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Course Policy (F19)

FRESHMAN ENGLISH/READING (F19) --2011-2012

    MS. KRISTEN JACKSON--Reading

    MS. EVEYLN LAUER--English

    MS. JULIE DERAMOS--Aide


HOMEWORK/IN-CLASS WORK/ROUGH DRAFTS OF WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
In-class work and homework is considered PRACTICE. Its purpose is to help you prepare for quizzes, tests, and final drafts of written assignments.
Some times it will be collected and/or graded but not always. You will receive FEEDBACK on any in-class work or homework that is collected. This feedback will help you determine how well you are learning and what you need to do to improve your learning.
QUIZZES

Grammar
Look at quizzes as practice tests. They'll give you a better sense of what you know—and they'll give me a sense of what I need to teach better, so you learn better.
Your performance on quizzes will be recorded in the gradebook but will NOT affect your final grade.

Reading
Sometimes you will be quizzed on the previous day's reading. These quizzes will show if you've understood what you've read. They will be graded.

TESTS
These a major assessments and will be GRADED. These grades will appear in the gradebook and WILL affect your semester grade.

FINAL DRAFTS OF WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
In addition to tests, your final drafts of writing assignments WILL affect your semester grade. You will have plenty of opportunities to write rough drafts to practice your skills and improve your writing.

IN SUM
Final grades will be based on the 219 Standard Grading Scale, which is A (90-100); B (80-89.9); C (70-& 79.9); D (60-69.9); and F (59.9 and below).

SELF and PEER ASSESSMENT
Throughout the course, you will be asked to assess your own learning, including writing GOAL STATEMENTS. You will meet with me throughout the semester to determine your success in meeting these goals.
You will be also asked to peer review your classmates papers. I will model strong examples of self and peer assessment. The goal, of course, is to help your learning.


TECHNOLOGY AND THE NETBOOKS
  1. Netbooks will be used in class to work on the following: journaling, composing, class projects, and internet reading/research.   
  2. Netbooks are NOT allowed to be used during class for the following: games, email, Skyping, social-networking, chatting, instant messaging, YouTube, and general     web browsing (unless it applies to a specific English/Reading     assignment.)   
  3. Some days we will NOT use the netbooks, and you will be asked to pt them in your     book bags.   
  4. Bring your netbook to class every day just in case.   
  5. School cell phone rules apply; you CANNOT use your phone in class. This includes     texting.


EXTRA HELP
I am available every day in room 1170 during my office hours, 2nd period.
Most days, I am available periods 3, 5, and 9 as well (by appointment).
You are encouraged to use the Literacy Center often. The tutors and teachers who work there are trained to help you with your writing assignments.

PLAGIARISM AND ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Cheating and plagiarism (turning in someone else's work as your own, copying homework, cut and pasting words/sentences/paragraphs/papers off of the internet and turning it in as your own) are forms of academic dishonesty.
If you are caught cheating or plagiarizing, you will be written up for Academic Dishonesty. (See student handbook for complete details. Please ask me if you have questions about this.)

CLASSROOM CONDUCT and PHILOSOPHY
This is a learning environment where we need to be respectful of all learners. Name calling, bullying, and harassment of any kind is unacceptable. As we share our work and respond to each other both verbally and in writing, we will learn proper ways to communicate effectively in the high-school classroom. The goal is to learn—and have fun learning, even if it means hard work. It's important to remember that learning is a process, and you might not get a concept the first time or the fifth time—and that's okay. It's my job to help you along the way.