Pre-AP English 2 Syllabus 2017-2018

                                      Golden Valley High School                                                                                                               

Contact Information:


  • Google Voice Text/Voicemail:

              (209) 819-7674

  • School Phone:  209-325-1800

About the Course:


  • Lord of the Flies
  • Things Fall Apart
  • Animal Farm
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Various Short Stories
  • Various Informational Texts

Things Fall Apart Cover.jpgAnimal Farm Cover.jpgLord of the Flies Cover.jpgFahrenheit 451 Cover.jpg

Technology in Pre-AP English 2:

Classroom Rules:

1.   Follow all the school rules and the Six Pillars of Character Counts: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

2.     When exiting my classroom, do not begin packing up until I signal you to do so. Likewise, I will dismiss you daily, not the bell. You must remain in your seats quietly and wait for the signal.

3.     My desk and the space behind are always off limits to students. You may not take anything off my desk or place anything on it. Also, the cabinets and bins on my side of the wall are also off limits unless you ask permission.

4.     Our classroom and desks are in great condition and I expect them to stay like that. Take pride in your classroom and school by keeping it clean. There is to be no writing on desks.

5. Food/drink rule will be explained to all students in each class period.

Classroom Expectations:


What This Looks Like

What This DOESN’T Look Like

Be prompt.

  • You are seated quietly with your materials ready to go once the bell rings.  
  • You quickly transition from activity to activity.  
  • You walk through the door as the bell rings.
  • You are sitting and talking when the bell rings with NO materials out.

Be prepared.

  • Chromebook ready to go once bell rings.
  • Digital materials ready to go in separate tabs.
  • Paper materials ready to go.
  • You are prepared to share ideas/answers when called upon.  
  • Searching for tabs and getting behind on lesson.
  • Searching through backpack for materials while instruction happens.
  • You don’t have a contribution when called upon.  

Be polite.

  • Saying “please,” “thank you,” and all the other magic words.
  • Listening to the contributions of others.  
  • Participating in group work.
  • Assuming the best in others.
  • Laughing at a classmate’s idea or writing.
  • Not participating in group work.
  • Using bossy language instead of kind language.

Be productive.

  • Always be working.
  • If you get stuck, ask for help.
  • Use Chromebook to learn and produce.  
  • Phones are kept in the pocket and/or in bags all period long.  
  • Talking to other students about non-academic topics.
  • Using the Chromebook for reasons OTHER than academic--music, chatting, etc.
  • Phones are taken out of the pocket or bag to check text messages or other notifications.  

A Note on Electronic Devices in Class:

One important area of being productive is taking steps to ensure that distractions are kept to a minimum.  Because we have access to school-issued Chromebooks, we will use those for academic tasks.  Phones must be kept either in the pocket or in the bag.  A phone cannot be out in a student’s hands during the class time.  If I see a phone out, I will confiscate it and put it in the CELL PHONE JAIL.  The phone can be freed at the end of the period.  However, if a student’s phone becomes recidivist, the phone may be sent to maximum security cell phone prison in Student Support.  

*****However, there may be some “tech breaks” throughout the school year, where being on an electronic device is acceptable*****

Classroom Intervention and Discipline:

If you choose to break a rule or not follow a procedure, there will be consequences.  Generally speaking, I follow the following intervention steps reserving the right to skip steps when warranted by behavior that is dangerous or significantly distracts the learning environment.  

  1. Verbal warning.
  2. Student fills out GVHS Student Incident Worksheet and remains in class.  
  1. Student and teacher have a conference about the issue.
  2. Incident may be logged in AERIES.  
  1. Sent to Intervention Center (IC) for period to fill out GVHS Incident Worksheet.  
  1. Student and teacher have a conference about the issue before student can return to class.
  2. Incident logged in AERIES.  

Grading: Final marks will be calculated on a standard scale:  

A 100-90%                  B 89-80%                     C 79-70%                          D 69-60%                         F 59-0%

*Note: I do not round up percentages. Example: If you earn a 59%, you will receive an “F.”

Academic grades are based on total points earned on assignments according to the following percentages:

Grading Category

Percentage Weight

Assessments (Performance Assessments, Benchmarks, Quizzes, Tests, Processed Writing, Projects)




Novel Work


Late Work Policy:

Make-Up Work from Absences:

Academic Dishonesty Policy:

According to the Wikipedia entry[1] on academic dishonesty,

**I do not tolerate academic dishonesty.  If a student is tempted to be academically dishonest because the student does not understand something, I want the student to please come talk to me during intervention or after school.  Sometimes all the student needs is a different way of explaining.

**If a student is caught being academically dishonest, the student will receive a zero on the assignment.  The student will need to meet with me.  I will note in the AERIES gradebook that the assignment was either copied or plagiarized.  

Bathroom Usage:

Below is your Student Contract that you must have signed by your parent or guardian. You must also sign the contract so I know that you fully understand my classroom rules and procedures. By signing below, please note that you are agreeing to the above while in my classroom. Please cut bottom portion off and return to Mrs. Wooding as soon as possible.

Student Contract

I, ____________________________, have read and understand the rules and procedures of my Pre-AP English 2 class. I have also reviewed these rules and procedures with my parent or guardian.

Student Signature: ________________________________________Date:_______

Parent/Guardian Name(s): ____________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature:


[1] "Academic Dishonesty." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 08 Mar. 2014. Web. 08 Aug. 2014.