I. Course Description
Junior English is designed to hone student skills in the areas of critical reading, writing, and speaking/listening.
II. Survival Equipment - The following materials are necessary for daily success in class.
A. Computer (Bring it every day.)
B. Blue or black pens for handouts / quizzes.
D. Loose-leaf paper
III. Classroom Expectations
A. Be prompt.
B. Be polite.
C. Be prepared.
D. Electronic Devices are meant to be used for educational purposes (rather than entertainment purposes) during class time.
1. Students may NOT have cell phones out during class.
2. School devices should be used for educational purposes as well. Thus, students should not be watching videos (music, sports, movies, etc.) that have not been assigned expressly during class time.
3. Headphones / earbuds are not allowed during class time unless expressly called for by the instructor.
E. Leaving Class
1. Students are given three restroom passes each month.
a. It is their responsibility to keep the passes with them to use when necessary.
b. Students who do not have a pass will not be granted permission to leave class.
c. Students may NOT take their cell phone with them when they leave on a pass.
d. Passes may not be used during the first or last 10 minutes of class.
F. Students who are tardy need a pass to enter class / be excused.
There are two grading categories for this course: practices / formative assessments, and summative assessments. Grades are cumulative for each semester. (They do not start over at the end of first and third quarters.)
A. Practices and Formative assessments count for 40% of the overall (cumulative) grade.
1. Generally, practices are graded on a completion basis and indicate that a student is participating in the assignments to gain skill. As such, practices will only receive credit for completion prior to going over the work in class to provide feedback for growth. While we go over the work, students are expected to make corrections and ask questions to clarify their learning. Formative assessments are assignments that students complete on their own and turn in for individual feedback (via computer or instructor grading).
2. Formative assessments are meant to provide a snapshot of skills that have been mastered and/or need improvement. Since formative assessments determine the next set of activities, it is important for students to do their best and to work independently.
B. Summative assessments count for 60% of the overall (cumulative) grade. Summative assessments are assignments that students complete on their own to demonstrate mastery of a skill or standard. Because summative assignments account for so much of a student’s grade, s/he has the opportunity to make corrections and/or redo the assessment.
1. Prior to re-doing a summative assessment, students must conference with the instructor and/or make corrections to the assessment.
2. Students need to contact the instructor to make corrections / conference within two school days of getting the assignment/rubric/score back.
C. Late work – Summative assessments only will be accepted for up to two weeks after the original due date. Practices must be completed by the time we go over / check them in class in order to earn credit. Formative assessments may be accepted late depending on the assignment, the length of time students had, how late the work is, and/or extenuating circumstances.
D. Extra credit is not available. Students must demonstrate mastery of the skills/standards in order to pass the class.
E. Academic integrity is of paramount importance.
1. Cheating on a formative or summative assessment will result in a zero. If more than one student submits the same assignment, all will receive the zero regardless of who copied from whom.
2. Thus, it is important to not share your work with other students. (Helping someone is not the same as sending him/her a copy of your essay or answers to a quiz.)
F. Canvas grades reflect some (but not all) assignments and are not the official course grade. The course grade is available through Synergy’s parent/student portal.
V. Contact Information
A. School phone 480-472-9470
B. School e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org