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English III

Mrs. Owens

[email protected]

2015-2016

Course Description

Course Goals

- To develop students' competence as writers, readers, speakers, listeners, and viewers of many texts.     - To read and analyze a variety of American literature, from classic to contemporary.   - To prepare students for higher-level reading and writing skills and heighten their overall communication skills so they may become successful in life.

English III is worth one credit and is a year-long course. English III exposes students to some of the significant works and ideas of American writers. Students will read a variety of genres from novels to poetry, short fiction to non-fiction informational text. In addition, students will compose a variety of texts, including (but not limited to) analytical and argumentative essays, narratives and poetry, presentations and projects. In English III, we will work together to develop students' skills in all areas of English Language Arts.

Course Methods

Class, small group, and partner discussions

In-class and homework practice activities

In-class and homework readings

In-class and homework informal writings

Formal/process writing assignments

Group and individual projects

Peer writing workshops

Teacher-student writing conferences

Scheduled and surprise quizzes

Formal tests/exams

In order to be successful in this course, students are expected to be active participants. It is my goal to provide a positive and engaging classroom where all students have the opportunity to learn, succeed, and share their thoughts and opinions verbally without fear of embarrassment or ridicule.

Instructional Philosophy

Expectations

1. Be respectful. 2. Be responsible. 3. Be appropriate. 4. Be involved. 5. Be honest.

Treat everyone with proper consideration, regardless of whether he/she is in the classroom at the time. Use respectful language, in writing as well as in discussions. Show respect for your environment by keeping the classrooms clean and neat.   Arrive at class on time and with all necessary materials. Complete assignments on time, ask questions when necessary, and stay aware of deadlines. Be prepared for the start of class each day. Do what is right, regardless of what everyone else in class is doing.   Conduct yourself as a mature, well-mannered young adult. Think before speaking, and make sure all contributions to the class dialogue should be meaningful and pertinent. Take care of personal business when the time is appropriate. Use your privileges wisely.  Participate to the fullest extent that you can. Stay awake. Take part in discussions. Ask questions. Answer questions. Stay on task. Take notes. Keep your head up. Do your homework. Use class time efficiently. Listen. Watch. Participate. Do your own work. Do not cheat, and do not plagiarize. Do not attempt to sneak around the rules. Avoid inventing excuses to cover up for your mistakes. Accept consequences for your mistakes, and learn from them. 

Classroom Management

In order for each student to feel safe and comfortable in my classroom, a positive and respectful attitude is expected of all students, this includes respecting others’ thoughts, work, feelings, and individuality. If a student does not demonstrate positive behavior, I will visit with him/her and we will try to resolve the issue together. If this proves unsuccessful, students will call their parent at home or work and explain their behavior. The third offense will be a disciplinary report to the office. Any negative behavior that continues will result in a conference with the student, parent(s)/guardian(s), the teacher, and a principal.

Academic Assessments (including double-weighted semester final)

Academic Practice

Grading Policy

Semester grades will be based upon formative and summative assessment grades only.  Formative assessments will constitute the AP portion of the final grade, and summative assessments will constitute the AA portion of the final grade. Unless used for formative assessment, homework will not count for points, but feedback will be given to students, with feedback priority given to work that is turned in on time. Reassessments will be allowed on any summative assessment once all prerequisites for reassessment have been met (see below for reassessment policy).

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Always remember: I do not GIVE grades; you EARN them.

If the summative assessment score surpasses the students' formative assessment scores for a standard, the formative scores will be changed to the summative score. The final exam will carry double the weight of a regular assessment. Please refer to the student handbook for other guidelines pertaining to the grading policy. 

Make-Up Work Policy

Information about make-up work can be found on the calendar linked in the About section of Google Classroom.  It is the student's responsibility to check the calendar for any work he/she has missed. When turning in make-up work, the student should include a note (in a comment on the assignment in Classroom) to remind the teacher about his/her absence on the date of the assignment.  Failure to do so may result in a lack of timely feedback. Assessments missed must be made up within four school days of the original test date. Failure to make up assessments in a timely manner may result in forfeiture of the student's reassessment opportunity for that assessment. Please refer to the student handbook for other guidelines pertaining to make-up work. 

Late Work Policy

Homework assignments that are turned in late will receive feedback as time permits. Students who wish to benefit fully from teacher feedback on their learning should make consistent efforts to turn in homework on time.

Extra Credit Policy

Because I believe grades should reflect what students have learned, there will be no "extra credit" opportunities.

Reassessment Policy

Students may reassess on any AA, provided they meet the following requirements: 1. Demonstrate legitimate effort (as determined by the teacher) on the initial assessment attempt. 2. Complete all homework assignments related to the AA. 3. Schedule a resource mod to meet with the teacher (before/after school may be an option if our resource times to do not match up) for feedback on the homework and previous assessments.   4. Schedule the reassessment with the teacher within one week of receiving the score from the original assessment attempt.  Reassessment is not available for homework and formative assessments.

Resources & Materials

Required:  

Suggested: 

- Google Classroom - Student subscription to my Remind service - MHS E-mail - Writing materials (pen/paper/etc.)

- Parent subscription to my Remind service       - iTunes playlist for working in class - 1 pair of ear buds or headphones - 1 box of tissues

         https://www.remind.com/join/mhs-e3

http://classroom.google.com

         https://www.remind.com/join/mhs-e3

Food/Drink Policy

Food and drink are allowed during class as long as they do not become a distraction and adhere to all guidelines set forth by the student handbook.

This privilege may be revoked at any time, for individuals or full classes who abuse it, at the teacher's discretion.

Cell Phone Policy

As stated in the student handbook, cell phone use is not permitted during class. Unless you receive explicit permission from me, I should not see or hear your phone between the time you enter the room and the time I dismiss you. For large group meetings, phones must be kept put away. For class group and small group meetings, phones should be placed in the “cell phone parking” by the door. Students should place their phones in their designated "parking" spots as they enter the room, and phones may not be retrieved without teacher permission until the end of class.   This is a no-tolerance policy. Any student found using a phone during class without explicit teacher permission will have his/her phone confiscated and will be referred to the office for discipline.

When students are working on independent practice activities in class, they are allowed to listen to music, provided they follow the guidelines listed below: -Music must be pre-loaded on the student's laptop. Streaming music is not allowed because of bandwidth usage.  Music on phones is not allowed. -Students must use earbuds/headphones for listening to music, leaving one ear free so all teacher instruction can be heard. 

Music Policy

Resource Times

A:  5-8, 11, 13-15 B:  8, 9 C:  7-10, 14-15, 17 D:  2, 14-15 E:  2, 9, 14-17 

Plan Times

A:  1-2 B:  7, 10 C:  16 D:  10 E:  4-5