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5. All work must be turned in on the day it is due. Late work can be turned in up to two days after the original due date for a maximum score of 50%. After two days, you will receive a zero for the assignment. This policy also applies to essays that are not printed out and ready to turn in at the beginning of class.
6. Students are responsible for obtaining all necessary make-up work.
7. Students must treat their classmates’ ideas with respect and engage in mature, productive discussion.
IV. Classroom Procedures:
Make-up work is only accepted in the event of an excused absence and must be completed within the time allotted by Mr. Williams. Again, it is the student’s sole responsibility to obtain the work.
Slake your thirst and use the lavatory during the five minutes between classes or during the lunch period. In case of emergencies, each student has three bathroom passes for the semester.
There are regular reading, writing, and grammar assignments. Tests are given at the end of each major literary and grammar unit. You are required to keep a notebook containing both in-class and at home writing. These notebooks are checked approximately twice a month. You are required to write several papers throughout the year. All papers are graded on a departmental, standardized rubric (refer to the last page of this syllabus). If you receive a 1 in any of the categories on the rubric, you must rewrite the paper for a maximum score of 70. The revision is due two class meetings after the original paper is returned.
The percentage of graded work in this class is divided in the following manner--
1. Homework 20%
2. Tests/Papers 40%
3. quiz 20%
4. Class Participation 10%
5. Final Exam 10%
(The class participation grade may include a few informal in-class presentations.)
There will be no extra credit work and students will not collaborate on homework unless specifically asked to do so by Mr. Williams.
Students will read an excerpt on plagiarism taken directly from the MLA Handbook and will take a short quiz to demonstrate that they understand all the different aspects of plagiarism. Then they will sign a sheet vowing not to plagiarize any of their work in this class. The English department takes this offense very seriously. Please refer to your student handbook for disciplinary action regarding plagiarism. All other forms of cheating will also be dealt with according to the policies in your student handbook.
Detention is given for any infractions concerning any rule or policy in the handbook. Detention can also be given for tardiness or for not bringing all required materials to class. In lieu of giving detentions, I often decide to penalize your class participation points in a substantial manner.
Computers: Students are not allowed to work on computers at any time unless being assigned to do so by Mr. Williams. Students are not allowed to change the settings on any computer under any circumstance. The students may never use Mr. Williams’s computer. They also cannot take materials from his desk or go behind his desk unless they’re expressly given permission by him to do so.
V. Honors English 9 Agenda
This course reviews grammar, usage, style, and the five- paragraph essay.
Vocabulary words are selected from the literature and Vocabulary Workshop.
The course includes a study of literary terms from The Elements of Literature and close readings of the various novels and plays listed at the beginning of this syllabus.
The three forms of writing in this class are sentence composition exercises, formal papers, and journal entries.
9th Grade Honors English Syllabus
Mr. Brian M. Williams
I, _______________________, have read this syllabus and discussed its contents with my child ____________________. We understand all the classroom procedures above, and my child agrees to abide by them for the benefit of all students and the teacher.
Signatures: ___________________________ Parent/Guardian
The SAT Timed Essay Writing Rubric:
Development of Position
Use of Language
Grammar and Word Usage
No plausible position is taken on the topic; severely lacking in examples, reasons and/or evidence
Disorganized; little or no focus; incoherent
Contains fundamental vocabulary mistakes
Severely flawed sentence structure
Grammar and word usage are so poor that they interfere with meaning; very poor mechanics (like punctuation)
Position on topic is unclear or extremely limited; inappropriate examples or reasons; insufficient evidence
Poorly organized; lacks focus; problems with coherence or flow of ideas
Poor use of language; indicates very limited vocabulary and poor word choice
Frequent problems with sentence structure
Grammar and word usage mistakes are frequent and interfere with meaning; poor mechanics
Position on topic demonstrates critical thinking skill applied inconsistently; inadequate examples, reasons or evidence
Limited in organization and focus; demonstrates lapses in coherence or flow of ideas
Displays developing use of language; contains indications of weak vocabulary and poor word selection
Some problems with sentence structure; lacks a variety of sentence structures
Contains many mistakes in grammar word usage and mechanics
Position on topic demonstrates competent critical thinking skill; example, reasons and evidence are adequate
Generally organized and focused; demonstrates some coherence and attention to the flow of ideas
Displays adequate, but inconsistent, use of language; vocabulary used is generally appropriate
Good sentence structure; demonstrates some variety of sentence structure
Contains some mistakes in grammar, word usage and mechanics
Position is effectively developed through strong critical thinking skill; examples, reasons and evidence are generally appropriate
Well organized and focused; demonstrates coherence and ideas flow well
Displays competent use of language; uses appropriate vocabulary
Good sentence structure; demonstrates variety in sentence structure
Generally free of mistakes in grammar, word usage and mechanics
Position effectively and insightfully developed through outstanding critical thinking skill; examples, reasons and evidence are clearly appropriate
Well organized and clearly focused; clearly coherent and ideas flow seamlessly
Displays skillful use of language; vocabulary is accurate and varied; words are appropriately and skillfully chosen
Good sentence structure; demonstrates meaningful and skilled variety of sentence structure
Free of most mistakes in grammar, word usage and mechanics
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