2017-2018 Syllabus


Ms. Alicia Kennon

Ms. Kennon is a 1990 graduate of Jones High School. She attended Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University. She has a B.S. degree in Varying Exceptionalities and a M.S. degree in Reading. She has been teaching for 20 years in OCPS and is also an adjunct professor at Valencia College.

Ms. Kennon is the mother of four children (2 boys and 2 girls) who also attend(ed) Jones High School. She has a daughter that graduated in 2010, a son that will graduate in 2018 and twins that will graduate in 2019. You often find Ms. Kennon volunteering with many clubs and organizations are the campus. The majority of her volunteer hours are spent with the band.

Ms. Kennon is the BETA Club sponsor and also the band parent liason also gives back to her community by working with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.


Jones High School Literacy Department


Course Description

Language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating, thus it is the foundation on which this course’s curriculum is built. Literature is the best route for exploring the power of language, and through reading a variety of literature and informational texts and exploring reactions to that literature, students will develop a proficiency in language that will serve them well throughout their lives. Literacy within the English and reading courses is academically rigorous and equips students with the communication skills that will enhance their study of other course subjects. The course challenges students to explore interdisciplinary essential questions, learning goals and academic vocabulary. This course embraces the four fundamental concepts of English language and literature through reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Reading Plus Syllabus 2016-2017

To be successful in life, students must be adequately prepared to effectively communicate with others in the English Language. The curriculum for Language! Live is designed to continue students’ exposure to a variety of literary text with adequate understanding, reinforce grammar and vocabulary skills, and improve writing through the writing process.

Textbooks/Online Resources

Students will be provided with classroom sets of the Language! Live manuals. Students will also have classroom laptops where they will have access to the Language! Live curriculum.

Course Outline

There are 12 units with 10 lessons in each unit.

The following literacy elements will be addressed:

Text structure

Text types

Story elements

Exteneded response writing


Students will alternate between online instruction and teacher directed instruction. The schedule is subject to change. If you have any questions, please call or email me.

Grading Procedure

Students will be graded based on their participation in class and their progress both in the online and teacher directed instruction. Students will receive 50% for online participation and completion of assignments and 50% for completion of teacher directed instruction.

OCPS Grading Scale


B- 80-89



F-Below 59


Students will be expected to complete all assignments online and in the classroom. The teacher will be able to monitor a student’s online activity and provide feedback on their progress.


Homework is an effective tool in developing responsibility, study habits and skills. The self- paced online component is accessible 24 hours a day from any computer. Because of this flexibility, students are expected to independently work on their assignments outside the classroom.

Late Assignments

Students are expected to progress through the curriculum at a steady pace. If a student is experiencing difficulty and needs extra time to complete an assignment, he/she will be given an opportunity to do so. The overall goal of Language! Live is for the student to master the objective. Feedback will be given to students on a daily basis.


Students receive quarterly grades that assess their achievement toward and mastery of the Language Arts Florida Standards. Measures of progress monitoring and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support will be utilized to track student progress and provide remediation and enrichment.

Sample Assessments

  • Students will answer multiple choice, fill in the blank, and constructed response problems.

  • Students will compose essays, short stories, and poems that will be assessed using rubrics.

  • Students will study and analyze video presentations based on literature and informational texts.

  • Students will utilize technology to publish a variety of responses.

  • Students will study historical novels in alignment with units of instruction.

Disciplinary Procedures

Students will be required to follow the rules and regulations outlined in the Jones High School student handbook and student code of conduct.

Student Expectations

1. Show respect for teacher, staff and fellow students.

2. No food or drink allowed in classroom.

3. No cell phones in classroom.

4. Bring supplies to class every day.

5. Students are expected to participate in online and teacher directed activities.

6. Be appropriate during online and in person interaction.