2017-2018 CLASSROOM Rules,
LEARNING TARGETS, & COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Mrs. Hickethier 715-861-6947 Ext. 1104 — firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to English Class!
Because I care about you and your right to learn, the following rules and policies will be enforced in this room.
When you consider your actions and behavior, ask yourself these three questions:
■ Is it safe?
■ Is it courteous?
■ Is it my best?
The ability to communicate well—to read, write, listen, and speak—prepares students for life. These are essential skills because they serve as the necessary basis
for further learning and career development. The Cornell High School English courses benefit students by
(1) challenging students to become effective communicators of written and oral language,
(2) fostering an understanding of and appreciation for literature,
(3) honing media, technology, and information literacy,
(4) enhancing vocabulary acquisition and critical thinking skills, and
(5) encouraging students to be active, responsible, and independent learners who are college and career ready.
Grades 88-89 B+ 78-79 C+ 68-69 D+
93-100 A 83-87 B 73-77 C 63-67 D
90-92 A- 80-82 B- 70-72 C- 60-61 D-
Quarter Grades Calculating Semester Grades
Tests, Quizzes, Projects, Essays— 50% 1st Quarter Grade— 50%
Daily Grades— 30% 2nd Quarter Grade— 50%
Homework / Participation— 20%
Public Speaking Grades: Speeches 50%, Tests 30%, & Homework / Participation— 20%
Other Procedures & Expectations:
1. Bring all necessary materials to class every day. You are responsible for the condition of your assigned textbooks. Damage to textbooks, computers, or classroom equipment will result in a fee.
2. All assignments are due at the start of the hour to receive full credit.
► Major assignments (essays, speeches, and projects) submitted one school day late will be eligible for 80% credit; major
assignments submitted two school days late will be eligible for 60% credit. After that, no credit will be earned.
► Minor assignments (homework) must be submitted on time at the start of the hour; no credit will be earned on late homework
assignments, even if the work is turned in only a few minutes late.
► Google Classroom Drop Box Policy: The drop box is used for long-range assignments. All work must be submitted in the
appropriate Google Classroom dropbox on or before the scheduled due date. It is your responsibility to upload the correct
document. An absence on a day that a drop box assignment is due does not give students extended time to complete the
3. Extra credit is not an option. Carefully completing all assignments and submitting them on time is an option. (The lowest homework score per quarter is dropped.)
Please do not ask for extra credit. Students usually ask for extra credit because they are doing poorly in the course and want to improve their grade. If I give extra credit to one student, to be fair, I have to give it to every student. At that point, in my opinion, the extra credit becomes a regular assignment. In addition, those students who are performing well in class generally perform well on the extra credit; similarly, the students with unsatisfactory performance in class generally demonstrate unsatisfactory performance on the extra credit. In other words, it doesn't help. Time spent on extra credit should be spent on learning the required material, and students can improve their grade by improving their understanding of the required material. Students should not ask for extra credit; instead, students should ask for help with the course materials.
4. Students are responsible for getting all missed assignments due to an excused absence; students have two class periods to submit missed work. Alternate assignments will be given when the in-class activities cannot be duplicated. If students wish to pre-arrange an absence, they should get all worksheets and assignments before the absence. Students must be prepared for the next class: all assignments are due and all tests must be taken as scheduled.
5. Students are expected to initiate discussion, listen with courtesy, and participate effectively in a collaborative group. Students will receive a significant deduction in points if they submit or present content that is not appropriate for a school classroom. (20% minimum)
6. A student may receive an extension on an assignment if unusual circumstances arise. This must be done prior to the due date — once the due date arrives, it is too late to request an extended deadline.
7. It is each student’s job to avoid the act and appearance of cheating. Plagiarism and cheating will result in a zero and an office referral.
8. Each day as students enter the classroom, they will put their cell phones in the crate at the front of the room where it will remain during class. This is done to limit classroom distractions and subsequent disciplinary referrals. Students should not use cell phones in my room unless specifically directed to do so.
9. Students are expected to hone their college and career readiness skills by meeting the following expectations:
- Complete assignments and fully prepare for tests; mastery tests will not be offered.
- Listen to and follow directions; students who complete the wrong assignment earn a zero.
- Submit the correct assignment in Google Classroom by the established deadline.
- Submit work that shows your best effort. Proofread all written work. Two points will be deducted for incorrect use of the words on the “not allowed” list.
- Actively engage in classroom activities---there is a strong correlation between effort and results!
Please do not hesitate to talk to me if you need assistance or have a concern that you would like to discuss. I can be reached before school, during my prep period, or after school.
LEARNING TARGETS: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
1--Students will apply an understanding of grammar and syntax to structure and communicate ideas in a way that is clear, logical, and appropriate for the task.
2--Students will demonstrate comprehension and use text examples to support inferences.
3--Students will identify and evaluate literary elements, rhetorical strategies, and the historical and cultural context of fictional and nonfictional text.
4--Students will initiate discussion, listen with courtesy, and participate effectively in a collaborative group.
5--Students will use media and technology to create and deliver a well-organized, logical, and effective oral presentation.
6--Students will compare or contrast written texts with other texts by responding in writing or discussion (making text-to-self, text-to-text, or text-to-world connections).
7--Students will acquire and demonstrate an accurate understanding of vocabulary words, their nuances, and their relationships.
8--Students will use an appropriate format and correct documentation to communicate research findings.
English 8 is a full-year course that incorporates independent readings as well as teacher-assigned readings. Students study vocabulary, evaluate information from a variety of sources and media; and they read for pleasure, meaning, and thematic analysis in short stories, nonfiction, novels, and plays. In addition, students study grammar and syntax as a means to increase verbal and written skills.
English 9 is a full-year course that incorporates reading, literary analysis, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills. Topics for class activities, discussion, and study include short stories, poetry, mythology, drama (Romeo and Juliet), novels (All Quiet on the Western Front, The Old Man and the Sea, and/or The Odys