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2-1 homework 2-3 book reviews 2-3 writing help 2-3 Ninth Grade Home Page 2-9
2-1 course outline 2-3 Find Great Books 2-3 page for parents 2-3 MyEnglishClass.us 2-9
2-1 class expectations 4-3 Literature Aloud 4-3 email Mr. Stratton 4-3 nvcs 2-9

book review due
• October 28
• December 16
• February 10
• March 31
• May 19

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English 9 Course Outline
Course Materials Units Grades Writer's
Late Work Missed Class? Find
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• The ninth grade English program is designed to provide a variety of writing, reading, speaking and basic skills activities that will prepare students for the study of more advanced literature and writing.

• The Christensen Rhetoric Program is introduced for the first time with an emphasis on writing the effective sentence. All writing begins with an understanding of how to write an effective sentence, and one of the goasl of this course is to teach students how to express themselves in writing with more maturity and complexity.

• The literature program exposes students to literary elements through various genres, including the short story, poetry, the novel, the epic, and others. Expository, narrative and research writing, technology projects, and oral presentations, among other projects, are assigned as part of the study of literature and writing.

• Students maintain a writer's notebook in conjunction with their study of writing and literature. They use the notebook to take notes, to practice implementing writing concepts, and to demonstrate the depth to which they understand literature and writing concepts learned in class. The writer's notebook is a must-have every day in English class.

• Skill work in vocabulary, grammar, and spelling is presented as problems are identified during the year. All ninth grade students are involved in completing writing activities and a wide variety of technology projects in the computer lab.

• All students are expected to read, on their own, at least one book every seven or eight weeks, and then demonstrate that the book was read by completing a book review.

Book Review Due Dates

Friday, October 28 (8 weeks from the start of school)
Friday, December 16 (7 weeks from last due date)
Friday, February 10
(8 weeks)
Friday, March 31
(7 weeks)
Friday, May 19 (7 weeks)

ink splot Materials You Need for English Class — all year long
Required Required
binder and folder
Writer's Notebook pencils and pens flash drive
1.5- or 2-inch binder OR a folder for English work A notebook for use as your writer's notebook Pens and pencils — a supply to last all year A flash drive on which to save computer work

ink splot Buying Your Writer's Notebook
Your writer's notebook is an important purchase, not just because it needs to be a sturdy notebook that can withstand everyday use, but because it also has to represent you as both a person and a writer. So, select one you like based on shape, size and design.


Since many of our notes are taped in the notebook, it's not helpful to have a writer's notebook smaller than 9.75 x 7.5 inches. Here are a few different notebook sizes to help you judge which size might suit you best. Please note that just because you fill a small notebook before the year is through, it doesn't mean you are done. You'll have to purchase a second writer's notebook to continue our class work. And, they both need to come to class every day.

Writer's Notebook Sizes

ink splot Units of Study in English Class top
Christensen Rhetoric Program
Parts of Speech
Parts of the Sentence
Levels of Generality
The Verb Phrases
- present participle phrase
- past participle phrase
- infinitive phrase

The Noun Phrase
The Prepositional Phrase
The Short Story
The Novel —To Kill A Mockingbird
Drama — Romeo and Juliet
The Epic — The Odyssey

Ongoing Units & Lessons
Vocabulary, grammar, usage and common writing mistakes, making strong, evidence-based claims, independent reading, book review writing, responsible and creative computer use, character education
ink splot Your Grade in English Class top
Your grade will be based on your tests, projects, presentations, quizzes, homework, essays, book reviews, writer's notebook and class participation.
Typical English Class Assignment Values:

• Tests, Essays, Projects and Presentations
• Quizzes
• Writer's Notebook
• Class Participation
• Book Reviews

35 percent
20 percent
20 percent
15 percent
10 percent
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ink splot Scoring Your Writer's Notebook
Your writer's notebook is an important score in English class. Each quarter we will assess the quality and completeness of the notes, warm-ups, exercises, and writing, and ONE OR TWO PUBLISHED PIECES, which are your best and most polished pieces typed and turned in as a demonstration of not only what you know, but how well you express that knowledge in writing.

ink splot How Your Class Participation is Scored
Your class participation score, which is 15 percent of your quarter grade, is measured daily based on the five categories below. Those scores are then translated into a weekly grade. A student is not penalized in any way for an excused absense. On average, most studetns earn between 4 and 5 points every day.

Measures the level at which a student is in his seat when the bell rings. Measures the level at which a student is prepared for class with required materials and assignments. This area also measures how quickly a student gets necessary materials ready at the start of class and at other times deemed necessary. Measures the level at which a student proactively contributes to class by offering ideas and asking necessary questions that keep the class discussion insightful and on topic. This area also measures how well a student uses class time to complete tasks that have been assigned by the teacher. Measures the level at which a student listens when others talk and builds off of the ideas of others in order to contribute to class. Also, this area measures how well a student can complete simple tasks without having to ask the teacher to repeat the task. Measures the level at which a student avoids displaying disruptive, rude, insubordinate or inappropriate behavior during class, including the use of a personal device. Also, this area measures how well a student can avoid being disrupted by a classmate’s inappropriate behavior.
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• Students who are not prepared with the assignment needed for class are sent to the main office to inform their parents by telephone that they didn't do their homework.

• Late work is discounted 10% each day it is not turned in.

• Check with Mr. Stratton if an assignment is a week or more late. You might still be able to earn credit for completing the assignment well.

• Although very few, some assignments are one time awards, meaning that if you do not complete the assignment by it's due date, it becomes a zero that day.

• No excuses will be accepted for late work. Call or text a friend, check the Homework calendar...somehow figure out what you need to do to be prepared for the next day's class.

• Mr. Stratton will not track you down to make you do your incomplete or late work. He already completed 9th grade English. Now it's your turn.
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• If you miss class for any reason, you are responsible for the work you miss.

• Always come to class before going to music lessons or leaving school and ask for your assignment.

• Missing class for a reason other than illness does not mean you can't do the homework.

• If you miss class Wednesday because of a dentist appointment, for instance, you are still responsible for work due Thursday. Remember that Wednesday's task was assigned and placed on the calendar on Monday. The "I wasn't here" excuse doesn't apply in cases like these.

• If you are unsure about an assignment, check the Homework calendar.

• Effective students are responsible and resourceful, which means they know how to find what they're looking for, and then they take care of business once they've found it. You can get what you want if you can navigate this site.

• If you are home sick from school, you have three days to make up missed work. This is your reminder.
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Marking Periods 1 and 2
- Period 1 — Rm. 230 (English 9H)
- Period 2 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 3 — Rm. 230 (Available — MPR days 1,3 & Rm. 230 days 2,4)
- Period 4 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 5 — Rm. 230 (Available Rm. 230)
- Period 6 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 7 — Rm. 230 (Check for availability)
- Period 8 — Rm. 230 (Check for availability)
- Period 9 — Rm. 230 (English 9)

Marking Periods 3 and 4
- Period 1 — Rm. 230 (English 9H)
- Period 2 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 3 — Rm. 230 (Available — MPR days 1,3 & Rm. 230 days 2,4)
- Period 4 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 5 — Rm. 230 (Available Rm. 230)
- Period 6 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 7 — Rm. 230 (Check for availability)
- Period 8 — Rm. 230 (Journalism)
- Period 9 — Rm. 230 (English 9)

- Email Mr. Stratton from this site or sstratton@nvcs.stier.org

- After school appointments can easily be set up as well.