Ramona Community School

Preparing Today's Learners for Tomorrow's World

 

English I

Mrs. Courtney Sawada

(760) 787-3631 room D8

csawada@ramonausd.net

Tutorial / Office Hours: (for help or conversation)     

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

7:40-8:35 (p1)

11:45-12:40 (p5)

Or by appointment

 

Welcome to High School and to English I!

You will be experiencing many new and exciting things as you enter into this new phase of your life and your education. This class will only be one aspect of these new experiences. But as a student and a community member of this classroom, you should expect to work hard, challenge your understandings and knowledge, while participating and committing yourself not only to your success but the success of all the members of this class. This class is designed not only for your enrichment and development, but also for your enjoyment. However, whether you take from this experience all that is offered to you ultimately is entirely up to you as the student. Your education now and throughout the rest of your life will be what you make of it. 

 

English I Course Curriculum

The English I course is standards based with the California adopted Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. The standards-based curriculum explores key concepts using selections from the textbook (short stories, poetry, and nonfiction), as well as longer literature.   In addition, self-selected readings, journals and structured essays will be incorporated throughout the year.

 

Those students choosing English I Honors can expect a more rigorous curriculum with additional reading and writing assignments designed to further prepare you for college. 

 

Methods of Instruction:

Discussion is the primary way in which students come to understand complex text. Discussion will be done in small group and whole class format. Socratic Seminars with cooperative learning groups will be used frequently. Contributions to class or group discussions will be assessed. Projects and assignments are done primarily on an individual basis but may include collaborative components. 

 

 

English I Course Policies

Classroom Axiom: “All that I do adds value to this classroom.”

 

Behavior Expectations:

1.     Come to class everyday prepared to learn, ready when class starts.

2.     Be kind and respect yourself and others at all times.

3.     Electronics are turned off except at appropriate times, with teacher permission, to support academic instruction.

 

Academic Honesty

We will adhere to the Mountain Valley Academy and RUSD Academic Honesty Code. Please see your student and parent handbooks for the details of this policy.

 

Independent Assignments and Homework

1.     Independent Assignments and Homework is due at the beginning of class and must be turned in to the appropriate tray.

2.     If a student is absent, his/her parent must call or email the same day to excuse any late work. Then, the assignment must be EMAILED and a hard copy must be handed in at the beginning of the next class period with the words “excused absence” on the top of the assignment.

3.     If a student is to be gone over an extended period of time, the student must arrange with the teacher dates for when the assignments must be turned in. If not, the assignments will fall under the Late Work Policy.

 

Late Work

1.     Work not turned in at the beginning of class is considered late. Printer problems are not an excuse for late work – it is a result from last minute planning.

2.     Late assignments will receive ½ credit up to one week.

3.     Late assignments that are over one week will receive no credit.

4.     Any test/quizzes/in class essays that are missed during an absence can be taken for full credit up to one week upon return form the absence. A 10% reduction will result on tests/quizzes/in class essays taken upon return from the absence that is taken beyond the one week grace period.

 

Activities and Evaluation

Grades for our class will be determined by the quality and timeliness of your work, as well as by your effort and growth. Do not forget that you control your grade – it is not something given to you by me. You will always be informed of the criteria/expectations for each class project and assignment when the assignment is given. The grading categories are as follows:

 

Grading Breakdown:

Your coursework is weighted when determining your course grade. It is your responsibility to check online regularly to ensure your grades are recorded accurately. In the event that I have made a recording error, you may see me during my office hours (Not during class time) and must have the original graded assignment with you to show the correct mark. Your coursework will breakdown as follows:

 

40%        Independent Assignments: Wordly Wise Vocabulary, Reading annotations, Reading Rewards, Journals, other assignments in preparation for class  

30%        In-class Assignments and Formative Assessments: Socratic Seminars, Discussions

30%        Summative Assessments: Essays, Unit Exams, Projects, Presentations and Semester Final Exams           

 

 

Point Recovery Work:

  • Point Recovery opportunities will be available throughout the year; however, these will not be frequent so it is important to put forth your best effort with every assignment. 
  • Point Recovery is not usually planned in advance – so please do not ask. 
  • Point Recovery is in addition to the course work, it cannot replace it. Therefore, if a student has a “C” or less, he or she must first make up missing assignments before working on point recovery opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Materials

These materials must be brought to class EVERY CLASS MEETING.

  1. 3-ring Binder – (or a section for this course in a large binder) this should be designated for English materials only, including loose-leaf notebook paper
  2. Post-it or “sticky notes” – we will be using these often to annotate (make notes) in our texts!
  3. Blue and/or Black ink pens (only colors acceptable for work turned in), other colored pens (pink, etc.) may be helpful for note taking but are not required
  4. Highlighters – at least 1, however 2 different colors may come in handy
  5. Spiral notebook (1 or 3 subject) for journal (for English journals only!!!) –COLLEGE RULED please.
  6. dividers (not required) but may be useful for your organization

 

Curriculum

The following is a general outline of our units per semester. Specific reading schedules and due dates will be given with each unit and will also be available for viewing on my teacher page.

 

Semester 1

Unit I: Conflicting Truth                                                                                                                                   Essential Questions: Can truth change?

Ø Selections from literature anthology: PEARSON: Literature, Reading and Language

Ø Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Honors only, read in installments throughout the year)

 

Unit II: Truly Conflict                                                                                                                   Essential Questions: Is conflict necessary?

Ø Selections from literature anthology: PEARSON: Literature, Reading and Language

Ø Literature Circle selections (core and honors)

Ø Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Honors only, read in installments throughout the year)

 

Unit III: Rhetoric and Propaganda                                     Essential Question: Is knowledge the same as understanding?

Ø Selections from literature anthology: PEARSON: Literature, The American Experience

Ø Animal Farm by George Orwell (core and honors)

Ø Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Honors only, read in installments throughout the year)

 

Semester 2

Unit IV: Nothing Stays the Same                                                                          Essential Question: How does change happen?

Ø Selections from literature anthology: PEARSON: Literature, The American Experience

Ø Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Ø Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Honors only, read in installments throughout the year)

 

Unit V: The World Needs a Hero                                                             Essential Question: Do heroes have responsibilities?

Ø Selections from literature anthology: PEARSON: Literature, The American Experience

Ø Odyssey by Homer

Ø Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Honors only, read in installments throughout the year)

 

Unit VI: “Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.” Essential Question: Do our differences define us?

Ø Selections from literature anthology: PEARSON: Literature, The American Experience

Ø Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Ø Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Honors only, read in installments throughout the year)