Mrs. Hill's Non Integrated English 3

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    Welcome to English 3—a class that is writing and reading intensive.  Hey, it’s English. What did you expect?

     

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    And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  ~Sylvia Plath

     

     

     

    It is my hope that the books we read and the writing we do will allow you to experience new things, come into contact with unfamiliar cultures and societies, and will challenge you to see the world through someone else’s eyes.  More importantly, I hope that this class will help you to gain a better understanding of yourself and your own life. 

     

     

     

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    The more that you read,

     

    the more things you will know.

     

    The more that you learn,

     

    the more places you'll go.

     

    ~ Dr. Seuss ~

     

     

     

     

     

     

    INDEPENDENT READING

     

    You will have class time, during many classes, to read your independent novel.  It is your responsibility to come to class with a book to read.  Failure to have your book with you will result in a drop in your grade.  Additionally, you will be required to complete quarterly assignments based on your independent novels.  In other words, you need to read outside of class this year.  The books you choose to base your quarterly assignments on MUST be approved by me.

     

     

     

    WHOLE CLASS INSTRUCTION

     

    As a class, we will read The Crucible, Macbeth, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and To Kill a Mockingbird.  We will also work together on poetry, research, expository writing and literary analysis—to name a few units from the year. 

     

     

     

    REGENTS EXAM

     

    This year we will focus on specific skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening for information, literary expression, and critical analysis.  These skills are reflected in the Common Core English Exam.  According to the New York State Education Department, you must pass this exam in order to graduate from high school.  You will take the Common Core English exam at the end of this school year.  You need to pass this exam in order to graduate; however, passing the exam does not give you course credit.  You need an overall average of 65% or higher for class credit.

     

     

    EXPECTATIONS OF THE STUDENT:

     

    • Come to class with all supplies and be prepared to learn.
    • Be on time.
    • Be respectful of your classmates, classroom and teacher at all times.
    • Participate in group and class discussions.
    • Be responsible for your actions.
    • Know what is expected of you, and then exceed those expectations.

     

     

     

    GRADING:

     

           MINOR ASSIGNMENTS/PARTICIPATION=10%

     

           SIGNIFICANT ASSIGNMENTS=40%

     

           MAJOR ASSESSMENTS=50%

     

             

     

    ASSIGNMENT POLICY:

     

    All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the given due dates. If you do not have your assignment complete at that time, you may stay after school THE DAY IT IS DUE to complete the assignment BUT your grade will be reduced by 20%.  If you fail to stay after school that day, for ANY REASON, you will receive a “0” on the assignment.

     

    • Long-term projects will not be accepted after the assigned due date.  For these, the due dates have been posted.  You are well aware, long in advance, when major assignments are due. There will be no exceptions.
    • If you are absent the day of a test or when a homework assignment is due, it is due the first day you return.
    • If you are absent the day a homework assignment was passed out, it is due the class after you receive it.
    • Following any absence it is YOUR responsibility to request all the work you have missed. (First check the absent basket; if you have questions see me.)

     

    RESULTS:  Failure to follow the above guidelines will result in a "0" on the assignment.

     

     

     

     

     

    Reminders:

     

    *Open House – Wednesday, September 6

     

    *Parent-Teacher Conference Day – Wednesday, December 6

     

    I am available after school most days until at least 2:40.  I am unavailable on days when district and school meetings are held.  Please see a school calendar and/or listen to announcements for these days. 

     

    I utilize remind.com to send homework reminders.  Students will be instructed on how to sign up for and receive these text message reminders. Parents may also sign up for this service.  You do so by texting this message: @eng3hil4 Don’t have a mobile phone? Go to rmd.at/eng3hil4 on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications to the number 81010  Then follow the steps on the site. 

     

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 677-3351 ext. 4300.  If you leave a message, I will return your call as soon as possible.  I can also be reached at shill@wscschools.org.

     

    REQUIRED MATERIALS:            

     

     

     

    A.  1 ½ inch binder

     

              B. 4 dividers

     

              C. loose-leaf paper

     

              D. pens and/or pencils

     

             

     

    “I shall strive to create a positive, supportive learning environment and educational experience for all students and pledge to respect each of my students as a unique person, not a test score.”