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9th Grade Literature/Composition Course Syllabus

Course Numbers: 23.8610010-1 and 23.8610010-4

Course Description:  This course combines the study of literature and writing, following Georgia Department of Education’s Common Core Curriculum Standards. Students will gain an appreciation of grade level literature and learn how written language affects their everyday lives. The development of reading and writing skills will be greatly emphasized. One full Carnegie Unit will be earned upon successful completion of the course.

Objectives: 

  • Demonstrate comprehension and interpretation of literature through oral and written response
  • Demonstrate comprehension and application of literary techniques
  • Improve written expression skills by writing for a variety of purposes
  • Improve written expression skills through the study and practice of grammar rules, usage, and mechanics
  • Increase and improve speaking and reading vocabulary through word study and practice
  • Become familiar with resources available in the Media Center and their applications for research and word processing

Materials Provided:

  • Novels and major works to include a selection from, but not limited to:  Romeo and Juliet, Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbird, and an additional novel for independent reading. All of these books have been purchased with school board approved funds for use by LHS students, but it is recommended that each student purchase their own copy. A synopsis of each story can be located at https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/t/to-kill-a-mockingbird/to-kill-a-mockingbird-at-a-glance and http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/mocking/. The books are available for review at any public library or at the LHS library. 
  • Short stories (fiction/nonfiction), poetry, and essays from the Prentice Hall Literature textbook Penguin Edition, Copyright 2007 and other approved sources.
  • List of all unit vocabulary words
  • Grammar Exercises

Grading:   

  • Daily Grades include work done in class and homework assignments: 15%
  • Quiz Grades include any announced or unannounced pop quizzes for assessment: 25%
  • Test Grades include any announced project, research paper, or major test: 40%
  • State-mandated End of Course Test (Final Exam): 20%
Important Things to Know:
  1. Grade averages are cumulative.
  2. Deadlines are final.
  3. Make-up work is for excused absences only and is due within 3 days of returning to school.
  4. Any work or tests or projects announced prior to the absence and due during the absence or upon the date of return, will be due the day the student returns.
  5. Missing assignments and tests will receive a grade of zero, until ALL are made up.  Students are required to do EVERY assignment completely even if that requires time before and/or after school.  If assignments are not made up before the end of the semester students will receive a permanent zero.
  6.  Grades are usually updated once a week and parents may access grades through Infinite Campus Parent Portal, an online service. To sign up for Infinite Campus Parent Portal, contact the student’s guidance counselor.

Course Requirements:

The following units will be studied extensively, with at least one test or major project assignment for each.

  • Weekly Vocabulary units, with a minimum of 10 words each (See list attached.) and word parts for vocabulary skills development.
  • Daily Written Expression assignments and a Research Paper (3-5 pages, typed IN CLASS, double-spaced, citations)

1.     Single Paragraphs, including topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a conclusion

2.     Multi-Paragraph Responses to a Prompt, including an introductory paragraph with a three point thesis statement, three supporting paragraphs, transitions, and a conclusion with a restatement of the thesis

3.     Grammar/Usage/Mechanics/Spelling (See list included.)

  • Literature Selections, from the text and additional sources
  • Literary Terms Unit, and the application of those terms to daily readings (See list included.)
  • Individual Novel Units
  • Poetry Unit with Poetry Terms
  • Movies directly related to the curriculum are to include, but are not limited to: To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, and Romeo and Juliet
  • A major PROJECT will be required for each novel. Details will be provided for each in writing and on the teacher website. Projects will be assessed with a rubric.
  • A Poetry Project will consist of all components as outlined in the project handout. Projects will be assessed with a rubric.
  • The student must read the entire assigned novel at home/outside of class. Students are encouraged to read the book independently, but parents may assist in reading the book aloud all or in part. However, without excuse, the entire book must be completed by the deadline given upon assignment.  

10th Grade Literature/Composition Course Syllabus

Course Numbers: 23.0620025-2

Course Description:  Primarily, this course is a genre study of world literature and the influence writers have on their society and the world.  In addition, we will also be focusing on the refinement of writing skills and developing a skill set in analysis of written works.  However, equally important is the emphasis on preparing for life after school:  learning to set goals, deciding priorities, organizing, accepting responsibility, and having effective self-monitoring in addition to internal motivation.

Objectives: 

  • Demonstrate comprehension and interpretation of literature through oral and written response
  • Demonstrate comprehension and application of literary techniques
  • Improve written expression skills by writing for a variety of purposes
  • Improve written expression skills through the study and practice of grammar rules, usage, and mechanics
  • Increase and improve speaking and reading vocabulary through word study and practice
  • Become familiar with resources available in the Media Center and their applications for research and word processing

Materials Provided:

  • Novels and major works to include a selection from, but not limited to A Lesson Before Dying, Julius Caesar, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Night, Fahrenheit 451, The Book Thief, Things Fall Apart, Lord of the Flies, and an additional novel for independent reading. All of these books have been purchased with school board approved funds for use by LHS students, but it is recommended that each student purchase their own copy. A synopsis of each story can be located at https://www.cliffsnotes.com and http://www.sparknotes.com. The books are available for review at any public library or at the LHS library. 
  • Short stories (fiction/nonfiction), poetry, and essays from the Prentice Hall Literature textbook Penguin Edition, and other approved sources.
  • List of all unit vocabulary words
  • Grammar Exercises

Required Materials for Class:

  • 1 Three ring binder
  • College Rule Notebook Paper
  • Pens (1 of each color; blue, black, and red)

Grading:   

  • Daily Grades/Quiz Grades include work done in class and homework assignments and any announced or unannounced pop quizzes for assessment: 30%
  • Test Grades include any announced project, research paper, or major test: 40%
  • Research includes any research done in class during the semester: 10%
  • Final Exam ELA Department created exam given at the end of the semester: 20%

Course Requirements:

The following units will be studied extensively, with at least one test or major project assignment for each.

  • Weekly Vocabulary units, with a minimum of 10 words each (See list attached.) and word parts for vocabulary skills development.
  • Daily Written Expression assignments and a Research Paper (3-5 pages, typed IN CLASS, double-spaced, citations)

1.     Single Paragraphs, including topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a conclusion

2.     Multi-Paragraph Responses to a Prompt, including an introductory paragraph with a three point thesis statement, three supporting paragraphs, transitions, and a conclusion with a restatement of the thesis

3.     Grammar/Usage/Mechanics/Spelling (See list included.)

  • Literature Selections, from the text and additional sources
  • Literary Terms Unit, and the application of those terms to daily readings (See list included.)
  • Individual Novel Units
  • Poetry Unit with Poetry Terms
  • Movies directly related to the curriculum
  • A major PROJECT will be required for each novel. Details will be provided for each in writing and on the teacher website. Projects will be assessed with a rubric.
  • A Poetry Project will consist of all components as outlined in the project handout. Projects will be assessed with a rubric.
  • The student must read the entire assigned novel at home/outside of class. Students are encouraged to read the book independently, but parents may assist in reading the book aloud all or in part. However, without excuse, the entire book must be completed by the deadline given upon assignment.  
Class Expectations and Rules:
Respect all people and property.
Enter the classroom quietly and begin work.
School rules apply at all times.
Please bring all materials to class.
Eat and drink with permission only.
Complete all assignments.
Talk with permission only.
Homework and Assessments:
Although there will be fairly little, homework is an essential learning experience that helps students practice and master what they have learned in class.  Homework is due at the beginning of class and should be turned into the designated basket.  Bring homework to class, students will not be allowed to return to their lockers to retrieve forgotten assignments.  Assignments not turned in are considered LATE!