Course Description and Objectives
This college preparatory English course is designed to further develop reading comprehension and purposeful writing skills while studying various literary genres. Grammar, research, and writing skills are taught in conjunction with reading strategies. This course is aligned with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts in reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language. Writing and speaking will be the primary methods of student responses and evaluations. The curriculum has been aligned with the life-long learner in mind. The primary focus is to explore the life journey of the individual, and the relevance of each individual in cultural context. The reading and writing assignments have been designed for SAT and state test preparation as well as college-level evaluations. The class presentations and written assignments will include extensive use of research and study skills. All students have mandatory summer reading.
Students will read from the following list of works that includes, but is not limited to:
- Nonfiction and literary selections from Collections, Holt McDougal
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Homer’s Odyssey
- Romeo and Juliet
- Self-selected novels for independent reading
Most classes will contain the following activities:
- Homework check/review
- Writing, Reading, Speaking, and Listening Activities
- Romeo and Juliet
- Homework reminders
Materials and Supplies
Students must have the following supplies for class:
- A three-ring binder
- Loose-leaf paper
- Pens, pencils, and general writing utensils
- Charged iPad
- Students are required to keep all work in their 3-ring binder and/or on their iPads.
- Parents will be sent an interim report each marking period, and will be contacted by phone or email if any academic or discipline problems arise.
There are four marking periods for this class. Marking periods one and two make up the first semester of the course, and marking periods three and four make up the second semester. Each semester will have an exam, and the semester grade is based on the two marking periods weighted at 85% total and the exam weighted at 15%. The final course grade will be an average of the two semester grades. Each assignment will receive a point value. Assignments will fall into the two following categories:
- 50% Process (Homework, Classwork, Quizzes, etc.)
- 50% Product (Quizzes, Tests, Projects, etc.)
NOTE: Required Summer Reading Projects will be weighted at 10% of the first marking period grade.
Rules & Procedures:
- Students are expected to adhere to all expectations found on the Classroom Contract, which is a separate handout, as well as all school and district policies.