• Course Syllabus 

    Instructor: Mr. O’Briant Phone: 671-6290, Ext. 57315 Email: james.obriant@marion.k12.fl.us

    Course Description: The purpose of my courses is to provide students with integrated educational experiences in the Language Arts and the Social Studies content areas. The content will include: -using reading strategies to construct meaning from informative, technical, and literary texts -acquiring an extensive vocabulary through reading, discussion, listening, and systematic word study -using process writing strategies, student inquiry, and self-monitoring techniques -using speaking, listening, and viewing strategies in formal presentations and informal discussions -understanding and responding to a variety of literary forms -understanding and using language successfully to impact readers, writers, listeners, speakers, and viewers while learning content material. Classroom and Team Expectations  Be on time to class.  Be prepared for class (folder, paper, pencils, etc.).  Respect yourself, staff, classmates, and school property.  Try your best. Grading Information: You are the individual responsible for the grade you receive. I do not “give” grades, you earn them. 9-weeks grades are based on the following: Classwork/Daily Assignments, Quizzes, CRLs, RWAs, DBQs 50 % Tests, Projects, & Presentations 40% Homework 10%

    Homework: Reading homework. In addition, classwork that is not finished during class is assigned for completion at home. Such assignments graded as classwork, essays, etc., depending on the nature of those assignments in class. In addition to the homework noted above, all students will read at home a minimum of 20 minutes a day. You are strongly encouraged to read books so that you can meet your 9-Weeks’ Reading Requirement as shown below.

    Reading Record Each 9 weeks you will receive a test grade based on the number of Reading points earned during that grading cycle.