• Escalate English Reading Syllabus


    Course Objectives and Description   


                Escalate English is the course that we will be using this year.  This high-interest course is a direct supplement to the curriculum used in the Language Arts classes and will intellectually challenge you and prepare you for success in school, in a career, and in life.


             Escalate English is designed to accelerate proficiency and mastery of academic English.  The content is presented topically through listening, viewing, and reading selections.  You will be completing activities that require speaking and writing in response to content.  By participating in the activities and assignments you will have the practice needed to use English purposefully.  You will be able to share information, to state and justify opinions, and to argue thoughtfully and respectfully both orally and in writing. Escalate English will give you the tools needed to help you in all your academic classes.  In short, you will be better readers!

     Class Supplies: (to be replenished throughout the year as needed)

    • loose leaf paper                                                         
    • Pencils
    • Pens (not green, red, or hard to see gel pens)
    • 1 box of tissues to share with the class (students go through a lot of tissues!)                                                                                                         


    • Class work-50%

      Any work done in class is classwork. This includes workbook completion, writing assignments, online activities, as well as DBQ or CIS lessons. You are responsible for completing their own work.

    • Tests/Quiz/Projects-40%

      Tests measure yourgrasp of the subject material being covered. Tests will be combination of multiple choice, short answer, and written response. Quizzes will be included in this category. Any assigned projects such as book reports are included in this category.

    • Homework-10%

      Your homework is to read at least 20 minutes a night for 5 of the 7 days in a week.  Turn in your completed Daily Reading Log and My Vocabulary sheet on your assigned block day.


       Grading scale:

      A: 100-90        B: 89-80          C: 79-70          D: 69-60          F: Below 59


      Make-Up Work:

    • If you know you will be absent, you should get the assignment from the teacher before your absence.  In cases of unexpected absences, you can get missed assignments upon your return to class.  You are responsible for asking for the work and returning it in a timely fashion. 


      Conduct and Behavior


                  Your ability to follow class rules and procedures in vital to the smooth operation of the class.  All students will perform and live up to the LMS school-wide expectations of Do Your Best, Do What's Right, and Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated.  IN this class, there are some non-negotiable expectations:

    • Talk at Appropriate Times

      Do not have conversations in class during instruction.  If I am speaking, you need to be listening.  THere will be no talking during Silent Independendt Reading time. Do not write or pass notes.

    • Be Where You Are Supposed To Be

       Remain in your assigned area at all times. This may be your desk orany other area that I assign you.  for the Be iun your seat and ready to work when the bell rings  You are expected to be in your seat and ready for work when the bell rings. You will be counted tardy if you are not present in the room when the bell rings.  You are tardy if you are not present in the room when the bell rings.

    • Respect for Others/Materials

      Show respect toward yourselfand others at all times. This includes verbally, physically, and in your overall attitude. You will work in various collaborative groups, and interact positively with all classmates.  “Horseplay” between friends is not allowed.  Do not write in books or on desks and walls. No throwing of books or other items.


    • No gum chewing!
    • No eating or drinking (with the exception of water)
    • No personal grooming during class!  This includes using lotions, body sprays/perfumes, make-up, hair brushing, etc.
    • No electronics!  Student phones must be turned off and out of sight. Headphones/ear buds must be placed in pocket or backpack.



    • Verbal reminders


    • Seat changes
    • Time outs
    • Conference with the teacher
    • Lunch detention
    • Parent contact
    • Referral

         A Classroom Management Reort (CMR)will be completed for instances of poor behavior.  The 4th CMR will result in a refferal.

    Contact Information: