Syllabus for English 9 by die90290


									                                          Syllabus for English 9

Mr. Neden
Voice Mail: (845) 256-4100 x1088


Welcome to New Paltz High School and to English 9! I will make sure that all assignments are clear and
understandable. However, you must be an active participant in the process. I am always available for help
online or via the telephone whenever I am not available in person. I welcome questioning. Learning is all
about questions. We will cover various types of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction throughout the year. I
encourage all of you to be active participants in your own learning. I believe the classroom is only the
beginning of education. Therefore, I will strive to relate all of our learning and content to our world
through various means including guest speakers, films, and collaborative learning. We are all
consistently learning and I always encourage your feedback. We are all going to work hard this year and
have fun doing it!

As a class:
                Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
                Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
                Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
                Night by Elie Wiesel
                Lord of the Flies by William Golding
                Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Possible Selections:
                A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Various poetry, short stories, and non-fiction

Outside Reading:
        You will have a choice of one novel or play each quarter to read on your own. Other people in the
        class may choose to read the same work that you do, and a literature circle will form. Your
        assignment for each literature circle will include reading, discussing, writing, and presenting your
        novel/play to the class. The Outside Reading Projects (ORP) will vary throughout the school
        year. All students will be well informed of the expectations.

Evaluation (per quarter)

Writing            30%
Tests and Quizzes  20%
Midterm/Final      20%
Participation      10%
Outside Reading    10%
Homework           10%

Absence and Tardy Policy (participation points)
It is extremely disrespectful to be late (tardy) for class. Good attendance and punctuality will be
rewarded. Students will be graded daily on a 5 point scale for participation in class. If a student is absent
or tardy, they will receive a zero for that day. Missed daily points (due to being tardy) can be made up by
serving a detention either before or after school, or during lunch. Missed daily points for an excused
absence (a student cannot make up points for unexcused absences) can be made up by speaking with
me and we can come to a reasonable outcome for making up the missed work. Class information for the
day the student is absent needs to be obtained from another student in class. It is the student's
responsibility to make up missed work. Use the class website to catch up on any missed handouts or


As an educator, I welcome academic honesty and tenacity in a student's work. On the other hand, I
abhor academic dishonesty (copying homework, cheating, plagiarism, using films and Cliff's Notes while
failing to read the original works). This type of behavior has no place in high school, and it will not
be tolerated. Plagiarism is the direct copying of a source. If a student chooses to plagiarize at any time
during this course disciplinary action will be taken, and the assignment will be given a zero. I am eager to
accommodate my students in their academic progress. I expect determination and diligence from my
students, and I am looking forward to an enlightening year of shared intellectual discourse and

NYS English Standards

Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.
     Student writing will include personal narratives, thesis and support assignments, news/feature
       articles, summaries, and research assignments. In English 9, students will complete an average
       of two research assignments/exercises per quarter. These exercises will be thematically
       connected to course content and will focus on mastering note taking, documentation, and
       organizational skills in addition to using print and electronic sources.
Standard 2: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression.
     Student writing will include responses/interpretations, original pieces written in a variety of literary
       formats and journal responses. (learning/reading logs etc.)
Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.
     Student writing will consist of persuasion/argumentation, literary critiques, issue analysis
       assignments, character analysis assignments, and formal speeches/debates.
Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction.
     Student work will consist of autobiographical writing and the use of technology in social context
       (email, etc.).

Writing and the English Notebook

The writing process includes prewriting, first draft writing, responding, revising, final draft writing, and
publishing. It is important that you save everything in your English notebook. Your notebook will be
checked periodically for a grade, and you can earn extra points for organization.
The notebook will consist of four sections:
        1. Class materials: This section is designated for your class syllabus (this paper you are
             reading) and any other materials which I give you the first few days of school.
        2. Novel: This section if where you will keep any information which is given to you which
             pertains to the specific book we are currently working on in class.
        3. Journal: Relatively self-explanatory. (this can also be a spiral notebook, which is
        4. Projects: This section is where you can store any materials which you need for completing
             projects (i.e. research, literature circles, or ORP)
         5. Grammar: We will be reviewing and learning new grammar techniques throughout the first
              two quarters of ninth grade. Save all material you need for grammar; you will be tested on it!
          Organization is the key to success in school and in life. By creating good habits now, you are
         setting yourself up for a successful future!

Materials you will need for this class:

    1.   One (1) one-and-a-half inch ring binder (preferably with pockets)
    2.   Five (5) dividers with labels
    3.   Lined paper
    4.   One (1) Composition Journal with a clear division between two subjects. (This can be wire bound
         or have the marble cover. I would recommend the wire bound, because it can be easily stored in
         your notebook.)

Please have all of these materials with you for the next class.

English 9 Contract

                                      Expectations I Have for Myself
                         “We can only teach that which what we are” – Jean Jaures

I expect you to accept responsibility for your behavior and your grades. As your teacher, I am also
expected to accept responsibility for certain things. Thus, this year I will strive to:

        Be consistent and fair in the application of classroom/district expectations and policies.
        Foster a comfortable, positive and supportive environment for all of you.
        Provide you with effective and relevant instruction.
        Provide constructive feedback in academic and behavioral areas to both you and your parents.
        Be a positive force in your lives, making sure to model the behavior and level of dedication that I
         expect from you.

One of the purposes of this course is to broaden a student's understanding and appreciation of classic
and contemporary literature. Only in a community of trust can we help each other reach our academic
goals. Some guidelines regarding the classroom will aid in our journey. Please contact me with any
questions or concerns.

        Language is important. Racist, sexist, homophobic, or other abusive language will not be
        A respectful atmosphere is the key to a learning atmosphere. I respect my students as
         individuals, and I expect them to act accordingly.
        Praise points are up for grabs each class period. Stay tuned for more information.

Please be aware that many assignments will be turned in type written. For each assignment there will be
plenty of class time allotted for typing and revising using the word processors at the school.

English Department Policy on late work:

Students must hand in work on time to receive full credit: 10 points will be deducted from an
assignment for each school day the assignment is late. Assignments more than five days late will
not be accepted.
Please return this page by __________________

By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read, understood, and agreed to adhere to the policies stated
in Mr. Neden‟s English 9 syllabus and contract.

                                         Student name (Print)

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student‟s signature                                                  date

student email address

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parent („s)/guardian („s) signature                                  date

parent („s)/guardian („s) email address

*Please print clearly when filling in the email address portions. I will communicate
regularly by email with information regarding upcoming assignments, grades, and class
information. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time (day or night, weekend or
holiday) in regards to your student‟s progress in English class. I am always available to
lend any assistance.

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