Welcome to Saint Francis Prep! As your English teacher for this year I personally look forward to working with every single one of you. Our goal for this year is to recognize and develop our abilities for analysis, interpretation, creativity, and abstract thinking in both the classroom and our community through English Literature.
All the rules and regulations of Saint Francis Prep will apply in our classroom. In addition, I ask that you adhere to the following standards of my classroom:
- Show respect for others and yourself.
- Be prepared for class.
- Do your best and try as hard as you can.
I will be going over the procedures of how our class will operate at the beginning of the year. It is your duty as the students of my classroom to follow these procedures throughout the school year.
Every week I will be making updates on this web page with your assignments for the upcoming week. You and your parents may e-mail through the web site with any questions, issues, or ideas (websites, articles, etc.) you feel worth sharing. Please get in the habit of checking the school’s web site on a daily basis. You will make your life so much easier once you get into an online routine. You and your parents can monitor your assignments and progress in class through Power School available to both parents and students.
*Due to health concerns and remote learning I will be making adjustments to this course outline as we proceed into this school year. Adjustments will be made accordingly.*
- 1 or 2 subject Notebook
- iPad: fully charged
- 2-pocket folder
- Multiple pens
- The required book for that day’s class
Books we will read this year:
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Night by Elie Wiesel
We will be reading a variety of short stories including:
- “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury
- “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
- “The Cask of Amontillado” and other works by Edgar Allen Poe
- “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
Can’t forget the poems! A few poems we will break-down this year include:
- “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
- “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe
- “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare
- “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes
- “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
Additional readings will be discussed as the year goes on.
You will also be expected to complete the Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop - Level D workbook found on the Sadlier Connect website. Unit exercises test your knowledge on definitions, synonyms, antonyms and sentence completions.
- Quarterly grades will be based on the total average of all exams, quizzes, essays, homework and classwork. A score of 75 is considered the passing grade for all assignments and assessments. There will be one to two major reading/writing assignments per quarter.
- Follow all the guidelines in the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.
- Bring your iPad fully charged to class every day.
- When we are using the iPad, have it flat on your desk opened only to the web sites or apps I indicate.
- Bluetooth on your iPad should be turned on at all times when in class.
- It is your responsibility to message me should you experience any difficulty logging in. Please message me either through Google Classroom or Powerschool as soon as the issue occurs.
- Cameras must be on for attendance to show you are present. There may be times I wish to have class discussion and will ask everyone to turn your cameras on then. Anyone unable to do so will receive a deduction in participation
- Use all technology in honest and respectful ways keeping with the school Mission both in the classroom and while attending class remotely.
COURSE EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Each student is expected to come to class on time and fully prepared: that is, with a notebook, your iPad, folder, pen or pencil, and the appropriate texts for the day.
- Lack of preparation will result in lost points.
- Six days of absence per quarter will result in a loss of 5 points from your grade at the end of the quarter.
- It is essential that all assignments, both reading and writing, be completed conscientiously and on time.
- I will check reading assignments with quizzes.
- Late writing assignments will lose points.
- If you are absent, for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to obtain missed notes and assignments and to take missed quizzes and tests. Please see me about this work on the day you return to school. Everyone must complete all assignments.
- Habitual latenesses and/or absences will negatively affect your grade.
- Plagiarism of any kind will NOT be tolerated in the class. We will discuss what constitutes plagiarism in class.
- Most important of all, each student is expected to participate actively and fully in the learning process. This means listening, thinking, questioning, answering, and generally being involved in all class activities. Take chances.