Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Students in this class focus on the continued development of English language reading, writing, and oral development as outlined by WIDA. This class follows the English standards for the district core curriculum with special emphasis on critical thinking, analysis, summarizing, English grammar, vocabulary, and Standard English reading and writing conventions.
- Students will increase their ability to write in a variety of genres.
- Students will be able to read and analyze stories, novels, poetry, and non-fiction texts.
- Students will be able to use correct grammar when they speak and write.
- Students will define and write the vocabulary words from our literary selections and English books.
- Students will increase their reading abilities.
- Students will practice speaking and listening in English.
- Students will receive academic assistance for other courses.
Assessment of Progress
Each unit will conclude with a final assessment. There will also be quizzes and other formative assessments throughout each unit.
Other assignments can be expected throughout the year; however, you will have adequate notice in advance before the assignment is due so you will have enough time to complete it. All class assignments that are not completed in class will become homework.
We will use the National Geographic Inside program, Duolingo, and other English language assessment tools. Students will be preparing for the WIDA Access test at the end of the year; the goal is that each student will increase in proficiency.
- National Geographic Inside
- Students should bring: pen or pencil, paper, and a book each day
You are not permitted to use the hall pass during the first or last 10 minutes of class or during teacher instruction. During the rest of class, the hall pass will be used at my discretion. You will be given three hall passes to use during the term. If you have an emergency, please talk to me; otherwise, stay in class. Our class time is precious!
Each assignment will have a “study skills” grade associated with it. Assignments turned in on time will receive 5/5 points, assignments turned in late will receive 3/5, and assignments not turned in will receive 0/5.
Every assignment will have an EXPIRATION DATE. Assignments expire (will not be graded) two weeks after their due date – even with a hall pass. Please be responsible.
All of your assignments should be completed on time. However, sometimes unforeseen circumstances occur, so each term you can use your hall passes to turn in assignments late (before the expiration date) without penalty.
If you turn in an assignment late on Canvas, you must send me a short email explaining why the assignment is late (for example, absence, forgot to turn it in, needed more time, etc.). If this email is not sent, you will lose study skills points.
If you wish to improve your performance on an assignment, you may redo it before the expiration date. The assignment will be counted late, resulting in a loss of study skills points, unless you turn in a hall pass.
No Name Work
Any work that is turned in without a name will be returned to the No Name box. If you are missing an assignment, check there first. No-name assignments will automatically lose study skills points when they are turned in.
It is your responsibility to get missed work. Assignments given before an absence are due on your first day back at school. If an assignment is given while you are gone, you have one class day per day absent after you return to turn in your missed work. If you have extenuating circumstances, please communicate with me so that we can make arrangements. If you are absent, check the website first for class notes, bell work, and handouts; you will be required to make up whatever you missed when you return. All make-up work should be done at home or after school, not during class.
If you are suspected of cheating on any assignment, you will be invited to redo the assignment on your own. Failure to do so will result in receiving no credit for the assignment. Please do your own work; your integrity is far more important than a grade.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
See the class website; a calendar is included there and will be updated throughout the year.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Assignments, Homework, Tests, Quizzes, etc.: 90%
Study Skills: 10%
If you need to visit with me about your grades, please do so before or after school or via e-mail.
Connecting Home to School
Staying in Touch
Use the class website. Our class website is an invaluable resource to access assignments, view calendar items, and participate in class discussions. Class materials, slides, and video clips will also be linked on the website. If you miss class or need a refresher, this website and our Canvas course are the first places to look for information.
To Contact Me
- E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Come see me in my room before (7:30-7:55) or after (3:00-3:30) school. As faculty meetings are Monday morning, I will not be available that day.
- Call the office and leave me a message.
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
Computer, Internet, and Video Use
Having access to a computer at any time during class requires students to be highly responsible It is vital that every student meets my expectations for appropriate and responsible computer use in order to maintain this exciting privilege. I am very strict regarding how computers are used in my class and students who choose not to rise to these expectations will have restricted computer access or not be allowed a computer at all. Students will still be required to complete the assignments they missed due to having their Chromebook taken away either on paper or at home.
Students will be assigned a Chromebook. Any damage to the chrome book should be reported. Otherwise, the student is responsible for any damage. Parents and students must fill out a separate user agreement for the Chromebooks at registration.
Some assignments will need to be completed online. Students without Internet access at home may use the computer labs at school or at the Provo Public Library free of charge. Also, to enhance our curriculum, we may watch parts of appropriate, content-related films. Any videos that will be shown in class will be put on the class website.