Language and Literature focuses on the reading process, literary analysis of fiction and nonfiction, and the writing process from drafting to publishing. National and international novels, short stories, and poetry provide opportunities for students to learn about other cultures through the research process. Likewise, students will become adept in media literacy and informational text. Technology is a valued asset in both research and project creation. Verbal, nonverbal, and audio projects promote listening and learning skills. Creative, informative, persuasive, and expository writings are strengthened and practiced several times through different units. Entry Tasks and Journal activities and Units are organized according to Marion County’s Focus Calendar Assessments that target specific Language skills each month.
Units in this course are varied, depending on the type of text (novel, short story, poetry, drama, and nonfiction) and purpose. For each unit, students read text and respond to it in various methods: oral discussion, short and long-written responses, reflections, graphic organizers, role-plays, technology-based presentations, etc. Final products that follow detailed rubrics, such as essays and projects, require students to demonstrate correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics. Since learning is a social process, students in Language A work together often in the form of peer edits, inquiry, and collaborative projects.
Various teaching methods are used in each unit to access students’ multiple intelligences and learning styles. Most units begin with exploration of prior knowledge. Class discussions, graphic organizers, partner and independent work, research, and skills practice make up the bulk of each unit. Each unit is assessed with the Florida State Standards and MYP/IB Criteria.
Research consistently proves that reading and comprehending an average of 1,000,000-1,500,000 words per school year or averaging 40 uninterrupted reading minutes a day makes students more likely to score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. Therefore, I expect students to read consistently, to have their reading books with them each day, and to read a minimum of 40 minutes each school night. Each quarter I will establish word goals; these goals will count as quiz grades per quarter.
This year AR (Accelerated Reader) will be used as an incentive for students to read.
Due dates will be posted in my room and on my website. All assignments are due on or before the due date. If a student is present when a due date is announced, then that student is responsible for turning in that assignment on the due date. Late work is not accepted unless students have an excused absence.
Students should read 40 minutes each school day. Occasionally I will assign additional homework as practice, but these assignments will be rare.
Bring your reading book daily.
Remember: You choose the behavior, you choose the consequence.
Grading Policy Class Rules
Class work 25% 1. Think.
Homework 10% 2. Show respect.
Quizzes 25% 3. Be prepared.