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English 9 Honors Jennifer Koch, Kathleen Bushnell and Carol Parks
The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go.
~ Dr. Seuss ~
Course Scope: This one-year course (Foundations in Composition, Language, and the Elements of Text)
provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as
reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course is designated as honors level by the
accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. This course is designed to build on knowledge and skills
acquired in earlier grades but in more sophisticated ways such as mastering the language, grammar, structure,
and rhetoric of text; completing more complex writing assignments; reading and analyzing a range of literary
and informational discourse, both classic and contemporary; delivering more extensive oral presentations; and
participating in a variety of conversations and collaborations with peers. Instructional practices incorporate
integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to
society. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course
fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.
1. To read and analyze a wide variety of sophisticated text (e.g., informational, fiction and non-fiction, expository)
representative of high-quality contemporary works, seminal U.S. documents, the timeless classics from around the
globe, and dramas by Shakespeare. [RL.9-10.1-7, 9, 10; RI.9-10.1-10]
2. To extend in writing or speaking skills with a focus on the credibility of an author’s perspective or argument, the
relationship between generalizations and evidence, and the way in which the writer’s or speaker’s intent affects the
structure and tone of text. [RL.9-10.5; RI.9-10.5; W.9-10.1-8; SL.9-10.3; L.9-10.1]
3. To demonstrate and extend a command of conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or
speaking. [W.9-10.4, 5; SL.9-10.6; L.9-10.1-3]
4. To research, analyze, and evaluate nontrivial research methodology and be able to elaborate on these findings in
writing and/or speaking. [RL.9-10.1; RI.9-10.1; W.9-10.7-9; SL.9-10.1]
5. To synthesize information from multiple sources in support of a thesis, embed quotations and citations skillfully,
and use bibliographic conventions appropriately. [RL.9-10.1; RI.9-10.1; W.9-10.1, 2, 4, 8, 9; SL.9-10.1a; SL.9-
10.2-4, 6; L.9-10.1-3, 6]
6. To understand, evaluate, and critique elements of complex texts, selected from a broad range of cultures and time
periods in writing and discussion. [RL.9-10.1-6; RI.9-10.1-8; W.9-10.1, 2; SL.9-10.4; L.9-10.4-6]
7. To analyze the purposes and characteristics of the major genres and subgenres of text (e.g., prose, poetry, drama,
literary non-fiction). [RL.9-10.1-7, 9, 10; RI.9-10.1-10; W.9-10.1-3]
8. To apply strategies of organization and focus, coherence, revision, and word choice to produce writing (e.g.,
argument, expository, narration) of increasing sophistication and length whether over time or under a tight deadline.
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Course Cadre Grading Rubric
CCSD Regulation 5121, Student Progress: Grading, Section II:
“The Clark County School District reports student achievement for all subjects in secondary schools
(grades six through twelve) and computes grade point averages using the following symbols and
A Excellent 90-100% 4.0
B Above Average 80-89% 3.0
C Average 70-79% 2.0
D Below Average 60-69% 1.0
F Failure Below 60% 0.0
Grades for each Quarter and their weights:
Test and quizzes 30%
Writing Assignments 30%
All in-class assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, papers, outside reading, participation, and
homework will earn points that will accumulate throughout the semester using the above grading
scale and weights. PLEASE TYPE ALL FINAL ESSAYS AND PAPERS. CORRECT SPELLING
AND GRAMMAR ALSO COUNT IN ALL WORK. All assignments, due dates, and test dates will
be clear and explained fully in class. Students and parents should check grades on ParentLink.
Your semester grade will be determined using the following weights: each quarter will count for 40%
of the grade while the semester exam will count for 20%.
CCSD Regulation 5113, Attendance Enforcement, Section VII entitled Makeup Work: “Teachers
shall provide an opportunity for a student to make up missed work due to any absence, and students
shall be held accountable for the work. When a student is absent, however, the educational
experiences lost during that absence might be irretrievable because the instruction and interaction in
the instructional setting cannot be duplicated through makeup work.
After any absence, a secondary student is required to initiate contact with the teacher(s) to obtain
appropriate makeup work immediately following the absence. This must be done before or after
school. The specific makeup work must be completed and returned to the teacher within the district
permitted time. The makeup work must be returned to the teacher by the specified due date if it is to
be acknowledged. Students shall be allowed a minimum of three (3) days per day absent to complete
CCSD Regulation 5113, Attendance Enforcement, Section I entitled Student Tardiness: “Student
tardiness is a serious disruption to the educational process. Tardiness interferes with time to teach and
infringes on the educational rights of other students.” Students will be expected to follow the
Silverado High School Tardy Policy and Procedures. Tardiness is handled progressively in the
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1st Tardy – Verbal Warning 4th Tardy – Teacher Detention (20 minutes after school)
2nd Tardy – Documented Warning 5th Tardy – Deans’ Referral
3rd Tardy – Call Home
Course Outline: We will explore a variety of themes and study from a variety of texts, both fiction
and non-fiction, over the course of the year. Below is a broad outline by quarter and some of the
possible major works we will use.
Theme of Responsibility: Various short stories and non-fiction pieces, Of Mice and Men, literary
terms and short-story elements, the writing process and shaping an essay, introduction to rhetoric and
Theme of Fate: The writing process, shaping an essay, rhetoric and annotation continued, Romeo and
Juliet, various non-fiction pieces.
