Honor's English

  • Leavelle McCampbell Middle School

    Honor’s English I

    2019-2020 Syllabus

    Kelli Kilbourn-Williams

     

    Welcome to Honors English I class! In Honors English I, students will read and respond to a variety of literary and informational texts, and they will write for a broad range of purposes and audiences. The course emphasizes employing close reading strategies to analyze and evaluate texts, choosing language appropriate for a given context, and participating in collaborative discussions. Additionally, students will learn to cite specific textual evidence to support their thinking. Throughout English I Honors students will acquire and use academic and content-specific language needed for college- and career-readiness. For the honors course, students will engage in intensive learning strategies where they seek deeper understandings of ideas in texts through rigorously thoughtful dialogue. Honors students are expected to read and comprehend more complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

     This course fulfills one of the four English Carnegie units required for graduation. All English I students must take the English I End-of-Course Test as part of the South Carolina End-of-Course Examination Program.

    To obtain the most conducive learning environment, classroom and grading policies will be followed. For you to be successful in this class, it is important that you and your parents read and understand these policies. The easiest way to contact me is via email; however, do not hesitate to call if you have a question.

    Course Name: Honors English I

    Teacher Contact information: Kelli Kilbourn   E-Mail: kkilbourn@acpsd.net

     Textbook UsedCollections (9th Grade), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Performance Assessment (9th Grade), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Close Reader (9th Grade), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Other supplemental texts for vocabulary and grammar

    Course Objectives/Competencies: The South Carolina State Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. Students will be intellectually challenged; they will read The Quilt of a Country, The Gettysburg Address, as well as countless short stories, poems and non-fiction texts and essays. We will develop skills such as literary analysis, language and grammar, synthesis and research, argumentative writing, test preparation skills (USA Test Prep and Edmentum) and some narrative, and creative writing.  I require my students to do independent reading (three a quarter) and create book reviews, book trailers, book talks, and PowerPoints as assessments.

     Materials:  The following items are required for this class:

    1. Blue/Black Pens /#2 Pencils
    2. A pack of different colored highlighters, pencils
    3. A composition notebook for notetaking
    4. Binder or folder with loose leaf, college rule paper for assignments

    Conduct:  Behavior of becoming a mature, young adult is expected.

    Be Appropriate – You are old enough to know what behavior and language is appropriate.  You will be expected to keep hands and feet to yourself and refrain from all foul language, racial slurs and backtalk.  In other words, my classroom is rated G.  Required 9th grade curriculum involves mature themes and will require maturity for deep discussion. (Romeo and Juliet, Tale Tell Heart, and Once Upon a Time are a few examples).

    Be Attentive – You are responsible for attaining information given.  You are also expected to be present and engaged from the beginning of class to the end.  Offer ideas, participate in discussions and group activities, and complete your own work. I will cover a few 8th grade standards but will spend the majority of the class time on 9th grade standards. You will need to take notes and pay attention to information in class.

    Be Prepared– Be ready to work when you enter the classroom. Come to class with all necessary materials for success.  Take responsibility for your own learning.

    • It is expected of you to be IN YOUR ASSIGNED SEAT when the TARDY bell rings and working on your bell ringer assignment.

    Be Positive – Enjoy this class, the people in the room, and the opportunity to learn.  If you don’t like something, or disagree with someone, find a way to express it in a respectful manner or keep your thoughts to yourself.  Put forth your best effort for every task.  Give an attempt, not an excuse.

    • You will sleep on your own time

    Behavior Plan:  If your behavior is unbecoming of a mature young adult, the following will happen:

    1. verbal warning/conference with teacher
    2. notification to parent/guardian
    3. written referral/administrative action conference with parent/guardian

    Plagiarism – Plagiarism is a serious offense that will be treated as such.  Any work turned in that is not your own, even if only parts of it are not your own, regardless of where you received the information, will receive a zero.  Repeated offenses will be referred for administrative discipline.  It is up to all of us to maintain the integrity of the classroom

     ***Severe infractions result in immediate administrative action.

    Hall Passes: Out of courtesy, please do not ask to leave while I am addressing the group, or class.  You will not be allowed to leave in the first or last 15 minutes of class – use the change of class time.  

    Cell Phones/Electronic Devices: Cell phones/electronic devices are not allowed to be out in my classroom. AT ALL!  Cell phones, electronic devices should be stored in locker.

    Hats: Please no hats, hoods, or sunglasses on during class time.

    Grading: This is a weighted class. Grades will be based on the following grading system:

    Majors: Tests and Project= 60%

    Minors: Quizzes, classwork, and homework= 40%

    • 1stSemester: 1st Quarter (40%), 2nd Quarter (40%), Semester Exam (20%)
    • 2ndSemester: 3rd Quarter (40%), 4th Quarter (40%), Semester Exam (20%)

    Make-up Work and Homework: It is your responsibility to complete the work that you missed in a timely matter on your own time.  Check the “What you missed” folder for your class for missed work.  Make-up work will only be accepted for excused absences.  The time limit is two days for missed work. Homework is due at the beginning of the assigned class period. The homework will be taken up by teacher or designee.

    Late Work: Work turned in late and not associated with an absence will not earn full credit.  Each day the work is late 10% will be removed from the grade.

     

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