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Mrs. Duncan's Class

Welcome to Our Class of Ready Writers......


I would like to thank you for stopping by our page to see what's going on in our class.... I am a native of Smithville and I love our Small Big Hearted city. This is my 7th year with the district. I taught Lifeskills for three years and this will be my second year teaching Resource Writing for 6th, 7th and 8th grades. When I am not at work I enjoy sports (participating and watching), swimming, working with my flowers and community activities.


I look forward to each school year and creating an environment where students are not just educated but they are inspired to push themselves to meet their on individual academic goals. 


Below you will find our class syllabus.


Course Syllabus

Course Name: Writing (6th and 7th grade) and English Language Arts (8th grade)


Teacher Name: Charlesetta Duncan


Teacher contact information: 512-237-2407  ext. 5085


E-mail: [email protected]


Conference Period: 4th period for 10:58-11:51am


Lunch: 11:56am-12:25pm  

I check my e-mail throughout the day and will respond within 24 hours. I will answer phone calls if I am not instructing a course or incases of emergency otherwise you may leave a message. I will be happy to also return your call within 24 hours.


Course description: This course takes students on a journey through the (TEKS) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Academic Standards for Middle School Writing. Topics include (but are not limited to) writing for various purposes and audiences, writing informative and expository pieces, writing narrative pieces, and writing argumentative pieces. Steps in the writing process will be reviewed and practiced. The Resource Classroom is designed to develop, strengthen, and improve skills for positive academic performance and achievement.  Through content area course work, pre- and post- teaching, cognitive learning strategies are taught which focus on comprehension and memory skills, organizational and study skills, test taking, and the enhancements of written expression. Self-advocacy skills and transitional planning are also part of the instructional program.  Students' progress is monitored and reviewed throughout the year according to their IEPs (Individual Educational Plans). 



These courses align with the Texas State Standards. A comprehensive list of the standards can be viewed on the Texas Education Agency web site or you can request a copy from the school.


Required Materials: Students are expected to have the following materials daily.

  1. 2 composition notebooks
  2. #2 Pencils
  3. Black or Blue Pens
  4. 2 spiral notebook
  5. 2 poster boards
  6. 2 packs of lined notecards

Assignment Requirements:

  1. Late work is accepted with a reduction in points.
  2. Assignments must be headed with first and last name, class period, date and assignment.


Grading System: Grades are based on the point scale that is cumulative over the semester.

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

Grades are based on a point scale that is cumulative over the semester. Each student’s goal is to earn as many points as possible by participating in class, studying and doing their personal best.


Daily work and assignments=40% of grade   Tests/quizzes/projects=60% of grade