English 1, 9th Grade

    If you are reading this, you have followed directions. All you need to do is format your paper correctly, write a sentence stating you can follow directions, sign it, and turn it in on the date stated in the instructions below. Ignore all other directions you read previously.

Course Outline: Fall Semester, 2013; Spring Semester, 2014


    English classes at Vanden High are designed to help the student achieve and master skills in reading, writing, thinking, oral presentations, and researching. These skills are developed and demonstrated through projects and assignments; it is vital that students complete assignments and other work so skills can be developed. This will lead to a more capable student, who earns better grades.  

NOTICE: I don't accept any late work for any reason. I have a large amount of grading to do in all my classes, and late work slows down the process. Turn your assignments in on time. If you are going to be absent, turn it in early. WORK NOT TURNED IN ON TIME WILL RECEIVE NO CREDIT.

    We will be doing a variety of things to improve the student's ability in English Language Arts. They include, but are not limited to the following:

Core Reading:

    We will read at least one book per quarter in class. These readings will be the basis for vocabulary, quizzes, major exams, and other assignments. Among the books we may read are the following:

Homer: The Odyssey 

Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea

Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Golding: Lord of the Flies

    There may be other readings, as time permits. 


    Keep up with the vocabulary assigned in class. The requirements are in the Vocabulary Template attachment below. You may print out the template and put the words, definitions, sentences, and paragraph on it.

Independent Reading:

    Attached are all the files you will need to complete the assignment well and correctly. You will be turning in Reading Logs near the end of each semester, which will account for 10% to 15% of your semester grade. 


    All students will do a research paper on a possible career choice. To complete this assignment successfully, the student must research a career as instructed, complete an interview, and document sources. They will also give a short oral presentation on their findings. We will work on this assignment throughout the year, but it will be due as the second semester final. 

Classroom Behavior:

    I expect students to abide by the school rules, as outlined in the Student Handbook. I expect students to be dressed appropriately, stay awake, have necessary materials, and respect the right of others to learn, as well as my right to teach. It is always helpful when parents reinforce these ideals with the students.

    I assign consequences for inappropriate behavior. If I assign a detention, it will generally be on Thursdays, after 6th period.

    I also expect students to develop an academic relationship with me, so I can help them achieve. I am almost always in my room at lunch, as well as until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If a student needs help, I encourage them to come to me before a minor problem becomes a major one. 

Extra Credit/Make-up Assignment:

Read these directions FULLY and CAREFULLY before proceeding:

Go to the following website, which explains how to follow directions (cut and paste the address if it doesn't show up as a link):


    Read the entire article you find on the link above. Then, write a summary of the main point of each paragraph, being careful to PARAPHRASE, and not COPY. After you have read the article and summarized the main points of each paragraph, explain how  well you do each of the things described in each paragraph, and which ones you could improve upon. We will call this your "Self Assessment." After writing your Self Assessment, review it carefully. Then, looking at the things you need to improve on, describe what steps you will take in order to better follow directions. Your final draft needs to be formatted correctly (MLA), stapled, and turned in on time. It is due Monday, 24 February, and is worth UP TO 40 extra points. Look at the top of this page, at the sentences under the heading "English 1, 9th Grade" before starting this. Good luck.

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