English 10 Course Syllabus
2011 - 2012
Class title: English II (10th grade) 2011-2012
Instructor: Mrs. Knapp
How to find me:
· Room 512
· Email: email@example.com
· Voicemail extension: 330.928.7864 ext. 592512
· Web page: http://whs.woodridge.k12.oh.us
(click on Classroom, click on Information, and then click on 10th
grade English in the pull down screen) to access weekly schedules,
“And now I know that we must lift the sail / And catch the winds of destiny /
Wherever they drive the boat. / To put meaning in one’s life may end in
madness, / But life without meaning is the torture of relentless and vague
desire-- / It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.”
Edgar Lee Masters writes about our goals and aspirations and the importance of gaining the ambition to go and achieve them. Now, with your first year of HS under your belt, you understand the importance of creating goals for yourself. The goals you are setting now will greatly affect your future. Setting your standards high will enable you to achieve the success you desire.This relates to this course in quite a few ways. We will be working with many important concepts with writing, reading, literature, and communication. To be more concise, we will be expanding upon much of what you learned in English 9. As you all well know, the Ohio Graduation Test is coming up quickly in March, so we have much to prepare for in the next few months. I hope that you set your standards high for this course, and expect to get out of it as much as you put in. This will be a busy, intellectual, yet fun year for you all. I am looking forward to working with you. As you are one year older, the classroom expectations will also be more in tune with an upperclassman course.
· Pens and pencils (no neon colors)
· English folder
· White, ruled, loose-leaf notebook paper
· USB flash drive (recommended)
· Progress Book user name and password
· Woodridge High School computer login and password
A Sampling of Readings and Standards Based Lessons to be covered:
· Most of the short stories, poems, letters, and essays will come from the McDougal Littell Literature (provided on loan). All other reading materials will be provided.
An online version of this textbook can be accessed any time at http://www.classzone.com/cz/login.htm
To log in to your textbook, please use the following information:
Username: type the first letter of your first name and your complete last name in addition to the month and day of your birth (example- kknapp0120).
Password: your password is the same as your username (example- kknapp0120).
· Of Mice and Men (provided)
· Farenheit 451 (in textbook)
· Expository Essay
· Descriptive Essay
· Persuasive Essay
· Business Writing
· Vocabulary Study
· Independent Reading
· OGT Prep.
· Reading Process
· Reading Applications
Grading Policy and Procedures:
· Class grades are based on written homework, essays, quizzes, exams, creative projects, presentations, and participation. The grading scale follows the Woodridge High School grading scale found in your school agenda/planner. All grading is based on a points system. Accumulated earned points divided by the total number of possible points determine the percentage grade.
Homework / In-Class Writings 10-25 points
Quizzes 15-50 points
Tests / Exams/ Major Essays 100-150 points
Creative Projects 50-200 points
Group Projects / Presentations 100-200 points
Participation Points for each 9 weeks 100 points
Daily Learning & Homework Schedules:
· Each week you will receive a Daily Learning & Homework Schedule stating the following information: Materials to bring to class, daily class learning, assessment due dates, point values, as well as homework. This information can also be located under the homework and homepage section of Progress Book for Mrs. Knapp’s class. I encourage you and your parents/guardians to utilize this communication.
· Turn in work on time and do it well. Assignments are due at the beginning of class, any other time is considered late. Keep in mind that late work will ONLY be accepted one day late for ½ credit.
· Work that is not presentable and does not look like any diligent, sincere effort was made will not be accepted. This especially applies to essays. Be sure to proofread and spell check your work.
1. Be present, punctual and prepared for class.
2. No food, gum, candy, or beverages other than clear bottled water.
3. Bring books, necessary supplies and assignments to class everyday.
4. Be polite and respectful – this is non-negotiable!
5. Do nothing that interferes with the class learning.
6. All Woodridge High School rules will of course apply.
1. Loss of 5 participation points per “each” incident
2. Conference with your parent/guardian and me
3. Friday, after school detention (3 long hours on a Friday night. Ugghh!!)
4. Office referral
· Tardiness disrupts the class! Use the restroom before you come to my class. If you are not in your seat, ready to begin working when the bell rings, you will be marked tardy and lose 5 participation points.
· Upon returning from an excused absence, it is your responsibility to see me about the work you missed. You are accountable for all missed work. All class work, quizzes, tests, and homework will result in a “0” for unexcused absences and out of school suspensions. The weekly schedules that you receive both in class and on my web page are VERY accurate.Take the time to check them or have a parent or guardian check them and email me.
· Students will have one school day for every day missed to make up work. This does not apply to assignment or test dates that were given in advance of the absence. If you are absent on the day of a test, you will be expected to take the test on the day you return. You will also be expected to turn in any assignments that were due on the day of your absence. This applies to excused absences ONLY.
· You have the opportunity to boost your grade via the benefit of participation points. Each 9-week grading period you will begin with a 100 point A in the class. To maintain this 100-point A, you must follow the 6 Class Rules above. For each infraction, your participation points will drop by – 5 (Example: Come to class without a writing utensil, you lose -5 participation points).
Thank you in advance for your hard work and cooperation! I look forward to our year together.
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