Syllabus & Policies for English 10, 11, & AP English Language & Composition, 2017-18  
Theme for English B BY LANGSTON HUGHES The instructor said,      Go home and write      a page tonight.      And let that page come out of you—      Then, it will be true. I wonder if it’s that simple? I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.    I went to school there, then Durham, then here    to this college on the hill above Harlem.    I am the only colored student in my class.    The steps from the hill lead down into Harlem,    through a park, then I cross St. Nicholas,    Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y,    the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator    up to my room, sit down, and write this page: It’s not easy to know what is true for you or me    at twenty-two, my age. But I guess I’m what I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you. hear you, hear me—we two—you, me, talk on this page.    (I hear New York, too.) Me—who? Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.    I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.    I like a pipe for a Christmas present, or records—Bessie, bop, or Bach. I guess being colored doesn’t make me not like the same things other folks like who are other races.    So will my page be colored that I write?    Being me, it will not be white. But it will be a part of you, instructor. You are white— yet a part of me, as I am a part of you. That’s American. Sometimes perhaps you don’t want to be a part of me.    Nor do I often want to be a part of you. But we are, that’s true! As I learn from you, I guess you learn from me— although you’re older—and white— and somewhat more free. This is my page for English B.
                                                                 Classroom Rules & Procedures – English  
  • Introduction
    1. The following is a list of rules and procedures to be followed in this classroom in addition to the Gramercy Arts High School Discipline Code.  These rules and procedures are to ensure a strong classroom culture that sustains and drives excellence. I expect all students in our class to work hard, behave, model strong character, and do their best.  Following these rules and procedures will ensure that all students have the best chance to succeed.
  • Procedures for Entering the Classroom
      1. Each day, class will begin with a FREEWRITE in your JOURNAL.
        1. Pick up your JOURNAL from the bookcase.
        2. After you have picked up your JOURNAL, enter the classroom silently without speaking to your classmates
        3. Take your assigned seat quickly
        4. Have your desk clear of everything except the journal and a pen.
        5. Label the FREEWRITE with FW and the date
        6. Start the FREEWRITE
        7. Work quietly on the FREEWRITE by yourself without direction from the teacher and without discussion with classmates
        8. Stop- pen down, eyes up- when time is called
  • If You Are Late
    1. You are late to class if you are not seated with your journal when the bell rings. If you are late to class you will be marked as such and must:
      1. Walk in quietly making as little noise as possible, HAND YOUR LATE PASS TO ME, and pick up your JOURNAL
      2. Join the FREEWRITE in progress.  
    2. Consequences for Tardiness – See VI
  • If You Are Absent
    1. It is your responsibility to make-up the material and obtain the notes you missed from a classmate in a timely manner.  Follow this procedure when you return to class:
      1. Join the activity in progress.  If you don’t know what to do, raise your hand and wait until the teacher reaches you.
      2. At an appropriate time (i.e., not at the very beginning of class, or when a teacher is delivering instruction), submit a doctor’s or guardian’s note explaining your absence. UNDOCUMENTED ABSENCES ARE UNEXCUSED ABSENCES!
      3. Go to the OLD HANDOUT FILE in the bookcase and pick up anything from the day(s) you missed.
    2. If you are still confused, email me.
  • Turning in Assignments
    1. HARD COPY (worksheets, quick writes, friday writes, etc.): Place your work for grading in the WORK IN file for your class on your class’s bookshelf.
    2. ONLINE (worksheets, papers, other projects): Submit using Google Classroom as instructed.
  • Grading Policy
    1. Six report cards and six formal conferences are used to provide parents, students, and teachers better communication with an annualized school structure.
    2. All grades will be out of five (5) points, with ¼ increments
      1. 5 = superior quality and/or effort = 100
      2. 4 = excellent quality and/or effort = 90
      3. 3 = acceptable quality and/or effort = 80
      4. 2 = unacceptable quality and/or effort = 70
      5. 1 = failing quality and/or effort = 60 – NO INCREMENTS
      6. 0 = incomplete or mostly incomplete = 0
    3. Throughout the year, all homework, classwork, and assessment scores can be viewed by both students and parents at  
      1. This enables both students and parents to track academic progress throughout the year.
    4. The tests and quizzes will cover a total picture of what has been covered in class and on the homework.  Missing a quiz or test will result in a zero unless made up within five school days.
    5. In correlation with the Gramercy Arts High School Grading Policy, classroom participation will also be reflected in a daily grade, based on your freewrite performance. Lateness and absence prohibit your full participation, and will result in the following automatic participation grades for that day:
      1. Lateness: 2
      2. Unexcused absence: 0
    6. Your grade in this course will be established by the following criteria:
Essays, tests, and projects: 50% Classwork: 30% Participation: 20%    
  • Procedure for End of Class and Class Dismissal
    1. Right before the bell rings everyone should: be in an assigned seat, be quiet, gather all their materials, and wait for the teacher to dismiss the class .  The bell does not dismiss students.  Wait for the teacher to dismiss the class.
    2. As you exit, return your journal to your class’s shelf.
  • When You Finish Your Work Early
      1. If you finish all of your assigned class work early you should:
        1. Work on a journal expansion
        2. Begin your homework
        3. Read independently
  • CDOS Standards
    1. Standard 1: Career Development Students will be knowledgeable about the world of work, explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes, and abilities to future career decisions.
    2. Standard 2: Integrated Learning Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.
    3. Standard 3a: Universal Foundation Skills Students will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace. and
    4. Standard 3b: Career Majors Students who choose a career major will acquire the career-specific technical knowledge/skills necessary to progress toward gainful employment, career advancement, and success in postsecondary programs.
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