Literary tradition is the passing down of stories which give meaning to human experiences. Every linguistic group has a literary tradition, which is transmitted either orally or through writing. 

Literary traditions can be categorized as national, formal or periodic.

Each grouping of literary tradition has specific commonalities of form, subject matter, themes and worldview, among other factors. Literary traditions of one time period potentially shape later literary traditions.

In 6th grade, the Connections class will focus on the literary tradition of fables, fairy tales, and tall tales.

In 7th grade, the Connections class will focus on the literary tradition of myths and legends.

In 8th grade, the Connections class will focus on the literary tradition of poetry.


Students will continue to develop an appreciation of written and spoken language. They expand their use of descriptive words and complex sentences, as well as their choices of modes of writing.  Throughout the course, students continue to develop the ability to critique constructively their own work as well as the work of others.  Students use oral language, written language, and media and technology for expressive, critical, and literary purposes.  Students use the stages of the writing process to write clear, coherent compositions that develop an idea or tell a story.


Related CCGPS Standards

Reading and Literature

The student will read and analyze a variety of literary texts such as poetry, drama, short stories, and novels to acquire an understanding of the conventions of each form.
The student will acquire new vocabulary and use it effectively in reading and writing.


The student will produce a variety of writings such as persuasion, narrative, expository, and response to literature.
The student will use technology to research topics and to produce various products such as essays and presentations.


The student will learn and apply the rules of Standard English in written and oral language.

Listening, Speaking, and Viewing

The student will participate in effective oral interaction with the teacher and with other students.
The student will listen to and view various forms of media in order to gather and share information, persuade others, and express ideas.


General Classroom Rules:  Be punctual. Be prepared.  Be polite and positive.  Follow all instructions, procedures, and requests.  Respect the classroom environment.


Preparation for class:  Students are required to bring a pencil or pen, and paper (in a section of a binder or a separate binder). 


Grading Scheme:

Fulton County Academic Grading Scale

A 90 and above

B 80 -89

C 70-79

F 69 and below

* By state rule, any grade below 70 is failing


Classroom Grading Practices


MAJOR ASSESSMENTS – 35% - tests, projects

MINOR ASSESSMENTS – 25% - quizzes, classwork


All students at Taylor Road are expected to complete all work assigned by the teacher. All zeros must be cleared up prior to the end of the grading period. If a student scores less than 50 on any given assignment or test, he or she is expected to seek remediation, if appropriate, and redo the assignment or retake the test for reduced credit.



All students need to report to class in a timely manner.  Consequences for tardiness are as follows:

1st tardy – private conference with student
2nd tardy – email and/or note sent home
3rd tardy – public detention assigned



Absence/Make-up procedures – see FCBOE Policy JBD


You can contact me via email at or through my website at .


Welcome to a new group of Connections students!  I hope you will enjoy the class, and find the website useful.

 If you need anything, or have any questions, please contact me.

Ms. Hersh

Updated: 10/21/2016