2016-2017 CLASSROOM Rules,
LEARNING TARGETS, & COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
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. 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.
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-
Tests, Quizzes, Projects, Essays— 50%
Daily Grades— 30%
Homework / Participation— 20%
Public Speaking—Speeches and Vocabulary Tests 50%, Chapter Tests 30%, & Homework / Participation— 20%
Calculating Semester Grades
1st Quarter Grade— 50%
2nd Quarter Grade— 50%
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 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. (The lowest homework score per quarter is dropped.)
► Google Classroom Drop Box Policy: The drop box is used for long-range assignments. All work must be submitted in the appropriate Google Classroom
drop box 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 assignment.
3. Extra credit is not an option. Carefully completing all assignments and submitting them on time is an option.
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. All tests must be completed within 7 calendar days from when the examination was given in class; after that time, a ZERO grade will be recorded.
5. If students wish to prepare for future absences, 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.
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.
8. Each day as students enter the classroom, they will put place their cell phones in the basket at the front of the room where it will remain during class. This is done to limit classroom distractions and subsequent disciplinary referrals.
9. 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)
10. Act like a mature young adult. Interfering with your learning or the learning of others is not acceptable behavior. Procedures outlined in the student handbook will be followed and enforced.
11. 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Students will demonstrate comprehension and use text examples to support inferences.
- Students will identify and evaluate literary elements, rhetorical strategies, and the historical and cultural context of fictional and nonfictional text.
- Students will initiate discussion, listen with courtesy, and participate effectively in a collaborative group.
- Students will use media and technology to create and deliver a well-organized, logical, and effective oral presentation.
- 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).
- Students will acquire and demonstrate an accurate understanding of vocabulary words, their nuances, and their relationships.
- 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 Odyssey) and nonfiction selections. Informative and argumentative writing is required.
English 10 develops student competence in English usage and mechanics, vocabulary development, oral and written communication, and reading comprehension. Topics for class activities and discussion include short stories, novels (To Kill a Mockingbird, And Then There Were None, and/or In the Heat of the Night), poetry, nonfiction, plays (Julius Caesar and Inherit the Wind), and mythology. Plagiarism is studied and research paper in MLA format is required.
English 11 integrates the study of literature, vocabulary, grammar, and composition while refining oral communication skills. The first semester will be devoted to literary analysis, research writing, and ACT test preparation. The second semester focuses on public speaking, APA documentation, outlining, and media applications.
English 12 is a survey of various literary forms such as poetry, drama, essays, nonfiction, and novels. Vocabulary, grammar, media literacy, literary analysis, and writing skills will be addressed throughout the year, and an extensive multi-genre MLA research project will be completed.
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