Classroom Guidelines for English IV
To finish high school and to succeed in college, in the military, or in the career you choose, you must read and write well. This year in English IV, we will be focusing on these skills. By reading several large pieces of literature, short stories, poems, and concentrating on writing and correct mechanics, we will build on past knowledge and skills to better prepare you for your future endeavors.
It is very important to turn in all assignments and to regularly come to class ready to work. A zero can be detrimental to a grade. Grades will be collected from the following areas:
Daily Grade (Class Work and Homework)
This grade will be determined by how well you answer questions in class about the material we are studying. Example: You have a reading assignment for homework and the next day I call on you to answer a question about it, however, you didn’t read and can not answer my question at all. This would be an “F” for participation for the day.
Please note: The “F” is not a 0! It is just a low grade for the day. You could have another opportunity to balance out this grade during the class period, but too many F’s in participation can severely hamper your grade. So always be prepared for class!
One word: YES! On a typical week, you should expect homework Monday through Thursday. Friday work will be assigned only if necessary. When homework is not specifically assigned, it will be important for you to work on a long term project, read on your own, or study our current vocabulary, grammar, etc.
Two words: Avoid this!! Only in emergency situations will late work be accepted. An emergency does not constitute a computer or printer problem when a typed paper is due. Make sure you finish work early, if necessary, to avoid computer problems.
Emergency situations only! You will only be allowed three hall passes per 6 weeks. When a restroom break is necessary, you will sign out at the sheet by the door and then be given a hall pass. No student is permitted to leave the class in the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes (school policy).
I will not allow any student to behave in any way that interferes with the learning of others. I will enforce the following rules:
- Be Prompt-Seated when the bell rings with materials on desk working on warm up activity.
- Be Prepared-Bring all books and materials to class. Take care of personal business (sharpening pencils, throwing things away, out of classroom conversations, etc.) before class begins.
- Be Polite-This includes a variety of areas; you know how to act! No talking while others are talking or during announcements. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak (unless activity specifies otherwise). Remain in you seat at the end of class until the teacher dismisses you.
I have a no cell phone policy in my classroom. You will be assigned a number that you will use for the entire semester. When you arrive in my class, please put your phone on silent, and then place it in the assigned number in the back of the classroom. Failure to do so will result in:
- 1st offense: I will take your phone, and return it to you at the end of class.
- 2nd offense: I will take your phone, and it will be turned in to the office for you to pick up.
- 3rd offense: I will take your phone, and your parents will have to come in to pick it up. You will also be written up for a disciplinary action.
- Offenses after 3rd: See 3rd offense. Plus, write ups will occur for disciplinary action and a parent conference may be required.
Note: If your phone is asked to be handed in, please turn it off and DO NOT argue as this will cause a disciplinary action to occur no matter what number offense has occurred.
If you choose to follow the rules, rewards will include such things as Praise, Food, a Homework-Free night, etc.
If you choose to break a rule, these steps will be followed:
- First Time: Warning
- Second Time: Removal to another teacher’s classroom.
- Third Time: Contact the office and they may determine if you need to be written up for disciplinary actions.
Note: Depending on your actions, disciplinary actions may skip previous consequences.
Tardiness is disrespectful to your class and me. This year, you will be locked out of the class if you are tardy (school policy). You will then go to the office, get an “admittance to class” note and fulfill a sanction set up by the administration.
Please see me during Overtime (time at the end of class to work on homework/projects) as soon as you return. You and I will negotiate a reasonable schedule for make-up work. Generally, you will be allowed three days to make up work without penalty. Tests are to be made up the day you return to school. All make-up work is your responsibility. (If it were me, I would call somebody in class the same day I missed to ask what you missed.)
The only extra credit offered will be notecards on vocabulary tests. These are optional and worth 10 points. Make sure you follow the directions given in class in order to receive credit.
- One 3 ring binder (1 inch)
- Dividers (at least 5)
- Post-It Notes
- 3x5 index cards for vocabulary extra credit (160)
- Pens (blue, black, and red) and Pencils
- General supplies for projects
I will be available to discuss any questions or concerns you might have before and after school. Please feel free to contact me about any needs you might have throughout the semester.
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