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Welcome Letter

 Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,                                 

 Welcome to Mrs. Howard’s English Language Arts class! I hope you are as excited as I am to begin this school year in hopes of the wonderful things it has to bring. 

Students as you prepare for class, there are a few things that I would like to share so that you will have a successful year. First, be sure to arrive daily to class with the best YOU that you have… doing otherwise means that you are merely an imitation of someone else who may not be concerned about your success. Next, stay on top of things- ask questions when in doubt and answer confidently when not. This year, we will focus on analyzing various components of fictional and non- fictional text and constructing written responses which will demonstrate your level mastery of selected ELA standards.  Remember that in addition to your syllabus, handouts and text, I am a resource that is available to you.

Parents, we are partners in your child’s education. Throughout the year, should you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me. You can reach me by email or by calling (330) 744-7923 to schedule a conference.


Zelda Hughes-Howard


Class Information

Homework email: zhugheshoward@gmail.com

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide integrated educational experiences in the language arts strands of reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking language, and literature. This course emphasizes critical reading, creative and technical writing, oral presentations, and discussion. Students will learn to use reading strategies to construct meaning and acquire vocabulary from informative, technical, and literary texts. It is aligned with state standards for Reading: Literature, Reading: Informational Text, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.

Methods of Instruction

This course requires student involvement; it is not optional. During this course, teacher-led instruction will be utilized but it will be limited. Discussion in the form of whole class and small group will be the primary mode of instruction. Cooperative learning groups will be implemented through differentiation. Individual reading and writing will also be used.

Classroom Expectations and Norms

My Expectations: I expect each student to…

1. Think- consider options and consequences before speaking, writing, taking action

2. Evolve- learn to try before giving up and to solve before complaining

3. Contribute- be an active participant who makes positive contributions to the classroom setting


1. No eating or drinking during class

2. Eliminate side bar conversations or any other distracting behavior

3. No cell phones

4. Begin writing journal assignment at the start of each class upon arrival

5. Be sure to clean area and check for belongings before leaving the room

Late Work Policy

An assignment is considered late if not turned in at the start of class for homework and by the end of class if an in-class assignment. You will be able to turn work in late up to 11:59 pm the day that it is due with a penalty of 7 pts. Any assignment turned in 1 day late will incur a penalty of 15 points. Any work more than 1 day late will not be accepted. Homework may be sent to zhugheshoward@gmail.com

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to contact me concerning any missing assignments or if you have questions or are in need of an explanation of things covered in class.

Emoji Self-assessment: (you will be instructed when to use this) When turning in assignments, you should draw a plus sign in the topic right corner of the paper. In the top left section you should draw a smiley face J (feeling confident), sad faceL (feeling bad) or a straight face (feeling uncertain) to indicate how you felt about your work. In the top right, you should write a quick note telling why you felt as you did. The bottom sections are for teacher comment and your grade.

Journal writing: All entries must be dated. Each entry should be written in paragraph form unless directed otherwise. The question should not be written. All responses should begin by restating the question. (ex. What is your favorite color? Response: My favorite color is…) 2. Each entry should include supporting evidence or extended reasoning (examples, comparisons, etc) to help convey intended message. A simple 1 or 2 sentence response will not receive a grade. The goal is to write a least a page in the allotted timeframe. Entries less than 8 sentences may not receive credit. A new topic will be given Monday- Friday. The intended outcome for these days is to respond appropriately to the given topic. Students should remain on topic throughout the response. Entries will be graded every two weeks.

Contact Information
Zelda Hughes-Howard
Zelda. Hughes-Howard@youngstown.k12.oh.us
Homework email: zhugheshoward@gmail.com 
Useful Links, incl. Progress Book

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