English 9 Honors
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.
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% and the exam weighted at 15%. The final course grade will be an average of the two semester grades. Each marking period will be graded on a point system. Each assignment will receive a point value. Assignments will fall into the following categories:
- Tests & Projects & Quizzes 50%
- Quizzes, Classwork, & Homework 50%
Rules & Procedures:
- Late Homework = 60% if submitted the next class after the due date.
- Late Essay or Project = 10% off for each school day it is late.
NOTE: Required Summer Reading Projects will be weighted at 10% of the first marking period grade and are not subject to the late policy.