English Language Arts
Instructor: Mr. Leslie
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:
1. 3 Subject Spiral Notebook
2. Mini Stapler
3. Pens (blue/black), pencils
5. Post – it Tabs
6. Flash Drive
7. Glue Sticks
8. C0py Paper
Students should come into the classroom quietly and take their seats. Make sure your pencils are sharpened and all your materials are ready. Complete the daily warm – up that is written on the board then 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. Warm-Up Activity – When students arrive, there will be a warm-up activity on the board that should be started upon arrival. This usually will be some type of review from the day before, or a topic that will set the stage for the lesson that day.
2. Homework – Homework will be collected at the beginning of the class period the day that it is due. Anything that is not handed in at that time is considered late.
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.
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.
To receive full credit, an assignment must be turned in on-time, complete and correct. Students who fail to turn in assignments when due will have 3 days to turn in their assignment for a late grade. On the 4th day the student will be placed in lunch detention in Mrs. Smith’s classroom until work has been completed for a late grade. Students are ultimately responsible for making sure they make up all work due to absence.
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. They will be announced at least one week in advance.
The following percentages will be used to calculate quarter grades:
o 10% Homework
o 30 % Class work / Quizzes / Work Samples
o 60% 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. ***