• Course Description

    This course emphasizes world literature, grammar, and writing skills.  Literature includes novels, short stories, biographies, and other works of nonfiction.  Writing focuses mainly on arguments.  The course is designed for students to acquire the basic skills of communication, interpretation, and understanding needed for career and college readiness.

    Oh, the Times and Places You'll Go!


    Reading Assignments and Reading Goals

    Readings for this course will be done individually or collectively and in the classroom or at home.  Florida's reading standards state that each student should read 25 books per year.  In an attempt to meet this standard, the books have been broken up over the course of the year.  Independent readings will be assigned to students on a regular basis.  Some books will be assigned by the teacher.  Other books will be selected and acquired from a library by the students, but the books must follow certain criteria.  At least one book will be assigned per quarter, but the ideal goal is 8 independent readings by the end of the school year.  Students are asked to read the books and should constantly be trying to challenge themselves with each new book.  For this, the students will have to read books on or above their reading level.


    Class Work and Bell Work 

    Class work will be based on the standards that the FLDOE requires students to master.  Bell work will be mostly in vocabulary and grammar.  Class work will be evaluated periodically, and students are responsible for keeping it for future references.


    Make-up and Retake Policies 

    Students are responsible for completing make-up work on their own time.  No class time will be provided for making up work.  If a student is absent, no matter the reason, he/she will have to visit the class website to acquire any missing work and turn it in during office hours.  The student is responsible for making the necessary arrangements for this to be done.  Work turned in 1 to 3 days late will get a 15% penalization. Any work turned in 4 to 5 days late will get half credit (50%). Assignments turned in more than 5 days late will get a score of 0. In case of absences, students have a 1-day grace period per day absent to turn in work without being penalized.  The grade for any work turned in after the 1-day grace period will follow the above-mentioned policy. Work that is done and discussed in class for students to improve or fix answers will not be regraded.  If the student does not take the opportunity in class to make changes or improvements in his/her work or request assistance from the teacher, the student will not be given the opportunity to resubmit graded assignments for a regrading.

    When a student is absent for a quiz or a District Mandated Assignment, he/she will have to make it up during ALPHA Time or make arrangements after school (3:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) to take care of this.  If the student does not make-up the missing quiz/assignment within 5 school days, it will automatically become zero (0%).

    Retakes are available for students who score below 70% in any quiz or assessment.  Students are responsible for requesting the corresponding quiz/assessment, bringing evidence of having studied the material (review notes, flashcards, etc.), and completing the work during ALPHA Time or after school.  No retakes will be given without proper evidence of study.


    Extra Credit 

    The purpose of the extra credit is for the student to improve his/her grade by demonstrating the acquisition of the skills and mastery of the standards required for this course.  The purpose of the extra credit is NOT for a new assignment to replace the grade of a missing one.  Although extra credit will be available in this course, parents and students must be aware that certain requirements must be met for students to be able to get the opportunity.

    • the student cannot be missing any assignments for the grading period in which the extra credit is being requested
    • the assignment has to be turned in no later than one (1) week prior to the end of the grading period
    • the student must comply with everything the assignment requires
    • acceptance of the extra credit assignment is totally the teacher's prerogative


    Materials Needed

    Students need the following supplies at the earliest possible time: 

    • 2 composition notebook (no spiral notebooks)
    • 1 plastic folder with prongs
    • pencils, pens, highligters (at least 3 different colors)
    • if the student has access to a portable computer or tablet, it is encouraged for him/her to bring it to class

    Students will also have to use Microsoft TEAMS; therefore, they'll need access to either a computer or smartphone with an internet connection. If this is an issue for the student, he or she must communicate this to Mr. Garcia for creating an ALPHA Time schedule to work this.


    Grade Distribution

    Grade distribution will be based on four categories:

    Standard 1: Reading Comprehension 35%

    • Independent Readings
    • Reading Comprehension Activities
    • District Mandated Assignments and Assessments

    Standard 2: Writing 35% 

    • Independent Reading Essays
    • District Mandated Assignments and Assessments 
    • Class Planning and Writing Assignments

    Standard 3: Language 20% 

    • Vocabulary Assignments and Quizzes
    • Grammar Assignments and Quizzes

    Standard 4: Speaking and Listening 10% 

    • Class Discussion and Oral Activities
    • Presentations/Speeches
    • Academic Participation

    Averages are based on the Marion County Public School's Grading Scale: 





    F=59% and below


    Extra Credit Assignment

    Poem/Song of the Week