• Course Description and Guidelines:

    Thank you for taking our class! The purpose of this course is to provide students with an accelerated study of various literature, composition, grammar, and vocabulary. Freshman English instruction focuses on the central themes of maturation, diversity, and the development of compassion, empathy, and respect for others. Students will be introduced to the classics of literature and will be required to complete outside reading assignments with written and oral language exercises.  Oh – and I promise we’ll have fun, too.


    The content of this course for the semester may include, but is not limited to:

    Journal/Paragraph Essay Writing- Portfolio                                                                

    Advanced Language Review and Application                                                              

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    Spelling/Vocabulary Tests  (SAT Vocabulary Words)                                                                                           

    Selections of The Odyssey by Homer

    Oral Presentations/Independent Projects                                                                  

    Short Story, Poetry, and Non-Fiction Units

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


    Channel One Journals: As a bell ringer, we will watch Channel One News. Each day you will have an assigned segment to write about or a common core question to answer. These will be graded weekly as a quiz grade.

    ·       Each entry should begin with the Journal number and date.

    ·       Each entry must be a minimum of three sentences long.

    ·       Each entry should restate your prompt or question.

    ·       Journals need to be kept in separate section of your class binder.  Journals will need to made up after an absence. See your makeup work sheet for that day’s topic.




    • Any  three-ring notebook with dividers (Tabs will be DGP, Channel One, Literature, and Vocabulary)
    • College or Wide Rule Notebook Paper
    • A flash drive (Strongly suggested, but not required. Any brand.)
    • Pens/pencils (blue or black ink only)
    • One box Kleenex or Puffs (please?)



    The 3 R’s: All rules in the student handbook will apply in this class.

    1. Be Respectful – Respect all teachers and students, their ideas and opinions.

    2. Be Ready – Be on time and have all your materials ready for class.

    3. Be Responsible – You are ultimately responsible for your grade and your behavior in class. If you complete your homework and turn it in on time, study for the tests, and do the appropriate thing at the appropriate time you will do well. Take care of personal problems such as restroom visits and peer-related situations before or after this class.


    I expect all students to be actively engaged during lecture/discussion. This means actively listening with your head up and a writing utensil in your hand. Non-participation will be considered defiance and insubordination. Sleeping in class will result in an automatic 5 point deduction from daily work.



    There are consequences for poor choices and disruptive behavior. As you can imagine, I will not tolerate unruly or disrespectful students. I will warn you once, and that warning may be verbal or nonverbal, in the form of a “stern” look. After that, I will speak to you in private. Further disruptions may result in:

    For minor problems – talking out of turn, not coming to class prepared, class disruption, minor goofiness and the like:

    • Step 1 – warning

    • Step 2 – parent contact and student-teacher after class conference.

    D1 Written

    • Subsequent violations will be treated as major problems



    A “1” will be recorded in the grade book until the assignment is made up. This is just a placeholder to remind us both that the assignment needs to be made-up. All work must be completed within two weeks of the grading period. Please try not to miss any school.


    Electronic Devices

    If your phone rings, I am required to write a referral and take your phone for the class. All electronics should be out of sight. Mp3 players may be used at appropriate times and only by permission.



    It is your responsibility to keep up with your class standing.


    Tests/Projects/Essays 40%

    Daily Work 20%

    Homework 10%

    Quizzes 30%


    Late Work Policy

    I take due dates very seriously. If your assignment is late, there will be points deducted for each day. No exceptions!


    Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

    Webster’s defines plagiarism as “the appropriation or imitation of the language, ideas and thoughts of another author, and representation of them as one’s original work.” This includes directly copying the work of another without proper attribution as well as changing a few words to make it seem like your own writing. I have a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism – don’t do it! If you have any questions about plagiarism, please come see me. Academic dishonesty includes copying work from another student, using notes on a closed notes exam and other forms of academic fraud. Plagiarism or academic dishonesty in this class will result in a “0” grade on the assignment, an automatic office referral, and may lead to further disciplinary action from the school.