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NINTH-GRADE LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Fall 2014
INSTRUCTOR: Mallory Kirkland
CONTACT: kirkland.mallory@mail.fcboe.org
770-299-9441
WEBSITE: http://kirklandenglish.weebly.com/
*The website provides a TENTATIVE course schedule and due dates for homework. I
will attempt to update the website weekly with the most current assignments and
due dates. The website also includes various resources for the students and a copy
of this syllabus.
INFINITE CAMPUS: Infinite Campus is the course grade book with the most up-to-date grades.
*Please consistently check Infinite Campus to stay current on your
student’s
progress, and if you do not have parent access to Infinite Campus, please
contact the guidance office by calling 770-460-3540.
TEXTBOOK: The Language of Literature –Grade 9 - $65.00, (McDougal Littell)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: English I guides ninth-grade students to develop, to utilize, and to integrate their skills
in
writing, grammar and usage, literature, speaking and listening, media skills, and critical thinking. The literature
course covers writing persuasive, descriptive and expository papers and includes reading novels, short stories,
drama, and research. The course also includes weekly vocabulary studies and grammar.
STANDARDS: This course will follow the 9 th Grade Common Core Standards. For a complete list of the
Common Core Standards, please click: 9th Grade Georgia Common Core Standards or
type https://www.georgiastandards.org/CommonCore/Common%20Core%20Frameworks/CCGPS_ELA_9-10_Standards.pdf into your web
browser
SUPPLIES: To be successful in this class, students need to bring these materials to class:
*A three-ring binder (1.5-2 inches)
*College Ruled Notebook Paper
*Tab dividers (at least seven)
*1 Subject Spiral Notebook (College*Pencils & Pens
Ruled)
*Paper
*School agenda
*Colored Pencils/Markers
*Tissue (to share with class)
*Your textbooks
*Hand Sanitizer (to share with class)
*Highlighters
EVALUATION: Students will earn grades by completing all the assignments during a specific time span.
The weighing of all assignments for this semester will be as follows:
Homework
= 10%
Quizzes
= 20%
Tests/Projects
= 40%
Research Paper
= 10%
Final Exam
= 20%
*There is no Extra Credit offered in this course
*The EOCT (End of Course Test) will replace the final for the spring semester and count 20%
towards the student’s
final grade.

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MAKE-UP AND LATE WORK:
1.
Late work is 10% off for each day late. After nine days, the assignment receives a zero.
2.
In order to submit late work, you must make an appointment with me before 8:15 and sit
down to discuss the assignment.
3.
Make-up work is only accepted with an excused absence. Anytime you miss class, it is
your responsibility to find out what you missed before or after school and turn in the work
on time—you have five days to submit make-up work.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY:
PLAGIARISM, or any attempt to obtain credit for work done by another, is unacceptable—this
includes:
*cheating on tests
*copying work of others
*copying ideas or copying word-for-word from books, magazines, encyclopedias, technology
media (plagiarism)
*failing to cite proper documentation or authorship
*using someone else’s term paper
*or other similar activities
CHEATING INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
*possessing and/or using unauthorized material during quizzes, tests, and exams
*providing or accepting specific information about a classroom assignment, project, homework
, quiz, test, or exam
*sharing work product on any independent assignments.
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS:
1. Pay attention in class
2. Ask questions
3. Be respectful
4. Clean up after yourself
5. Come to class prepared
CONSEQUENCES:
1st Offense: Warning
2nd Offense: Parent contact and/or teacher detention (20 minutes)
3rd Offense: Teacher detention (30 minutes)
4th Offense: Office referral

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Syllabus Recognition and Information Sheet
**PLEASE COMPLETE, SIGN, AND RETURN TO MS. KIRKLAND**
Student
Name
and
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Period:

Parent/Guardian Name(s): __________________________________________________________
Primary Contact Phone Number: _____________________________________________________
Primary
Contact
Email
_______________________________________________________________________

Address:

By signing this syllabus, I understand the expectations of the course and that Infinite Campus
is the best way to stay current on my child’s success:
___________________________________________
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Student Name (Print)
__________________________________________
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Parent/Guardian Name (Print)
Signature

Student’s

Parent/Guardian

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