ENGLISH 9 - Identity & Self-Awareness
This course emphasizes the development of critical reading skills through the study of literary genres. This serves as a foundation for the continuing development of the students’ communication skills in writing (including usage and mechanics), speaking, listening, and viewing. Students in this course can expect to read challenging and interesting texts and to write frequently in response to a variety of prompts and contexts.
Literature Unit of Study
Of Mice and Man – John Steinbeck “Complex Characters & Themes”
Night – Elie Wiesel
The Odyssey – Homer "Life is a Journey”
Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare “Speeches That Move Us”
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens “Point of View & Figurative Language”
*Book numbers will be recorded when books are distributed – if student does not turn in the book he/she was assigned, it is considered lost and student will be held accountable for the cost of the book at the end of the school year.
- Demonstrate knowledge of language terminology and application of concepts such as capitalization, punctuation, and grammar usage.
- Learn different genres of reading and writing (with a focus on the argumentative and rhetorical analysis writing genres).
- Learn strategies to interpret various types of reading materials.
- Improve reading skills by reading for a variety of purposes.
- Improve vocabulary.
- Recognize and analyze various rhetorical devices in literature.
- Examine and create written, oral, and visual presentations.
*Throughout this course we will also pay particular attention to OHS’s 21st Century Learning Skills, most notably those featured in the OHS Writing, Reading, and Communications Rubrics (see attached). Each content unit will be made up of several assessments, which focus on particular indicators within these rubrics with the intent of improving your overall performance on these tasks.
□ 2” 3-ring binder
□ Loose leaf paper
□ Post-it notes
□ Independent reading book (for SSR on Block Days)
□ 5 dividers for the following:
- Vocabulary (vocab from text)
- Notes (class notes, handouts, quotation notation, etc)
- Literary Terms (figurative language, literary devices)
- Journal (journal entries, essay drafting, free writes)
- Homework/Classwork (extra loose leaf)
The following are OHS English Department-Wide policies …
Essays / Tests / Projects = 50%
Quizzes = 30%
Class work / Homework = 20%
Late Work Policy
NO Late work will be accepted unless it is due to an absence. Assignments must be completed and handed in on time at the start of my class. Do not expect to print it off from my class, or complete it during my class. I will not accept it.
Make-up Work Policy
In the event of an absence, a student will have one day for each missed day to complete a missed assignment. This is true UNLESS the assignment was longer term and assigned in advance of such absence(s), in which case the student is still obligated to turn it in on the due date or, if absent on the due date, the very first day he/she is present thereafter.
In the freshman year we focus a great deal of attention on written communication. In most cases, if a student is unhappy with his/her grade on an essay, he/she will have one week from the date of receipt to conference with me and submit a new draft (with the first draft attached). It is mandatory that students meet with me prior to re-writing the essay. The two grades will then be averaged.
Returned Work Policy
As an OHS English teacher, I expect to return graded work to students within the following allotted time:
Up to 2 weeks for grading Essay, Projects and Presentations
Up to 1 week for Homework/Class work, Quizzes and Tests
All forms of cheating and plagiarism are unacceptable. The misrepresenting by students of homework, class work, tests, reports, or other assignments as if they were entirely their own work shall be considered forms of cheating and/or plagiarism. In addition, submitting the same or portions of the same assignment, in different classes, without prior approval by the teacher, will be considered a misrepresentation of student work and therefore cheating. Consequences of cheating and/or plagiarism shall be academic in nature unless repeated incidences require disciplinary action. Student will receive a 0 for the assignment. Parents will be contacted and Cheating/Plagiarism Incident Report will be filed.
My expectation is that each student will regularly check Powerschool to review his/her class grade and approach me with questions as they arise – NOT at the end of a marking period after the fact. Please schedule a time to see me about anything Powerschool-related before or after class/school. Coming to me days after a “0” and claiming “I think I was absent that day way back when…” doesn’t excuse the NO LATE WORK POLICY.
“check “ = I collected it from you, but still need to grade it.
“ 0 ” = It wasn’t turned in AT ALL or ON TIME according to the LATE WORK POLICY.
“ M “ = It’s “missing”…You can still make this up… NOW… and turn it in for credit ASAP.
Other Information to Note:
- Periodic reading pop quizzes
- Periodic Online Blog Discussions (ElbakryEnglish.com)
- Bi-weekly vocabulary quizzes
- Quotation Notation (tracing quotations throughout novel as you read)
- Current Event Friday
- Independent reading
RULES of RESPECT
COME PREPARED & ON TIME… ü BE ON TIME and IN YOUR SEAT BY THE BELL
- ALWAYS HAVE A PEN, PAPER, and THE BOOK WE’RE READING
- ONLY ENGLISH WORK IS DONE IN OUR CLASS (doing work from other classes will NOT be tolerated – this is not a study hall)
- VISIT MY CLASS WEBSITE: ElbakryEnglish.com. It contains most assignments and handouts, due dates and other resources to help you succeed in this class. Absent? Forgetful? This site should help you stay organized.
- CHECK POWERSCHOOL REGULARLY We all have Powerschool too and can access it from home, in school, on the go…
- ASK FOR EXTRA HELP: Lost? Let’s arrange a time to meet outside of class. I’m am always here to help.
DO NOT BRING PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY…
- NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED IN CLASS
- NO iPODs ALLOWED IN CLASS
- IF I SEE IT… I TAKE IT. It doesn’t matter whether it is turned off… simply hanging out of a pocket… or whatever…If I see it, you risk losing it for the period (1st offense), the day (2nd offense) or to the Assistant Principal (3rd offense). Just keep it in your locker.
DO NOT INTERRUPT MRS. ELBAKRY’S OTHER CLASSES
- DO NOT INTERRUPT ONE OF MY OTHER CLASSES when walking in the halls. I do love to see you, but let’s keep it to the when I’m supposed to see you. Exception: If we arranged a time for you to come in to make up a quiz or something…
DO NOT ABUSE THE BATHROOM PASS*…
- I trust you will
A) ACTUALLY BE GOING to the bathroom and not to another destination
B) TAKE THE SHORTEST ROUTE to and from the bathroom
C) NOT COME BACK WITH FOOD or items I know the bathroom doesn’t supply
D) ONLY GO WHEN YOU NEED TO and NOT be a “frequent flyer”
*Abusers of this trusted freedom may be denied the privilege.