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Mrs. Wilsons English 8


2013-2014

Welcome to English 8!
Welcome to English 8! This course focuses on critical thinking and on improving skills and knowledge of written and oral communication. In this course, we will be studying a variety of novels, stories, articles, poems, plays, and more. We will also be writing extensively in genres ranging from poetry to research papers, from arguments to memoires. Further, we will be creating presentations, working with technology, giving speeches, and holding debates. Students will grow in their powers of understanding and producing works in the English language. Students will also learn how English skills will help them to become more successful thinkers, learners, and citizens. In order for this class to be the most successful, all students must be prepared each day for learning. Every student has unique experiences, insights, and skills to contribute to the class and so every student must be engaged in learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. The rest of this document covers a variety of policies, procedures, and expectations for this class. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to learning, working, and growing with you all! -Mrs. W

How to Succeed in English 8


Be courageous. English 8 is a rigorous course designed to help you stretch as a person and a student. Share your ideas, work diligently, seek help, and never be afraid to make mistakes! Be prepared. In English 8 we all depend on each other to have the best learning environment. Be on time, stay on top of your reading, and come every day with all needed supplies and a willingness to learn and participate. Class time is valuable every daybeing prepared will help us all make the most of it. Be involved. Ask questions, share comments, and participate in all learning activities! This will make learning more fun and more meaningful for both you and your classmates. You have valuable ideas to contribute that no one can bring but you. Be respectful and kind. Everyone has different ideas, different strengths, and different needs. Treat every person, both

Contact Information:
Teacher: Mrs. Sierra Wilson Phone: (385) 204-6643 Email:
sierra.wilson@maeserprep.org

Class website: sierrawilsonenglishsocratic.com Please contact me with your questions and concerns. Email is the best way to contact me. Announcements, assignments, and more will be regularly posted on my website. I am available to meet in person by appointment.

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students and teacher, with respect and kindness. Help make English 8 a safe, engaging learning community in which everyone feels valued and validated. Listen attentively when the teacher or another student who has been called on is speaking. Raise your hand before speaking, ask permission before leaving your seat, and keep all electronics, food, and other distracting items put away. Be responsible. Take accountability for your choices and learning; never make excuses. Follow all class rules and serve as a positive role-model. Complete and turn in all assignments on time (both in-class assignments and homework). Be a positive leader. You are an important member of our class community. Choose to be positive, productive, and involved both for yourself and your classmates. Being positive and engaged will allow everyone to learn better, achieve more, and accomplish great things. Be honest. Put forth your best work and effort each day, choosing to live by integrity. Never compromise your character by cheating or making excuses. Required Supplies: Students are expected to be prepared and bring all required supplies daily. The supply list is designed around the SOAR binder systema system focused on helping students simplify and organize their academic experience.

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U Unity. We care about the success, feelings, property, and learning of others. R Respect. We treat peers, teachers, administrators, and school property with respect. No bullying. No rudeness. O Organized. We use the SOAR binder system and a planner to stay on top of our work. A Attitude. We have a positive learning attitude and strive to do our best work. R Responsibility. We accept responsibility for our actions and seek help when needed.

1) One 1 inch binder with pockets on the inside covers and a clear plastic window on the outside. (Get the best quality so it will last longer.) 2) One pack of 5 tabbed-dividers for your binders English section. (You can also make your own by purchasing a pack of sticky, plastic filing tabs and attaching them to cardstock paper.) *Label your tabs accordingly: Reference Docs, Language/Vocabulary, Quizzes/Tests, Writing, and Notes/Other. 3) A zippered pencil pouch w/ 3 holes to fit in your binder that contains pencils, pens, a colored pen (not blue or black ink), an eraser, a small pencil sharpener, and a single hole punch. Some students like to have a small stapler, too. (A heavy-duty pouch made of fabric will last longer.) 4) Loose-leaf notebook paper. (At least 50 pages to start with. Replenish as needed.) 5) An accordion file or other container to store graded work and past assignments in at home. 6) One pack of 100 or more post-it (sticky) notes. (Keep some in your binder pouch. We will use these for annotating books.) Optional: A highlighter and colored pencils for annotating texts. (Keep these in your binder pouch, too.)

