Recommended for grade: 9
Prerequisite: English 8
Ninth grade English emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and how to express one’s self within the communicative modes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Communication skills are emphasized, as students learn how to respond to opposing views. Students become very much aware of the concept, tone. Language skills, higher level vocabulary, and time management are regularly practiced. Reading and writing assignments are increased to reflect the expectations of New York State Standards. Students will analyze literature in identifying the author's intended message and how the author created that message. Research and recording information, including documentation, prepare students for higher levels of education, such as college.Preparedness/Materials
Binder…for organizing handouts, notes, vocabulary, and homework
Loose leaf paper
One Folder Exclusively for English
Highlighters and pencil sharpeners are not required…however, they can be most useful!
If a student needs materials, please see me …I will help. JClassroom Rules
Listen with earnest.
Participate with respect (Ohhh, there are soooo many differing opinions…and that’s ok….that makes us human!)
Language and actions are to always be appropriate.
Know and follow the rules for Madison School….Located in student planners under Codes of Conduct.
ARRIVE to class with materials. A pen or pencil is almost always a necessity.
Independent Practice: 10%
Time Management: 10%
Due dates are verbally stated and written on the white board. Neatness is important, as communication needsto be clear. Independent practice is usually based on class lessons and given to provide practice regardingwhat we’ve been studying during class. Often the independent practice is collected and graded. Sometimesindependent practice is viewed during class to ensure adequate progress in learning is occurring.Each student will receive a mark that corresponds with the correctness/efforts of his/her work.
Independent Practice Expectations:
Include the heading…as directed first day of school.
First and last name, class identification, assignment title
Follow directions.Homework and essay assignments are designed for independent performance...practice.Each student is expected to do his/her own work.
Submit neat and orderly papers.*Absent students will be given reasonable extended time depending upon the number of absences.
Always follow the conventions of the English Language.Late Independent Practice:
Submitting practices after the due date is never a good idea. Doing work in a timely manner is best,as the practice is aligned with the very goals students are currently learning. After School Detentioncan be a consequence for students avoiding independent practice (homework,) whereupon a quietplace to work and a good amount of time will be provided. After independent practice has beengraded according to content, the following deductions will be subtracted:
If not submitted during class collection, a paper is considered a day late.
Avoid leaving independent practices in a locker or at home.
One day late… -25
Two days late… -50
Three days late… -75
Four days late… 0
Time Management: college readiness
Adhering to times and dates is an important part of life. This grade reflects the ability to submitwork in a timely manner. Time management is applied to lengthy assignments, such as essays,research papers, and projects.
Absent students always have extra time to make up missed work…independent practice and class work.
The Absent Folder contains handouts for students who have been absent. The Purple Absent Folder,under the flag, is located to the immediate left upon entering room 216. Absent students may openthe folder and take the work that has been addressed to them.Late Essays or Writing: New York State Standards place much emphasis on written communication;therefore, the curriculum for this course recognizes that concept, as reflected by the percentage valuecalculated into the grade. To submit a late written assignment, students need to set a conference datewith the teacher.If a paper is late due to unexpected or untimely circumstances, it is the student’s responsibility tocommunicate with the teacher.
Students are expected to voice questions and ideas, as well as listen to others, with awareness andrespect. Also important, students are expected to partake in discussions, activities, and workshops.To avoid losing points in participation; students need to do the following:
Be prepared to learn; bring the appropriate materials to class.
Focus on class work.
Avoid talking or other loud disruptions.
Arrive to class on time.
Individual assignments require ONE person’s abilities; plagiarism is not tolerated.
Behave….Be kind and considerate of others.