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9th English and 12th Honors English 

English 9    Charlotte Jackson

 

English 9 Syllabus

Bob Jones High School                                                                         Charlotte Jackson- Instructor

cwjackson@madisoncity.k21.al.us                                                         4th Block Planning

 

I.                   Course Description: English 9 (18 weeks/ 1credit)

English 9 provides students with a variety of learning activities to contribute to the understanding of the various processes of writing, an appreciation of selected literature, a mastery of basic grammatical concepts, and a development of reading and comprehension skills.

II.                Objectives:

 

1.              Create written, spoken, and/or multimedia compositions related to career planning and real-world writing with logical academic purposes using both print and digital media.

2.              Write routinely over extended time frames, including time for research, reflection, and revision and shorter time frames such as a single sitting or a day or two range of tasks, purposes, and audiences in the four modes.

3.              Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

4.              Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

5.              Conduct research gathering relevant data from credible sources and synthesizing to produce a research project.

III.             Classroom Expectations:

 

   Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and productive manner. In addition to all the rules and expectations listed in the student handbook, I expect students to have a positive attitude, treat others with respect, practice self-discipline, and demonstrate responsibility. If these conditions are not met, students can expect one on one meetings with instructor, parent / instructor conferencing, and administrative action, if necessary.

** In accordance with the Alabama State Course of Study, in order to receive credit for this class, students are required to complete a research paper. Students who do not turn in a paper will be given a grade of Incomplete until the assignment is done and will not be allowed to graduate.

 

1.       Concerning laptop utilization: Under no circumstances are student laptops to be wired to the network or have print capabilities. No discs, flash drives, jump drives, or other USB devices will be allowed. Neither the teacher, nor the school is responsible for broken, stolen, or lost laptops. Laptops will be used at the individual discretion of the teacher.

Note: The academic misconduct policy of the school will be followed in this course.

The attendance policy of the school will be followed for this course.Any student who receives failing grades during this course is urged to discuss this with the teacher immediately.

 

2.       Make-Up Work: In accordance to the Madison City Schools Policy: JDB, Absences, Excuses and Make-up Work, Section 10A and B:Students with UNEXCUSED absences will NOT be allowed to make up the work assigned during the absence.

Major grades (tests, term papers, etc.) will account for 70% of a student’s grade. In addition to daily grades, there will be a minimum of six major evaluations (tests, essays, speeches, projects, etc.) of each student per nine weeks. Homework and class work will account for 30% of a student’s grade. Each grading period will consist of nine weeks. Progress reports will be sent home every three weeks.

Special Note: In accordance with the Alabama State Course of Study, in order to receive credit for this class, students are required to complete a research paper/project. Students who do not turn in a paper/project will be given a grade of Incomplete and will not be allowed to graduate until the assignment is done.

What should students do if they are absent?

·         Look on Edmodo for homework assignments for those days.

·         Get with a classmate for any missed notes and/or instructions.

·         If you missed any essays or projects, you must turn those in on the day you return.

·         If you missed a test, students with EXCUSED absences will be allowed to make up ALL work within THREE days of returning to school. A designated teacher will give make-up tests on Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the AV room. No make-up tests will be administered during class time. Students must take a make-up test within ten school days after his or her return to school. When students make appointments for make-up tests, the appointments must be kept unless the student notifies the teacher or the school of a valid cancellation. Students may receive a zero for an unexcused miss of a make-up test. This policy is for major tests, not quizzes or daily work. The academic assistant principal must approve exceptions to this policy. An unexcused absence or failure to comply with this policy will result in a zero on the test.

It is the student’s responsibility to get missing notes and assignments complete.

3.       Homework Policy: Homework is ALWAYS due when the teacher collects it. Major grades will be docked one letter grade per day late. Homework is not given every night. Students and parents can check Edmodo for homework assignments which is updated daily. If they find the homework box empty on Edmodo, students and parents should assume no homework was assigned.

4.       Academic Dishonesty: Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Any student caught participating in an act of academic dishonesty will receive a zero for that particular assignment and a parent contact.

5.       Late Work: No late work will be accepted except in the case of an emergency and/or according to school policy. In order to maximize learning, it is important that students meet all deadlines.

6.       Texts: Mirrors and Windows, Level IV; The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet (in literature book); To Kill a Mockingbird

 

IV.              18 Week Plan*

Week 1-2

Summer Reading: review, discuss and analyze. Review of literary devices and grammar. Several short stories and nonfiction pieces will be analyzed.

Week 3-4

Introduction to mythology; the epic adventure, The Odyssey (This is found in your textbook.)

Week 5-6

Begin Poetry unit; overview of the research process.

