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  • English 1 CP




    Teacher Name: Hannah Zagade                            School Phone Number: (803)593-7100

    Email Address: hjameson@acpsd.net                    Planning Period: 1st

    Length of Course: One Year                                    Credits Earned: 1 Carnegie Unit

    Materials: Masks, Textbooks (provided) 3-ring binder with dividers, loose-leaf paper, blue or black ink pens, highlighters, pencils, pencil sharpeners.

    TEXTBOOK: Collections 9(HMH) & Holt McDougal Literature Grade 9

    Course Description:

    English IPrerequisites: High school enrollment

    In English I CP, 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 CP, students will acquire and use academic and content-specific language needed for college- and career-readiness.

    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.

    Objectives and Standards:

    Access to the South Carolina State Standards for English 1is available at the state web site: https://ed.sc.gov/scdoe/assets/file/programs-services/59/documents/ELA2015SCCCRStandards.pdf    

    Expectations of Class Participants:

    *All hybrid and virtual days are considered active school days. Students are expected to complete work as assigned.

    Students enrolled in English classes are expected to have the ability to and understand the importance of communicating adequately through reading, writing, and speaking in a global society. Students should be willing and eager to accept academic challenges and responsibility by using and improving study skills to be successful. They are expected to attend class according to district policy. If a student is absent, the student is responsible for completing make-up work and is expected to be prepared for class upon return. Work assigned before the student was absent is expected on the assigned due date or upon return to class.

    Homework Policy: Students will be given homework on a regular basis; which may include reading, studying vocabulary notes, and reviewing class work. Students are expected to attempt to do all of the work they are assigned.  Work is expected to be neat and orderly. Late homework is not accepted unless it is due to an excused absence. Writing assignments and projects are reduced 10 points for each day the assignment is late.

    Make Up Work:

    In keeping with MVHS policy, students have five school days to make up missing assignments. Missed work cannot be made up during class. Students may make up missed work after school or during a time arranged with the class instructor. Students are expected to take exams as scheduled by guidance and administration. Any student who misses a scheduled semester exam will take an alternate exam.

    Student Assessments:

    • Quarterly benchmark assessments provided by the district
    • A variety of reading assignments in and out of class
    • Required Reading: Students will be required to do some reading outside of class.       This reading may include short stories, novels, nonfiction works, and poetry.
    • Vocabulary study and tests
    • Quizzes
    • Journal writing, paragraphs, essays, and research projects
    • Section tests (tests covering groups of stories, nonfiction, poetry, plays, and novels)
    • Class discussions
    • Grammar, mechanics, and usage in writing
    • Projects
    • Semester exams                       

    SC Grading Scale


    Grading Weights


    Assignment Weights




    Semester 1



    Formative: daily quizzes, daily coursework, journals, informal writing, grammar practice, homework





    Semester 2



    Summative: quarterly quizzes, tests, projects, formal writing





    EOC Exam



















    *Aiken County district-wide benchmark assessments will be given at the end of each quarter

    Reading: Reading is a focus at Midland Valley because it is a vital skill for success in school, in the work place, and in a global society. Assigned reading materials are chosen for their cultural, thematic, and historical relevance; for their reading level, which is carefully chosen to improve reading skills in preparation for colleges, technical schools, the workplace, and the real world; and for their connection to the standards. Students are expected to read the actual texts assigned to them. Students will be evaluated in some way for assigned reading. Websites such as shmoop.com and sparknotes.com, if available, may be helpful for struggling students, but these sites are not comprehensive, they may contain errors, and the reading level is often times much lower than the assigned texts. Relying solely on these sites is ill-advised and will negatively affect both reading growth and assessment scores.

    1. Outside Reading: Students are required to read materials outside of class as homework. Texts may include approved titles for independent reading, class sets of novels and plays, the textbook, short stories, and nonfiction.  
    2. Silent Sustained Reading (SSR): English 1 students will participate in SSR daily. Students are expected to independently read texts of their choice (magazines, novels, newspapers, comic books, anime, etc…) during teacher allotted class time. The purpose of SSR is to develop a love of reading, to improve reading skills, and to encourage our students to become lifelong readers. School assigned reading materials are not suitable for SSR.
    3. Class Reading: Students are often required to complete reading in class in order to understand lessons, participate in discussions, and complete assignments and assessments successfully.      


    Expectations for Student Behavior in the Classroom:

    1. Respect yourself and others. (Use language, gestures, tone, and attitude appropriate to class).
    2. Do not disrupt the class in any way.
    3. Do not sleep, eat, or groom yourself in class.
    4. Come to class prepared.
    5. Go to the restroom before class.
    6. Make an attempt at all activities and be willing to contribute.

    **And all other rules outlined in Aiken County’s Student Code of Conduct. **

    Academic Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty involves, but is not limited to giving, receiving, offering, or asking for unauthorized assistance on any assessment or assignment; plagiarism; or planning academic dishonesty.

    Students will receive a zero on the assessment/assignment and an incident report will be placed in their disciplinary file. This may impact students’ eligibility for awards and other recognitions. Repeated violations will result in further disciplinary action by administration. Students will be required to submit a signed academic honesty statement for each major assignment.

    Consequences for Violation of Rules:

    1. Verbal warning and/or conference with student outside of class.
    2. Contact parents after repeated disruptions.
    3. Referral to guidance or administration
    4. Any extremely disruptive or dangerous behavior will be referred immediately to administration.

    *Please see discipline matrix in Aiken County’s Student Code of Conduct.

    Technology Access and Expectations: Students will need access to a computer and the internet for numerous assignments. If students do not have access at home, they may visit the media center before or after school or use other school and community resources (ex/ public library, restaurants, district and community hot spots) for access to computers/printers.

    COVID Protocol: Please read the statement from the school district website printed below.

    Aiken County Public Schools follows the guidelines provided by the S.C. Department of Education. Students and staff are expected to wear a face covering at all times and in all areas of school buildings. According to the SCDOE, A face covering is "a piece of fabric, cloth, or other material that covers the wearer’s nose, mouth, and chin simultaneously and is secured to the wearer’s face by elastic, ties, or other means. Acceptable face coverings may be homemade, and they may be reusable or disposable."