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English IV Syllabus  

English IV

Course Syllabus

 

 

Instructor: Joe Byrd

Room: 203                

School Phone: 422-4061       Email: joe.byrd@gcstn.org

 

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to get students college and career ready through critical thinking and a thorough understanding of English grammar. Reading, writing, critical thinking, and speaking skills are essential tools for academic and real-world success. Therefore, this class will incorporate high level reading selections, writing activities which require the student to synthesize several articles, and vocabulary exercise which will prepare the students to perform well in college and be successful in the modern, changing world. In addition to the evaluation of non-fiction texts, the course will also include the history of British literature and public speaking presentations.

 

            Possible Units of Study:

·       The evaluation of non-fiction texts – speeches, letters, documents, etc.

·       Critical thinking and analysis

·       Various writing styles

·       Public speaking

·       Professional letter writing

·       British literature

·       American literature

·       Research

 

Necessary supplies: pens, pencils, a 2-inch3-ring binder with tabbed dividers, loose leaf notebook paper

 

Texts: Vocabulary Workshop, Elements of Literature, selected novels, and various non-fiction works

                       

Grading:   50 % - tests, formal writing assignments, presentations, research projects

50 % - Daily work, participation, quizzes

Semester grade – 40 % first nine week average, 40 % second nine week average, 10 % midterm, 10 % final exam

 

Writing Assignments: Students will have a variety of in-class writing assignments. Informal essays, written responses, informal assessments, etc. will be used weekly. These assignments should be kept in the student’s notebook and will count as daily grades.

Students will also complete research and professional letter formal writing assignments outside of class. Formal writing assignments MUST be typed. If a student does not have access to a computer at home, see me in advance of the project for necessary accommodations. Late papers will ONLY be accepted with an excused absence the day the student returns to school.

 

Tests: Both formal and informal tests and quizzes will be given throughout the semester. Specifically, a midterm and final exam will be given according to Board Policy. ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE SEMESTER TEST.

 

Class Participation: Small group work and class discussion, as well as general daily class participation, are required at all times and necessary. These are part of your daily grade.

 

Tips for Success:

ü  Do your work (reading, writing, thinking)

ü  Complete each assignment on time

ü  Come to class prepared

ü  Share ideas

ü  Never hesitate to ask questions

ü  Come to class with a POSITIVE ATTITUDE and willingness to learn

All rules covered in the West Greene High School Student Handbook will be strictly enforced.


ACT Prep Syllabus  

ACT Prep

Course Syllabus

 

Instructor: Joe Byrd

Room: 203                

School Phone: 422-4061       Email: joe.byrd@gcstn.org

 

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for success on the ACT. Therefore, this class will incorporate high level reading selections, writing activities which require the student to synthesize several articles, and vocabulary, math, science exercise which will prepare the students to perform well on the ACT.

 

            Possible Units of Study:

·       English

·       Reading

·       Critical thinking and analysis

·       Writing

·       Science

·       Mathematics

 

Necessary supplies: pens, pencils, a 2-inch3-ring binder with tabbed dividers, loose leaf notebook paper

 

Texts: ACT Coach, various practice test materials

                       

Grading:   50 % - tests, writing assignments, projects

50 % - Daily work, participation, quizzes

Semester grade – 40 % first nine week average, 40 % second nine week average, 10 % midterm, 10 % final exam

 

 

Tests: Both formal and informal tests and quizzes will be given throughout the semester. Specifically, a midterm and final exam will be given according to Board Policy. ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE SEMESTER TEST.

 

Class Participation: Small group work and class discussion, as well as general daily class participation, are required at all times and necessary. These are part of your daily grade.

 

 

Tips for Success:

ü  Do your work (reading, writing, thinking)

ü  Complete each assignment on time

ü  Come to class prepared

ü  Share ideas

ü  Never hesitate to ask questions

ü  Come to class with a POSITIVE ATTITUDE and willingness to learn

All rules covered in the West Greene High School Student Handbook will be strictly enforced.