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Deanna Dowell

Deanna Dowell

Distance Learning, Spring 2020:  Google Classroom code for joining Hours 1/2 - Dowell 7th Grade Pre-AP Honors ELA is jtzkpqa 
Distance Learning, Spring 2020:  Google Classroom code for joining Hours 3/4 - Dowell 7th Grade ELA is yw75htw
Distance Learning, Spring 2020:  Google Classroom code for joining Hours 6/7 - Dowell 7th Grade ELA is htrayfg
A Google Hangout for any/all of my ELA students (both Pre-AP Honors and regular ELA) is scheduled for Monday morning at 10:00 on April 6th. I would love for everyone in hours 1/2, 3/4, and 6/7 to join in for this if you can. (The link for the April 6th Hangout is in Google Classroom; you are invited to please join your Distance Learning Google Classroom using the codes above.) Our Hangout time slot is 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., and you can pop in for a bit or "hang" as long as you wish. Seeing each other and connecting together will be AWESOME! I will answer any questions you may have about our distance learning in ELA., and we will just be checking in with each other. Hop on and say hello!  We will be having weekly Google Hangouts for ELA, and the plan for now is to continue to offer ELA Hangouts on Mondays from 10:00 - 11:00.
As we begin our time of distance learning together in our 4th quarter, please know how very much I miss being with each of my students on a regular basis! I look forward to connecting with everyone through email (my email contact is, Google Hangout/Meet on Mondays from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M., and Google Classroom.
About Me: I love middle schoolers! I have been teaching middle school reading and English for sixteen years. I have also taught high school ELA and 6th grade ELA. My husband and I have lived in the Mustang area for almost twenty years. We are both teachers. My husband works at Mustang High School, and our daughter is a student in the Mustang district.
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My planning period for 2019-2020 is 1:00-1:45.

     The focus of our Language Arts class is on developing critical thinking skills which will involve forming ideas and communicating those ideas, as opposed to just locating answers within a text. This will require participation in both whole and small group discussion and a significant amount of writing. We will be reading classroom novels as well as selections from literature textbooks. We will also cover several elements of English, including a broadened knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and writing.  Becoming comfortable with writing for a variety of audiences and purposes will be a focus for this class.  We will experience a variety of genres, including historical fiction; fantasy; mystery/adventure; nonfiction; realistic fiction; and biographies. Our goals this year are to increase your vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing, and critical thinking skills, but most of all we hope you develop a lifelong love of reading, writing, and learning!!!

Our grading system is structured by a whole points system, and each quarter will have a breakdown similar to the one listed below. The points are approximate and will vary due to the MPS District schedule:

Vocabulary                                                                160 points                 

Independent Reading/Response                            160 points                 

Common Formative Assessment                           240 points                 

Essay                                                                        200 points                  


     Student progress may be monitored with Parent Portal. Parents, when checking your student’s grades, they will be converted from points to a percentage.  Please use the following grade scale:

A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59; . . .A=Absent; 0=Missing (not turned in)

     Pre-AP courses will have the same assessment schedule but will have higher expectations on all writing assignments and projects. Also, the vocabulary list for Pre-AP will be more advanced.