Outside of a dog, a book is manís best friend.† Inside of a dog, itís too dark to read.óGroucho Marx, comedian
Freshman English 2009-2010
Ms. Davis: email@example.com
For additional help please see me before school at 7:15 or after school until 3:15.† Also, you may e-mail me to get assignments or to make an appointment.†
Course Description:† What does it mean to grow up?† Freshmen will spend this year in English exploring this very idea.† In particular, we examine the universal themes that flow from ďcoming of ageĒ:† empathy, illusion, tolerance, responsibility, freedom, revelation, and rebellion.† In addition to reading great literature about these ideas, we will be busily writing as well.† Although we spend a lot of time developing techniques for writing the expository essay, students will also create short stories and poems investigating their own maturation.†
Books We Read and Use:
Coming of Age (short stories)
To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
Night- Elie Wiesel
Romeo and Juliet- William Shakespeare
Cyrano de Bergerac- Edmond Rostand
L.O. School District Secondary English Handbook
***Two additional books will also be read throughout the year as part of an independent reading project. †
∑ Three- ring binder with pockets or folder for class notes, assignments, and handouts
∑ Paper and a pen or pencil
∑ A planner to keep track of homework assignments
∑ Each day bring the book, text, or handout we are working on.
Respect others: Uplift; donít put down, no name- calling or abusive language.
Be prepared: Do the reading and bring paper and a pen or pencil.
Pay attention: Listen when others are speaking.
Participate: Your voice is valued; please, share in class discussions.
Be on time: The school tardy policy will be strictly applied.
Classrooms must remain a food and drink free zone.
Attendance is crucial to your success in this class.† Because of the block schedule at LOHS, every day missed is equivalent to two regular school days!!!
Absences:† It is your responsibility to initiate arrangements for and completion of make-up work.
∑ Ideally, take the responsibility and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
∑ See me upon your return to school (before/after class/school or during my prep) to get materials you missed AND to arrange quiz/test make-ups (if a quiz or test is NOT made up within a week, it will revert to a ZERO.† This is your responsibility!)
∑ In general, you will receive one day to make up assignments for each excused absence.
∑ If you were present on a day a test/quiz/paper was assigned, you are expected to comply with the original due date.
∑ Have a parent/guardian phone school or e-mail me for assignments if you miss more than one day.
∑ Talk to a classmate to help fill-in information missed.
∑ Pre-arranged absences:† see me and pick up work before you leave.† Work due upon return.
∑ Work may not be made up for unexcused absences.
Late Work Policy:
With the exception of major assignments, I donít accept late work for credit.† Students should still complete late work, which will be archived and taken into consideration to boost borderline grades at the end of the semester.
Evaluations and Assessments:
At the end of the quarter, points for assignments and participation are totaled and divided by the number of points possible.† The resulting percentage determines the letter grade for that quarter based on a 10% scale.† Quarterly grades are not averaged together for the semester grade; rather the semester grade is based on a running total so that there is a continual opportunity for student improvement.