English II 2017-2018
941-721-6800 Ext 1167
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Alice in Wonderland
Welcome to English II and English II Honors! This year we will work on becoming stronger communicators. That includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. We will accomplish this through reading a variety of genres and texts, writing in several different styles, and presenting projects in creative ways to our classmates.
I hope to make English II (Honors) a creative and enjoyable experience where all students are encouraged to use their imagination for communication. So, be creative, think outside of the box, have fun, try your hardest and this year will be amazing!
- Tests and Major Writing Projects – 30%
- Quizzes or Projects – 30%
- Class work – 30%
- Participation – 10%
This year I plan to use a portfolio grading system. That means I will keep all of your graded work in a folder in class and we will use a portion of the grades for the report card. You will choose which grades you want to use.
Extra credit is occasionally available; however, you must have 90% of your assignments turned in to qualify for the extra credit. That means too many zeros equal NO extra credit points available for you to do.
I do not assign homework; however, whatever is not finished in class must be done at home or during brain break.
- 1 three ring one inch to one and one-half binder
- College ruled lose leaf paper
- Pencils and pens
- Personal book for independent reading (can be a library or one of my books)
- Their own copy of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (I only have a classroom supply, so I can’t check any out)
I would greatly appreciate if you could donate one or more of the following supplies for classroom use.
- Dry Erase Markers
- Boxes of tissue
- 1 package of copy paper (for projects)
- Box of Band-Aids
- Pencils, Colored Pencils, pens, and markers
- Hand Sanitizer
- Used books appropriate to grades 9 - 12.
- Any "classroom" or "art" supplies you want to send will be used and appreciated.
Students are expected to follow MSA’s Student Code of Conduct at all times.
In my class we are on a QUEST for knowledge and in order to accomplish this we need to abide by this decree(rules):
- Question - Ask questions to clarify and learn.
- Undaunted – Courageously face the challenge, take a risk, try something new, and make new friends. (Can’t never could, but you can try.)
- Esteem – Esteem others by respecting the teacher, others, yourself, and objects.
- Straightforward - If you mess up, then fess up. We all make mistakes (even me and yes you will see it). Admit the mess up, learn from it, and move on.
- Timely – Be on time for class and turn your work in on time.
ABSENT AND LATE WORK POLICY
Late work will be accepted up to TWO weeks after the due date; however, this does NOT include work done and finished in class. There will be a 10% penalty for late work. If you are absent on the due date, the assignment will be due the next class period.
Once an assignment is returned, students will have 1 week to revise homework/class work for full credit, should they choose to fix it.
QUIZ AND TEST RETAKE POLICY
Students are allowed to retake tests and quizzes. Remediation/tutoring must be completed prior to the retake; that means come in during brain break to remediate. The students need to set up a time before or after school to complete the retake.
It is important to me to preserve a safe and inviting atmosphere for all students to learn in. If there are any minor disruptions in the classroom the subsequent actions will be taken.
Step 1: Verbal Warning - The student will be given a verbal warning about his or her actions. We all at times have an off day.
Step 2: Short hallway 1 on 1 or after class 1 on 1 - If the distraction persists, then the student will be pulled into the hallway or spoken to after class 1 on 1. We will discuss the classroom expectation and see if there is a reason that the problem has continued.
Step 3: Parent phone call home - I will contact the parent if I feel it is needed and the disruption does not stop. I will also make contact if I feel it is needed for any other reason.
Step 4: Teacher referral - If all else fails, a referral will be written and sent to student support. I hate writing them. Let’s try not to get here please.
**Please sign and return**
Please read, sign, and return the Syllabus Acknowledgement and Contact Information Sheet verifying that you are aware of the policies in Ms. McCawley’s classroom.
Parent Contact Information
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