Point Loma High School
9th Grade English
Teacher: Jennifer Roberts
Co-Teacher: Danielle Love-Hayes
Voicemail: 619-223-3121 x4864
Class Blogs: http://9thEnglish.blogspot.com
The purpose of the class is to practice reading a variety of materials and writing for different audiences and purposes. Fiction and non-fiction pieces by professional, as well as novice writers, will be used to promote discussion and serve as models for further writing. Students will learn to work independently and in groups in order to analyze and infer information from text, refine their writing and use of language to communicate to a variety of audiences. The course also emphasizes communication skills both orally and through the use of new forms of digital literacy.
In addition to following all PLHS policies, students are expected to:
Expected Student Learning Results (ESLRs):
Complex Thinkers: Students pose questions based on their readings and research, engage in thoughtful discussions, analyze works of literature, and critically evaluate their sources. They compare various texts and media types and write arguments based on collected evidence.
Effective Communicators: Students speak and write clearly for a range of audiences near and far. They display appropriate digital etiquette when communicating with adults and peers online. In person, students listen closely to others and respond appropriately and thoughtfully.
Responsible Self-Directed Learners and Workers: Students engage in long term self directed research projects, meet due dates for assignments, create high quality products and adhere to expectations of academic honesty and integrity.
Involved Citizens: Students will contribute their scholarship on various topics to public forums. They will learn the value of even a single voice to create change in our community and reflect and act upon various topics of social justice.
Healthy Lifestyle Advocates: Respectful behavior toward others and oneself is the foundation of our course; the classroom will be a positive environment where the ideas of others are valued. Topics related to health and healthy lifestyles are also included in course readings.
Assessments and Assignments: Students will be expected to:
English Journals are digital and used frequently in class for warm-ups, short writing, reading notes, etc. Notebooks will be reviewed regularly by the teachers for comprehension, completion, and organization.
Course information is available online at http://9thenglish.blogspot.com/ and grades are regularly updated and available online through Power School.
If there is an issue with an assignment deadline please communicate with me in advance before the due date. I may also request that your parents/guardians contact me before accepting late work. I reserve the right to accept or reject late work based on the nature of the assignment and my judgment of the circumstances.
Absences: If you have an absence from class, it is your responsibility to check the class blog for what you missed. Unexcused absences affect citizenship and also often impact academic grades.
I am available after school for phone meetings and student/parent meetings via appointment. Please feel free to call and leave a message or email me with any questions. I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hours. (E-mail generally gets a faster response because I do not have remote access to my school voice mail.)