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Policies
Absences & Make-up work Students with school-excused absences will be responsible for checking the class website for all assignments missed. All assignments (unless otherwise noted) must be turned in within the same number of days the student was absent to receive full credit. After the allowed number of days, late work policies (see below) will come into effect. Students should ask two fellow classmates if they have questions concern ing what they missed while absent. If, after doing so, students still have questions, they are welcome to ask me. A folder will be kept in the classroom for each class with copies of assignments and activities done in class and for homework. Students may collect these upon returning if they have not downloaded them from the class website. Students with unexcused absences must come and talk to me before being able to make up work. They will then be permitted to make up assignments but the late work policy wi ll automatically be in effect for them. Tardies Tardiness is not acceptable as it disrupts the classroom and everyones learning, including the learning of the tardy student. Students who are tardy must sign a tardy log when entering the class. Multiple tardies will result in a variety of consequences to be determined by Mrs. Wilson based on the circumstances. Students with a valid note to excuse their tardy will not be penalized. If tardy, students are to quietly enter the classroom and get to work immed iately, causing as little disruption as possible. Late Work & Hall Passes Learning to complete tasks on time is an important life skill. Also, by completing assignments on time, students will best benefit from class learning, which will build on itself eac h day. However, I know that issues arise and sometimes being late is all but unavoidable. Because of this, students will all be given two Oops Passes per term which they can choose to use on any non-test/quiz assignment, unless otherwise specified. To us e an Oops Pass, a student must complete the assignment within three days of the original due date. When turning in the assignment, the student must sign and staple the Oops Pass to it. These passes may alternatively be used as bathroom or hall passes. Without a pass, students will not be permitted to leave the classroom. Visits to lockers and usage of the restroom must be completed between classes in order to avoid missing valuable class time. If students use up these passes, any late work will begin to lose points. Each late day, 10% of the total possible points for the assignment will be deducted from the late assignment with a cap of lost points at 50%. Any unused Oops Passes can be turned in at the end of the term for 5 participation points.

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Cheating in any form is absolutely unacceptable. I do not expect you to be perfect, so please do not think you need to resort to cheating. If you are struggling in class, please come to me for help cheating will not help you learn. Remember that plagiarism in any form (failing to credit sources, copying and pasting from anothers work, slightly rewording anothers work, etc) is a serious form of cheating as well. Students who cheat will not receive credit for the work they cheated on and other consequences such as meetings with parents and administrators may occur . Cheating will be assessed based upon its severity and frequency. Discipline Respectful, mature behavior is essential for a successful learning community. If inappropriate behaviors occur, I will select consequences based on individual circumstances, aiming to return students to safe, productive engagement in learning and to change current and future behavior. I will consider the following criteria in selecting consequences: Frequency Intensity Cause Possible disciplinary measures include: verbal warnings, time out, calls home, behavioral contracts, detention, referrals to administrators, etc. Remediation Every student in English 8 is capable of success. If you are struggling, I am here to help you. Seek help early so that you can get back on track and have an enjoyable learning experience. Students who fail major assessments will be placed in KGMPAs program of academic remediation: PAIR. My goal is to help every student reach her or his full potential. Other Policies Students are expected to follow all KGMPA policies such as the dress code and behavior standards. Students are expected to bring only appropriate items to class. Food, drinks (besides water), electronic devices, cell phones, make up, toys, etc will be confiscated and taken to the Assistant Headmaster, in accordance with KGMPA policy.

Grading
Grades are meant to reflect students mastery of course skills and knowledge. Mastery will be assessed using tools such as writing, in-class assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects. Grades will be weighted and based on the following criteria: Tests, Projects, Major Papers, & Unit Assessments --- 60% Daily Assignments, Small Assessments, & Homework --- 30%

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Participation, Involvement, & Appropriate Behavior --- 10% Participation, Involvement, & Appropriate Behavior points will be earned through attendance and active participation in learning activities such as class discussions and group work. Coming to class prepared and exhibiting appropriate behavior is also a part of the participation grade.

Grades will be assigned according to the Maeser system:

A 93-100% C- 66-69%
Extra Credit

A - 90-92% F 0-65%

B+ 86-89%

B 82-85%

B- 78-81%

C + 74-77%

C 70-73%

Extra credit will rarely if ever be available. Success in English 8 is dependent upon diligent work in the course.

Content Disclosure
In our course we will encounter and explore a variety of topics and themes including politics, religion, mental health, social problems, curriculum-appropriate sexuality (ex. a classical nude statue or an issue of rape or harlotry in literature), and other moral and ethical values. I will be sensitive to the familys role in shaping individual stude nts values and will treat these subjects with a respectful, balanced, academic approach. Individual students in the class may share their own beliefs, insomuch as they are respectful of other students beliefs as well as those held by other members of the global community at large. If at any time you are uncomfortable with something that has been discussed in class, please respectfully bring this to my attention at an appropriate time after class and we will seek mutual understanding. If you have any other individual concerns, please discuss these with me outside of class time.

This year will be exciting and challenging. It will help you enhance your ability to think critically, communicate effectively, prepare for the rigors of high school and college , and develop a love of life-long learning. I know every one of you has much to contribute to our class, and I look forward to working with you. As you put in your best efforts, this year will be a great, meaningful, engaging, (and fun) success!

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Please remove and complete this form. Then bring it to me in our next class period. Keep the rest of this document in your binder for future reference.

Date:_________ Student Name:________________ Class Period:_______________

I have read and understood Mrs. Wilsons English 8 disclosure document. I agree to abide by the expectations and policies explained in this document, helping to make this year of learning as successful as possible.

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Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb