Mr. Haase’s Language Arts Class has moved its online presence to Canvas, which can be accessed through your Broward County Schools Single Sign-on. If you’re a new student looking for a supply list, here you go:


  • black or blue pens, red pens, pencils
  • multi-colored highlighters (a set of four would be ideal)
  • lots of loose leaf
  • A folder to keep papers
  • a challenging novel (or nonfiction text) to read when you have time in class. You should ALWAYS have a book to read.

Optional (Donations are always appreciated):

  • boxes of tissues
  • reams of printer paper
  • hand sanitizer
  • disinfecting wipes (like Lysol)

Welcome to Mr. Haase’s Language Arts Class!

Centered around the Florida Collections curriculum and integrating the Language Arts Florida Standards, Mr. Haase’s 7th grade Language Arts Class will focus on conceptual and skill-based learning through the study and practice of reading, writing, and the conventions of language and grammar.

I hope that this year will be both challenging and enlightening for the students in all of my classes.

The next big thing:

Novel Study: Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Paul Fisher sees the world from behind glasses so thick he looks like a bug-eyed alien. But he’s not so blind that he can’t see there are some very unusual things about his family’s new home in Tangerine County, Florida. Where else does a sinkhole swallow the local school, fire burn underground for years, and lightning strike at the same time every day?The chaos is compounded by constant harassment from his football–star brother, and adjusting to life in Tangerine isn’t easy for Paul—until he joins the soccer team at his middle school. With the help of his new teammates, Paul begins to discover what lies beneath the surface of his strange new hometown. And he also gains the courage to face up to some secrets his family has been keeping from him for far too long. In Tangerine, it seems, anything is possible.

Good stuff, this book, and we’ll do a lot with it… you’ll see.






Author Study: O.Henry

O.Henry is the pen name of William Sydney Porter. Porter wrote in a dry, humorous style and, as in “The Gift of the Magi,” often ironically used coincidences and surprise endings. Released from prison in 1902, Porter went to New York, his home and the setting of most of his fiction for the remainder of his life. Writing prodigiously, he went on to become a revered American writer.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll explore some of Mr. Haase’s favorite O.Henry short stories:

A Retrieved Reformation
After 20 Years
The Last Leaf
The Cop and the Anthem
The Furnished Room

As we read, we’ll focus on a number of literary areas that are pronounced in O.Henry’s work

 Irony, plot twist – Examine the irony within O.Henry’s stories.
Characterization – Character development? How does O.Henry create memorable characters?
Theme – What are the themes of the stories? How does O.Henry present his themes?
Imagery – Where does O. Henry’s writing display vivid imagery?
Word choice – O.Henry was famous for his use of language and precise vocabulary…
Dialogue and dialect – How does O. Henry write believable dialogue?

Mythology Unit

Over the next few weeks we’ll be reading and analyzing a number of Greek myths. 

We’ll discuss character, setting, plot, conflict, tension, theme, and more.
We’ll examine how myths teach the social norms and values of a culture, and how they try to explain mysterious natural phenomena.

After a thorough examination of a number of myths, the class will try their hand at writing their own.

Students will turn a myth into a graphic comic.
Students will create retellings of existing myths.
For the final project, students will write their own myth, both teaching a lesson and explaining a natural phenomena.

Be sure to check out the documents and links page for more information…




Personal Narratives/Memoir Unitfountain pen

Over the next few weeks we’ll be learning how to write personal narratives and memoirs. We’ll focus on the characteristics of effective memoirs.

We’ll discuss character, setting, plot, conflict, tension, and more.
We’ll brainstorm stories from our lives.
We’ll discuss the form your narrative should take, and we’ll even write personal narrative poetry.
We’ll discuss craft, significance, and the element of time.

Be sure to check out the documents and links page for more information…

It’ll be fun, and hopefully you’ll have something you want to share at the end of it!

