English II & IV
Mrs. Evans' Classes have:
English II & IV Syllabus
English II World Literatue & IV British Literature
Andrea Evans, teacher
School Website: www.leonisd.net
School Phone: 903-626-1475
Parent Conferences by appointment, please call office
Each student will be required to have the following:
§ 1 binder w/ dividers*Clear pocket on front* FOR ENGLISH CLASS ONLY
§ Notebook paper
§ Pen, blue or black only for class (pencil if desired
§ Ear buds for use with iPad
§ Extra credit: notebook paper (only once per six weeks)
For a onetime bonus daily grade of 100, students are to bring the following supply according to their class period BY September 6th.
1st: 1 box markers
2nd:1 package of blue or black pens
3rd:1 package of blue or black pens
6th:1 box Kleenex
7th:1 package of blue or black pens
8th:1 box markers
LHS Attendance Policy:
Be on time.
§ Less than 10 minutes late to class, Tardy.
§ Over 10 minutes late, Absence.
§ Every 3 Tardies equals an absence. Warning from principal.
§ 4 Tardies and subsequent tardies, discipline referral.
I will write on the board each week the class information and any homework, papers, quizzes, tests etc., from the week that is known ahead of time. I will revise this information daily as needed. The STUDENT is responsible for keeping up with any class information from the syllabus, calendar, or board in the classroom. In class we will be using the iPad calendar and the free Wunderlist app for organization purposes.
LISD policy states that your grade is to be made up of 50% daily and 50% test grades. It also states that you should have a minimum of 10 daily and 2 test grades per grading period.
Excused Vs. Unexcused Absences
Students who have an excused absence will have 3 days to make up any missed work. It is up to the teacher’s discretion whether to extend the same policy to students with an unexcused absence.
Food and Drinks:
Food and drinks are not to leave the cafeteria area. They are not to enter the classrooms and will be thrown into the garbage if brought. Repeating offences will require disciplinary action.
Students who do not turn in their work will be assigned to ZAP according to LHS policy.
Mrs. Evans’ Class Specific Grading Procedures
Students who miss class should look in their class tray for make-up work. It should have your name on it. If you require instruction or direction about that assignment, you are to check with me before or after school, or after class—Never interrupt class time to ask about/discuss make-up work.
· Students who miss an assignment that was given on the day that they were absent, will have three days starting the day that they return to school to turn it in.
· If you have already received an assignment, even tests and quizzes, and were absent the day that it was due, then it is automatically due the day that you come back to school.
· If you are absent the day before a test or quiz and were aware of the impending test or quiz, it is up to teacher discretion when you will take it. It is your best interest to be prepared to take it on the day if your return.
· Athletes and Extracurricular participants are responsible for getting their work and turning it in ON TIME. If it was due the day you were absent and you were did not attend ANY classes, it is due the very next day. If it is due and you attend ANY classes, then your assignment is due before you exit the building.
Late work that was not classwork/graded in class will be accepted 1 day late for a maximum grade of 75, 2 days late for a maximum grade of 50, and will not be accepted at any time after. Any work that is graded in class is not eligible for the late grade policy and will not be accepted after the due date. Zap policies apply
You will be expected to use the MLA format for your paper heading. This information should be in the top LEFT corner, if it is not or not complete, you will automatically reduce the maximum grade for that assignment by the following;
1st and 2nd six weeks: - 5 points
3rd and 4th six weeks: - 10 points
5th and 6th six weeks: - 25 points
Your Name ex: Andrea Evans
Your class & class period ex: Eng. III 3rd Period
The date (when turned in) ex: August 27, 2013
Blue or Black Pen: In class students will only use dark blue or black pen for any assignment that is to be turned in. Rate builders & power builders may be completed in pencil if desired by the student. Assignments turned-in in any other color than dark blue or black pen will automatically lose 10 points.
Online assignments will be accepted in black ink only.
Students will always be expected to answer and write in complete sentences, unless otherwise instructed. You will automatically lose 10 points for not following directions if you choose not to answer in complete sentences.
Specific Assignment Procedures
Binder and Materials
An English binder is a mandatory class supply. One section of the binder is to be kept as the reading/writing notebook that will be used for the remainder of the year. Students are advised and encouraged to keep up with all returned assignments during the six weeks. There will not be notebook checks to see if students are keeping material, but in the past I have been known to put exact copies of assignments and or tests on the semester exams. Also, it is a nonofficial rule of mine that assignments should be kept until you see the grade for it on your progress report this way there is recourse in case there is a discrepancy in the grade received and the grade recorded.
Homework/Reading outside of class:
Homework is very limited in my English classes. There will be nightly vocabulary homework, and any classwork that is not finished in class is automatically homework. These unfinished assignments will not necessarily make the weekly calendar; it is the students responsibility to finish all work that is not finished. Unless specified, I will assign reading material as homework. This is to help students complete the reading assignment within the specified time allowance. It will be obvious if students do not read material when it is provided, they will not be able to complete their assignments over the reading in the time allowed or will not be able to pass quizzes or writings over said reading. IR Reading will mostly be completed outside of the classroom with only spare time allowed to read novels.
