12th Grade English

Jordan Valley High School
12th English 2007-2008
5th Hour, 12:30p.m.-1:26p.m.
Mrs. Tara Echave
Course Description
            The focus of this class will be to prepare you for college or the world outside of Jordan Valley. The class will help you polish your writing and become more intuitive about literature. Throughout the year you will study Shakespeare, Hemingway, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction, and Fiction. You will read books on the college bound reading list-books of your choice. You will toy with mixed media as well. Writing your own published piece of work will take up a great deal of your final quarter, but you will be proud of your finished product. Hopefully you will know yourself better as well. Finally, weekly vocabulary and grammar lessons will help broaden your skills and educate you for the future that lies ahead.    
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      Recognize and demonstrate an understanding of revision
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      Write to a variety of audiences and purposes
ü      Critique literature independently
ü      Cite others work using MLA and APA guidelines
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! 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. Do not ask and don’t try. You will always be awarded with a big fat ZERO! 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
            No food or drink in class! (except beginning of 3rd hour)
            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.