English Language Arts 9R Overview
Our Goal for the year is to become readers and writers for life. We want to be
able to look at a novel as a world we are able to be a part of for a period of time
and one that we will always remember. We want to experience interesting places
and situations through the characters we meet in our minds. We look to find
similarities between the characters’ thoughts and feelings and our own. We are
aiming to establish a reading routine that will develop into a pleasurable, lifelong
Your responsibilities for English 9R include bringing your binder, journal*, and
novel(s) to class everyday. If you forget one of these items, it could prove to be
difficult for you to participate in the day’s lesson and activities without your
materials. You have made a promise to yourself to read everyday, pay close
attention to detail when responding in your journal, and think about topics you
feel will make for good class discussions.
The Grading System in English 9R is very simple. Journals will be collected
periodically for a grade. Journals are expected to be kept up to date even in the
event of an absence. Other assignments will be announced and checked daily.
Literary tests, essays, projects and presentation formats will be discussed in detail
at a later date. (F.Y.I.) Attached is an overview of said formats. Below is a
breakdown of the points possible for each quarter. (Any changes to this point
system will be announced in advance.)
Class Preparation 100 points
Homework 100 points
Group Participation/Discussion 100 points
Tests, Essays, Projects, Presentations 800 points (+/-)
Reading Response Journal 100 pts. total
*Journal entries will be kept in a section of your Expect to publish a
notebook. Students will select a journal entry to minimum of 3
be revised and typed. This published entry will journal entries per
be handed in for a teacher response and a quarter.
possible grade of 100 points.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL NEED A BINDER
A SPIRAL NOTEBOOK
Tests will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and at least one
essay based on the material covered leading up to the test. Please
note: There is a cumulative final for English 9R in June. Students are
required to keep all materials and notes throughout the year.
Essays will be written in a clear, detailed, and concise manner, with a
minimum of five paragraphs, and supporting details from a novel or
other source. A rubric will be provided to you for your convenience.
It is to be used as a checklist to ensure your essay is the absolute best it
can be. Essays must be typed. If a home PC and printer is not
available, I will ensure time allotted for typing either before, during or
Projects and presentations will always be announced well in advance
of a due date. Your creativity is encouraged in terms of the form in
which your project or presentation will come to life. I will always
make a few suggestions to jump-start your planning stages. I
encourage PowerPoint presentations, video productions, podium
speeches, technology embedded projects, visual (paper) presentations
with poster board, etc.
Class Preparation, participation, and discussion are three grades
assigned each quarter. They reflect the effort you put forth and
responsibility you are willing to take on. Your grade will absolutely
reflect exactly what you put in to this course.
*Extra help for projects is always available.