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  1. Welcome to 9th Grade English

  2. Materials Students will be expected to bring all of their materials to class every day. This includes paper, pen, pencil, and homework. In addition to these materials, students will need a 3-subject spiral notebook. This notebook needs to be used only in my class. They will also receive points for having it in class as well as points for completing all the required work in their notebooks.

  3. Grading/Homework Policy Grades will be based upon performance in the following: notebooks, papers, classwork, homework, and tests. Papers will be graded using a rubric. The grading scale is as follows: 90-100%=A 80-89%=B 70-79%=C 60-69%=D Below 60%=F Assignments Notebooks will be completed daily. Classwork and homework will be turned in on the assigned due date. With the exception of papers and projects, students will not receive credit for late work. Papers and projects may be turned in late with a loss of 10% per day. It is the student’s responsibility to see me for any missed work due to absence. As this class is cumulative, any missed classes will result in a lack of understanding and falling behind. If this happens, you may see me during the office hours listed below: Ms. Harper rm. 134 Tues: 7:30-8:00 am Thurs: 3:00-3:30 pm Friday: 7:30-8:00 am B Lunch by appointment only Assignments are weighted as follows: Homework/Classwork 10% Notebooks: 15% Papers: 30% Quizzes and Tests: 25% Quarter Final: 20%

  4. Course Outline 1st Quarter: Grammar: Sentence Types, Identifying fragments and run-ons Vocabulary: understanding words used in context and multiple meaning words. Reading: Short stories Writing: Narratives and Literary analysis 2nd Quarter: Grammar: Identifying Sentence Problems Vocabulary: Word etymologies and word parts. Reading: Non-fiction—Greek History Fiction—The Odyssey Writing: Expository essays, research, and literary analysis 3rd Quarter: Grammar: More identifying sentence problems Vocabulary: Connotation and Denotation, Recognizing persuasive language Reading: Non-Fiction--Recognizing author's bias, inferences, fact and opinion in persuasive writing/Fiction--Parts of a novel, Animal Farm Writing: Persuasive Research Paper 4th Quarter: Grammar: Review sentence structure Vocabulary: Archaic language and the history of language Reading: Non-Fiction--History of Renaissance/Fiction—Parts of a play, Romeo and Juliet Writing: Poetry and literary analysis

  5. Classroom Rules Students are expected to respect others and their belongings. I also expect everyone to participate, cooperate, and to be responsible, productive individuals. If the rules are repeatedly ignored, consequences will be given (see class rules), parents will be notified, and/or a referral will be issued. Classroom Rules 1. Respect the teacher, your peers, and the property. 2. Follow directions 3. Do your best Bank of Consequences 1. Warning 2. Logical Consequences: Sentences, sent to another room, moved away from distraction, detention, etc./Parent phone call3.Parent phone call/Logical Consequence4. Office Referral

  6. Classroom Procedures 1. Enter the room quietly, sharpen pencils, look at the board for assignments, and start your bellwork. 2. Respect the rules for each type of instruction:a. Lectures: only the teacher should be talking. Raise your hand to speak.b. Discussion: Anyone may talk, but only one at a time.No interruptions.c. Group/Partner work: you may talk quietly in your groups.d. Silent work/Bellwork: No talking. Raise your hand if you need help. 3. Remain seated during bellwork , lectures, and class discussions. You may sharpen pencils and throw away trash at other times. 4. 5 bathroom passes are allowed per semester. The passes may be used during group or individual work time only. Use the sign out sheet on the back table before you leave.

  7. Technology Policy Technology can be an asset and a distraction in the classroom. To ensure that it remains an asset, the follow rules will be observed: • All electronics must be off/on silent and out of sight and reach during lectures, class discussions, group work, and testss. • Music devices may be used during individual work time provided the volume is not distracting to others. • Devices with access to the internet or electronic books may be used only to assist on a classwork assignment (i.e. dictionaries, encyclopedias, databases, etc.) • Failure to follow these rules will result in the following: a. First two offenses: the device will be confiscated until the end of the class. b. All following offenses: the device will be taken to the office where you may be subject to ICR and/or parent will have to pick up device.