Office hours: 1A and 4B, as well as everyday from 2:20 to 2:45 in the English Office 243
Welcome to New Paltz High School and to English 9.The major goals of English class are to improve essential skills including critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.In addition, we will be addressing the ELA Common Core Standards.
In order to accomplish these goals we must work together.I will do my best to make sure that all assignments are clear and understandable, and you must come to me when there are any topics, assignments, or readings that you do not understand.Questions are a requirement; I will be asking you plenty, and I expect you to do the same.
-Strengthen independent reading habits
-Develop critical analysis skills
-Understand different types of texts and author’s purpose
-Engage with a variety of complex texts and ideas
-Build a base of knowledge for continued intellectual exploration
Tentative Reading List
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
The Red Glass – Laura Resau
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Lost in Yonkers – Neil Simon
Night – Elie Wiesel
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson
Short Stories, Poetry, Essays, Articles, etc.
SSR (Silent Sustained Reading)
As part of our reading initiative, you will be given 15 minutes every English class to read something you choose.
-Write with purpose
-Solidify writing foundations – formal structure and grammar
-Write to explore and learn
You need to understand of yourself as a thinker.To help you do so, you will be creating what is called a Writer’s Notebook.This is a place for you to explore ideas through writing.We will have dialog about your writing going back and forth as a piece of writing evolves, but your Writer’s Notebook will not be graded like the more traditional writing assignments you are used to. In fact, I will only read about a quarter of what you write.Your writing can be as private as you wish.This is a place for you to write without worrying about a grade.You must experiment and play with language.There are times when I write a paragraph, read over it, cross out the whole thing except one sentence.What’s great is I wrote that one sentence.Be flexible and be ready to think and learn.
Homework:5-10 points (quick check) – you cannot make up the quick check homework assignment. Quick-check homework assignments assess whether you are doing your homework and are prepared for class.No excuses. You must be responsible.
Short writing assignments:10-20 points Quizzes:10-50 points
Essays:100 points – you will rewrite essays, but not all.Timed writing will be assessed as well.
Participation:To be determined at the end of each quarter
Absences: If you miss more than ten classes (for the entire school year), you must make up the time.If you are absent, make sure that you get the work from a friend in the class, check the calendar or see me the next day.If you are out, I EXPECT you to come in to the next class prepared and ready to work.Sometimes there are things that cannot be learned if you are not in class, if that is the case, stay after school for extra help.
As I have stated before questions are a requirement.Please come to see me for extra help.I will be available in the English office blocks 1A and 4B, as well as everyday from 2:20 to 2:45.
As an educator, I welcome academic honesty and tenacity in a student's work. On the other hand, I abhor academic dishonesty (copying homework, cheating, plagiarism, using films and Cliff's Notes while failing to read the original works). This type of behavior has no place in high school, and it will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is the direct copying of a source. If a student chooses to plagiarize at any time during this course disciplinary action will be taken, and the assignment will be given a zero. I am eager to accommodate my students in their academic progress. I expect determination and diligence from my students, and I am looking forward to an enlightening year of shared intellectual discourse and exploration.
Materials you will need for this class
One composition notebook
Section of a binder or pocket folder
Please have all of these materials with you for the next class.
English 9 Contract
“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
I expect you to accept responsibility for your behavior and your grades.As your teacher, I am also expected to accept responsibility for certain things.Thus, this year I will strive to:
Be consistent and fair in the application of classroom/district expectations and policies.
Foster a comfortable, positive and supportive environment for all.
Provide you with effective and relevant instruction.
Provide constructive feedback in academic and behavioral areas to both you and your parents.
One of the purposes of this course is to broaden a student's understanding and appreciation of literature, events and ideas. Only in a community of trust can we help each other reach our academic goals. Some guidelines regarding the classroom will aid in our journey. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Language is important.Racist, sexist, homophobic, or other abusive language will not be tolerated.
A respectful atmosphere is the key to a learning atmosphere.I respect my students as individuals, and I expect them to act accordingly.
English Department Policy on late work:
Students must hand in work on time to receive full credit: 10% will be deducted from an assignment for each school day the assignment is late. Assignments more than five days late will not be accepted.
Please detach here and return the lower portion by ______________