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9th Grade Syllabus

Huntington Park College Ready Academy High School
2071 Saturn Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255 (323) 923-1588  Fax (323) 923-1589

Teacher: M. Scoggins
Room: 252
Class: English Language Arts Grade 9A

English 9A Description:
English 9A is a literature-based course designed to integrate skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This course introduces basic literary genres through representative works and authors. The major purpose of this course is to analyze literature and expository text in greater depth and produce complex writing assignments. Students will continue to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier grades with more refinement, depth, and sophistication with grade-appropriate material. The curriculum focuses on persuasion, exposition, and literary analysis through various works of literature including fiction, non-fiction and dramatic literature.

Course Objectives:
• To become proficient in English language arts in the key areas of writing, reading, speaking and listening, according to the California State Standards Grade 9.
• To get you accustomed to the academic expectations of high school, including life skills that require deductive reasoning and developing you as critical thinkers.
• To prepare you for high school by refining your analytical reading and writing skills.
• To be able to write a college level expository, persuasive and literary response essay.
• To be able to write a college level thesis paper on dramatic literature.
• To understand writing as a process
• To recognize and demonstrate an understanding of revision
• To use proper grammar and mechanics in writing and speaking
• To pass the CST English language arts on a proficiency level.
• Your personal objective will be to become effective members within our class learning community based on mutual respect and a collaborative spirit, and the desire to become life-long learners.

• Prentice Hall Literature (textbook will be issued to you)
• Dictionary (you must bring it to every class)

Supplies needed daily
• Compositional book for journal writing (left in class)
• A thin portfolio for keeping writing assignments in (will be kept in class)
• Personal folder or binder to keep handouts and returned work (not left in class)
• Loose notebook paper for class assignments.
• Pens
• Highlighter markers
• A Flash Drive
• Dictionary
• A book for reading

• Basic Class Schedule
1. Do Now: Morning Free-Write (a free-write dispatch done for analytical writing)
2. Reading Comprehension Activities including direct instruction, group work, and individual assignments
3. Writing Activities including lessons, individual practice, group work and peer review
• Major assessments
1. Final Project per semester
2. Benchmark exams
3. Weekly essay tests
• Outside Reading Requirements
1. You are expected to read at least thirty minutes a day after school.
2. You will be assigned books to read outside of class.
3. You will be reading in class, and should have a book available for those indicated days.
• Tutoring schedule(TBD)
1. Students will be selected based on CST scores and Benchmarks practice tests.
2. If you have not turned in an assignment, you are expected to come to tutoring to make up the assignment.
3. If you have a 2.5 or below in class, you are expected to come to tutoring until your grade improves.
• Please see the honor code in your agenda for expected behaviors.

• During the course of the year, students will develop portfolios highlighting the progression of their reading and writing skills. Parents are welcome to review portfolios at any time.

• Homework once or twice a week is expected on the day it is due and is required for tests
to be given. If student is absent, s/he will have one-two days to make up work, depending on the number of days absent.

Grading Policies
• Grading will be on a five-point scale based on standards that are necessary to achieve proficiency for the California Standards Test in May. In addition, a five point rubric is used for essays.
Grade Scale
• 4.1 – 5 = A
• 3.1 – 4 = B
• 2.1 – 3 = C
• ≤ 2.0 = NP
• Life Skills grades will be given weekly based on conduct, group work, and homework completion.
• Report cards are sent home every five weeks. However, as soon as your grade goes below 2.5 a TeleParent call will go home. You will be expected to stay after class and school to bring your grade up. If this does not happen, a parent conference will be scheduled.
• Policy on late or missing work
Homework is part of the weekly essay tests and your grade will be lower if you are missing work.
• Excused Absence Policy
1. You are responsible for any missed work.
2. Make up work –You have as many days you were out to make up work. If you are absent the day an assignment is due, you must turn it in the day you return to receive credit.
• Extra Credit will only be given when all assigned work is completed. You will have the opportunity to redo one assignment to bring up your grade.
• Plagiarism
The unauthorized, uncited use of another person’s words and/or ideas, is illegal. Cheating (copying, “sharing”, use of cheat notes or information of a written, verbal or electronic nature) is illegal. Any such act by a student will result in an immediate referral to the Assistant Principal, failure of the given assignment/test, and parent notification. A second offense within a grading period will result in a no credit for the semester. Integrity and honestly are cornerstones of valid learning and character formation.

Class Policies and Procedures
Above all things, RESPECT, for one’s self, classmates, the learning environment, and the teacher, is expected and required. ANY BEHAVIOR THAT INTERFERES WITH THIS and disrupts student learning and/or the teacher is unacceptable. If necessary, disciplinary action will follow.

• Every day upon entering the classroom
1. Get your notebook for the dispatch.
2. Sharpen your pencil or get out a pen for class.
3. Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings.
• Tardy to class
1. Only come into class with a pass or agenda signed.
2. Come into class quietly, collect handouts, and take your seat.
3. I will come around during independent or group work and check your agenda and give you any information you missed.
• Ending class
1. At the end of the class period, we will have a quick wrap up on the lesson.
2. I will also give you reminders about upcoming assignments.
3. When the bell rings, I will dismiss you. The bell is to let me know that class is over – not for you to leave your seats.
• Bathroom passes
1. No one is allowed to leave class on Wednesdays unless it is an emergency
2. You must have your own agenda or you will not be allowed to go.
• Use of agenda
1. You need your agenda everyday.
2. You are expected to write down your homework when you first get to class.
3. If I write a note to your parents in your agenda, you are expected to get it signed by the next class meeting.
• Safety information
1. You are expected to stay in your seat and on task at all times.
2. If you need to get up, please raise your hand and wait for permission.
3. If there is an emergency or drill, please wait for instructions before getting out of your seat and/or leaving the room.

Basic calendar of topics and/or assignments
In this class, you will be reading and writing daily, and demonstrating your progress through in-class and take-home activities, and weekly personal assessment of your progress. You will be developing your individual writing style by consistently applying what you have learned in expository, narrative and persuasive compositional essays. Literary analysis is the main focus of this class, and you will learn how to effectively use your persuasive writing talents in response to various literary genres. These include poetry, short stories, novels and plays. Non-fiction reading includes selections of magazine articles and essays, scientific articles, news stories and articles. The book of short stories Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio by J. Ortiz-Cofer is required. Dramatic literature will be examined by reading William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the end of the year. Throughout this year, you will learn to connect literature to life and the “real” world.

Please detach and return:

I have read the above syllabus with my child and understand what is expected from my child and myself, and we will both be accountable to it. If my child should encounter any academic, learning or personal difficulties that require attention, I will contact the teacher promptly to ensure a comprehensive learning experience for my child.

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