9th Grade English—CP Ms. Jamie Ott Emmaus High School 2012-2013 ________________________________________________________________________ Purpose The purpose of this course is to foster student literary skills by reading, analyzing, and responding in various ways to essays, drama, short and long fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Grammar, usage, and mechanics are reviewed and reinforced in addition to the introduction of new concepts. Skills in thinking, listening, speaking, and writing will be further developed. Requirements To meet the goals and objectives of 9th Grade English, the student shall: 1. Maintain a three-ring binder that contains literature notes, daily language skills, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and reading strategies. 2. Attend class each day prepared with appropriate materials, texts, and assignments for the day’s activities. 3. Participate actively, thoughtfully, and respectfully in class discussions. 4. Compose a minimum of one formal writing sample per quarter. 5. Submit all assignments on time. 6. Present individual and group reports to the class, including at least one formal presentation 7. Complete all tests and quizzes or, if absent, make them up upon return to school. Class Rules Always remember to follow the guidelines listed below. If you are ever unsure about something, please ask. 1. Be ready. Upon entering the room, please be seated and begin copying the notes that appear on the whiteboard into your binder. 2. Be prepared. It is your responsibility to bring your materials. If you forget them, you will not be allowed to go to your locker to retrieve them. 3. Be respectful. Value your own contributions as well as those of others. During discussions, listen carefully while others are speaking. 4. Be responsible. You are accountable for your learning. If you are unsure of anything in class, please ask for help. When you are absent, please see me about missed work upon your return. UNITS First Quarter Diagnostic testing Review of the writing process Summer reading assessment—in-class essay Short stories Literary terms Reading strategies SAT vocabulary, grammar, and usage Second Quarter Of Mice and Men Persuasive Essay Poetry—poetic devices and works Reading strategies SAT vocabulary, grammar, and usage Independent novel Third Quarter Poetry—poetic devices and works Literary Analysis Research essay—skills, process, and research Reading strategies SAT vocabulary, grammar, and usage Independent novel Fourth Quarter Romeo and Juliet Research essay—final paper Formal oral presentation SAT vocabulary, grammar, and usage Independent novel Texts Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, Prentice Hall, 2005 Grammar and Composition Handbook, Level 9, Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 2002 Vocabulary Power Plus, Book 1, Prestwick House, 2004 Grading Each homework assignment, writing sample, quiz, test, and project is given a specific number of points. Although each quarter is unique in its offerings and responsibilities, a typical quarter may look like the following: Vocabulary: Homework: Tests: Quizzes: Writing: 20 to 30 points per quiz 10 to 30 points per assignment 75 to 100 points per test 10 to 50 points per quiz 100 to 200 points per paper Student Signature: ____________________ Parent Signature:__________________ Signing indicates an acceptance of classroom procedures, policies, and expectations.