25% Write four formal essays per quarter.
XXX This will be worth 25% of the grade for first, second, and fourth quarter.
XXX We will use a six-traits rubric. (The rubric is a Microsoft Word document).
20% Write short papers weekly that are scored with a rubric.
XXX This will be worth 20% of the grade for first, second, and fourth quarter.
XXX We will use a simple rubric for these sorts of essays. (The rubric is a Microsoft Word document).
XXX Early in the year, we will focus on developing a main idea and offering support through examples.
XXX Also, after reading short stories or novel chapters, we will often write short essays in response to
XXX a specific question or theme. These essays will also require the use of examples.
18% Read two books and demonstrate understanding each quarter
XX In the first quarter, each student will be able to select both books from the list of books for 9th grade.
XX In the second quarter, To Kill a Mockingbird will count as one, and the other will be from the list.
XX In the third quarter, each student will be able to select both books from the list of books for 9th grade.
XX In the fourth quarter, the novel the epic The Odyssey will count as one, and the other
XX will be from the list.
XX A part of this grade will be daily reading in the classroom. Demonstration of understanding for
XX the six books will typically be through an Accelerated Reader quiz. At other times, it may be
XX through a speech, a PowerPoint presentation, or other means.
XX I can modify this state requirement for students who wish to choose longer or more advanced
XX books. (See the page on book requirements.)
15% Maintain a portfolio of personal reading and writing.
XXX Students are required to use the hanging folders in the back of the English to hold the portfolio.
XXX The following items should be kept in it, and in this order:
XXX 1 Reading Record: Keep an up-to-date list of the books you have read. If you don't already
XXX have one, print off a reading record.
XXX 2 Mini-Reviews: Print off a copy of your mini-reviews. Keep them together in one
XXX Microsoft Word file and print them off together.
XXX 3 Writing Samples: This includes the short weekly essays, the quarterly essays, and
XXX your research paper.
XXX 4 Short Story Quizzes: Keep all the quizzes from our anthology that you have taken.
12% Speak or present each quarter.
XXX This will include presentations on poetry or novels, reading drama parts, as well
XXX as the presentation of the research in the third quarter.
40% Write a major research paper annually.
XXX This will be done early in the third quarter. For that quarter, it will take the place of the
XXX other writings. (See research paper pages.)
5% Take and organize notes weekly.
XXX Each student will be required to keep a notebook for these; this will be helpful when
XXX it comes to studying for the proficiency exams.
5% Discuss or debate topics monthly.