Language Arts: Amy Byus [email protected]
Social Studies: Kelsey Sprague [email protected]
(425) 837-7775 http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/ high/skyline/staff/ ms_spragues_site/default.aspx
General Syllabi Review
Grading Scales and Categories
7 years of teaching/5 th
Skyline year at [email protected]
Washington State University (2001-2005)
Cum laude Honors College graduate
B.A. Social Studies Education
Year of Teaching
Previously taught high school in Lacey and junior high in
Courses taught include US History, World Studies, Pacific
Northwest History, Language Arts, Leadership, Drama
I grew up in Port Orchard and attended South Kitsap High
I love to dance (studio, swing, ballroom, etc.), garden, read, craft, and travel.
I am incredibly empathetic but believe in helping students understand consequence of choice.
I run my classroom on mutual honor and mutual effort.
What is Civilization?
What role does geography play in the development of civilization?
How have different civilizations structured themselves? (Hierarchy and
How do groups make decisions? (Political systems)
How do groups divide resources? (Economic systems)
Why do some groups conquer others?
What is the relationship between society and the individual?
How do you fight against a more powerful enemy?
How have ideas changed history? (Enlightenment)
What role do American values play in our national and foreign policies?
Why do civilizations make certain decisions (policies) at certain times?
House on Mango Street-
Things Fall Apart
- Chinua Achebe
Bless Me, Ultima
- Rudolfo Anaya
Romeo and Juliet
World History, 2014
Primary sources, articles, short stories and other literature provided in class
Research and thesis-driven research papers
Essay: Literary Analysis
Thesis-Driven Multi-Paragraph Essays
Causes of colonization research paper
(1 st semester)
Foreign policy Research Project (2 nd semester)
Essay Tests: Timed-writing strategies
Exceeds Standards Standard Approaching Standard Below Standard
Thesis is clear, supportable, and specific; statement is complex and thought provoking.
Thesis is clear, supportable, and specific, though written in a simplistic style.
Thesis has a great idea but the wording is disjointed and hard to follow.
Thesis almost meets the requirements, but it may be too board/vague or too specific.
Getting there, but hard to understand, a little confusing.
Thesis does not meet requirements:
Unclear as to what the author is trying to say.
Wrote a question not a statement.
It is so broad that it is barely resembles a thesis statement at all.
Co-teaching: Language Arts/Social
Kelsey Sprague, SS; Amy Byus, Language Arts
1 st offense= 0 on the assignment, 2 nd offense= loss of credit for the course www.turnitin.com
Students need to be on time to class
Students need to be in class
Students need to communicate with us in a timely fashion
The general expectation for make-up work is that if it was accessible and on the website, it should be done if possible! If not, school policy allows three days.
30-60 minutes a night for both LA/SS
Students need to communicate with us when they need assistance
No late work
93 - 100% A
90 - 92% A-
87 - 89% B+
83 - 86% B
80 - 82% B-
77 - 79% C+
73 - 76% C
70 - 72% C-
67 - 69% D+
63 - 66% D
60 - 62% D-
59 – below F
Major Rubric and teacher scored writing)
Process (Homework, some Quizzes, some classwork)
In-class work and discussion)
Culminating Assessments and
(Sophomore Project, Semester
Essays, Major Rubric and teacher scored writing)
Process (Homework, some
In-Class Participation (Socratic
Seminars, In-class work and discussion)
Updated regularly so students can track their progress.
Any discrepancies in grade book should be brought to our attention within 7 days or no change will be made.
There is no late work accepted, no extra credit, and no rounding.
Please allow your student to contact us about a concern before you contact us (absences, trouble-shooting, grade questions).
Help your student compose an email asking for an appointment during office hours
Help your student brainstorm possible solutions to the issue to discuss with teachers
Goal: Open communication between teacher, parent, and student
Please copy both Sprague and Byus on all emails
We’re so thankful you came to support your student. We apologize for not accommodating conversations about a specific student need at this time, but please consider completing the survey at:
Because we move classrooms throughout the day, email is the best way to contact us.