Course Syllabus

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English I

Fall 2021, 2nd Block

Course Description

Students in English I will examine a range of literary works to enhance their interpretive and critical thinking skills for success as a 21st-century student in a globally based world of relationships and information. The course will include literature and strategies for reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, grammar, and research: all components to facilitate student learning. The state of North Carolina has adopted state standards, which focus on reading literature and informational texts, writing, language, speaking, and listening. These skills will be developed throughout the class. The major works we will use as a basis for this skill development are The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and Of Mice and Men.


Course Syllabus


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  • 1 Notebook (college-ruled)
  • 1 Folder
  • Pencils
  • Pens in at least 2 colors
  • Highlighters in at least 5 colors
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (digital copies are permitted, but they must have page numbers, and you must come to class with your device charged)




  • Respect everyone’s participation and time.
  • Be actively present.
  • Keep the space safe.
  • Promptly communicate problems and questions.
  • Be responsible for whatever is within your control. (It is often more than you realize.)


In order to have a safe environment, please remember the following:  

  • No hateful commentary or language will be tolerated.
  • Nothing goes airborne, including saliva. Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Practice active listening and let other finish before speaking.
  • For anything not covered here, refer to the school handbook.


Academic Integrity: You are expected to respect the work of your classmates, other writers, and yourself. Therefore, cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Ask questions if you are unsure about citations or to what extent you are allowed to collaborate with others. Cheating is never worth it. An F can be overcome or replaced. A record of cheating cannot.


The expectations listed above are in place to ensure your success.  If you do not meet the expectations, you will face the following consequences, which may vary in severity depending on the seriousness of the infraction:

Teacher – Student Conference:  If you violate one of the rules listed above, I will ask to speak with you outside of class to gain a better understanding of the situation and remind you of the policy.

Phone Call Home:  If you are unable to turn your behavior around or resolve the matter through communication, I will contact your parents.

Office Referral:  If the problem persists, I will refer you to administration or the intervention team which includes your guidance counselor.   



Grading: This course will be graded on a points system. Grades will be updated on PowerSchool at least once per week.

Late Work:  Assignments are due at the beginning of class unless otherwise stated.  If you are absent the day work is due, you must turn it in on the day you return.  If you miss class for a performance/field trip, your work is due before you leave unless we have discussed an alternate arrangement. Homework cannot be submitted late. Classwork cannot be made up, but it can be excused for an excused absence. Major assignments and papers may be turned in late for a penalty of one letter grade per day. If you are absent on the day of a performance or presentation, we will make a plan on a case by case basis.

Restroom Use: If you need to use the restroom during class, please do not leave during instructional time. During individual work time, you come see me to get a hall pass. Please use the sign in/out sheet when leaving and returning.

Computers: Your Chromebooks will be required for some classwork and readings. You are responsible for making sure that your computer is charged and that your text is accessible to you during class. We do not have enough outlets for everyone, and cords can create a tripping hazard. During class, do not navigate to websites or programs that we are not currently using.

Cell Phones: Per school policy, please store your cell phone in one of the pockets located by the door. Make sure you turn it off or put it on silent first to prevent any interruptions.

Media: I will occasionally supplement lessons with videos. Your parents will be asked to sign permission slips for any films rated PG-13 and above and any television media rated TV-14 and above. Any student not given permission will be offered an alternate, equally weighted assignment.

Absences: When you are absent from school, it is your responsibility to immediately find out what you missed and make up your work outside of class according to the school’s policy.  You should choose someone in your class to be your partner.  In the event of an absence, the partner will take notes on the classwork, discussion, and assessments that take place. Always check the calendar and handout folders for anything you might have missed.

Exams: High School students will not be required to take a teacher-made final exam in a course in the following situations:

  • The student has an average of 90 or above the week prior to the administration of the exam and has no more than 2 unexcused absences in the class; or
  • The student has an average of 80 or above the week prior to the administration of the exam and has no more than 1 unexcused absence in the class.

Formatting: Please format all written assignments using the MLA 8 guidelines. Purdue OWL and Easybib have accessible guidelines and templates. Please do not use online citation generators for sources.

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