Welcome to Chenango Forks High School and English 9R! I am looking forward to an excellent year. Throughout this academic year, we will develop and refine the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The content of English 9R coincides with the Common Core Learning Standards and the Chenango Forks English curriculum. During the course of this year, you will study a wide array of texts such as artwork, essays, short stories, songs, novels, poetry, and plays. You will also develop and expand on your writing skills by learning and using the writing process. By focusing on these skills, along with several works of literature, you will begin preparing for the Common Core Regents exam that you will take in 11th grade. Most importantly, a solid understanding of these skills is necessary to pursue any profession or venue in life.
þ Folder (and or) Binder
þ Loose Leaf Paper
þ College Ruled Notebook
þ Blue or Black Pens Only
þ Agenda to Record Assignments
Be on time for class and in your assigned seat when the bell rings.
Have all assignments completed on time.
Bring all of your books and materials to class.
Do not talk while the teacher or other classmates are speaking.
Do not copy or plagiarize the work of others.
Raise your hand when you would like to speak or leave your seat.
Follow directions the first time.
No Electronics (including but not limited to) cell phones, iPods, and videogames.
*Students will be assigned mandatory remedial if they fail to comply with the classroom rules or the rules listed in the Chenango Forks handbook. If the problem persists, the student will receive an office referral and/or detention.
How Students Will be Evaluated
Throughout the course, students will be evaluated through a variety of methods. These include, but are not limited to, tests and quizzes, essays, projects, in-class writing assignments, homework, participation, class work, presentations, and study guides. I reserve the right to give spot quizzes to check for comprehension of class concepts. All assignments must be handed in on time and either typed or neatly written. In order to ensure fairness and understanding of texts and concepts, students will lose points for each day an assignment is late. If an assignment is not handed in within one week of its due date, students will receive a grade of zero. Finally, a point system will be used for evaluation. For instance, a homework assignment may equal 5 points while an essay may equal 100. At the end of the quarter, the student’s total number of points will be divided by the total number of possible points. This is how your grade will be determined.
Accumulated Points = Student’s Grade Possible Points
Prentice Hall Literature Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes (Gold Level)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Odyssey Homer
Major Writing Assignments
- The Research Paper
- The Critical Lens
- Listening Comprehension
- Literary Analysis
At the end of the course, students are required to take the English nine final exam. The final exam is worth 20% of your average. This exam will cover the content we studied throughout the entire year. The exam will focus on listening comprehension, writing skills, novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. If a student has an average of 90% or higher, throughout the course, he or she may become exempt from all or part of the test. At the end of the year, we will review together as a class.
If a student is absent from class, it is his or her responsible to make up all of the missed work. This includes, but is not limited to essays, journal assignments, tests, quizzes, readings, and notes. It is your responsibility to find out what you have missed from a classmate or me. In order to be fair to everyone in the class, you are required to make up all missed assignments in the same amount of time that you were absent. For example, if you missed one day of class, you have one day to hand in all the assignments that were missed. For every day that the missed assignment is incomplete, students will lose points. Students who do not hand in the assignments within the amount of time given will receive a grade of zero.
I am always available and willing to give extra help. Please feel free to come and meet with me in room 120 during school hours or remedial for extra help. If you fail to turn in assignments, or I feel you need extra help on essays or tests, I reserve the right to assign remedial help.
I look forward to having your student in my class this year. I encourage parent/guardian participation in this course. By working together, I hope we can help your student succeed in English 9R. Please read the course syllabus which outlines the goals and expectations for this course, sign the slip below, and return it with your student by Tuesday, September 15th. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support.
Students Name (Printed):
Parents’/Guardians’ Names (Printed):
I have read and understood the preceding goals and expectations: