• ENGLISH II

    West Plains High School

    Ms. Lovelace, Room 14

    elovelace@zizzers.org

    (417)256-6150

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION 

    (Prerequisite: Students must pass English I or Honors English I.)

    This is a full-year concept-based course designed to promote cross-cultural ideas by surveying and assessing literary genres such as the novel, the short story, drama, and poetry. Students will develop all methods of communication skills, build vocabulary, plus review and apply basic grammar skills. Writing activities will stress developing and supporting a thesis in paragraphs, essays, and reports. Students will use the four composition modes of expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative. Students will further develop library skills for personal use and research projects and will participate in a service project.

    TEXT

    Adventures in Appreciation (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston)

    Write Source (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

    Various short stories, novels, units, and plays will also be assigned throughout the year, including but not limited to To Kill a Mockingbird, For One More Day, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, and Arthurian Legends. 

    GRADING

    • Grading will be done on a variety of assignments including writing, vocabulary and comprehension homework, discussion responses, public speaking, group work, oral and silent reading, research and presentations, participation, quizzes and tests, and completion of homework. Grades will be recorded for most tasks, and most papers will be returned to you IF you want them back.
    • It is your responsibility to keep track of your grades, and it is recommended to keep returned work in a folder.  If you have a question or concern about your grade, please make an appointment with me after class or before or after school. Please monitor your course grades online at the Parent Connect student portal.

    GRADING SCALE

    Grade           Grade Point               Percent                             

    A                     4.0                         93-100

    B                     3.0                         82-92

    C                     2.0                         70-81

    D                     1.0                         60-69

    F                      0                            0-59

    SUPPLIES

    • One folder with pockets to maintain work throughout semester
    • Notebook paper
    • Pencils
    • Pen to check assignments (blue or black ink only)
    • Textbooks/novel in use
    • Student planner for assignments (recommended, but not required)

    TECHNOLOGY USAGE

            Students will use the district’s technology throughout the school year.  Follow the district technology usage agreement at all times. Students who are banned from technology use in the classroom will complete computer tasks or similar tasks on paper only, which will likely require extended time in comparison. We will use technology for numerous tasks in this course:

    • Google Drive (We will create and use this online storage website.)
    • Online news souces (TeenTribune, Newsela, etc.)
    • Study Island
    • Ms. Lovelace’s website 

    CLASS POLICIES

    • Cheating: Students involved in cheating (both the student willfully sharing the information and the student obtaining the information) will receive a zero for that assignment.
    • Plagiarism: Students who plagiarize their writing assignments will receive a zero for that writing assignment. If a student plagiarizes a research paper, a failing grade for the semester may result.
    • Unexcused Absences: If an absence is unexcused, zero credit will be given for missed work (see student handbook).
    • Tardies: Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings to avoid a tardy (refer to student handbook).

    MAKE-UP WORK 

    For regular daily assignments (other than projects and essays), you have as many days to make up the assignments as you have been excused for your absence. Please check the assignment calendar on the board, check with your fellow students, and borrow any notes from a trusted classmate. Students excused for school-sponsored activities will be expected to complete work before the absence for the activity unless arranged otherwise. NOTE TO ALL INVOLVED in cheer, drama, student government, athletics, band, or choir: Your schedule is especially demanding, but missed assignments or late work will NOT be excused. Be responsible. Plan ahead!

    LATE WORK POLICY 

    • Assignments one day late will receive 50% credit.
    • All missing assignments will be made up in RTI if not completed in a timely manner.
    • In accordance with the student handbook, students with UNEXCUSED absences will be expected to make up any missed work, quizzes, or tests, but they will NOT be allowed to receive credit for those assignments.

    CLASSROOM RULES

    1. Be on time, be prepared, and be ready to work! You must be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings. Tardies accumulate into noon detentions. Bring all materials, supplies, and assignments to class every day.
    2. Raise your hand for permission to speak. In order for all students to stay on track with class discussions, it is essential to follow this important rule. Please be considerate so that speakers may be heard and everyone has a voice.
    3. Follow directions quickly! Listen carefully, do your work, and don’t be careless or sloppy. Use your time in class wisely
    4. Be respectful! Show respect to EVERYONE and EVERYTHING! You are one of many students in our class. The world does not revolve around you, so respect those around you.
    5. Keep your teacher happy! I like to have fun while learning, but this is only possible if we can all work together in a community of trust and mutual respect. If you want to be treated as an adult, you must act like an adult!  Follow these rules, work hard, and do your best…and I will be happy! J

    (NOTE: Please take restroom breaks between classes. You will not be allowed passes from class to take care of personal business. No food or drink, except bottled water and gum, is allowed. This privilege may be revoked if it becomes a distraction or an attachment to anything in my room. 

    DISCIPLINE POLICY FOR RULE VIOLATION/BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS

    1st Offense:  Verbal warning

    2nd Offense:  Teacher/Student conference after class or removal from classroom

    3rd Offense:  Lunch Detention, Parent phone call, or Office Referral

    Please maintain maturity and self-discipline at all times, not just in my class. Your decisions and behaviors not only affect YOUR success, but also impact the learning of others. Your high school years will go by quickly, yet they are the greatest factor contributing to the direction you take and the success you achieve thereafter. Take this time seriously and others will take you seriously!  I have the highest expectations of all my students and of myself. I do not accept average or mediocre work!  Therefore, if you are okay to turn in average or mediocre work, make sure you are okay with redoing it!  Your success is important to everyone! J