Forest High School
English IV Honors
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for college and career using texts of high complexity, advanced integrated language arts study in
reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. We will accomplish these goals through the application, analysis, evaluation, and creation of
complex ideas that are often abstract and multi-faceted, students will be challenged to think and collaborate critically on the content they are learning.
The following is required for class everyday: Planner, a three-ring notebook (1 ½ inch minimum) with 5 dividers, pens (blue or black), pencils,
loose-leaf paper, and highlighters. Through EMIT classes, periods 1 & 2, students will be donating tissues and reams of printer paper, which will be
used throughout the year.
Every assignment that we will complete in this class is important. However, some assignments will demand more time, work, and thought for you
to complete. For this reason, each assignment will be weighted accordingly. The grade you receive depends on the QUALITY of your work and your
participation in class. Grades will be posted weekly. If there is a question and/or concern about the grade, discussion will occur AFTER class, before
or after school. Grades will not be discussed during class time.
Classwork and Quizzes 50%
Tests and Projects 40%
MAKE-UP WORK POLICY
Students will be expected to make up work they have missed per Marion County Code of Conduct after returning from being absent. It is the responsibility
of the student to find out what was missed upon his/her return to school for his or her missed work. It is also a good idea to e-mail me in order to be prepared
for the next class. Depending on the circumstances, work must be completed for unexcused absences, but the amount of credit may be reduced.
Assignments are expected to be handed in by due dates. Late assignments handed in within 24 hours of the due date will receive MAXIMUM half credit.
***For essays/projects due dates will be strictly adhered to. THERE WILL BE NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED FOR PROJECTS AND FORMAL ESSAYS.
OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Students must ask for work in advance due to a student activity. This policy exists because students know, in advance, that they will be missing class. Likewise,
a student activity does not excuse a student from a due date. If the student will not be on campus the date that an assignment is due, the assignment is then due
before he/she leaves for the activity.
There will be many assignments over the course of the school year that students must have access to a computer with word processing and internet beyond the
classroom. To help students who do not have access to a computer at home, Forest High School’s media center has computers available for students’ use before
school and after school. Also, Marion County Libraries have computers available for library members (free membership available). Students will be given ample
notification of essays and/or projects that require the use of a computer. As always, my lab is open around 7:45 every morning, and will remain open after school
until 3:30 (may vary at times due to meetings and appointments).
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM
Academic cheating entails any form of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, preparing homework, taking tests and quizzes, preparing reports and projects
- GENERALLY PASSING OFF ANOTHER PERSON'S WORK AS ONE'S OWN OR KNOWINGLY ALLOWING SUCH MISREPRESENTATION (such as giving someone your work
to copy). ANY TYPE of cheating or plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment and the student will be placed on probation. All writing assignments other than in-
class timed writings will be turned into Turnitin.com.
A student cannot interfere with the right of other students to learn and therefore must show respect to other students and teachers. Other standards for appropriate
behavior include attentive participation in class, i.e., no sleeping disruptions, unnecessary talking, or leaving materials at home. Be in your seat, ready to work when
the bell rings. Please raise your hand to be recognized for a question (or answer). Silence will be observed during announcements. Students are expected to be courteous
to all visitors (student or adult) to the classroom.
Students not understanding materials are HIGHLY encouraged to come in for extra help. I am available for extra help before school (7:45-8:30) or after school (2:55-3:30).
Meetings are sometimes occurring during these times, so please check with me for availability.
Communication between home and school is very important for a successful year. The BEST way to contact me is through email. If you do not have access to email, I welcome
any calls if there are questions or concerns. Please limit calls to before or after school. I am requesting all students and at least one parent send me an e-mail in the first couple
weeks of school, asking to be added to bulk e-mails. This also affords another conduit of communication.
I plan to use SCHOOLOGY.COM to update assignment and announcement information on a daily basis.
I look forward to having a successful year of learning!
EMIT English Instructor
(352)671-4700 ext. 58631