Ninth Grade English Language Arts focuses on preparing students to employ strong, thorough, and explicit textual evidence in literary analyses and technical research. Students will start exploring the development of thematic ideas through diction, details and structure and track the development of complex characters. Student writing should begin to reflect the ability to argue effectively, employing the structure, evidence, and rhetoric necessary in the composition of effective, persuasive texts.
Students will be reading four fulcrum texts this year: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and Fahrenheit 451. Each student should provide his or her own copy of To Kill a Mockingbird and Fahrenheit 451. EBOOKS ARE ACCEPTABLE! The Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet are in our literature books. All other supplemental readings, poems and non-fiction texts will be provided by the teacher.
Both Kindle ($3.95) and paperback ($4.19) Copies of To Kill a Mockingbird are available now at Amazon.com
Materials: Students will use the following materials in this class regularly:
75% Major Assessments (i.e., standards-based tests, projects, and essays)
25% Homework and Classwork (i.e., bellringers, journal entries, quizzes, entrance tickets, and exit slips
A note on grading: I tend to grade many assignments with a simple criteria: Has the skill been mastered or not? With that in mind, you can generally read your grades as follows:
0: The assignment was not completed
6.5 out of 10: The student needs additional assistance with this skill
7.5 out of 10: The student has not yet mastered the skill, but shows some understanding of the concepts.
8.5 out of 10: The student is nearing mastery of the skill.
9.5 out of 10: The student has mastered the skill
10 out of 10: The student has not only mastered the skill, but demonstrated excellence.
1. Come to class on time and with all required materials.
2. Show courtesy, respect, and consideration to everyone.
3. Listen carefully to directions, instruction, and discussion.
4. Speak in an appropriate voice at appropriate times using language suitable to the classroom.
5. Abide by all rules in the Center Point High School Handbook and the Jefferson County Code of Conduct.
I am available to meet with students and/or with their parents to discuss any issues related to the class. Please call the school office at 379-3400 to schedule a conference or contact me at email@example.com.
Homework: Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class (as soon as the tardy bell rings); any homework being completed in class on the due date will receive a zero. When I have not gone over the answers to homework during class, students MAY turn in the homework late for 10% off per day late. Projects and major assignments may also be turned in late with a penalty of 10% per day late.
Due Dates and Check Ins & Check Outs:
If students must check in or out of school on a particular day, students must turn in any assignments that are due after checking in or before checking out that day. Students are responsible for locating the teacher after checking in or before checking out of school.
Please understand that daily attendance is vital to academic progress. If you are absent the class session before a test that had been announced prior to your absence, and you have no excuse for that absence the day of the test, then you will have to take the test.
Zeroes are assigned as grades until students have completed make-up work assignments.
Make-up Work should be completed in a timely manner. Students are responsible for scheduling a time with me to make up their work. Class time cannot be used to discuss make-up work.
I reserve the right to assign a lunch or after-school detention for the student to complete assignments.
Make-Up work for Unexcused Absences (From the Jefferson County Code of Conduct)
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Like several other teachers here at Center Point, I often use edmodo for assignments, quizzes or online discussions. If you don't already have an edmodo account, create one, and join the appropriate class!
I recommend using your lunch code for your user name (don't worry, that won't be what shows up on your posts!) and for your password, use your first initial and your last name (For example, my password would be "abishop").
Username: first and last initials + your lunch code
password: first initial and last name
Class Codes (you'll need these to create an account)
***coming soon for the 2014-2015 class year***