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Welcome to English 9 Ms. Gauldin. 1 st Day Jitters Introductions Syllabus English Classroom Rules and Procedures English Classroom Contract Questions and Answers. Ms. Gauldin. Interesting and odd facts about Ms. Gauldin you should know. I am originally from Michigan.

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welcome to english 9 ms gauldin
Welcome to English 9Ms. Gauldin

1st Day Jitters

  • Introductions
  • Syllabus
  • English Classroom Rules and Procedures
  • English Classroom Contract
  • Questions and Answers
ms gauldin
Ms. Gauldin
  • Interesting and odd facts about Ms. Gauldin you should know.
  • I am originally from Michigan.
  • My nick name is Shameme.
  • I love to eat, read, and travel.
  • My favorite authors are: Avi, Jane Austen and Walter Mosley.
  • I think about food all the time.
  • My favorite foods are Sushi, Chinese and Indian.
  • I look online for recipes to cook.
  • I love having color around me.
  • I have two topical fish and four baby fish.
  • I will always treat you with respect!
english 9 honors syllabus and english 9 honors classroom contract
Ninth Grade English Honors


Ms. Gauldin (sgauldin@bcps.org)

Course Overview:

This is a yearlong course that approaches the literature in thematic units. Each unit is designed to help students to become better readers, writers, and scholars. Everyday students will be expected to give 100%. This course will help lay the foundation they need to be successful as they continue their education.


Students will learn about multiculturalism and diversity by reading a variety of texts from more than one perspective or time period. Students will gain knowledge and insight about history, culture, and humanity as they interact with each other and the literature. Students will become engaged and active readers that are responsible, thoughtful, and conscience of the world around them. Students will learn to practice basic study skills, visual learning, and critical thinking as a group and independently.


Of Mice and Men

To Kill A Mockingbird

The Odyssey

Vocabulary book (This book can be purchased from the classroom teacher)

Short stories, poems, and or videos will be used in addition to the previous books.

Grading:40% Class work, 30% Homework, Projects, and Participation and Behavior, 20% Test and Quizzes, 10% Drills

Grammar and mechanics:

Grammar and mechanics will be taught with the literature. This is an important part of this English class, and once you are a taught a skill, you are expected to demonstrate it proficiently in your writing.


Vocabulary words will be taught with the literature. You will be expected to use them correctly throughout the year as you write, speak, and discuss the texts in class.

English Nine Honors Classroom Contract

Classroom Procedures

You must be in the classroom before the late bell rings

Come into the classroom orderly and quietly as you take your seat

You will have four minutes after the bell rings to start the drill before you start losing participation points

Bring your book(s), notebook, and pencils everyday

Talk only when called upon or when it’s your turn

No passes will be issued unless you are using a Ramsport with a bathroom pass or if it’s an emergency

Do not interfere with the teaching or learning of any other student


Textbook and or Vocabulary book

Flash drive

Binder or notebook divided into five sections: drills, homework, class notes, grammar notes, and literary terms

Paper, pencils, notebook, binder and or whatever is school appropriate to be successful


Homework will contain a name, date, hour, and assignment title

It must be complete, neat, and legible, otherwise you might have to redo it

Everyone must do their own work, copying is unacceptable and students guilty of copying will receive a zero for the assignment

Points will be given as follows: full credit if the work is on time and meets all of the requirements. Partial credit if it is on time and meets part of the requirements

Homework is to be completed before entering the classroom on the day it is due or before you leave to attend any school related activity or extra curricular event

Late work will not be accepted unless you are absent and it is excused

Grade Break Down: 90-100 =A, 80-89.99 = B, 70-79.99 = C, 60-69.99 = D, and 0-59.99 = E

English 9 Honors Syllabus and English 9 Honors Classroom Contract
some basic rules to follow
Some Basic Rules to Follow
  • Come to class on time
  • Come to class prepared
  • Don’t talk when others are talking
  • Be respectful and polite
  • Stay in your seat until you’re dismissed
  • Always ask me for help
  • Be patient
the units and themes covered in this class
The Units and Themes covered in this Class
  • Dreams and Disillusionment (Of Mice and Men)
  • Poetry
  • Innocence/Knowledge (The Research Paper)
  • Constancy/Change (The Odyssey)
  • Individual and Society (Romeo and Juliet)
a sample of the poets we will study
A Sample of the Poets We will Study
  • “Quilts” by Nikki Giovanni
  • “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost
  • “Cross” by Langston Hughes
  • “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” by Emily Dickinson
a sample of the books and stories
A Sample of the Books and Stories
  • Of Mice and Men byJohn Steinbeck
  • The Odyssey byHomer
some of the fabulous short stories we will read in class
Some of the Fabulous Short Stories we Will Read in Class
  • “A Monkey’s Paw”
  • “A Rose for Emily”
  • “Thank You Ma’am”
  • “The Story of an Hour”
  • “The Necklace”
  • “A Sound of Thunder”
  • “The Gift of the Magi”
the last thing
The Last Thing
  • Don’t forget to have fun because I’m going to have a good year. I want you to do the same!