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Welcome.  During this term, we've a lot to accomplish and a short time in which to do so.  Proper communication and learning skills are imperative to success in life, and I seek to foster in my students the desire to succeed.  In order to maintain an orderly and safe learning environment, students will comply with all class expectations.  To ensure our success, the continued support of family and community members is essential.

Statement of Purpose: to provide integrated educational experiences in the areas of reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking, language, and literature.

General Course Objectives: students will

  1. Use reading strategies to effectively construct meaning from a range of texts.
  2. Use process-writing strategies effectively to meet the needs of a variety of audiences.
  3. Employ speaking, listening, and viewing skills to interpret meaning of text.
  4. Understand the common features of a variety of literary forms.
  5. Respond critically and aesthetically to text.
  6. Demonstrate understanding/use of appropriate language for effective.
  7. Employ various electronic media to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.

Required Materials: a 1 three-ring binder with five dividers (Vocab, Gram, Lit, FCAT, UPA), loose-leaf paper (NO spiral notebooks), pens, #2 pencils, high lighters.

Expectations: behavior which demonstrates a disregard for classroom policy or interferes with classroom learning will result in administrative consequences.  There are a few simple rules that all students will follow in order to create an atmosphere of respect conducive to learning.  Failure to do so will result in the appropriate disciplinary action.

Preparedness: students will avoid a tardy by being seated, silent, and ready to work before the tardy bell rings.  Students will arrive to class prepared with assignments due, sharpened pencils, pens, loose-leaf paper, notebook, and all other pertinent materials.

Behavior: students will raise hand to be recognized.  Prohibited behaviors include: eating, drinking, sleeping, grooming, profanity, blasphemy, disruption, disrespect, defiance, and packing up early.

Work: students with excused absence/tardy will arrange to make up missed work in accordance with school board policy.  Work missed as a result of an unexcused tardy or absence will earn a grade of zero.  Make up work is due by start of class.  Any work that is illegible, or displays apathetic effort on the part of the student will be remitted to the student ungraded.  It is imperative that students follow directions the first time they are given.

Evaluation/Grading: Evaluation will occur throughout the semester.  Some of the methods of evaluation will include projects, compositions, quizzes, homework, tests, and class participation.  Grades are based on all work throughout the nine-week period and a comprehensive final exam will be given at the end of each semester.  Grade point structure: class work (20), UPA (50), quizzes (50), tests (100), projects (vary).  Final exam will count toward 20% of the final grade.  Grading scale:   A = 90-100   B = 80-89   C = 70-79   D = 60-69   F = 59 or below.