Classroom Rules

1. Consider your binder another textbook to be brought to class each and every day. Lecture notes and practice work should go in binders. Any handouts that are already 3-hole-punched are to be put immediately into the binder under the appropriate divider. Binders will be randomly and periodically checked without warning. 2. Writing folders will be in order and all formal assignments together. A portfolio from this folder will be put together and passed on to your English class next year. This will be your final writing grade for the year. When you are a senior, a project will be completed using the 4 year collection of essays.

3. Daily attendance is absolutely necessary to be successful in English class. Please review the attendance policy published in the student planner as the “unexcused absence” policy beyond 5 absences will be enforced, and you cannot afford to get “zeros” in English class. Three daily participation/attendance points will be given on top of quiz grades, test grades, homework grades, and project/writing grades. Being off task, sleeping, bothering others, or not taking part in daily activities will be considered the same as not being present, and a zero for the day will be given.

4. Remain seated until the bell rings.

5. Students will stay out of yearbook room and will enter/exit via the English room door: verbal warning, then detention

6. Books, binders, writing utensils, etc. will be brought to class daily.

7. Students will be on-task making only positive, thought provoking comments.

8. Cell phones, ipods, palm pilots, calculators, cd players etc. can NOT be brought to class.

9. Be in the door by the bell.

10. One student at a time may use the passbook for the restroom. Choose the time wisely as what you miss will not be repeated. Overuse of this privilege will result in the loss of it.

11. If absent, it is the student’s responsibility to check for make-up work in the lesson plan binder! !

12. For scheduled absences, ( such as dentist appointments, field trips, athletic events,family vacations) Students MUST get the homework before being absent and have it finished upon returning.

13. Late work is NOT accepted.

14. Extra credit is a privilege, not a substitute for missed assignments. To earn extra-credit if offered, no zeros can in the grade book. There is no guarantee that any extra credit assignments will be offered. Bonus points may appear on tests and on random assignments, but they are not considered extra-credit.


1. a flash drive ( jump drive) for bringing computer work back and forth from home to school.

2. a 3 ring binder with loose leaf notebook paper and at least 3 dividers labeled notes, handouts, & rough drafts

3. blue or black pen and pencil--All writing assignments when submitted in final form should be in blue or black pen and on loose leaf notebook paper or typed. Computer room time will be scheduled whenever possible. All typed assignments should have the MLA heading and header and be in 12 point palatino or new times roman and double spaced.

Required reading for the 9th grade:

The Pigman by Zindel

The Outsiders by Hinton

April Morning by Howard Fast

possibly Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

possibly Shane by Schafer

a biography, and maybe Great Expectations by Dickens.


The Outsiders

April Morning

Capote’s A Christmas Memory

Romeo and Juliet.

Drama: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and maybe Homer's The Odyssey.

Workbooks: Each student will receive a grammar workbook, and in preparation for the OGT ( Ohio Graduation Test ) required of all students to graduate, Study Island may also be utilized frequently.




A. Pre-writing techniques

B. Descriptive writing

II. Literature

A. texts- McDougal Littell Literature book.

B. Short stories

C. Novels--The Pigman, Outsiders

III. Grammar

A. Parts of Speech

B. Parts of a Sentence

C. Phrases/Clauses

D. Agreement

E. Usage

F. Capitalization

G. Commas

H. Other Punctuation

I. Sentence Structure

IV. Research

A. Short paraphrasing/summarizing/citing practices

using electronic sources

B. RESEARCH PROJECTS: Name Game/Science Fair

1. Note-taking Process/MLA citations

2. Pre-writing/Outlining

3. Rough Draft

4. Evaluation

5. Final Draft

6. Debates


Short stories and analysis responses

April Morning and a critical analysis

Shane novel study

a poetry unit

portfolio sort

Romeo and Juliet unit complete with projects and analyisis paper




Students are responsible for knowing what constitutes academic

dishonesty. If a student is not sure what constitutes cheating or plagiarism, he should seek teacher advice.

Plagiarism is the presentation of another writer’s ideas or words as if they were the student’s own without acknowledging the source. Plagiarism and other forms of “intellectual currency” theft are receiving increased legal scrutiny with the advent of the Internet .

Examples include but are not limited to:

1. Plagiarizing or representing the words, ideas or information of another person as your own without proper documentation on any written assignment or

oral presentation.

2. Giving or receiving any information concerning the content prior to

a test or quiz.

3. Communicating in any manner during a test or quiz without authorization.

4. Copying homework.

Should academic dishonesty be discovered, the instructor may choose the following actions:

1. For a test, quiz, or homework the student will be given a zero for that assignment, and the parents will be notified.

2. For any written assignments or presentations that require citing sources and on which the student purposely plagiarized, the student will be required to do it over or receive an incomplete for the course. The student will then be credited with only half of the earned grade.

( An extreme example would be downloading from the internet and submitting it as his/her own material. )