Name: ______________________ State Standards for English II – This is PAGE 3 in your binder Reading and Literature – When we find true ideas in literature, we can also apply them to real life. 1) Students demonstrate an understanding of what they read by pointing out the techniques a writer uses (like point of view, figurative language, plot events, etc.) and use that information as evidence when explaining the meaning of the text. 2) Students identify the themes of various works, identify the evidence from the text that supports a theme, and relate the themes in what they read to real life. 3) Students connect written works with the culture in which they were written. 4) Students use writing (in different formats) to show their understanding of what they read. 5) Students learn new vocabulary, recognize the way different word parts (prefixes, suffixes, roots) affect a word’s meaning, use context to determine meaning, and explain literal meanings for idioms and figurative language. Reading Across the Curriculum – We learn by connecting new skills / facts to ones we already know. 1) In order to learn new skills and information, students read a variety of texts on different topics and with different styles and formats. 2) Students talk and write about what they are learning in their reading. 3) As they read, students become familiar with the specific vocabulary for each topic and use it correctly. 4) Students identify differences in denotation and connotation as the same word or phrase is used in different topics or situations, and show connections between those topics. Writing – Different types of writing have different formats and rules, but all good writing is clear, thought-provoking, and interesting. 1) Students produce writing that is organized, interesting, and focused on a specific topic and idea. 2) Students write in a variety of formats and styles. 3) Students support their ideas with personal experience and information (facts, statistics, experiences from professionals) discovered through research. 4) Students create well-crafted on-demand writing, and use the writing process (brainstorm, draft, revise, draft again, proofread) when possible. 5) Students examine and use techniques for narration, exposition, persuasion, and description. Conventions – How we express something is as important as what we have to say. 1) Students show mastery of the rules for standard English in writing and speaking, including pronunciation, spelling, word order, sentence structure, parts of speech, and capitalization. 2) Students create writing that follows different formats (indentation, spacing, margins, etc.) according to the different types of documents. Listening, Speaking and Viewing – Verbal media has rules like writing, but not exactly the same. 1) Students show that “paying attention” involves listening, viewing, and responding appropriately. Students participate in thoughtful conversations, both one-on-one and in groups. 2) Students examine communications in various types of media (television, newspaper, magazine, internet, book, radio, etc.) and make reasoned decisions about the value and reliability of the source. 3) Students create and deliver presentations that are clear, informative, interesting, easy to understand, and focused on a particular topic and idea. 4) Students examine and use techniques for narration, exposition, persuasion, and description. WORK HARD 1) Begin work immediately. If you want to talk to your friends between classes, stay in the commons area. As soon as you enter the classroom, set your things down at your seat, turn in your homework, get the starter, sit down, and begin working. 2) Complete the work for the day first. After turning in the starter, write down the homework assignment on your homework list. Once you’re finished with the day’s work (including homework), use your time to get caught up with any late or missed work. 3) Be prepared. Every day, when you come to class, you should have five sheets of notebook paper, two sharpened pencils (or a working mechanical pencil and several pieces of lead), a pen with black ink, and any work that needs to be continued or turned in. 4) Stay focused. Concentrate on your work before doing anything else. If you are absent, check the double notes folder right away. Come in during break or after school to ask questions about instruction or assignments you missed. BE KIND 1) Be kind to others. Say “please” and “thank you” more often. Compliment people honestly. Look for what is good about people and tell them about it. Accept the teacher’s decisions and follow instructions immediately, even when you don’t agree with them. Handle problems in person, privately and quietly. 2) Treat all property appropriately. Have your materials ready at the beginning of class. NO AIRBORNE OBJECTS! 3) Raise your hand and wait to be called on before speaking. Listening means being quiet while others speak, and paying attention to what they are saying. Responses should stay focused on the instructional topic. Share the conversation. 4) Create a pleasant place to learn! Making mistakes is OK. The only unacceptable mistake is giving up. Don't ridicule anyone's response, right or wrong: encourage everyone to do better. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS 1) School rules are listed in your student handbook. Bottled plain water is allowed in the classroom, but no gum, candy, or other food or drink. Please follow the dress code. Neatness and modesty are marks of a successful person. Use the bathroom to adjust hair, makeup or clothes. Make sure that any personal electronic devices - cell phone, music player, etc. - are turned off and stored. 2) A school is part of a democratic society, but it is not a democracy. Language and actions that are “free speech” are not necessarily appropriate for school. Follow instructions given by the teacher or substitute immediately and to the best of your ability. If you disagree with the teacher or another authority figure, bring up the matter politely and in private. It is often a good idea to write down your concerns.
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