http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l-Flgho3MvE/TDaAlX-PhNI/AAAAAAAAACA/QUez5WPLJOA/s1600/pencil.jpgEnglish 9

    Mrs. Dahl                                Spring Semester

    Course Description:  Life is full of questions.  Literature helps students answer them.  In English 9, students will be exposed to a variety of literary and writing genres.  As they study short fiction, plays, and novels, they will expand their vocabularies, develop critical thinking skills, and develop an appreciation for the different genres of literature and writing


    Course Objectives:   

    • To help students develop skills in English/Language Arts
    • To help students meet state and district standards in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking
    • To help students meet goals and objectives in English/Language Arts
    • To help students with critical thinking skills on all levels: knowledge, comprehension, evaluation, analysis, and synthesis

    POSSIBLE English 9 Units:

    Short Fiction:  (Tentative list of stories)                                   Authors:

    A Sound of Thunder                                                                            Ray Bradbury

    The Most Dangerous Game                                                                 Richard Connell

    The Gift of the Magi                                                                            O. Henry

    The Necklace                                                                                       Guy de Maupassant

    Pancakes                                                                                              Joan Bauer

    Hamadi                                                                                               Naomi Shihab Nye

    A Christmas Memory                                                                          Truman Capote

    The Cask of Amontillado                                                                    Edgar Allan Poe

    The Open Window                                                                              Saki

    The Scarlet Ibis                                                                                     James Hurst

    The Sniper                                                                                            Liam O’Flaherty

    The Princess and the Tin Box                                                               James Thurber

    Shakespearean Drama:

    Romeo and Juliet                                                                                William Shakespeare


    The Miracle Worker                                                                             William Gibson


    The Giver                                                                                             Lois Lowry

    The Hunger Games                                                                             Suzanne Collins



     Category Weight:

    Participation/Daily Work                             10%

    Quizzes                                                           20%

    Papers/Projects                                              30%

    Tests                                                                30%

    Final test                                                         10%

    There is NO late work accepted!

    English Grading Scale:

    96-100                       A

    93-95                          A-

    90-92                         B+

    86-89                          B

    83-85                          B-

    80-82                         C+

    76-79                          C

    73-75                          C-

    70-72                         D

    Below 70                    F


    A represents outstanding distinction and excellence.
    - These are not impossible to achieve but are rare and difficult to come by. A majority of the class does not receive this grade.

    B signifies levels of solid accomplishment and goodness.
    - Good is more common than excellent but more rare than average. While there is merit to hard work and long hours, it does not always guarantee success. Goodness refers to the combined results not just the effort.

    C signifies average- common, adequate but ordinary
    - This is a respectable level, however, and the most common grade. Recognize what more is needed; plan to move ahead, improve and grow.

    D represents results less than standard and/or mediocre
    - Recognize you truly do not understand what is expected and/or you have not made the effort necessary. 

    F is a clear failure.
    -It represents lack of effort/interest. It is a cause for deep concern.

    http://rossschatzart.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/daily-grind.jpgThe Daily Grind:

    We follow this routine nearly every day.

    Free Read:  For the first 10 minutes of class, students will free read.  They can read either an AR book, review their reading assignment, or start reading the next day’s assignment.  This is NOT work time, so students will be redirected to read if they are scrambling to get the day’s assignment done.

    No Red Ink---Students will work on grammar skills/editing skills every day.   

    Discussion:  Often I give reading check quizzes to make sure students are reading and understanding the material.  We discuss the story or novel out loud and usually have writing assignments that correlate with themes or the topics we’re discussing.  When we cover drama, we read the play aloud in class.

    Work:  Students usually receive some work time every day to complete their homework assignment.  This varies as far as time, so for students to do their best work, they may have to work outside of class.   Any other down time can be used for AR reading.

    AR tests:  Students will sign up for 3 books (minimum 4.8 level/10 points—if you find one that you think might work, have me look it over) on their AR Contract and turn in 4 tests the semester—2 per quarter.  I usually plan 3-4 weeks between AR tests.  Novels that we are reading in class do NOT count towards their AR test.   At least 1 AR book must be turned in from the “English Must Read List.”  

    Keys to Success in English 9:

    • Respect will be exhibited at all times toward others and their property.

    • Students will come to class on time BEFORE the bell rings with all essential materials for class---notebooks, textbooks, writing utensils, etc….  Once you are here, you do not leave.  Take care of bathroom duties, drinks…  before the bell rings.  I give many tardies to students who are late!

    • NO cell phones or other disrupting behaviors.  We are in class to learn, so we need to use our time to be focused on the task at hand.   You must ask permission to use devices for free reading, notetaking, and research.

    • AR tests must be monitored by the media specialist and stamped/initialed by her, or monitored by me.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  If you do not follow this rule, the test will not be accepted.

    • Students must be prepared to hand in assignments due at the very beginning of class.  Projects are due the day assigned.  Unless arrangements have been made with the teacher, you MUST present or turn in your work.  Make arrangements with your group if you know you will be gone.

    • Any “copied” work or cheating on AR tests will receive a 0 for both parties.  This includes plagiarism on papers too.  All work MUST be documented if you consulted another source.

    • Late work is NOT accepted.  If you do miss assignments, make the effort to turn anyway.

    ·         YOU are responsible for your grades; you choose to complete assignments and study for tests.  I do not give grades---you earn your grades.  As long as you put forth the effort and complete your work, you will do well.

    “Make it a good day, or make it a great one.  It doesn’t matter.  The choice is yours.”


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