This class tackles a variety of types of writing, grammar and usage skills, speaking skills, and literature types. We cover the entire writing process from the early planning stages to the late revision and editing stages. We’ll work with personal narratives, descriptions, comparison/contrast papers, research, and argument writing. We’ll read short stories, novels, poetry, plays, drama, non-fiction, and everything in between.
Here, you’re going to use everything you have inside your brain to look at literature, create amazing pieces of writing, take notes, organize your work, and offer me solid answers to the questions I’ll ask you in class, on your homework, and in test situations.
Our grading scale will follow the adopted board policy of the Osborn R-0 School District. Tests, assignments, and projects will all be of equal weight in the course, though some may be worth more points than others.
No late work is accepted in my class. If you are gone, you have one day to make up your work for each day of your absence, according to school district policy. I will not ask you for your work. I just expect you to turn it in on time. If you fail to turn it in, you won’t get the points. All work must be made up, including daily journal entries. All work is posted on Google Classroom, so it’s best to check there first before you ask me what you missed.
What You Need to Have:
We’re not going to stick to the textbook here. It has some important stuff, and we’ll use it, but seriously, we have the entire internet at our disposal. It’s just as valuable, so some days, you’re going to read out of a textbook. Some days, we’re going to use The New York Times. Other days, we’re going to use what’s in your brain. Here’s what I can promise you - I will always, always tell you in advance what you need for class.
Every single day, bring
Something to write with
Your chromebook and charger
Whatever “text” I’ve told you is required for that day
If you don’t show up prepared, you’re not going to learn anything, and that’s a problem for all of us. Don’t expect me to allow you to run to your locker to grab it. Be prepared. If you don’t have your chromebook and charger, you cannot work with us that day, and you will get a zero on whatever we’re working on.
What I Need You to Know About My Class:
If you complete every single assignment (on time), you will pass my class throughout the entire year. You will never have eligibility issues, I will never need to let your parents know why you have an F (because you won’t), and you’ll get to move on to Language Arts II without a problem. If you miss a single assignment during a grading period, I cannot guarantee that outcome.
We read and write in my class every day. It’s Language Arts. That’s sort of the definition. There aren’t off-days in my classroom. We don’t have free days to play. I have something pretty valuable to teach you, and I’m not going to waste your academic time or my teaching time. If you’re walking into my class, we’re learning. What that means is that if you miss a class period, you’ve missed something. I will post each day’s layout to Google Classroom.
We use a lot of different websites in my class. We’ll touch on those at the start of the year, but I expect you to be familiar with them, know your login, and be prepared to head to them at the drop of a hat. I use Google Classroom daily. I also use Newsela, StoryboardThat, NoRedInk, the New York Times Learning Network, Peergrade.io, and PaperRater among others that I will find and test drive. Several of these, particularly Google Classroom, have an app you can download to your phone. I’d recommend you do so (especially with Classroom), so you can check in on assignments, graded assignments, and the like. If you don’t have a computer at home, you can even type your assignments on the app from your phone.
Article of the Week happens every Friday. Every Friday, I will post this assignment to Google Classroom. The goal is to have you not only become more familiar with the world around you, but also to help you become more familiar with how to closely read a non-fiction text. Every Friday, you will return that article to me with evidence of your close reading recorded and a 300 word written reflection.
Book talks happen every quarter. They’re worth 100 points. All of the points are based on the book talk you give in class. Book talks are typically due the week before quarter ends.