classroom assignment that consists of written passages and text-dependent questions that build in complexity throughout the year. 

The WRR will be submitted for a grade (you guessed it!) each Friday




Attendance Students are responsible for any/all missing assignments. I repeat: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR MISSING ASSIGNMENTS! If a student misses a test or quiz, they will need to alert their teacher upon returning to schedule a make up. Missing assignments must be submitted within two days of absence for full credit, while missed quizzes and tests will be rescheduled upon return.

Extra Credit Any extra credit work will be made available on a case-by-case basis. Please do not be one of those people who fail to turn in or make up assignments all term, then approach your teacher for an extra credit assignments on the day prior to midterms (or, heaven forbid, at the end of the term) as I will most likely have submitted grades to the principal at that point, and would likely say, “Sorry about your luck, Chuck.”

Mr. Lowe’s 2019-20 ELA Supply List

Pocket Folder. To transport vocabulary words, assignments, study materials to and from home.

Loose leaf/Notebook Paper. For writing on, answering questions, doodling in class, etc.

One (1) Composition Book. These will be kept in the classroom for use as ELA Notebooks.

Two (2) Packages of Writing Utensils. #2 Pencils or Mechanical Pencils are okay.

Highlighter. At least one highlighter. (To be used to highlight text in ELA Notebook, not deface library books). 

Additional packages of loose leaf paper & non-mechanical #2 pencils are always appreciated! 

Each year I buy over 1000 pencils on my own.  

Each year all pencils are used by students (& lost).

Optional Supplies

Hand Sanitizer, Paper Towels, Lysol Wipes, Dry Erase Markers, and additional boxes of tissues. 

Students will be using Google Classroom frequently, so having a personal wireless mouse and a pair of headphones/earbuds is strongly encouraged.

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