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Gulliver Branson


Meet the Teacher

Welcome to Aspen View Academy 7th Grade English Language Arts. This will be a very exciting year. My name is Mr. Branson, and I have been teaching for over  20 years in Colorado, Idaho, Estonia, and Mongolia. I am very excited to be able to share these educational experiences with you.


My goal is to provide a positive and challenging learning environment to help students reach their full potential. All of my classes are designed to encourage students to be successful by using the five tenants of inquiry-based learning: Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, and Evaluation. These are skills that translate to learning any subject, and they will be helpful in all academic and non-academic pursuits. If you have any questions or concerns during the school year, please feel free to email me. ([email protected]) I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.


Daily Schedule

7:45 - 8:00 Homeroom

8:00 - 9:05 1st Period Core

9:09 - 9:59 2nd Period (Specials)

10:03 - 10:58 3rd Period Core

11:02 - 11:52 4th Period (STEAM)

11:56 - 12:51 5th Period Core

12:56 - 1:36 Recess / Lunch

1:41 - 2:36 7th Period Core

2:40 - 3:30 8th Period A or B Electives


Class Expectations

  • Treat each other politely and kindly.
  • Treat school and personal property respectfully.
  • Follow teacher requests.
  • Be prepared for class.
  • Make a sincere effort in your work, and request help if you need it.
  • Solve conflicts nonviolently.
  • Follow all school rules. 


Syllabus - Mr. Branson

7th Grade English Language Arts 

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The syllabus for this school year is subject to change based upon student needs and pacing as it is important to understand material fully before moving on.

Quarter 1

Short Response Writing, Grammar - the parts of a sentence, Greek and Latin Roots, Spelling, Short Stories, Drama -  Cyrano de Bergerac

Quarter 2

Persuasive Writing, Grammar - usage, Greek and Latin Roots, Spelling, Novel - The Call of The Wild, Research Writing

Quarter 3

Grammar - usage, Novel - Dr Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, Greek and Latin Roots, Spelling, Poetry, Compare and Contrast Writing

Quarter 4

Grammar - mechanics / editing effective sentences, Greek and Latin Roots, Spelling, Vocabulary, Autobiography - Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Research Presentation


Topics Covered:

  • Writing, Grammar, and Usage
  • Research
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Poetry
  • Fiction, Nonfiction, and Drama
  • Essays and Speeches
  • Foreign Phrases Commonly Used in English


Policies and Procedures

Please be on time for class, seated, and prepared to go when class starts with all materials necessary every day: computer (charged), yellow binder and composition notebook, pens/pencils, pencil bag with colored pencils, markers, eraser, pencils sharpener, highlighter, & glue stick.

  • No music, games, or emailing / texting during class time.
  • Turn in all assignments on time.  
  • Raise your hand from your seat and wait until called upon when asking a question, making a comment, or answering a question.


School computers are for school use only.  Playing games and/or using non approved websites and apps may cause computer privileges to be suspended. (See AVA website for approved sites and apps)



  • 50% Assessments (tests and quizzes)
  • 50% Practice (assignments and activities in class and as homework )


7th Grade grading policy: 

Standard Grading Scale

100 – 90% = A        89 – 80% = B        79 – 70% = C          69 – 60% =  D         59 – 0 % = F


Students will be able to retake a test up to one week after the grade has been entered in Infinite Campus.  The learner must schedule an appointment for the retake, and will be given another version of the test.  


All grades will be kept in Infinite Campus. Google Classroom and Infinite Campus DO NOT align, so please refer to Infinite Campus for current grade. 


If a learner demonstrated “Academic Dishonesty” on any assignment or assessment, he/she will receive 50% credit for the first offense.  ZERO percent credit will be given on a second offense.  


Absent Work

Students will be given two days for every one day absent to complete work.  Absent work can be  found on the calendar on my website, or the learner may ask for it upon his/her return to school. It is also located on the individual learner’s Google Classroom and Google Calendar. It is the student’s responsibility to get the assignment(s) and complete it within the given time frame.  


Late Work Policy Learners will lose 10% credit for each day an assignment is late, after it is due, down to 50% (after five days). Late work is counted once the assignment or assessment is entered in Infinite Campus as missing.

After the extended grace period, missing assignments will no longer be accepted, and the assignment will remain zero.


Typical Daily Agenda

  1. Warm Up – Daily Activity.
  2. Class Work - Discussion and Review. There will be daily activities as well as writing assignments, projects, quizzes on spelling/editing, grammar, and material covered in class.  
  3. Wrap Up - A Good Thing and Something Learned
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