In this course, we will explore themes in various genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and informational texts.
We will work on comprehension and active reading skills, as well as strategies to improve pragmatic speech and written expression.
Students will engage in novels, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, oral presentation skills, and expository and creative writing.
Each student will be aware of and help monitor his or her individual Goals and Objectives as listed in the IEP.
Students will need a chromebook everyday for journal writing and more. A folder or section in a binder is also necessary.
Homework is given about 2x/week. Assignments will be posted on Google Classroom and Genesis. Extra help is offered by appointment during free periods (3 & 5), common lunch, or after school.
Lastly, the classroom environment will foster the following values:
- Supportive Community
- Exploration, Risk-Taking
- Learning from Mistakes
- Binder or binder section with a folder
- Pencils and blue or black pens
- Charged Chromebook
- Be ON TIME.
- Be PREPARED
- SHOW RESPECT:
- SUBMIT all assignments ON TIME, and be proactive in getting caught up when you are absent per the Late Work & Make-up Policy.
DO YOUR BEST AT YOUR OWN WORK:
Assignments are posted on Google Classroom and Genesis.
Assignments can range from 5-50 points, based on the type and scope of the work involved. For example:
Classwork “Do Now” - 5 points
Homework Questions or Journal - 10 points
Quizzes - 30 points
Tests, Projects, or Essays - 50 points
As per Department Policy, late work may be accepted within three calendar days of a given due date, but that work will receive a 20% grade penalty.
Expectations for use of Technology in Class:
Students will only use cell phones or personal laptops/tablets to work on assignments in class with the teacher’s permission.
Upon entering the classroom, students will put their electronic devices away in their backpacks and zip them up. Alternatively, students may lock their cell phone and air pods in their locker.
Cell phones will remain out of sight for the duration of the class. Students are not permitted to carry their cell phones to the restroom.
Students may not play games or watch movies unrelated to class assignments AT ANY POINT DURING CLASS.