PARENT Assignments:300px-ParentChildIcon.svg

  1. Read the PARENT LETTER and complete the PARENT CONTACT FORM (due 08/26)
    On the first day of school, all parents should have received a hard copy of my parent letter. I asked that parents and students sit down together to review the letter, then have parents complete the parent contact form. If you were unable to do so, I requested that the student bring in a note from home explaining why their parent could not. If you need a copy of these documents or access to the contact form, see below:


  2. Setting Up a GOOGLE ACCOUNT for your Child (due 08/30)
    Please take a few moments to sit down with your child and create a Google account for their use in my class this year. It will be a fantastic tool that will facilitate our use of a classroom computer cart. All documents will be stored and shared from their account, they can access the account from any web browser, they need no special applications, and our school will cut down on the amount of paper used.

 Supply List: Be ready on the FIRST DAY! desk-pens-school-design


  • black or blue pens, red pens, pencils
  • multi-colored highlighters (a set of four would be ideal)
  • one binder with section dividers. You may choose to share this binder with another subject, if you desire.
  • lots of loose leaf
  • A challenging novel (or nonfiction text) to read when you have time in class.  You should ALWAYS have a book to read.


  • a folder to be used for class-related papers

Donations are always appreciated:

  • boxes of tissues
  • reams of printer paper


Students must adhere to the Broward County Student Code of Conduct, as well as specific class rules.

  • Respect yourself, others, and our classroom.
  • Enter class quietly and on time (ready to work before the tardy bell rings).
  • Be prepared for class every day.  Bring all required supplies to class every day.
  • Listen attentively.
  • Choose your words carefully.
  • Always try your hardest.
  • Be careful to make wise choices; Think before you act. 
  • Electronic devices (cell phones, music players) are not to be used in class without permission.

General Classroom Policies

    • Homework – Homework is an extension of classwork and is expected to be completed as assigned.
    • Class Participation – Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions and activities.  If a student is not participating in classroom discussions, she/he may be missing important ideas.  Students may receive a periodic participation grade to show how involved a student is.  Anything lower than a “B” reflects lack of participation. Lower than a “C” means the student is obviously not paying attention or is distracted or distracting the class. 
    • Late work – Students will receive a denotation of “Z” (Incomplete) for any missing assignments until student work is completed. Student work must be completed within the prescribed time limit.  The maximum point allotment will be 80%.   
    • Make-up work – Announced work, such as homework, quizzes and major assessments are due the day the student returns.  For each day’s excused absence, students will have two days to make up missed work.  If a student is absent under extenuating circumstances, special arrangements can be made to make up work.  IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THE CALENDAR AND/OR REQUEST MISSED WORK.
    • Academic honesty- Receiving or giving information for an assignment is cheating and when caught in the act students will not receive credit nor receive the opportunity for a chance of make-up. Plagiarism is not acceptable: If a student takes information from the Internet or any printed resources without a citation, it is considered plagiarism and will result in a reduction in grade.


Because of the nature of the class and the group assignments, student attendance is very important. If a student is absent, s/he may be required to come to school early to make up the time they missed. Mr. Haase’s classroom is open to students beginning at 8:00 AM most days of the week. Students needing more time to work may ask for a morning pass the day before they wish to come in.

Our Contract

I believe that students are more likely to succeed when they work in partnership with their parents and teachers. I pledge to educate all of the students in my class to the best of my ability. However, the success of my efforts will hinge upon my students’ willingness to work hard to master the material presented and to complete all assignments to the best of their abilities.  I am asking for your support in making this a successful year for all students. Please review with your child the class rules and procedures handout attached to this letter.

Please contact me (through email or my website contact form, if possible) if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance, and I look forward to a very exciting year!

Sincerely yours,

Ryan Haase

* I reserve the right to adjust the course work and/or differentiate instruction as needed to meet the needs of students and ensure academic success.

Click on the Calendar link to see the agenda and homework for specific days.
Click on the Documents page to retrieve any assignment documents you may need.