Honors Sophomore English Course Disclosure
August 13, 2017
Keith Wood, room 325
Phone: 801.264.7460, extension 5325
I am available to help students or meet with parents. I appreciate parents calling
in advance to make an appointment.
- Before school, Monday through Friday, "before school" does NOT mean during assemblies and please note that all faculty members have meetings at 2:00 p.m. on every Wednesday afternoon;
- After school, Monday through Thursday.
TEXTBOOK: Literature as assigned.
COURSE OBJECTIVES & EXPECTATIONS
- The objective of this class is to teach you disciplined and effective
reading and writing skills necessary for success in Advanced Placement classes
and college writing courses.
All of the literature used in this class comes from cited on past AP English Literature and Composition tests and referenced on SAT exams.
- This course counts as the required sophomore English course and meets all
state mandated core requirements.
- You will be instructed in critical reading, pre-writing, writing, revising,
and editing. You may be assigned to response or peer editing groups to assist
you and give you the chance to assist others in producing and revising papers.
When used, preparation for and participation in these groups is required.
- Pen or pencil, notebook paper, and whatever novel or play we are currently
studying. I will provide paper for in-class writing assignments. I will NOT
provide pencils for student use.
- I encourage you to buy your own books. This is NOT a requirement.
The school will provide copies of everything you read. However, you will be required to annotate the books assigned in the course. That involves writing in the book as you read. It is much easier to do this if you own your own books.
CLASS RULES, BEHAVIOR, & PARTICIPATIONThe following
rules are posted prominently in the room.
- Be considerate to the teacher and to your classmates at all times.
- Do not disrupt the class in any way [this includes during announcements or
- Do not sleep in class.
- Do not bring food or drinks—other than water in clear and easy to assess—containers to class.
- Do not do work for other classes in this class.
- Cell phones, cameras, ear buds or headsets, and the improper use of Internet-capable devices are all inappropriate in class. They will be confiscated on sight and other penalties may apply.
Your academic grade is a percentage determined by dividing the number
of points you earn by the total number of points possible each quarter.
This total can be decreased by misbehavior in class, by handing work in
late, or by failing to hand in assigned work. Under some circumstances,
this total can be raised by doing extra work assigned by the teacher.
Grades will NOT be rounded up.
93 - 100% = A
90 - 92% = A-
87 - 89% = B+
86% = B
80 - 82% = B-
77 - 79% = C+
73 - 76% = C
70 - 72%
67 - 69% = D+
63 - 66% = D
60 - 62% = D-
59% = F
According to Murray High School's Attendance and Tardiness Policy, all
students will earn an "S" in citizenship unless a "U" is given for one of
the following reasons.
Tardiness: You will receive a "U" in citizenship if you have 2 tardies
at the end of the quarter. You will be marked tardy if you are NOT IN YOUR
SEAT WHEN THE BELL RINGS. I do not accept notes from teachers or parents.
Tardies may ONLY be made up by attending detention.
Attendance: You will receive a "U" in citizenship if you have 4 or more
absences in any quarter.
Truancy (absence unexcused by a parent): You will receive a "U" in
citizenship for any unexcused absence.
Behavior & Participation: You will start each quarter with 25 citizenship points. These points are separate from and do not add or detract from your academic grade. You will lose citizenship points for being rude or disrespectful to the teacher or other students, for disrupting class in any way, for using a phone or earbuds of any kind, for bringing food or drinks to class, for sleeping in class, for failing to take notes on class lectures, or
for not having your book, pencil, or other materials when needed.
You will receive a "U" in citizenship for
losing your citizenship points in any quarter.
- Grades are updated regularly and are always available online.
It is extremely important that you check your grades frequently. If you do not have a password, get one.
- Please keep all of your assignments during the quarter. If I have made an
mistake in recording your scores and you have the scored work, I will gladly
correct my mistake.
- I will notify parents if your grades or citizenship become unsatisfactory.
