• English Department Syllabus

    English I, II, III and IV

    Industrial High School



    Welcome to English where students will learn about literary elements, stylistic devices, modes of writing, as well as grammar and usage rules.



    Literature textbooks and or novels will be checked out to the student throughout the year.  As always, the student is responsible for any school materials checked out to him/her.  The student will be responsible for reimbursing the district for any lost or damaged items.



    As part of the Industrial High School English Department curriculum requirements, students are required to read and test over Accelerated Reader books to earn points.  Each student is responsible for earning the number of points designated at his/her grade level for each grading period.  Students will receive a daily (40%) grade based on the total number of points earned and another daily (40%) grade based on the average of all of the AR tests taken for that grading period. In addition, students are required to test over nonfiction selections during two designated reading periods. If the student does not pass an AR test over a nonfiction selection during the designated nonfiction reading period, the highest possible grade is 70. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to take tests, and s/he must present a copy of the book prior to testing.  The AR deadlines will be clearly posted in the classroom, as well as on their teacher’s website; the cutoff period for earning points will be at 3:40 p.m. on the day that points are due. No late work will be accepted for this assignment.  DO NOT PROCRASTINATE.  If a student is absent on the day points are due, he/she is still responsible for having his/her points by the deadline.  Extra AR points from one period will not carry over to the next period.  Students must come to class prepared to read.  Class novels will not count for AR points unless points are earned prior to teacher instruction. **** THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS ASSIGNMENT. 


    AR Points required at each grade level:

    Freshmen      6                Junior      10

    Sophomore   8                Senior      12


    AR Extra Credit

    There are two opportunities for five extra credit points towards the daily grade category.  Option 1—meet the early deadline.  Option 2—double the points required.  Nonfiction points do not have to be doubled for option 2. Failure to meet the minimum criteria for the designated reading periods will eliminate the opportunity to earn extra credit.  




    Students will utilize their reader writer notebook for note taking, vocabulary, and mentor text writing imitations. Several entries throughout each six-week period will be collected. Teachers may periodically take checkpoint grades (40%) to ensure participation and check for understanding.  At the end of each six weeks, the students will turn in the collection of entries for a test grade (60%).



    Please refer to the IISD Student Handbook for the district policy.



    Cheating is not tolerated.  If the instructor suspects cheating, the paper(s) will be taken up and the student(s) will choose: 1) take a zero, or 2) reschedule and complete an alternative assignment/exam/quiz for a time within two school days of the infraction.  If the instructor knows cheating is occurring, the grade will be a zero with no opportunity given for the student to make up the work.  Students caught cheating on a major assignment will automatically receive a referral.  Please be reminded that plagiarism is cheating.



    -          Always bring your supplies.

    -          Respect yourself and others.

    -          Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings.

    -          Follow directions the first time they are given.


    High School students have been in the education system long enough to understand appropriate and inappropriate classroom behavior.  If a student is disrespectful the following actions will be used:                 

                                                    First offense – verbal warning

                                                    Second offense – lunch, activity period or after school detention

                                                    Third offense – conference with the principal/parent

    If at any time inappropriate behavior is of a nature that requires the intervention of a third party in order for the class to continue with the least amount of disruption, the instructor reserves the right to remove the student via referral to the office.



    English teachers will distribute hall passes each six weeks that are to be used when leaving the classroom.  Students will not be allowed to leave the room without the pass unless it is an emergency.  The hall pass allows students to leave the room four times during the six weeks.  Students who have unused passes may turn them in for extra credit (60%).  One point will be awarded for each unused pass (a possible 4 points per pass).  Students may use these points in any six weeks, but they may not be used as points towards semester or final exam grades.



    Teacher:  Sarah Woodring

    Email: swoodring@iisd1.org

    Conference Period: 5th



    -          Read and respond to literature and current events.

    -          Write essays of various formats and genres.

    -          Refine grammar and usage skills.

    -          Complete a major research project.

    -          Expand personal reading library through Accelerated Reader.

    -          Complete assignments in an organized manner.

    -          Participate in class discussions and speaking activities.



    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser


    Note***We will also be reading various short stories, plays, essays, speeches, articles, poems, and excerpts from other long works.  Please refer to weekly lesson plans for specific titles.



    1 - 3 Ring binder (2-inch)*

    1 - Blue folder with brads and pockets* (Please do not write your name on the folder. A printed label with be provided.)

    1 - Composition notebook*

    1 - Package of dividers*

    1 - Package of 3 x 5 index cards (white/lined)*

    1 - Package of Kleenex tissues*

    Notebook paper (wide ruled)


    Highlighters--multi colors

    Map pencils 


                     Note***Items with an asterisk will be kept in the classroom.  All other items should be brought to class daily.