Week 7-8

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; continue research paper

Week 9-10

Continue with Romeo and Juliet; finish research paper

Week 11-12

Short Stories

Week 13-14

Begin the Sothern classic To Kill a Mockingbird

Week 15-16

Continue To Kill a Mockingbird

Week 17-18

Finish To Kill a Mockingbird; review for final

 

 

 

   

 

 

English 12 Honors

Charlotte Martin

 

 

I. Course Description:

This course is a survey of classical British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Twentieth Century.  Students will engage in critical listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities designed to integrate the strands of the language arts and further develop thinking and problem-solving abilities.  This course fulfills the requirements needed for post-secondary education including college preparation.

 

II. Course Objectives

1.     Students should become proficient in the following areas of grammar: capitalization, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, noun and verb forms, pronoun-antecedent agreement, avoidance of common grammar errors, placement of modifiers, pronoun case, parallelism, and the correct use of phrases and clauses.

2.     Students should become knowledgeable in the area of British Literature through the reading and study of a multitude of literary pieces listed throughout the syllabus.

3.     Students should develop strong writing/communication skills which include, but are not limited to: writing well-developed sentences/paragraphs, writing a research paper that demonstrates sophistication in writing ability, and proficiency in the use of MLA format, writing various types of on demand essays throughout the semester, and participating in formal/informal presentations. 

4.      Deadlines must be met to ensure quality work in this course.

5.      Students will work closely with their peers to develop appropriate speaking and writing skills. 

6.     Students must work well independently and manage their time wisely.

 

III. Classroom Expectations


Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and productive manner. In addition to all the rules and expectations listed in the student handbook, I expect students to have a positive attitude, treat others with respect, practice self-discipline, and demonstrate responsibility. If these conditions are not met, students can expect one-on-one meetings with instructor, parent / instructor conferencing, and administrative action, if necessary.


 

Concerning laptop utilization:

1. Under no circumstances are student laptops to be wired to the network or have print capabilities.

2. No discs, flash drives, jump drives, or other USB devices will be allowed.

3. Neither the teacher, nor the school is responsible for broken, stolen, or lost laptops. 

4. Laptops will be used at the individual discretion of the teacher. 

 

Note:

1. The academic misconduct policy of the school will be followed in this course.

2. The attendance policy of the school will be followed for this course.

3. Any student who receives failing grades during this course is urged to discuss this with the teacher immediately.                                   

 

IV. Grading Policy:

Major grades (tests, term papers, etc.) will account for 70% of a student’s grade. In addition to daily grades, there will be a minimum of six major evaluations (tests, essays, speeches, projects, etc.) of each student per nine weeks. Homework and classwork will account for 30% of a student’s grade. Each grading period will consist of nine weeks. Progress reports will be sent home every three weeks.

 

V. Make-Up Test Policy:

Tests: A designated teacher will give make-up tests on Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the AV room. No make-up tests will be administered during class time.  Students must take a make-up test within ten school days after his or her return to school.  When students make appointments for make-up tests, the appointments must be kept unless the student notifies the teacher or the school of a valid cancellation.  Students may receive a zero for an unexcused miss of a make-up test.  This policy is for major tests, not quizzes or daily work.  The academic assistant principal must approve exceptions to this policy. An unexcused absence or failure to comply with this policy will result in a zero on the test.

 

Homework/Classwork: After an excused absence, it is the student’s responsibility to make up all work missed. Homework will be available online daily. Homework should be completed and turned in the day following the student’s return to school. Grades of zero will be given for assignments missed because of unexcused absences. An unexcused absence or failure to comply with this policy will result in a zero on the homework/classwork assignment.

 

 

 

 

VI. Text and Other Required Reading:

MC Mirrors and Windows: Connecting with Literature, as well as the following: The Things They Carried, Othello, And Then There Were None, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Lord of the Flies.

 

VII. Materials and Supplies Needed:

One three-ring binder with dividers (3), college-ruled, loose-leaf paper, pen/pencil, sticky tabs, highlighters (three different colors), poster board as needed. Most of the books will be available in class. Students who would like to have their own copy to make notes in or read at home should consider purchasing the novel(s) on their own.

18 – WEEK PLAN

Weeks 1-4

The Power of the Story:    The Things They Carried  /  “Where Have You Been? Where Are   You Going?”

Major Assignments: in-class literary analysis essay, research   paper

Weeks 5-8

What Makes a Hero?: Beowulf,   Grendel, and Othello

Major Assignments: persuasive speech, college admissions   essay

Weeks 9-10

Satire: The   Canterbury Tales and “A Modest Proposal”

Major Assignments: poetry assignment

Weeks 11-13

Art, Beauty, and Truth:   Poetry from the Romantic Period, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Major Assignments: sonnet, creative project, poetry   explication

Weeks 14-15

The Mysterious “Other”: And   Then There Were None and short stories from the Modern Period

Major Assignments: in-class literary analysis essay, reader’s   notebook

Weeks 16-17

Violence and the Postmodern:   Lord of the Flies and a selection of excerpts from postmodern novels

Major Assignments: creative project

Week 18

Review for Final