11th Grade English

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Jordan Valley High School
11th English 2007-2008
1st Hour, 8:00a.m.-8:56a.m
Mrs. Echave
Course Description
            The focus of this class will be British literature; however, other types of literature will be included. This class will push you hone the skill base you already have. You will fine tune grammar and gain vocabulary. Researching and speaking will be assigned throughout and you will see an improvement in those areas. Creating a family history project will take up a great deal of your final quarter. This project is one you will be proud of though. Also, it is a chance to showcase your skills.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
ü      Use the elements of good writing
ü      Understand writing as a process
ü      Connect literature to life and the “real” world
ü      Evaluate grade level or higher literature thoughtfully
ü      Respond to others’ work orally and in writing
ü      Expand vocabulary through reading, root word work, and context clues
ü      Use proper grammar and mechanics in writing and speaking
ü      Speak to a variety of audiences and purposes
ü      Critique literature independently
ü      Demonstrate a complete understanding of MLA citation
ü      Create thoroughly researched papers and speeches
ü      Show an understanding of British literature
v     One three-ring binder, Lined Paper, Pens
          Grades are assigned based on tests, projects and writing, reading requirements, quizzes, homework and class work, and class involvement. Assignments are graded based on difficulty level as well as expected time involved. For example a five question quiz may be worth 20 points, whereas an extensive research report may be worth 200 points. This is important to remember! You can use this grading system to your advantage, or it can severely hurt you when report cards come out.
            All work must be turned in on the due date, otherwise your grade will result in a zero! You are seniors in high school. You WILL be thrown into the REAL world soon; therefore, you do NOT get to turn in any late work. There will be no make-up work either. It is time to get serious and prepare for the real world. 
Class Percentage Earned
Grade Given on Report Card
A+, A, A-
B+, B, B-
C+, C, C-
D+, D, D-
F, results in failing the class L
Behavioral Expectations
          RESPECT-The golden rule. Treat others as you want to be treated. Your rights end where someone else’s rights begin. Simply put, I expect my students to respect themselves, others, myself and other staff members, and the classroom as a learning environment. The great thing about respect is the more you give, the more you earn! J
            Be responsible for your own learning. This is your opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible. You truly will use it later.
No food or drink in class.
            No headphones in class.
Conferences and Teacher Contact Information
          I encourage you to meet with me outside of class when you need help. There may also be instances when I insist on conference time. I will be available during my prep hour, which is 2nd period, or after school.