• Dear 7th Grade L.A.L. Students and Families,

    Hello!  My name is Mrs. Nilsen and if you are visiting this page, I may be your Language Arts teacher.  I am very excited for you to join this class and anticipate a great year.

    My goals for this year are to create a friendly and supportive environment where the students are motivated to learn and feel intellectually challenged every day.  I will encourage students to work as hard as they can and not be afraid to take risks.  I will help them develop strong organizational skills, become responsible for their work, and develop a passion for reading.  I will teach different skills for mastering reading and writing techniques, so that they can apply them outside of the classroom.

    I believe that family is the most beneficial support system outside of the classroom.  We need to work together so that EVERYONE can feel successful in and out of the classroom.  For that reason, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have! In fact, I would love to hear from you!!  Please feel free to contact me via email at knilsen@marsd.org.  You may also call the school and leave a voicemail.

    Following this letter, you will find my grading policy, information regarding the use of Google Classroom for educational purposes, information regarding independent reading, and a contact sheet. 


    Again, I look forward to the 2019-2020 school year!


    Grading Policy


    35% QUIZZES

    10% HOMEWORK


    All tests will be announced.  The material to be covered on the test will be reviewed prior to the test.  Quizzes may be announced or unannounced.  


    Different writing assignments and projects will be assigned throughout each marking period.  The criteria for grading will be discussed when each task is assigned.  The assignments will count as either a test or quiz grade, depending on the requirements. Final copies of essays will count as a TEST grade.  If work is submitted late, ten points will be deducted from the final grade for each day the assignment is late.

    Note:  Some assignments may have to be typed.  If this is a problem, please see the teacher BEFORE the assignment is due in order to make other arrangements.


    Homework is assigned daily.  Homework is to be handed in on time in order to receive full credit.   It is required that all work that is assigned during class be completed.  An active part should be taken in all class activities (group work, class discussions, etc.).

    *Please see the teacher for any missed work due to absence upon the return to school.

    Grades can be checked on the portal at any time.  If you are not able to access the portal, please contact us.


    You should have the following with you EACH AND EVERY DAY for class:


    • 1 subject spiral notebook or THREE RING BINDER (1-2 inches will be fine)

    • Composition book for independent/book club/novel study (optional)

    • blue/ black and red pen

    • agenda

    • highlighters

    • post-it notes (any color)

    • Independent reading book or current class novel

    Google Classroom

    I am excited to be using Google Classroom in Language Arts.  Google Classroom will be set up for each class period, with an access code to join.  Students will be able to access important information for assignments, as well as view any necessary resources.  Some advantages of using Google Classroom include:

    • You can access Google Classroom from any device with Internet connection.

    • Work is automatically saved.

    • If a device crashes, all work can still be accessed with the current changes.

    • Students and teachers can communicate directly through a document to help the student improve his or her work.

    • All versions of every assignment are saved.

    Independent Reading

    In addition to regular instruction of reading and writing skills, students in my class this year will be required to read independently both in and out of the classroom.  This encourages readers to select their own reading materials, apply concepts taught in class to their own novels, and make meaningful written connections to their reading.  The benefits of this type of teaching approach are significant.  It allows our readers to be guided into selecting materials that are on his/her reading level, choose novels that are appealing to his/her interests, explore a wide variety of genres and authors, participate in one-on-one guided reading discussions, and, most of all, promote a love of reading.

    My classes will be frequent visitors to the library where students will be able to browse for reading material.  I will also be making recommendations throughout the year for books.  PARENTS AND STUDENTS, please encourage discussion at home!!!---you would be surprised at the amazing disucssions that rise up from reading!!



    If you are unsure of a book, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Additionally, if you ever feel that your child is reading a book that is too mature for him/her, I will be happy to discuss that choice with you and your child so that he/she can be guided into a different selection.


     Again, letÅ› have an AWESOME YEAR, full of exciting and intruiging days of exploring and creating!!! I cannot wait!! :)
Last Modified on September 6, 2019