English Course Syllabus

1) This course will serve to refine your reading and analytic skills.

2) Through various units and activities, you will work to improve your writing skills.

3) As we practice reading and writing, we will focus on improving our thinking, speaking, and listening skills.

Click Here for 9th/10th Grade Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
Click Here for 11th/12th Grade Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
Class Routines:

 We will be reading a diverse selection of literature throughout the school year including novels, short stories, poetry, plays, non-fiction and stories presented on multimedia platforms.   

A: Reading Quizzes: Each day when a reading assignment is to be completed, you may be quizzed on the assigned pages.Students may use handwritten (Not copied, published or printed) notes on the quizzes.

B: Readings are followed by structured class conversations. Students demonstrate that they can generate a meaningful prompt, formulate an opinion (thesis), support it with textual evidence, and persuasively reason us through his or her argument. Threaded conversations on Muut follow the same format. This may be a summative assignment and you may not make this up. Here are some rubrics:

Threaded Conversation rubric

Conversation Rubric

B:  Independent Reading (Juniors) will be assessed once per grading period. This is done through a brief interview with me.

C. Timed Writes—You will also learn to do timed essays in class with an unfamiliar prompt and a time limit. Please see the rubrics page for the appropriate grading rubric. 

D. Writing Workshop-Students publish their writing on this blog. Feedback is given by other students in the form of written comments and threaded conversations on the blog, and by me during class. I try to talk about at least one paper per day. If you would like to discuss your paper outside of class please see me for a writing conference. You may have a writing conference on a paper before it is due to receive the best possible score or after the paper has been returned to better understand your grade. I am available during office hours (after school Mondays) and on most Saturdays from 9am-12pm at Bella Bru coffee house.

E. Class Projects–These focus on creative responses to our readings. They usually involve a multimedia component and are published on our I-6 Blog. Every project has its own rubric, but generally they require advanced-level reading, writing, speaking and listening skills combined.

 Other Policies: 

A.  Academic Integrity—Academic integrity is at the heart of student success.  For this reason, the if you do anything that violates the academic integrity policy, the English department has determined that you will receive the following consequences for the first offense:

-Minus the total points possible on the assignment

-We may choose not to write a letter of recommendation for any student whom we feel has something in their behavior file that would make us question that student’s character.


B.  Field Trips/Extra-Curricular Activities—If you miss class to participate in a school-sponsored activity (sporting event, rally, etc.), you must see me at the beginning of lunch or the day before your absence to take any quizzes or exams, turn in any homework that is due, and/or pick up the day’s assignments.  If you fail to do so, you will not be allowed to make up your work.  Simply notifying me that you are going to be leaving right before or in the middle of class is unacceptable. 

C. Tardies—You must be in class on time.  Every third tardy will result in a detention.

D. Unexcused Absences—You must clear all of your absences in the main office.  You will receive a 0 for assignments, quizzes, and exams that occur during an unexcused absence.

E. Excused Absences—Full credit will be given for missed work as follows:

•In the case of a doctor’s visit, vacation, or mild illness, assignments are due and quizzes or tests must be taken when you return to school, even if class does not meet that day.

•In extreme cases, such as illness with a doctor’s note or a death in the family, you have up to the number of days missed to turn in late work or make up quizzes or tests.

F. Late Work—If you weren’t absent but just didn’t do the assignment, you will receive a 20% grade reduction. Rough drafts of essays cannot be turned in late for any credit. 

 G. Computer or printer problems are not an excuse for late work.  You may bring a flash drive and print in the library before class.

Please see my Grading Policy for information about how you will be graded.


Student Experiments in Multimedia Storytelling CONTACT: abearson@sanjuan.edu