9th Grade CompLit Syllabus

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HUBERT MIDDLE SCHOOL
9th Grade COMPOSITION/LITERATURE COURSE SYLLABUS
Mary A. Snowden, M.Ed.
Reading Literacy Coach
Comp/Lit Teacher
[email protected]
(912) 395-5235
Welcome to the start of a new school year! This year, students will be studying Composition and
Literature using Instructional Frameworks and Best Practices. These frameworks are intended to be
models for articulating desired results, assessment processes, and teaching-learning activities that
can maximize student achievement relative to the Georgia’s Common Core Standards. We are
looking forward to a successful year for all of our students. .
Course Description
Composition and Literature helps students to improve their writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and
study skills. Students will develop an appreciation of written and spoken language. Students will use
oral language, written language, media and technology for expressive, informational, argumentative,
critical, and literary purposes. In addition, they will expand their vocabulary. Students will read a
minimum of 25 books during this school year, in addition to the 3 books required during summer
reading and other pieces of literature that will be studied.
Power Standards
A. Students will demonstrate comprehension and show evidence of a responsible explanation
of a variety of literary and informational texts.
B. Students will understand and acquire new vocabulary, using it correctly.
C. Students will produce writing that establishes an organizational structure, sets a context
and engages the reader, maintains a coherent focus, and provides closure.
D. Students will demonstrate competence in a variety of genres.
Students will demonstrate competency through:
 Reading Projects (including the Summer Reading Project)
 Reading Fluency Goals (25 Book Campaign)
 Technical Writing Skills
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Vocabulary Development
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Research Skills
 Information and Media Literacy
Grading Scales
Classwork
Assessments
40% CW/HW
40% Unit Tests, Weekly Quizzes, Pre/Post/Final
Exam/Projects
20% End of Course Test (EOCT)
A/E
B/S
C/N
D/N
F/U
90-100%
80-89%
75-79%
70-74%
below- 69%
Progress Reports: Besides mid-quarter progress
reports, students be given bi-weekly progress reports
that must be signed by parent or guardian.
Supplies Needed
1 ½ inch 3 Ring Binder
Ink Pens (Black or Blue)
Highlighters (Aid for specifics in Note taking)
Paper (An ample supply of loose-leaf notebook paper)
Markers
Coloring Pencils
USB Flash Drive
Classroom Expectations
All students are expected to come to class everyday prepared. A clear or meshed book bag with
school supplies should be brought to class daily. Students are expected to enter the class quietly, sit
in their assigned seat, and begin their opening assignment. The daily procedures will be explained
for all students. Students must remain in their seat unless given permission to move. Upon exiting
the classroom, all materials should be returned. Personal spaces should be kept clean and tidy.
Instructional Expectations
Students are expected to remain in class, focused, and on task at all times. Assignments should be
completed and submitted on time. Group work and individual work will be assigned. All students
are expected to read a minimum of 25 books for the year. Students will have reading goals set each
marking period. I encourage you to take your child to the public library to check out books. Students
are also expected to use their 3 Ring Binder to record their daily class work and homework
assignments.
Discipline
All students are expected to model appropriate behavior in class. The code of conduct should be
reviewed by both parent and student. Students must understand the importance of following
directions, wearing their school ID , tucking in their shirts, and displaying appropriate behavior
with adults. Students must refrain from classroom disruptions, using profanity, damaging school
property and inappropriate behavior. Students must demonstrate behavior that is respectful,
responsible and safe.
****In order to be successful each marking period, you will need to:
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Complete all assignments
Participate in class
Stay organized and keep up with notes, handouts, and papers
Study, review, and read each night
Parents are encouraged to drop in for classroom visits and contact me at the phone number and/or
email address listed above with any questions or concerns.
COMMITMENT
STATE OF BEING EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY BOUND TO A COURSE OF ACTION.
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