Vocabulary cards involve many senses and focuses to help students remember the meaning of higher academic vocabulary that is necessary for college. The vocabulary card is designed so that each student gets something out of the assignment no matter what their learning style is. Students will be responsible for making one vocabulary card for each lesson in the vocabulary workbook. The words will be assigned by the teacher.
Vocabulary Card Directions:
As part of the supplies for this class, each student is required to have a pack of, or access to, white 5X8 inch index cards. They can be lined on one side or no lines on either, it doesn’t matter.
Front of card-non lined side:
· Vocabulary word written-1-1 1/2 inch in height. Must be spelled correctly and able to be seen from some distance
· Drawing representing the meaning, connotative or denotative of the assigned vocabulary word.
· Card must be in color and done neatly.
· Grade is not for artistry…it’s for creativeness, neatness, and understandability of the assigned vocabulary word. (stick figures are accepted IF done neatly)
Back of card-lined side (if there is one):
· Proper heading
· Assigned vocabulary word
· Definition of vocabulary word
· 1 antonym
· 1 synonym
Vocabulary Card Grading
Each card is due on the assigned date (see class syllabus) for a maximum of a 100 test grade. The only way to receive a 100 test grade is;
· Word is clearly written on the front of the card
· All material is hand written or drawn on the card-no pasting or taping material from another source
· Correct heading is on the back of the card
· The front of the card is completely colored and not sloppy
· The drawing representing the meaning of the word is not sloppy.
The only other grade available for the card is a 50 if it is sloppy or not complete, or a 0 if not turned in at all.
Each student will have a vocabulary workbook assigned to them at the beginning of the year. It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with the workbook or notify the teacher when it cannot be found. Students will have to pay for any lost or missing book so that a replacement can be issued.
Each week the student will have homework from the workbook (unless otherwise assigned):
Vocabulary Workbook Grading- Daily Grade Due Thursday
· All 3 pages complete-100
· 2 pages complete-66
· 1 page complete-33
Each six weeks the students will be required to pick out and read a grade level appropriate novel and complete an assignment based on that reading. These novels will be checked out from the library or approved within the first week of the six weeks and are required to be finished by the 5th week of the six weeks, see syllabus for actual dates. The books need to be brought to class daily in case time is available for reading. No profane or erotic material will be acceptable reading. There may be surprise book check grades during the six weeks for students who brought their book on that day; there is no makeup grade for this assignment.
Writing is the one thing that is required wherever you work or go to school. Everyone writes something, whether it is academic such as papers and essays, or professional such as emails, reports, applications, memos, or even personal such as text messages and Facebook posts. Students are required by the state of Texas to write, write well, and write often. The English department at Leon High School understands this as well as the need for students to become more technology savvy in order to succeed in college or in the professional world. The English department now has (or will have very soon) a class set of laptops that are only for the use of the English department. These will NEVER be checked out to students, nor are they available for use without expressed permission from your teacher. Most of your writing this year will be typed and turned in via a website called turnitin.com or via mybigcampus, you will be instructed on this in class. In a college setting students are mandated to electronically turn in their assignments, this allows the teacher a way to easily see who has turned in an assignment, and when it was turned in, thus alleviating any “Where did it go?” questioning from either the student or teacher.
**Be sure to read and know your LHS Anchor Chart of ZERO Papers handout!!**
Papers are vital proof that the students understand the material presented in class. Papers will be assigned often, some quick and some long and some tedious. One of the goals of the Leon High School English dept. is for students to become more analytical of the world and literature. As such, most of your papers will be in some form analytical where you will be explaining something to the teacher. Very little of the writings for students will be fictional storytelling. Because of this, most papers will have factual information and professional opinions to back up the analysis given within the paper. This opens the door for plagiarism, or claiming someone else’s words or writings as your own. All papers will be turned in via turnitin.com, or another site, where they will be checked for plagiarism. Early in the year if plagiarism is detected the student will have a conference with the teacher to clarify any misunderstandings about what is and is not ok when using other material. After this conference the student will correct their paper and submit it again via the website within the stated time period. From the middle of the year on (3rd-6th six weeks) students will not receive the conference from the teacher to correct plagiarism.
Academic Dishonesty (AKA Cheating/Plagiarism)
Plagiarism and cheating are not allowed. Period. End of discussion. In college you sign a form when you register acknowledging that the college or university has the right to kick you out of college immediately if you are found cheating in class or on an assignment. If you are caught cheating on an assignment, quiz, test, paper, etc., you will receive a 0 for that assignment. If you are caught allowing someone to cheat you will also receive a 0 for that assignment. If problems persist with cheating disciplinary action will be taken in addition to the 0 received for the assignment.
1st Six Weks Course Information:
Writing: Personal Narrative and Fairy Tale
Usage and Mechanics
1st 6 Weeks
Reading: Various short stories
Application of literature terms
Writing: Personal narrative
Usage and mechanics