Welcome to English I
Steve Wissinger Danielle Morris
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Room 2408, 1 and 6 planning periods Ac Lab Room 1227, 7 and 6 planning periods
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In this class, we will strengthen our communication arts skills: reading, writing, speaking, and
listening. All of these activities are social and interactive processes that you need to communicate with
your friends, parents, employers, teachers, relatives . . . basically everyone! How can you take charge of
your life without these four skills?
Communication arts skills also help us to reflect upon who we are and what our place is in the
world. Through reading the works of others, we see how people have been reacting to the world for
years and think about where we fit in the grand scheme of things. In writing, we learn how to express our
own thoughts and emotions, really getting to know ourselves. In this class, you will learn more about your
world and yourself. Not only will you learn from me, you will also learn from your classmates.
These are the questions that will guide our work in this class:
1) To what extent are people defined by their actions?
2) What are our influences?
3) What can we learn from listening to and thinking about the viewpoints of others?
Priority Standards for Reading and Writing:
These are the skills that we will work to master this year:
Identify and explain the relationship between main idea and supporting details
Analyze literary techniques: figurative language and diction
Use appropriate prewriting strategies.
Compose a text with a strong controlling idea
Compose a text with supporting details
Compose a text with an effective beginning, middle, and end
Units of Study / Themes
(listed are the major works to be read in each unit, but other smaller readings may be added)
Self-reflection and human nature – Poetry and A Raisin in the Sun
Seeing connections between texts – Literature Circles and Nonfiction
The search for identity – The Secret Life of Bees
Interacting with ignorance and prejudice – To Kill a Mockingbird
Hatred, history, and research – Night
Love, loyalty, and drama – Romeo and Juliet
Keep a class journal and notebook.
Read and discuss novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and essays as a class.
Give oral presentations on a variety of topics.
Write major longer essays and short in-class essays.
Participate in daily independent reading
Peer respond and edit each other’s writing.
Participate in small groups for various activities.
Be respectful Be focused
Be responsible Be open-minded
Be prepared Have fun
The Grading Scale for English 1 is as follows:
93-100 = A 73-76 = C
90-92 = A- 70-72 = C-
87-89 = B+ 67-69 = D+
83-86 = B 63-66 = D
80-82 = B- 60-62 = D-
77-79 = C+ 59 or below F
Homework Policy: I encourage and invite students to conference with me and revise major pieces of
writing and various assignments within the time parameters provided. Students are expected to turn work
in on its due date. However, I do believe all my assignments are meaningful and they will benefit students
who choose to complete them, even when turned in late during each unit. To encourage students to be
responsible and turn work in on time, there is a penalty for late work and a late work deadline for each
unit (each six week grading period). I will announce the deadline before the end of every 6 week grading
period. No late work for that unit will be accepted after that final deadline. Students are allowed to revise
class essays for a new grade.
Attendance and Tardies: Please be here and please be here on time! If students are sick and parents
have excused the absence via school contact, students will have a day or two to make up the work. If the
absence is not excused, students will earn zeros on all work missed that day. Students should email me
or come by my room during Ac Lab to discuss make up work. Tardies, in accordance with school policy,
carry the following consequences: First = warning, 2nd and each subsequent tardy = detention
Lost or Damaged Books
Students must replace or pay for damaged or lost books.
Materials to Bring to Class Every Day:
School Agenda (planner provided by the school)
The current class text
One spiral notebook, loose-leaf notebook paper
One pocket folder or binder for loose papers
Pencils, Ink Pens
Flash Drive (Available in the school bookstore)
If you have a problem acquiring any of these items, please contact me for assistance!
Other Tips for Students
-Enjoy food and beverages outside of class except water.
-Before leaving the classroom for any reason, sign the in/out form.
-Please read and follow the plagiarism information on South pages 8-9 in your Patriot Planner.
-Feel free to talk to me anytime before, during, and after school if you need help. I enjoy helping
After reading this with your caregiver, please have her/him sign below.
Return to Mr. WIssinger by the next class period.
Please print the student’s name here:_______________________________________________
Parent’s or guardian’s
(Please feel free to send a note with comments and concerns you may have.)