7th grade ELA overview

Welcome to Ms. Warden’s 7th Grade ELA!

Dear parent(s)/guardian(s) and student,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Cane Creek Middle School. 7th grade is always an exciting year, and this year will be especially memorable. 

School will look very different this year (at least to start), but I am confident we all will work together in making it fun and educational. We will have 30 minutes each day “together” in Zoom, where we’ll get to know each other, have teacher-led discussions and lessons, and do small group activities. After our time together, students will have an assignment or activity to complete independently.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at any time. I am looking forward to getting to know you. 


Ms. Ariel Warden

PBIS Expectations: Respect & Responsibility 

  1.  Arrive on time with all materials. 

  2.  Follow all directions the first time given.

  3.  Stay on task.

  4.  Be kind and respectful to everyone.


     Class Overview

My lessons are student-centered and based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and on Buncombe County Schools' Balanced Literacy model
We start by building understanding in key skills and vocabulary of literature and nonfiction. Writing, vocabulary, and grammar are interspersed.
Throughout the year, we’ll focus on the big ideas of “What makes me who I am?” & “Society has the power to promote or limit freedom and choice,” as 7th graders begin to explore who they are and who they want to become. 
We will starting a novel study early in the year: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It is a coming-of-age story that explores identity, relationships between family and friends, and choices. I have digital copies of the novel for all students, but your child is welcome to read a physical copy. The CCMS library has copies of the book: A hold needs to be made for the book, and then you will need to come to the school to pick it up.
I choose other literature and projects based on best practices and students' needs and interests; please contact me if you're interested in previewing stories or articles.
We'll also participate in activities focused on team building, social and emotional learning, critical thinking, and current events. Though this will look differently while we are remote, students will have plenty of opportunities to collaborate with their classmates during our daily “face-to-face” Zoom times.