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Ninth Grade Literature and Composition Year-long Syllabus 2012-2013 Johns Creek High School Theo Economos - firstname.lastname@example.org, Shawn Moore – email@example.com, Text - Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes - replacement cost: market price The Georgia Performance Standards for Language Arts may be found at http://www.georgiastandards.org/english.aspx. Click English/Language Arts, scroll to Grades 9-12, and choose the grade level. TEXTS All literary genres including novels, short stories, non-fiction, poetry and drama will be interwoven throughout the different thematic units, drawing students attention to how literary themes can and do connect to their real world experiences by revealing enduring understanding of universal themes. Major works include but are not limited to: Animal Farm – George Orwell Edith Hamilton’s Mythology Fahrenheit 451~ Ray Bradbury The Pearl ~ John Steinbeck Romeo and Juliet ~ William Shakespeare 100 Great Essays ~ Robert Diyanni Various Op/Ed articles *The teacher reserves the right to alter the course of study and assignments as he deems necessary and beneficial to the students. If changes occur, students will be notified in advanced during class. All JCHS policies will be enforced within the classroom Grading Policy: Major Assessments 60% Minor Assessments 20% Final Exam/EOCT 20% (Second Semester the End of Course Test (EOCT) will count 20% of the student’s grade.) Classroom Materials: Students are expected to have the relevant textbook(s) and/or novels for every class period. In addition, students will need one notebook with several ORGANIZED sections, appropriate paper for compositions, and a blue or black pen. I highly recommend a continuous supply of self-stick notes. They are invaluable for a text in which students are not allowed to write, and they will be part of some required assignments. High School-level students do not borrow self-stick notes, pens, pencils, or paper from the teacher or a classmate. Absences/Make-up Work: It is the student’s responsibility to complete all work within the prescribed time. Please refer to the Student/Parent Handbook These rules will be strictly enforced. 1) Late homework will be accepted only in the case of an excused absence. 2) Major assignments missed due to unexcused absences (other than homework) will be accepted with a penalty of ten points per day late. Missed tests or presentations that were assigned before the student was absent will be due the day the student returns to school. Assignments that were not known will be due according to Fulton County policy - one day's grace for each day absent. 3) Work missed due to an excused absence will have the same number of days absent to make up the work. No penalties will be imposed. However, students present at school the day an assignment is due but not in class, must still submit the assignment to the teacher before the start of the class period. As stated above, missed tests or presentations that were assigned before the student was absent will be due the day the student returns to school. Assignments that were not known will be due according to Fulton County policy - one day's grace for each day absent. 4) The instructor will NOT remind the student of work (including papers or tests) that needs to be made up. It is the sole responsibility of the student to ask for make-up work and to provide late or missing work to the instructor. I am available for conferences and extra help by appointment. Honor Code Remember our JCHS Core Value: INTEGRITY FIRST Student assignments turned in for grading should be the sole work of that individual student. To prevent plagiarism, students may not collaborate or work with other students or adults on their assignments unless the teacher has given specific instructions to do so. This includes the sharing of information via personal electronic devices, in person, or by any other method. In an effort to encourage good study habits, fair competition, and positive development in the area of academics, the Johns Creek faculty supports a strong policy against cheating. See student handbook for further information on cheating. 3 Essential Ground Rules i. Arrive on time and be prepared ii. Follow directions the first time they are given. iii. Respect others as well as class materials Signature Sheet (Return to Teacher) This sheet should be signed and returned; it will then be kept on file in the classroom. The rest of the syllabus should be kept at the front of your Language Arts notebook for the rest of the semester. Acceptable Use Policy for Network and Internet Access Students need to read and be familiar with the Technology Ethics Code, found on pages 34-36, in the student handbook. I understand the Acceptable Use Policy for Network and Internet Access Parent Signature_________________________________ Student Signature________________________________ Language Arts Media Guidelines: Within the curriculum there poses the opportunity for teachers to incorporate different forms of technology into the classroom. One of these forms of technology is the showing of clips of related movies or related movies in their entirety. These films will be rated G, PG, PG- 13 or, in some cases, R. News programming and other television/internet broadcasts related to literature or current events may also be viewed. If you have any concerns about video viewing, please indicate the concern on this form. Please see below for a list of possible selections and ratings: The Odyssey (1997, PG-13) Romeo and Juliet (1996, PG-13) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, PG-13) Animal Farm (1999, PG) Apollo 13 (1999, PG) Blood Diamond (2006, R) Sliding Doors (1998, PG-13) Various Documentaries Romeo and Juliet (1968, PG) Various Author Biographies I give permission for my child to view media used in language arts if selected according to the guidelines listed above. Parent Signature__________________________________ Student Signature_________________________________ *I have read and understand Mr. Economos’ syllabus. ______________________________________ ____________ Student’s Signature Date ______________________________ _______ ____________ Parent or Guardian’s Signature Date STUDENT AND PARENT INFORMATION -- Please PRINT clearly. Student Name Parent Name Best number to reach a parent during the school day Victory Oath: We, the students of Home phone number Johns Creek High School, vow to uphold our core values of _______ Parent cell phone number Integrity first, Service Parent email address before self, and Excellence in all we do by setting the example for all who follow.
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