Textbook Collections: Grade 9 Materials

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Syllabus –Spring 2016

Ms. Kaci Champion

English I

Room 603

Planning: 4th Block


(225) 258-5053


Collections: Grade 9


Charged laptop – every day – Bring your chargers/extension cords!

one 3 ring binder

Loose-leaf paper

Pens, pencils


Flash drive – ALWAYS back up your work!
Rules For Our Classroom

  1. Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings.

  2. Bring all books and materials to class. This includes your laptop!

  3. Follow directions the first time they are given.

  4. Respect yourself and others.

What Happens When You Break The Rules In Our Classroom?

  1. Verbal Warning

  2. Punish Work

  3. Lunch Detention and Parental Contact

  4. Lunch Detention and Parental Contact

  5. Office Referral

Policies In Our Classroom

  1. Mistakes are OK! You don't learn by doing everything perfectly the first time.

  2. Have respect for the ideas and opinions of others.

  3. I will not print or give extra handouts. You can print all handouts and class assignments from Moodle.

  4. Students are responsible for picking up and completing their own makeup work. I will provide directions and help as needed outside of instructional time. Excused absences are for extended time, not excuses from the work!

  5. Students are responsible for scheduling time to make up tests, quizzes, and exams. I will not hound you about making up a test or exam. District policy is to make up all work within five days of returning to school.

  6. One student at a time out of the room.

  7. Bathroom privileges are based on trust.

Procedures In Our Classroom

  1. When you enter our classroom, come in quietly and begin the Bellwork.

  2. Put your snacks and drinks away before you walk into class.

  3. How to get makeup work: check your classroom mailbox AND check Moodle.

  4. How to submit makeup work: put it in the To Be Graded drawer or submit it electronically depending on assignment instructions. If you submit late work electronically, put a note in the To Be Graded drawer. That will remind me to go online to grade your assignment. Otherwise, your work may not be graded.

  5. Don't put individual papers in my hand - put them in the To Be Graded drawer.

  6. What to do when you're done with an assignment in class:

    • Submit your work electronically or to the To Be Graded drawer quietly and return to your desk

    • work on homework for another class


  7. What to do when I'm out and you have a substitute teacher: Check Moodle for your assignment. Your assignment may be written on the board already or given to you by the substitute.

  8. Students are to remain quiet and seated when a visitor enters the room or interruptions occur. Students should continue to work on their assignment.

Make-up Work

When a student is absent HE or SHE is responsible for any homework, assignments, or tests missed. Homework is due the day after the student returns to school. Tests and graded assignments are to be made up within five school days, per the student handbook.

Electronic devices
Cell phones, iPods, laptop computers, calculators, game toys, and other electronic devices are to be turned off and out of sight during English class unless the teacher has given specific permission for their use. Students will be issued an office referral if an electronic device is used in class without permission. Any unauthorized use of electronic devices during assessments will result in a zero for that assignment.
Grading Policy

Class Grade – 80% of Final Grade

  • 60% Major Assignments – this includes tests, essays, projects

  • 30% Minor Assignments – this includes quizzes, journal entries, pre-writing assignments, speaking/listening assignments

  • 10% Participation/Homework – This includes Bellwork, class discussions, short activities

Quarterly Exams – 20 % of Final Grade

Grading Scale

A 100-93

B 92-85

C 84-75

D 74-67

F 66-0
Course Description

Our parish has recently adopted an exciting new program for high school-level ELA! With it, comes new textbooks (which are smaller – and more importantly, lighter – than the previous ones), workbooks, assessments, and an engaging online presence all designed to incorporate the Common Core State Standards in the most comprehensive means possible. Gone are the units on short stories, poetry, and Shakespeare; in its place are a wide variety of texts and media which integrate those same units together based on themes, keeping the curriculum fresh and appealing to students becoming more and more involved in a fast-paced, ever-changing world.
Students will have online access to their textbooks, notes, homework, essays, group projects, and even some of their quizzes and tests. The daily lessons will be posted on Moodle and can be accessed from anywhere.
Students will be expected to master for college and career readiness a variety of skills throughout the lessons, including:

  • Reading both literature and informational texts

  • Writing for different types and purposes, as well as production and distribution of their work

  • Speaking and listening skills

  • Understanding the conventions of the English language (grammar, usage, spelling, vocabulary, connotations, style, figurative language, etc…)

Unit Descriptions

Collection 2: The Struggle for Freedom (4 weeks)

From the American civil rights movement to the Middle East and Latin America, this collection explores the universal desire for freedom.

  • Cairo: My City, Our Revolution, Diary by Ahdaf Soueif

  • “The Censors” Short Story by Luisa Valenzuela

  • “I have a Dream”, Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington”, History Writing by Charles Euchner

  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, Memoir by Azar Nafisi & Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, by Marjane Satrapi

Collection 4: Sweet Sorrow (4 weeks)

This collection explores the nature of love and the conflicts surrounding it.

  • Introduction to Shakespeare

  • “Love’s Vocabulary”, Essay by Diane Ackerman

  • “My Shakespeare”, Poem and Performance by Kate Tempest

  • The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, Drama by William Shakespeare

  • Pyramus and Thisbe, Myth retold by Ovid

  • “Duty”, Short Story by Pamela Rafael Berkman

Collection 1: Finding Common Ground (3 weeks)

The focus of this collection is the individual and society – from the individual’s struggle to be a part of a society to a nation’s struggle to unite for a common cause.

  • “Once Upon a Time, Short Story by Nadine Gordimer

  • “A Quilt of a Country”, Argument by Anna Quindlen

  • “Views of the Wall”, Photo Essay & “The Vietnam Wall”, Poem by Alberto Ríos

  • “The Gettysburg Address”, Speech by Abraham Lincoln

Collection 5: A Matter of Life or Death (3 weeks)

This collection provides a wide-ranging look at how humans endure in the face of adversity.

  • Night, Memoir by Elie Wiesel

  • “Is Survival Selfish?” Argument by Lane Wallace

  • Deep Survival, Science Writing by Laurence Gonzales

  • “The Leap”, Short Story by Louise Erdrich

  • “The End and the Beginning”, Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

The Novel: To Be Determined

The above schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of

Academic Integrity
"Cheating is not tolerated. Students who choose to cheat may expect a zero on the assignment and an office referral.

"Failing to properly give credit for words [music, graphics, or other creative material] written by someone else is plagiarism. Using documents or parts of documents [or other files, such as music or graphics] found on the Internet or elsewhere without giving credit is plagiarism. Consequences will apply as listed above"

extenuating circumstances. All students and parents will be notified of changes.
Any attempt to pass off another person's work as your own is dishonest. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to: copying from a neighbor during a test, using an electronic device to retrieve resources not permitted in a learning situation, copying homework done by a classmate, and collaborating on schoolwork and/or sharing or "checking" answers with a peer (unless given specific permission to do so). To be safe--on all English class work--assume that you are to work individually. Exceptions will be clearly stated in the classroom.

Parents, please email me weekly if you are concerned about your child’s progress in English. My school email is kchampion@stjames.k12.la.us . I encourage you to email me as often as you feel the need. If you would like to see your child’s work, please set up an appointment to view his/her work .

Ms. Champion’s Syllabus

Parent & Student Acknowledgement

Acknowledgement and Signatures

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