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.
TEXTBOOKS / NOVELS
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.
INDEPENDENT READING = ACCELERATED READER & AR TESTS
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 major (60%) 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: 10
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.
60% grades = major grades: May include (but are not limited to) such items as vocabulary exams, AR points, major projects, essays, journals, D.O.L. exams, and major compositions.
40% grades = daily grades May include (but are not limited to) such items as AR quiz average, daily work, reading quizzes, homework, writing evaluations, and literary term evaluations.
Students will have at least 10 daily grades and 3 major grades each six weeks. At no time will extra credit (assignments or points) be allowed to raise a student’s average above a score of 100.
Note: On various assignments, students will have grading rubrics tailored to their individual needs/ weaknesses. Their grading criteria may differ from that of their peers. Students will be expected to revise assignments to meet TEKS requirements. The teacher may lower a student’s final score on an assignment one letter grade if appropriate corrections are not made by the assigned deadline.
Students will utilize their reader writer notebook for mentor sentence imitations, mentor text imitations, journal writing, and as a reading log. Teachers may periodically take checkpoint grades (40%) to ensure participation and check for understanding. At the end of each six weeks, the students may turn in the collection of entries for a test grade (60%) during certain grading periods (TBD).
ABSENCES AND LATE WORK
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 CONTACT INFORMATION
Teacher: Sarah Woodring
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.
COURSE READING LIST
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
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 (1.5-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
Notebook paper (wide ruled)
***Each student will also need to bring the community item listed below for their assigned class period. These items will be kept in the classroom and shared at the student’s table station. This help ensure that students have their supplies every day and also helps to reduce the cost by not having to purchase all of these items.
1st Period Pre-AP English - 1 package of Crayola washable markers
2nd Period English I -1 package of highlighters (at least 4 different colors)
3rd Period English I - 1 package of Crayola colored map pencils
4th Period English I - 1 bottle of Elmer's glue and 1 Jumbo glue stick
6th Period Pre-AP English - 1 package of White Out correction tape
7th Period English I - 1 box Kleenex