English 9 Honors Syllabus

***Back to School Night is September 1, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.***

 

Welcome to Sheldon High School!  I am excited about the coming term and the opportunities for success that it will bring us.  The following information will outline for you and your parent/guardian the policies and procedures that will help us make the most out of our time together.

 

Sheldon High School Vision/Mission Statement The mission of Sheldon High School is to empower students to meet standards of excellence which will foster intellectual curiosity and ready them to be responsible, productive, employable citizens in a culturally diverse society.

 

Elk Grove Unified School District Mission Statement Elk Grove Unified School District will provide a learning community that challenges ALL students to realize their greatest potential.

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Course Description

Honors English 9, which incorporates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and higher-order thinking skills, reflects the integrated language arts approach.  This class is designed to address all California English/Language Arts standards.  For a complete listing please visit www.egusd.net and click on STANDARDS.  Instruction will include reference skills, study and test-taking skills, writing, reading comprehension and analysis, language mechanics and usage, and vocabulary development in meaningful contexts.  This class will study various literary genres including the short story, novel, drama, poetry, essay, and various informational texts in the context thematic units.  Writing instruction will include a variety of modes and will focus on writing as a process.  This course meets UC and CSU English requirements. 

 

Required Texts:

§  Holt Literature and Language Arts, Third Course (textbook)

§  Anthem by Ayn Rand

§  The Odyssey  by Homer

§  A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (play)

§  Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (play)

 

Textbook Policy

Please be advised that students are financially responsible for all textbooks and library books they check out from the library. This means that students must pay for all books that are lost or stolen from their possession. Students keep textbooks in their classrooms at their own risk. Many times a student gets a textbook mixed up with another classmate. When this happens, the student is still responsible for the book he/she checked out. If a student needs to pay for a book, payment plans can be arranged with the library. Call 681-7500 ext. 8088 if you have questions regarding the textbook policy. You can also access this at http://shshuskies.wordpress.com

 

Neither the English department nor I assume any financial responsibility for books left behind in the classroom.

 

Outside Reading Requirement: 

In addition to required texts, students will be expected to complete 1000 pages (500 pages per term) of outside reading (reading beyond class assignments) of teacher-approved literature.  Please see recommended reading list for additional information.

COURSE PRACTICES

 

Daily Materials:

Organization and preparedness are vital to a student’s academic success, so you will be expected to bring the following to class with you every day:

  • All assignments, whether they are works-in-progress or already graded
  • White, 8 ½ x11 inch college-ruled paper
  • Blue/black pens, #2 pencils/highlighters
 

§  Composition Book or other notebook

§  The course textbook, novel, or play, as instructed

§  Your outside reading book

§  SHS Reading/Writing Handbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, all students should have access to a college-level dictionary and a thesaurus at home.

 

Homework:

The four-period school day means that you should expect an increased workload in each class.  However, the workload is offset by fewer classes each day.  You can expect between 45-60 minutes of homework daily in English in addition to the outside reading requirement.

 

Late Homework and Class work:

Late homework will be accepted with excused absences only.  If you are absent on the day a daily homework is assigned, then you may turn in the assignment the day after you return to school. If you are absent it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to get any makeup class work or homework from either a classmate or from me.  If you re absent on a day of a quiz and/or test, you have one week to make up the test (either before or after school – make arrangements with the teacher); otherwise, your will receive a zero on the quiz and/or test. 

 

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is when a student copies or paraphrases someone else’s words, work, or ideas without giving credit to the original author/speaker “source”.  Outside sources which need to be given credit include, but are not limited to, books, websites, periodicals, newspapers, material from electronic databases, radio or television programs, interviews, speeches and/or letters and correspondence, including e-mail. If a student commits plagiarism in any portion of an academic exercise, the student will receive a zero on the assignment and also disciplinary consequences from the administration (see Student Handbook: Disciplinary Consequences for Behavior Violation of Code of Conduct). An academic exercise includes, but is not limited to, a homework/practice assignment, essay, and/or research paper.

 

Evaluation Procedures:

Students will demonstrate knowledge through performance on daily assignments, homework, essays, projects, tests, and positive participation in the classroom process.  Regular attendance is essential. 

 

Required Task Percentage of Grade Formative Assessment: homework; class work;  quizzes

40%

Summative Assessment: tests; projects; essays

40%

Summer Work

10%

Outside Reading

10%

Weighted Grading Structure (Term 1)                                                      Weighted Grading Structure (Term 2)

Required Task Percentage of Grade Formative Assessment: homework; class work; quizzes

38%

Summative Assessment:

Tests; projects; essays

40%

Research Paper

12%

Outside Reading

10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grading Percentage Distribution

 

A = 90% - 100%                  B =  80% - 89%                    C = 70% - 79%                    D = 60% - 69%                    F =    0% - 59%

 



E-Grades is a communication tool that allows parents/guardians/students to access student grades. Go to Sheldonhuskies.com for the egrade link and grade reports posting schedule.