Theme of Justice: Shaping an essay, rhetoric and annotation continued, research paper, To Kill a
Mockingbird, trial or debate activity, introduction to Greek mythology.
Theme of Journeys: Shaping an essay, rhetoric and annotation continued, various non-fiction pieces,
synthesis paper, The Odyssey, poetry.
On-going Activities: On-going activities include weekly vocabulary, compound and complex
sentence structures, outside reading (400 pages per quarter), weekly outside reading log, various
essays, study of rhetoric, and grammar review. Writing Portfolios are kept in the classroom; students
are responsible for updating and compiling writing samples as assigned.
Three-ring binder (this may be used for all classes)
A tab divider for English class:
o Course Information – course expectations, outside reading & log instructions,
weekly outside reading log (see myccsd.net and return signature sheet)
o Vocabulary – daily and weekly assignments, packets, and quizzes
o Literature and Writing – notes, assignments, rough drafts, final papers
Lined paper, college or wide ruled
Blue/black ink pen and a pencil with an eraser
A POSITIVE ATTITUDE!
*NOTE: Please bring your all supplies including the outside novel no later than the start of the
second week of school. Thank you.
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Pledge to Students:
I will trust you until you give me reason to do otherwise
I will respect you and work with you to solve problems
I will work with you to meet learning goals
I will promptly correct and offer feedback on your work
I will offer extra help should you require it
Classroom Code of Conduct: Responsibility and Respect
1) Come to class prepared and on time – students will be seated in their assigned seats with all
class materials, and ready to begin class by the time the tardy bell rings
2) Talk only with permission – raise your hand and wait to be called on first
3) Respect yourself and others – students will respect ethnic, social, intellectual, and economic
diversity by being tactful in their comments, criticisms, and opinions. I will not tolerate profanity or
4) No electronic devices or grooming items – students will not use iPods, cellular phones, pagers,
or personal grooming items in class unless permitted by teacher
5) Eat and drink only in school-designated areas – water is permitted in class
Behaving in an appropriate and positive way will result in consequences.
Positive sanctions may include:
Praise and thank you
Call or write parents/guardians
“Outstanding” citizenship mark
Failure to behave in an appropriate way will result in progressive discipline consequences.
Verbal and/or written warning
Conference with student
Phone call attempt to parents/guardians
Counselor and/or Dean’s referral
“Unsatisfactory” citizenship mark
All students involved in dishonest acts, which include sharing or copying homework,
plagiarism, and cheating on tests or exams will receive a zero (0) grade on the assignment, a
referral to the dean and an “Unsatisfactory” citizenship rating for the grading period. Any
students receiving a Dean’s Referral from this class for any reason will automatically receive a
“U” for the quarter.
Coming to Class – Students will bring their English binder and lined paper to class each day.
Always bring textbooks/assigned reading materials, required pens, a pencil, outside reading novel,
and school planner/agenda. Additionally, students should bring an inquisitive mind!
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Beginning of Class – Students enter the classroom quietly and sit in assigned seats before the
period’s tardy bell rings. The first 10 minutes of every class will be spent on silent reading of the
outside novel or some other activity.
Tardy Students – Students entering the classroom late will sign the tardy log. Any work missed is
the responsibility of the student to acquire after school and make it up. Habitual tardiness will result
in negative sanctions in accordance with these course expectations and school policy. See the
school’s tardy policy. If a student is late by 30 minutes or more, he or she will be marked as absent
for the period.
Homework –Students who turn their homework in at the start of class on the due date have an
opportunity to earn full credit; students who do not, will receive less than full credit. Late homework
will only be accepted within ONE day of the due date, and 10% of the point value deducted as a late
penalty. If homework is later than one day, but not more than THREE days, you may receive ½
credit. If you have more than two missing assignments, you may be assigned detention after school.
Absence/Make-Up Work – Students are responsible for making up any work missed due to an
absence, and are responsible for requesting the missed work. Students should check the late/make-up
book before asking me for assistance. In accordance with school district policy, students with an
excused absence have three days to submit missed work for full credit. I will not track students down
to ensure their work is done.
End of Class – Students will remain seated until I dismiss them, not the bell. Students will ensure
their areas are picked up and clean, and the chairs are in their proper position, and may not pack up
I will answer any questions, and cover more detailed classroom procedures during class.
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PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN THIS PAGE ONLY NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEP 7
I have read the course expectations and I am aware of all the policies and requirements of this class.
______________________________ ______________ ___________
Student Printed Name Student Number Class Period
Student Signature Date
I am pleased to have your child in my class this year. I value your input as part of your child’s
learning; please contact me if you feel I need to know anything that affects your child’s learning, and
I will do my utmost to help. If you have a concern, please do contact me.
The best way to contact me is via e-mail, or you may also contact me through the school at 799-5790.
I endeavor to reply to all messages within 24 hours. I welcome your thoughts and comments, and
highly regard your participation in your child’s education.
Parent/Guardian Contact Information:
Parent/Guardian Printed Name _____________________________________________________
Home Phone:_______________Work Phone: _______________Cell Phone: _______________
Parent/Guardian Thoughts or Comments:
At various times throughout the school year, multi-media clips are used to enhance student content
understanding in support of the Nevada Common Core State Standards. Per CCSD policy, only G
and PG rated clips will be used. If longer pieces will be shown, a separate permission slip will be