Textbook: Prentice Hall Literature Feldman, Kevin. Prentice-Hall Literature, Penguin Edition. Penguin. Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall, 2007. Print.
Mrs. Jones' YouTube Channel: My username is Englishfun101. You can go to my channel and look up videos and slideshows that are shown in class.
Some Expected Student Outcomes: This is an abridged list of student outcomes, for a complete list of learning objectives please refer to the NC English Language Arts State Standards at NC DPI.
- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences are drawn from the book.
- Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop throughout a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
- Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
- Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning
- Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
- Much, much more
* Vocabulary Development will consist of SAT words as well as literary terminology derived from the genre; word analysis of Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Vocabulary assessment includes authentic tasks, meaningful sentences, various hands-on activities, and quizzes.
*Formal Writing examples: timed writing, take-home assignments, business letters, and short research papers, literary analysis, character analysis, reflections
*Informal Writing- friendly letter, journal writing, blogging, collaborative writing, short answer responses, reader’s responses
*Revision and Editing- students will self-assess their work, as well as for their classmates. Students will give and receive meaningful feedback for selected written assignments.
*Reading-poetry, short stories, letters, historical documents, advertisements, editorials, diary entries, plays
English 2 & English 3-Grading System:
Honors English 3- Grading System:
Classwork is any task that is assigned during class time and expected to be completed and turned in at the end of the class period- unless specified by Mrs. Jones.
A test is an assessment of a skill on a particular subject. You will usually have a minimum of 4 days to prepare.
Paper- is any written assignment that is assigned to be completed over a specified time in class or at home. Project– an extended-term collaborated or individual activity that requires research, planning, and execution over a specified time. All paper and or projects will have a rubric and date to be turned in at the time of assignment.
Participation and Personal Responsibility: This grade is derived from your willingness to work and invest in yourself and your education. Every student has a grade on 100 each day for participation and personal responsibility. However, this daily grade will be lowered if you refuse to participate in class activities, put your head on your desk, are argumentative with partners, attempt to intentionally derail projects and activities by speaking negatively or fail to complete assigned tasks during group work. Responsibility- In addition to this, you must have paper and pencil every day. If you borrow a paper or pencil, textbook, 10 points will be deducted from your daily participation/responsibility grade each day you
If you wish to stay for extra help, you must make arrangements by Thursday, of the week before to assure you have a ride home.
Extra Credit: There are no additional credit assignments. However, extra credit points can be earned through positive class participation, making 100% on tests or other specified activities throughout the school year. Extra Credit points can be added to everything- EXCEPT-NC Final’s, and 9-week final grade.
Late work: All assigned work is to be turned in On the DUE DATE. If you have been working diligently and need additional time, you should ask to speak with me privately to request extra time before the deadline-Please do not ask for additional time if you have wasted class time with off-task behavior.
Plagiarism: Is copying someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. Any student that is caught plagiarizing will earn a zero for the assignment and a disciplinary referral.
Absences: If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed. To obtain missed assignments, go to our class web page and look up our daily class agenda. Paper assignments for that day can be obtained from the notebook labeled: “While You Were Out…” in the personal responsibility center located on the shelf near the entrance door in my classroom.
Now let’s talk behavior Classroom behavior expectations=Code of Conduct are listed on this site and posted in the classroom. You are expected to know and follow all the rules and regulations. If you choose not to follow these rules, the consequences for school and district-wide policies are in the Student Handbook
I will call your parent or guardian if I notice you are not completing work, are noncompliant, disrespectful, or your grades fall below a 70. After I call if the behavior continues, I will ask for a conference with you, both parents and an administrator. I will not settle for anything less than your best behavior.
Nine Week Behavior Grade
S=Satisfactory- Zero Student Discipline referrals, Zero calls home regarding negative behavior nor any mention as having undesirable behavior by any substitute for my class.
N=Needs improvement= 1 Student Discipline Referral, or 1 call home due to negative behavior or if your name is listed by a substitute for having behavior issues.
U=Unsatisfactory behavior= 2 or more Student Discipline Referrals, 2 or more calls home regarding negative behavior, or if your name is listed by a substitute for having behavior issues, any time the resource officer has to be called because of your behavior.
Composition book-will stay in the class
2 Pens (blue & red)
A Willingness to try to learn Attitude (essential)
Clorox Wipes- for shared computers (especially around flu season)
Plain Talk About You, Me, and School Technology: I want you to know that I am serious when it comes to instruction and being on task. You may only use the Internet when it is part of our lesson. You may only go to Internet sites when specifically directed by me. If you are anywhere other than where I direct you to go on the Internet during class, there will be disciplinary consequences. You are not allowed to chat or email anyone during my class period unless I give you specific permission. If you are permitted chat-remember, it is only to collaborate on academic subjects-your conversation must be professional at all times. Do not curse, or chat about any inappropriate subjects. On a personal note, I know having technology at your fingertips is quite tempting- but you must fight the temptation of thinking you are at home having "free time." Computers and the Internet at school are not for entertainment purposes. School computers should only be considered and used as tools for scholarly communication and collaboration.
Damages- If you damage any computer or equipment, you will be written up and held responsible for replacement or repair cost.