 

Terms at a Glance

  Term 1 Diagnostic Tests
  • Reading comprehension, language and mechanics, vocabulary, and writing diagnostic pre-tests will be given during the first week of school to help students, parents, and teachers understand the strengths and needs of each student
  • Diagnostic tests will also be given at the ends of the quarter and the session.
Reading
  • Selections from Holt Literature and Language, Third Course including short stories, informational texts, and essays.
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand and selected companion pieces, possibly including short stories, poems, essays, and informational texts.
  • The Odyssey by Homer and selected companion pieces, possibly including short stories, poems, essays, and informational texts.
Writing
  • The Writing Process (pre-writing, drafting and revising, giving and receiving peer responses, editing, and publishing)
  • Domains: Autobiographical Narrative, Analysis of Non-Fiction, Comparing Themes Across Genres, Writing a Persuasive Letter
  • Journals and logs
Speaking and Listening
  • Speaking skills, including organization and planning, voice, volume, posture, and gestures (with peer and instructor feedback)
  • Domains: Delivering an Oral Narrative
Videos
  • Selections for Holt Literature and Language Arts, Third Course videos
  • The Odyssey 1997 versionstarring Armand Asante
 

Some of these pieces of literature may contain profanity, graphic violence or sex that you may find objectionable.  Please contact your child’s teacher ahead of time if you have a concern about the selections.

 

Term 2 Diagnostic Tests
  • Diagnostic tests will also be given at the ends of the quarter and the session.
Reading
  • Several selections from Holt Literature and Language, Third Course including short stories, informational texts, essays, poems,  and a drama (Romeo and Juliet).
Writing
  • The Writing Process (pre-writing, drafting and revising, giving and receiving peer responses, editing, and publishing)
  • Domains: Analysis of Literature, Research Paper
  • Journals and logs
Speaking and Listening
  • Speaking skills, including organization and planning, voice, volume, posture, and gestures (with peer and instructor feedback)
  • Domains: Research Presentation (may be used to fulfill the E.G.U.S.D. Speech Proficiency requirement)
Special Project: The Research Project
  • Research essay incorporating primary and secondary sources.  The final draft of your research paper will be worth 12% of your grade for Session 2.
  • Research skills: planning and organizing primary and secondary research, citing sources, creating a Works Cited page
  • Oral presentation skills: organizing and outlining a speech, voice, volume, eye contact, posture, gestures, incorporating audio and/or visual aids
Videos Please review the video list for CP English 9 at SHS.  All videos are directly tied to curriculum and most are already approved by the district.  If there is a video you do not want your student to view, please cross it out on the grid, and an alternative assignment will be given to your child.  Any videos not crossed-off the list will be an indication of your consent for your child to watch said videos. 

 

A Raisin in the Sun (Petrie)

Release Date: 1961

Rating:  Not-Rated

Content Advisory: None

 

 

 

A Raisin in the Sun (Leon)

Release Date:  2008

Rating:  PG-13

Content Advisory: Situational Language

The Odyssey

Release Date:  2001

Rating:  PG-13

Content Advisory: Action violence, suggest sexual content.

Romeo & Juliet(Zeffirelli)

Release Date:  1968

Rating:  PG

Content Advisory: very brief  nudity (less than 10 seconds- female front, male from back-covered up by teacher)

Romeo & Juliet (Luhrmann)

Release Date:  1997

Rating:  PG-13

Content Advisory: Violence and suicide.

 

 

Tardy Policy:

It is vitally important that you be on time to class.  I realize that there will be times when tardiness is unavoidable which is why you will be given 2 free tardies each session.  Penalties for subsequent tardies are as follows:

               

3rd tardy                                Detention, parent contacted

                4th tardy                                Saturday school, parent contacted

                5th tardy                                On-site suspension, parent contacted

                6th tardy                                Home-suspension, parent contacted

 

Parents wishing to excuse their student’s Tardy for a medical or dental reason must provide written proof to the Attendance Office from the Doctor of the appointment date and time along with the Doctor’s phone number in order for the Tardy to be excused.  

 

Class Expectations:

Just as you expect me to come to class each day ready to teach, I expect you to come to class each day ready to learn.  Always be respectful and courteous to your peers, their thoughts, and their property; to your teacher, his/her thoughts, his/her property, and the positive environment he/she wants in our room; and, to your school, its property, its goals, and its rules.  Lastly, try to involve yourself in class, and it will be so much more meaningful to you.  Do your best on each and every assignment, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!  If there are any questions after class,  please  email me at _________________     or leave a voice mail at 681-7500 extension ___________.

 

STUDENT AND PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURES

After reading the syllabus, please sign below and return to your English teacher.

I have read and understood the policies and procedures contained in this syllabus.

Student Name (Please Print) _____________________________     Student Signature _____________________________

                                                                                 

Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                          Phone:   _________________________                                                     

Parent email address____________________________________   Best Times To Call: _______________