- After grades for the quarter are recorded, "if there is a perceived error,
any grade change must be completed within the following quarter or by June
30 for fourth quarter" (IN307).
LEARNING ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT
- Different kinds of literature will be used in this course as examples and
departure points for writing assignments. I expect you to read every word of
every work assigned during the year. You will be tested on all assigned
- There are two complementary writing assignments during the year that are
required. A research project will be done first semester to give you research
skills necessary for future classes. Second semester, you will compile a
personal literature anthology. This anthology will incorporate and reinforce
the research skills learned in first semester's research paper. Both of these
assignments are required for recommendation into Honors Junior English.
- All in-class essays will be handwritten and must be legible to me. If I can't read your essay, I can't grade your work.
- Plan for one hour of homework each night. Also plan to work on weekends
and over school holidays on readings, writing or rewriting papers, and on your
- No work can be exempted in this class for the Renaissance Program or for
any other reason.
- There is no extra credit in this course. There are
some options for enhancing your grade with additional work.
These enhancements are available to all students who meet the criteria and
who hand them in on time.
MAKE-UP WORK, LATE WORK, & REMEDIATION
- 10th grade English is required for graduation. If you fail this class, you
must remediate the lost credit on your time and at your expense.
- It is your responsibility to keep up with all assigned work; it is your responsibility to know what's been assigned and it is your responsibility to make up missed
- If you miss class because of a scheduled school activity or personal reason,
you should make up the work in advance.
- When absent, you must make up the missing work on the next school
day whether you have this class or not.
- All of the work in the term MUST be handed in. Late work will be scored in the following ways:
When making up missed work before school, please come in early enough to finish the work. It is inappropriate for you to do part of a test, then have the rest of the day to "prep" before finishing the task.
If I notice that you are checking in and out of school to avoid taking scheduled tests or writing essays, your work will be marked late.
All make-up work and all enhancements must be in one week before the end
of the quarter. This date will be clearly marked on the course calendar. There
will be no exceptions to this deadline.
All make-up work is to be done before or after school.
You may not use class time to make up missed work nor will I allow you to
miss another class to make up work.
You are responsible for books assigned to you. Damage or replacement costs
are your responsibility.
A grade of "incomplete" will be given to those students who have missed
long periods of the term due to excused illness. I will check with your parents
or guardians and will clear this with the office before considering this option.
The personal property of the teacher is strictly off limits. Any breach of this will result in a "U" in citizenship.
- If missed work is made up within one calendar week from the date it was due, that work will be penalized 50% of the original points.
- If missed work is made up after one calendar week and the work is done to the same level of performance as work handed in on time, I will accept it and will mark it as completed. You will receive no points for work made up this late. But, as long as the work is handed in, you will be able to do extra work in the term.
FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT
Please know that ongoing critical evaluation by peers, which may include
exchanging drafts of papers, will be used to enhance the educational process.
Final assessment of student work is my job as the teacher of the class. Student privacy will be respected when providing all confidential
USE OF ELECTRONICS IN CLASS
- Ear buds or other head phones are inappropriate in class. Always. I see them, you lose them.
- Cell phones should be turned off and in your backpack and the backpack should be on the floor under your seat—not on your lap or on your desk top. If your phones rings during class, if I see you sending or receiving text messages, or if I see you using a camera in the room, I will confiscate the phone and turn it in to the office where you may pick it up from an assistant principal. You will immediately lose all of your citizenship points, lose all enhancement points earned or possible in the quarter, and receive a "U" in citizenship for that term.
- Internet connectable devices should not work in the school. However, electronic readers such as Kindles or Nooks may be used in class when writing essays or during class discussion. Those who use them should be careful that the materials they purchase for use on these devices are "complete and unabridged" or are the correct translations. Any other use of these devices, playing games for instance, will result in the device being confiscated, turned in to the office, and you will immediately lose all of your citizenship points, lose all enhancement points earned or possible in the quarter, and receive a "U" in citizenship for that term.