"AMERICAN LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (TC)"
9TH GRADE LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION Fall 2009 MR. NOAH BREWER ROOM 212 PHONE 770-834-7726 x5031 EMAIL email@example.com TEXTBOOK and WORKBOOKS 1. McDougal, Littell The Language of Literature textbook 2. McDougal, Littell Wordskills workbook 3. McDougal, Littell Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics workbook COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed for freshmen working towards a college preparatory diploma. Students will develop, improve, and apply reading, writing, listening, and critical thinking skills. This course will offer a study of grammar/usage, composition, literary genres, vocabulary, and communication skills. Units will include essays, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, drama, and novels. Literature appreciation, grammar study, language usage and mechanics, vocabulary development, speaking and listening skills, composition, as well as test taking skills, are all important aspects of this course. CLASS REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION Students should come to class willing to contribute to a positive learning environment. Students will be expected to come to class prepared with a blue or black pen, an organized notebook with pocket dividers, paper, textbook, and workbooks. Students will be evaluated by various methods including traditional assignments and tests, daily starter activities, group activities, projects, oral presentations, research, as well as many other activities. Students are expected to take an active role in the classroom with discussion and activities. EXPECTATIONS I have high expectations for you, and I sincerely hope that you will choose to meet them. I expect you to do more than the minimum requirement for all assignments. I expect you to exhibit respect for yourself, your classmates, and for me. I expect you to read on your own for twenty minutes each day. I expect you to stay fully awake in my class. I expect you to accept challenges with a great attitude and display honorable character. I expect you to ask questions whenever you have them. I expect you to practice excellent attendance and timeliness to class. GRADING Grades are using the following weights: Daily grades 20% Performance Assessments 35% Compositions 25% Midterm 5% Final Exam (End of Course Test) 15% TOTAL 100% SUPPLY LIST Three ring notebook with dividers Notebook paper Blue or black pens Pencils USB Flash drive NOTEBOOK Your notebook must be organized for cumulative monthly reviews and cumulative tests such as the mid-term and final exam. It is your responsibility to keep all notes, returned tests, vocabulary lessons and other assignments in your notebook until after the final exam. We will have unannounced notebook tests periodically. UNITS OF STUDY The Short Story The Epic: Homer’s Odyssey Poetry Drama: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet The Novel: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chocolate War Nonfiction DISCIPLINE PLAN In order to maintain a safe, orderly and productive work environment, all students will be expected to adhere to each of the following expectations. Students who consistently meet these expectations will receive positive reinforcement in the form of praise, increased independence, and rewards. Students who choose to disregard these expectations will be held accountable for their actions according to the “Corrective Actions” guidelines outlined below. Classroom Expectations: 1. Follow directions the first time they are given. 2. Be professional in your appearance, attitude, and actions. 3. Participate in classroom discussions and activities. 4. No food, drinks, candy or gum in the computer lab. Positive Feedback: Verbal Praise Positive Calls/Notes to Parents Tangible Rewards Corrective Actions: Name written down…...………………Warning Name…………………………………..Conference after class Name………………………………..Change Seats/Call Home Name…………………………….15 Min. Detention/Call Home Name………………………….Referral to Office Severe Clause…..........................Immediate Referral to Office CLASSROOM PROCEDURES Please refer to the Classroom Procedures for a detailed explanation of classroom rules and procedures. I have read Mr. Brewer’s classroom discipline plan, syllabus, and class procedures; I understand them and will honor them. I understand that it is my responsibility to record assignments and due dates on my calendar. Signature______________________________________________Date:___________________ Parent Signature______________________________________________Date:__________________