English 3/4 Course Syllabus
English 3/4 Class Policies and Procedures
Teacher: Mrs. Joan Williams
Telephone: 602 323-9890
English 3/4 students will develop their critical thinking skills by reading The Six Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make or Sophie’s World during the fall semester. They will also explore the literary roots of Western Civilization beginning with the ancient Greeks and ending with contemporary British classics, such as Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies. Students will analyze and evaluate multi-genre literature, including drama, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Major authors include Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare. The English curriculum follows the Arizona State and Common Core Standards.
In order to be able to effectively express their ideas in written form, all students will write extensively during English 3/4. Students will learn to follow a systematic approach during the writing process: prewriting, rough draft, peer editing, revising, teacher conferencing, and composing a final copy. Types of writing including narration, description, and persuasion will be evaluated using the Six-Trait-Analytical Writing Rubric. Writing time will also be devoted to creative writing and research.
Loose-leaf notebook paper, a college-rule composition book, and two pocket folders
Pens and pencils
Current class reading, packets, journals
Class Assignments 60%
Reading Tests 15%
1. Show respect at all times for yourself, others, and the environment.
2. Arrive on time for class and be ready to work
3. Participate in all class activities and discussions
4. Bring all necessary materials to class
5. Turn in assigned work on time
6. All work turned in must be your own. Copied work will not earn credit.
1.Homework is due at the beginning of the class.
2.Late work will be accepted for two weeks after the due date for up to 70 % credit. You must attend a study session of 15 minutes for each late assignment you want to turn in. NO work that is assigned prior to a progress report will be accepted for credit after the grades have been posted.
3. Record all assignments on your assignment sheet and in your planner
4. It is your responsibility to record your grades on your assignment sheet.
5. All assignments must have the appropriate heading and be completed on loose leaf or typing paper or they will not be accepted for credit.
6. Major essays must be typed or written neatly and double-spaced.
7. If you miss a day of school, you are responsible for any make-up work.
With breaking rules, there are always consequences. If you choose to break a rule, you may receive one of the following consequences:
2. Call home
3. Conference with guardian or parent
4. After-school detention with me
5. Office referral
All work must be your own! Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. Cheating is defined as copying or plagiarizing another person’s paper, homework, daily work, or test. It includes having unsanctioned notes/text messages during a test, looking at another student’s paper during a test, speaking out loud during a test in a way that would assist another student or yourself on a test, or giving your work to someone else. Students caught cheating or helping another student cheat will receive a zero on the assignment and their parents will be notified.
If students find themselves needing additional help, I am available before school from 7.a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and after school from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. If a student’s grade falls below 70%, parents will be notified and the student will be required to attend mandatory tutoring until the grade improves.