Course Syllabus English I, Pre-AP
Mr. Turner, DCJH August 15, 2006
Philosophy: Language is the basis for all learning. It is the vehicle of communication by which we live, work, share, and build ideas and understanding of the present, reflect on the past, and imagine the future. Effective communication is therefore vital if we are to continue to grow as a global community.
Objectives: This course design is based upon the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) of Oklahoma, which include the following components:
Reading: The student will apply a variety of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, appreciate, and respond to a variety of texts. The student will expand vocabulary through word study, literature, and class discussion. The student will also use a variety of reference materials to determine precise meaning and word usage.
Writing: The student will use the writing process to write coherently. This will include writing for a variety of purposes and audiences, using the following modes and forms: narrative, persuasive, expository, descriptive, and reflective.
Literature: The student will demonstrate knowledge of various literary genres (short story, novel, drama, poetry, and essay), literary elements, (theme, point of view, tone, plot, mood), and literary works where students will respond to historically and culturally significant pieces. Broadening cultural awareness will be a major focus of much of the literature. Also included in the Pre-AP structure will be the study of several classical literary works and the elements associated with them. Students will be required to do a great deal of independent reading because classroom discussion is a vital part of learning difficult and sometimes confusing concepts. We will not have time to do all of the reading in class. There may also be some situations where the student may need to purchase a personal copy of the literature we are reading. I’ll explain more about this when we get rolling. One of the novels we will read is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Novels read by the Pre-AP class are in addition to the other readings throughout the year.
Writing Portfolio: A portfolio will be kept for each student throughout his/her enrollment in Mid-Del schools. Its purpose is to show growth in writing from the first of the year to the end. The ninth grade portfolio will include the following:
● Diagnostic Paragraphs—one in each of the following modes: narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive. These will serve as baseline writing samples for the ninth grade year.
● Multi-paragraph essay with evidence of process (prewriting, drafts, etc.)
● Multi-paragraph expository essay with evidence of process
● Multi-paragraph essay of the student’s choice
● Writing of the student’s choice
● The student self-evaluation/affidavit
This portfolio is extremely important as it is evidence of how the student has progressed as a writer throughout the years. The final copy of each essay must typed. Process work is part of the essay and must be turned in with the essay.
Grading: All homework and test grades are based upon a 100 point system: (A) 100-90, (B) 89-80, (C) 79-70, and (D) 69-60. Below 60 is a failing grade. Essays will be graded holistically based upon a scale 1-4, based upon state/district standards, with 4 being the optimal score. Each student will be given a rubric for self -evaluation of essays before they are turned in. All essays are weighted heavier than homework or test grades.
Homework Policy: Homework is expected to be turned in when due. This includes all reading assignments. The district policy is in effect. (See Student Handbook) Late assignments not fitting these guidelines cannot be turned in and will be given a score of one (1). Tests that are missed due to absences must be made up within two (2) weeks of returning to class. Tests not taken will be given a score of zero (0). Again, it is extremely important for each student to keep up with the required reading assignments.
Supplies: Spiral three-subject notebook
Two folders with brads (no pockets)
Loose leaf notebook paper
Blue or black ink pens
#2 lead pencils
This class is very dependent upon your participation. Independent research and self-study helps to enhance the richness of the literature. Your interpretation of the literature is extremely critical! Expect a challenging, yet rewarding experience as we explore literature, grammar, and writing at new levels. I look forward to working with you this year!
Parents, I can be reached at 671-8615 during my planning period 1:05-2:00 for any questions or concerns.
Robert Turner, English I, Pre-AP, DCJH
Course Syllabus Affidavit
I have read and understand the course syllabus for my English I Pre-AP class. I understand that I am responsible for completing all assignments as required to maximize my potential.
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