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2-1 Homework 2-3 helpful resources 2-3 Page for Parents 2-3 My English Class Dot U S 2-9
2-1 Course Outline 2-3 Book Reviews 2-3 Email Mister Stratton 2-3 nvcs link 3-9
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book review due
• Oct. 26
• Dec. 14
• Feb. 8
• March 29
• May 17

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English Honors Course Outline
Course Materials Units Grades
Late Work Missed Class? Find
Mr. Stratton

ink splot The Gist of the Course

• The ninth grade English program is designed to provide a variety of writing, reading, speaking, and basic skills activities that will prepare you for the study of more advanced literature and writing.

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

• The literature program exposes you to literary giants, including Harper Lee, William Shakespeare, and Homer. Each piece of literature read in English 9 is a tool used to

1. improve your ability to closely read text and analyze writing choices made by writers;
2. give you tools to help you write sentences that are more complex and mature; and
3. give you the tools needed to professionally present textual evidence in a written argument.

• You will maintain a writer's notebook in conjunction with your study of writing and literature. You'll use the notebook to take notes, to practice implementing writing concepts, and to demonstrate the depth to which you understand literature and writing concepts taught 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. A variety of technology is used as part of the learning process when applicable or needed.

• All students are expected to read, on their own, at least one book every seven weeks, and then demonstrate that reading by writing a book review.

Book Review Due Dates

Friday, October 26
Friday, December 14 (7 weeks from previous due date)
Friday, February 8
(7 weeks)
Friday, March 29
(7 weeks)
Friday, May 17 (7 weeks)

ink splotMaterials You Need for English Class — all year long
Required Required
binder and folder
Writer's Notebook pencils and pens
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

ink splotBuying 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 (composition notebook). 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
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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 Absolute Phrase

The Short Story
The Novella — The Pearl
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 splotYour 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:
Writer's Notebook
Book Reviews
Class Participation
35 percent
20 percent
20 percent
15 percent
10 percent
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ink splotGrade Maintenance
Honors students must maintain an English average of 85. Failure to maintain this grade point average means unenrollment from the honors class and enrollment in the English 9 course.

ink splotScoring 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

1. the notes, warm-ups, exercises, and sincerity of the writing, and
2. one or two "published pieces."

Published pieces are your best and most polished notebook writing pieces. They are typed and turned in as a demonstration of not only what you know, but how well you can express knowledge of class concepts in writing.

ink splot How Your Class Participation is Scored
Your class participation score is measured daily based on the five categories below. Those scores are then translated into a weekly and quarterly grade. On average, most students earn between 4 and 5 points every day.

PROMPTNESS & PREPARATION Measures the level at which a you are seated when the bell rings, and are prepared for class with the required materials and assignments. This area also measures how quickly a you get necessary materials ready at the start of class and at other times deemed necessary.
ENGAGEMENT Measures the level at which you proactively contribute 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.
LISTENING SKILLS Measures the level at which you listen when others talk, how well you build off the ideas of others in order to contribute to class, and how well you can complete simple tasks without frequently asking the teacher to repeat himself.
BEHAVIOR Measures the level at which you avoid displaying disruptive, rude, insubordinate, or inappropriate behavior during class, including the use of a personal device. Also, this area measures how well you can avoid being disrupted by a classmate’s inappropriate behavior.
ATTENDANCE You will lose three total participation points for each absence beyond 5 classes each marking period. So, if you have an 82% for class participation at the end of the quarter, but have missed 6 classes during the marking period, you earn a 79% for class participation. .
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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. This is school policy.

• 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. Anything is better than a zero.

• 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 or greatly affects your class participation grade for that day.

• No excuses will be accepted for late work. Call or text a friend, check the Homework calendar, sign up for class reminders . . . 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. You can sign up for class reminders here or check the Homework calendar.

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

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

• If you receive an assignment on Monday and it's due on Thursday, but you miss class for a dentist appointment Wednesday, you are still responsible for work due Thursday. The "I wasn't here" excuse doesn't apply in cases like these.

• 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 the information you seek if you really want to.

• If you are home sick from school, you have three days to make up missed work. This is your reminder.

Making Up a Missed English Class
You can make up a missed class by attending another English 9 class, or by coming in for small-group instruction. Here are some scenarios for making up a missed English class: (1) Attend another class or small-group session during your study hall the same or next day; (2) Attend another class or small-group session during lunch the same or next day; (3) Make arrangemetns with Mr. Stratton for you to attend homework club the same or next day; or (4) make some other arrangement with Mr. Stratton. The bottom line is the make-up must be timely and within range of the lesson and work you missed.

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Marking Periods 1 and 2
- Period 1 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 2 — Rm. 230 (English 9H)
- Period 3 — Rm. 230 (Study Hall/Available)
- Period 4 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 5 — Rm. 230 (Available)
- Period 6 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 7 — Rm. 230 (Lunch/Available)
- Period 8 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 9 — Rm. 230 (Available)

Marking Periods 3 and 4
- Period 1 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 2 — Rm. 230 (English 9H)
- Period 3 — Rm. 230(Study Hall/Available)
- Period 4 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 5 — Rm. 230 (Available)
- Period 6 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 7 — Rm. 230 (Lunch/Available)
- Period 8 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 9 — Rm. 230 (Journalism)

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

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