Pre-AP English 2 Syllabus 2017-2018
Golden Valley High School
About the Course:
- Pre-AP English 2 is a year-long course focused on helping students master the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Grade 10 in English/Language Arts while preparing themselves for the rigors of AP English Language and AP English Literature. Since the AP exams demand knowledge of academic vocabulary beyond the CCSS, students will learn terminology that writers use to label the parts of various types of writing. This vocabulary is numerous and dense, but an important component of success on the multiple choice aspect of those exams. Terminology alone won’t lead to success; students must also be able to read rhetorically from a variety of times periods and genres so that they not only understand what an author is saying but also what he is doing with his language. Lastly, since the AP exams include on-demand writing, students will work on developing the ability to develop a strong cogent argument backed by textual evidence in a timed setting.
- Since the CCSS includes standards for using technology in English, there will be a heavy emphasis on using technology to publish information dynamically for the 21st century.
- Lord of the Flies
- Things Fall Apart
- Animal Farm
- Fahrenheit 451
- Various Short Stories
- Various Informational Texts
Technology in Pre-AP English 2:
- My classroom will be a 1: web class this year. Students will be issued a Chromebook for the school year. In order to use the Chromebook, students must have a Responsible Use of Internet and Technology Resources Contract signed. It is imperative that this is signed and returned as soon as possible as most assignments and lessons will be completed using technology.
- Students will be taught the proper procedures for using the Chromebook in class. Students must follow these procedures to ensure the protection of the devices and a smooth learning environment.
- Students will be using a school issued Google account to manage and complete assignments.
- If students do not have Wifi at home, they can still work in Google Drive Offline. If they work offline at home, the data will sync the next time they connect to Wifi.
- Students may bring their own internet-capable laptop to school if they prefer. However, neither the instructor, Golden Valley High School, or the Merced Union High School District bears any responsibility should the device become lost, damaged, or stolen.
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.
What This Looks Like
What This DOESN’T Look Like
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Verbal warning.
- Student fills out GVHS Student Incident Worksheet and remains in class.
- Student and teacher have a conference about the issue.
- Incident may be logged in AERIES.
- Sent to Intervention Center (IC) for period to fill out GVHS Incident Worksheet.
- Student and teacher have a conference about the issue before student can return to class.
- 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:
Assessments (Performance Assessments, Benchmarks, Quizzes, Tests, Processed Writing, Projects)
Late Work Policy:
- There is no late work accepted in this classroom.
Make-Up Work from Absences:
- Because I maintain my classwork and homework on Google Classroom, students can access the lessons and assignments if absent.
- Absent work that is done on paper must be turned in to me by hand.
- There will not be a deduction of points if the absence is excused and the work is turned in within two days of your return to school.
Academic Dishonesty Policy:
According to the Wikipedia entry on academic dishonesty,
- “Academic dishonesty or academic misconduct is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise. It can include:
- Plagiarism: The adoption or reproduction of original creations of another author (person, collective, organization, community or other type of author, including anonymous authors) without due acknowledgment.
- Fabrication: The falsification of data, information, or citations in any formal academic exercise.
- Deception: Providing false information to an instructor concerning a formal academic exercise—e.g., giving a false excuse for missing a deadline or falsely claiming to have submitted work.
- Cheating: Any attempt to give or obtain assistance in a formal academic exercise (like an examination) without due acknowledgment.
- Sabotage: Acting to prevent others from completing their work. This includes cutting pages out of library books or willfully disrupting the experiments of others.
- Impersonation: assuming a student's identity with intent to provide an advantage for the student.”
**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.
- You may not go to the restroom during lectures, the first 10 minutes of class or the last 10 minutes of class.
- Take the pass by the door and go take care of business.
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.
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): ____________________________________________________
 "Academic Dishonesty." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 08 Mar. 2014. Web. 08 Aug. 2014.