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2023-2024 Reading Syllabus 

Teacher: Brianna Canales 

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Raul Perales Middle School 

Phone # 956-473-6800

Room # 105

Conference Period:  5th  period (12:39 pm to 1:34 pm)    


This 6-8th Grade Reading Course is designed around the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) which embodies the interconnected nature of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking through the seven integrated strands of developing and sustaining foundational language skills; comprehension; response; multiple genres; author's purpose and craft; composition; and inquiry and research. The strands focus on academic oracy (proficiency in oral expression and comprehension), authentic reading, and reflective writing. The strands are integrated and progressive with students continuing to develop knowledge and skills with increased complexity and nuance in order to think critically and adapt to the ever-evolving nature of language and literacy, and other essential skills needed for their success in preparation for the State Reading Exam (STAAR) and for high school’s Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness Standards (EOC).                                  


Reading Curriculum Overview:


School Supply List for students to carry in their backpacks:

  • 1 – Pack of Highlighters (4 colors assorted)

  • Notebook paper

  • Pens/pencils

  • 1 – pocket folder

  • 1 – Bottle of Glue/glue stick/tape

  • Crayons and/or markers


   To Leave in the classroom

  • 1 – Box of Kleenex

  • 1-- Composition Notebook 

  • Other necessary materials will be announced throughout the year


**School-assigned Chromebooks will be used daily. Make sure your son/daughter brings it (fully charged) daily to school.


Grading Policy: 

According to United ISD district-wide standards, grades are as followed:

  • Daily Grades –  Daily Activities, Daily Classwork, Interactive Notebooks, Quizzes, and Homework

  • Summative Grades – Checkpoint Assessments (CP’’s), Benchmarks, and Projects

  • Tutorials Absences

  • It is the student’s responsibility to obtain work when absent; otherwise, assignments made during absence are handled as late work. Please see me for any copies you may need. School policy for work missed while absent will be enforced. 


Six Weeks Grading Periods:

First Six Weeks – August 15th to September 22nd

Second Six Weeks – September 25th  to November 3rd

Third Six Weeks – November 6th to December 19th

Fourth Six Weeks – January 10th to February 15th 

Fifth Six Weeks – February 20st to April 12th 

Sixth Six Weeks – April 15th t May 30th 


Tutorial Schedule

To be announced.


Checkpoint (formerly CBA)  and Benchmark Dates


Checkpoint 1 Week of September 18-22nd

Checkpoint 2 Week of October 23-27th

Checkpoint 3 Week of January 22-26th

Benchmark 1 Week of November 27- December 1st

Benchmark 2 February 20-22nd

6th-7th RLA STAAR April 16, 2024

8th RLA STAAR April 11, 2024

Academic Honesty

The English Department at Raul Perales Middle School expects that all work turned in is the student’s own work. Plagiarism incidents will be handled according to the school policy set in place.  Plagiarism is defined as “the false assumption of authorship: the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind and presenting it as one’s own. This includes all forms of copying, cutting/pasting, and cheating whether the material is taken in whole or in part from a book, the internet, student, or other source. In an instance where material has been obtained from another student, both parties will be penalized. Your written work will be scanned by an online engine that will identify any plagiarism incidents Please refer to the student code of conduct for more information. 


Classwork and Homework:

Students are expected to turn work in on time; late work will not get full credit unless a student has come and spoken with me before the assignment is due. Throughout the course of the year, students may turn assignments in online via the class website through the student assignments tab when applicable. Homework may and will be assigned on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will reinforce concepts and strategies reviewed in class with mini-activities and worksheets.


 Late Work                                                                                                                   

Hand in all late work directly to me.  DO NOT put on my desk, turn in with current assignments, or give late work to a substitute This also applies to the Google Drive Assignments. Please refer to the District Student Code of Conduct for criteria on late work.  


Reading Classroom Expectations and Consequences:

1.      Come to class on time! Once class begins any interruptions are impolite and distracting. Be sure to 

read the UISD Student Code of Conduct (SCOC) on tardiness.

2.      Come to class prepared.  Always bring pens, pencils, paper, assignments, and or homework. You will 

need them EVERY DAY. Stay organized throughout the course.

3.      Avoid being absent.  Please refer to SCOC for the attendance policy. Missing a day will put you behind. 

Always find out what you have missed and make up your work immediately! Remember it is YOUR 


4.       Turn in assignments on time. Refer to SCOC for policy.

5.       Expand your knowledge. Come to class with an open mind and willingness to learn new things.

6.       Love to learn. Use your prior knowledge, ask questions, be an active reader & writer, and participate 

in class discussions in a knowledgeable and productive manner.

7.      Group Work. When working with a peer or group make sure to stay focused and do your assigned 

part. Remember that the group is being graded as a whole as well.

8.       Behavior: Follow PBIS behavior policy

9.      Technology Policy: Refer to the Student Code of Conduct on the use or misuse of equipment.

10. No Food or Drinks allowed in class.

11. No Cell Phone Use during class. 


Consequences: (1) Verbal warning, (2) Behavior log write-up, (3) Student Conference, (4) Parent Contact and Lunch Detention, (5) Parent Conference, (6) Office Referral. 

*Depending on the infraction level, steps may be skipped and an office referral is immediate.