• English Syllabus



    Course Description

    English I (101H) English I integrates writing, grammar and usage, speaking and listening. It includes reading a variety of literary genres: short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. It also emphasizes oral and written response to literature. Writing activities include descriptive, narrative, informational, and persuasive compositions in addition to written responses to literature. Vocabulary development, reference tools, critical thinking, and cooperative learning activities are used to enhance learning.

    English III (103) English III involves an advanced study and practice of the principles of effective writing with an emphasis on the various types of discourse and the research process. Students will explore the general background, progress, and development of American literature, including appropriate vocabulary. Students are required to complete a research paper.


    Classroom Behavior  

    * All policies in the student handbook will be strictly followed in our classroom.

    a) Respect yourself, fellow students, and teacher

    b) Exercise self control at all times (Crude and offensive language will not be tolerated)

    d) Respect time (Don’t waste it)

    e) Respect property. You are borrowing some of this property from a friend - our school

    f) Follow district dress code policy

    g) No electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, mp3 players, portable game devices) allowed in class.  

    Keys to Success

    a) Attend classes and be on time for class

    b) Be attentive   (To this course, not the class clown)

    c) Follow directions

    d) Ask appropriate questions

    e) Do assignments thoughtfully, completely, and on time 

     f) Bring the necessary materials to class each day. This includes: book, notebook, and pencil, pencil, pencil, pencil (Get the hint)

    g) Last, and most importantly, TRY. If you try (everyday), you will never fail.

      Miss a class?

    Find a partner in this class. You will have mutual responsibilities.  When you miss class ask your partner what you missed like: notes, assignment, and any handouts from this partner.  If your partner misses class, be prepared to supply your classmate with these same things. 


    Students that are absent (and present a valid excuse) will have the equivalent to the number of days absent to turn in work for FULL credit. Homework can be turned in one day late for HALF credit. Following the second day, homework will no longer be accepted for credit. Research papers, individual/group projects, and oral presentations will all drop one letter grade for each day late. I will not remind any student what is due… it is your responsibility to find out what work is missed either from another student or myself and make it up. I will not except any excuses.

      Help: Help will be available before and after school. If you need help with any assignment or topic please see me.  


    Grading Criteria

    25% Class Participation

    20% Performance Tasks

    15% Tests, Quizzes, Essays

    15% Homework, Classwork, Projects, Study Island

    25% Midterm/Final



    Class Participation Policy


                Your daily class participation grade will be based on how you apply yourself to all the learning activities that take place in our classroom. You will begin each day with the maximum points possible (3). You can attain these points by paying attention, participating actively, and completing tasks effectively. You will lose points by not attending class and not completing missed work, interrupting the teacher, sleeping in class, disrupting class, disrespecting yourself or another student, or me. Remember, you are in class for a reason ---- to learn, and if someone is misbehaving in class, it affects everyone. Everyone in class has the right to learn. The daily participation will be recorded as follows:


    3 points- You are on time, prepared for class, respectful, attentive, and enthusiastic

    2 points- You are late, disruptive, unprepared, passive, and/or semi-motivated.

    1 point- You are disrespectful, negative, off-task, and/or uncooperative.

    0 points- You are disruptive, sleeping, and/or defiant; require official notification.

    0 points- You are absent from class and do not make up missed work.



    If you are absent from class, you will not able to add anything or take part in class activities; therefore, you will not receive any points for that day. However, if you make up all work missed (in a timely manner), you will receive your points. Also, continual negative behavior in class will result in the student losing additional class participation points.


    At the end of each week your total points will be calculated, with the maximum amount of points possible being 15, and the lowest amount being zero. At the end of the quarter, your weekly class participation average counts as 25 % of your total grade.



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