The objective of this class is to build upon previously taught concepts, develop proficiency in usage of the English language, and analyze and interpret various literary elements. The topics that will be covered are as follows: vocabulary, grammar and usage, parts of the short story and novel, poetry, and various styles of writing
·Keep eye contact on the teacher or the student that is speaking.
·Do not argue or debate given consequences with the teacher during class; if you feel what you received was unfair, wait until after class to talk about it.
·Stay seated unless given specific instructions or permission to do otherwise. This includes hearing the bell; wait until the teacher instructs you to leave!
Keys to Success:
·Be Prepared: Bring all necessary materials to class everyday: notebook, textbook, homework, agenda, etc. Also be mentally prepared for new challenges every day.
·Be Respectful: Show respect when making comments, and by having understanding, patience, and consideration for everyone who enters our classroom.
·Be Prompt: Come to class everyday on time, sit in your seat and get ready to work.
Materials Needed for Class:
3.Pens (blue/black), pencils
5.Post – it Tabs
8. Class incentives/prizes for in class raffles: Snacks, candy, objects that middle school students would like (glow balls, glow necklaces, trinkets, earbuds, water bottles, cinch sacks, cool pencils and pens, locker magnets, etc.)
Students should come into the classroom quietly and take their seats. Make sure your pencils are sharpened and all your materials are ready. Get assigned device and login in and close after loading.Wait for Mr. Leslie’s directions for instruction. Make sure you copy the homework from the board before you start your warm – up activity.
1.Entering the Class – When students arrive, they are to get their assigned computer or assigned iPad. They should log in and close the laptop or turn the iPad face down until instructions have been given. 2.Homework – Homework and assignments will be submitted through Google Classroom. 3.Absences – If you are absent, there is work that you have missed. It is your responsibility to be sure you are up to date on all of the work that has been missed. You should check Google Classroom to access the work missed when out.
All class work and homework is assigned to help students succeed. The homework assignments help you develop a better understanding of class instruction, and previously taught material. It is essential that students complete the required reading assignments each week to successfully grasp the material taught in class.
Students will have 5 days after grades have been put in PowerSchool to make up missing work. After the 5th day, the grade of the missing assignment stands.
Quizzes are given to quickly assess the students’ understanding of class instruction. Most quizzes will be announced, but I reserve the right to give unannounced quizzes.
Tests will be given at the end of each unit.
The following percentages will be used to calculate quarter grades:
o30 % Class work / Quizzes / Work Samples
o60% Summative Assessments / Projects
***PLAGIARISM in the form of using someone else’s words (including peers, internet sources, or Cliff and his friends) will result in discretionary action on any assignment. ***
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