Class Expectations

Essential Learning Skills:
1.  Proper use of semicolons, colons and comma usage, hyphens, dashes and parenthesis. (ACT skill)
2.  Proper use of parallel structure. (ACT skill)
3.  Proper use of subject verb agreement in a sentence. (ACT skill)
4.  Use of inference and analysis when reading literature. (Context clues, literary devices, tone, mood, and meaning.) Skills should be used in listening practice.
5.  Use of inference and analysis when reading informational text. (Themes, connections between texts, rhetorical features and context clues.) Skills should be used in listening practice. 
6.  Writing that demonstrates the 6 fundamental features of good writing. 

 
At the end of this course, students will:
  1.  write effectively, using viable evidence and sound reasoning to support a specific claim.
  2.  use non-fiction and fiction reading strategies to critically analyze a variety of texts.
  3.  write using proper grammatical features such as semicolons, colons, commas, parallel structure, etc. See Essential Learning Skills 1-3 above.
  4.  follow the fundamental features of good writing in both argumentative and informational essays.

My commitment as a teacher:

  • I will foster a positive learning atmosphere
  • I will provide a variety of learning activities to reach every student
  • I will regularly inform students on progress in my class along with techniques on how to improve their achievement
  • I will provide clear expectations for all course work
  • I will be fair in my interactions with students
  • I will post daily work and assignments on the google classroom page

Common Formative Assessments:

In order to ensure students master the essential learning skills we teach, we will use common formative assessments to determine proficiency. The following common formative assessments will be administered throughout the course:

Language Arts 11A:
  • Comma Usage: basic comma rules and the common mistakes to avoid.
  • Paragraph Structure: students will determine topic, main idea, topic sentence, evidence and elaboration in a paragraph.
  • Fiction Signposts:  students will be able to identify examples of the five fiction signposts. This helps students to understand what to look for when reading literature.
  • Non-fiction Signposts:  students will be able to identify examples of the six nonfiction signposts. This helps students to understand what to look for when reading informational texts.
  • Story Structure:  students will able to determine the tone and mood as well as examples of irony and the structure of the plot.
  • Main Idea:  students will determine the main idea of an informational text. 
  • Rhetoric:  students will identify the use of logos, ethos, and pathos in informational text.
  • Comma, Colon, Semi-colon:  students will determine when to use commas, colons, and semi-colons.
  • Viable Evidence:  students will match the best evidence available with a thesis statement or claim.
Language Arts 11B:
  • Subject/Verb Agreement:  students will be able to determine the proper verb form for the chosen subject of the sentence.
  • Parallel Structure:  students will be able to maintain parallel structure by choosing verb forms that match throughout the sentence.
  • Parentheses, Commas, Dashes:  students will determine when to use parentheses, commas, and dashes when setting apart and interrupter phrase from the rest of the sentence.
  • Logical Fallacies:  students will identify nine common logical fallacies. They will also understand the complexity language, rhetoric, and how these thing affect the tone and mood of informational text.
  • Six Secrets to a Superior Essay:  students will be able to identify the major components of an effective essay. This is based on the requirements of incoming college freshman level writing.
  • In-Text Citations:  students will be able to properly format in-text citations using the MLA style for source citation.
  • Research Quiz:  student will identify the requirements for an MLA formatted research paper written in an argumentative style.
  • Metaphor:  students will identify uses of metaphor in literature, determine the objects being compared, and interpret the symbolism behind the metaphor.


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