Gateway Regional High School

Course Information

                  English 9 (Period 7) 

Teacher

Kelly Barrett

Email

kbarrett@gatewayhs.com

Phone Number

856-848-8200 x 539

Course Website

Google Classroom Period 7 student code: 7d93h8t

Course Description

We will be studying fiction and nonfiction from around the world, and our selections are arranged in thematic units. Be prepared to think critically, write thoughtfully, read analytically, and work collaboratively. Expect your classroom to be student-centered with interactive, inquiry-based, and collaborative activities that include student choice whenever possible.

Course Expectations and Assessments

This Year’s Thematic Units:

Unit 1: Finding Common Ground

Primaries (60%): Night Calls Test, Research-Based Argumentative Essay, Inquiry/Synthesis Project, Benchmark

Secondary Assessments (30%): multiple choice/constructed response quizzes, Lit Circle Log, Reader Response Journal, creative writing skills-based responses

Supports (10%): daily classwork assignments

*Homework will be assigned as needed (homework receives a complete or incomplete; a complete is needed to maintain eligibility for primary retakes)

Unit 2: The Struggle for Freedom

Primaries (60%): Multiple Choice and Constructed Response Tests (including novel To Kill a Mockingbird), Literary Analysis Essay, Benchmark

Secondary Assessments (30%): multiple choice and constructed response quizzes

Supports (10%): daily classwork

*Homework will be assigned as needed (homework receives a complete or incomplete; a complete is needed to maintain eligibility for primary retakes)

Unit 3: Sweet Sorrow

Primaries (60%): Narrative Essay, Romeo and Juliet multiple choice and constructed response, Literary Analysis, Benchmark

Secondary Assessments (30%): Inquiry project and presentation, multiple choice and constructed response quizzes on R&J

Supports: daily classwork

*Homework will be assigned as needed (homework receives a complete or incomplete; a complete is needed to maintain eligibility for primary retakes)

Unit 4: Heroes & Quests

Primary Assessments (60%): multiple choice and constructed response tests on The Odyssey, Narrative Writing Assignment, Film Analysis, Benchmark

Secondary Assessments (30%): multiple choice and constructed response quizzes

Support Assessments (10%): daily classwork

*Homework will be assigned as needed. (homework receives a complete or incomplete; a complete is needed to maintain eligibility for primary retakes)

Course Policies 

        *Students may opt to retake a primary assessment after conferencing with me if they have completed all classwork and homework assignments. Retakes must occur before the next primary assessment.

 

        *When students miss classwork or homework, a quiz, or a test, they must be completed within 2 days after the return to school, or a schedule must be agreed upon after an extended absence. Please schedule a time to make up your quiz or test. Classwork and homework assignments will be available in Google classroom.

Required and Recommended Materials 

Assistance

        I am happy to meet with students after school for extra help by appointment. Please see me in class or send me an email to schedule an appointment. Please come to your after school session prepared. 

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

When students break rules, they agree to a three strikes policy:

1st strike: warning/teacher conference

2nd strike: parent contact

3rd strike: log entry referral

*After 3 latenesses to class, a log entry will be submitted. A log entry will be submitted for each additional lateness to class.

*If you receive a log entry for cell phone use, and it continues to be a problem, for the remainder of the marking period you will place your cell phone in a docking station at the front of the room at the start of class, and you will have the responsibility of reclaiming it at the end of class after the bell.

*Rewards will be given weekly for “star” students, acts of kindness, and for going the extra mile to maintain a safe, tolerant classroom.

Student name:

Student signature:

Parent signature: