Mrs. Sellers’ Class Syllabus
Course Title: English 4 and English 1 (Fast Track)
Bldg 4, Room 14 and Room 4
Instructor Name: Mrs. Michele Sellers
Attendance and Punctuality:
Since the successful completion of this course demands active participation in the form of discussions, group work, and in-class writing, you are expected and required to attend every class. I will record attendance at the beginning of each class period. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what material was covered and to acquire a classmate's notes.
Texts and Materials:
You will be provided with a textbook and other workbooks to use in class. You are expected to take notes during the lecture and discussion portions of the class. Bring paper and something to write with every day.
Cell phone/electronic device Policies:
When you arrive, please turn off and put away all electronic devices that can disrupt your classmates (namely cell phones, music players, tablets, and Bluetooth devices, but the list includes anything not directly related to the course). If you disrupt the class with your electronic devices, they will go into the basket at the front of the room. They can be picked up at the end of class. If you cause a further disruption, your electronic device will be taken to the student services office, where it can be picked up after school. Do not answer a call or reply to a text message inside the classroom.
Academic Integrity and Honesty:
Plagiarism, collusion, and multiple submissions are serious matters. As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one’s own ideas, words, texts, or data that belong to another. Even if the act is unintentional—such as failing to put directly quoted material in quotation marks—it still counts as plagiarism.
In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you have the permission of that person. Evidence of collusion, i.e. working with someone outside of class, or multiple submissions, i.e. submitting the same paper for more than one class without permission from both teachers, will be dealt with just as severely as plagiarism. All notes, drafts, and sources for any writing assignment must be handed to me upon request.
It is expected that the work you submit in all of your courses is your own. Within the context of this course we will discuss appropriate text citation; incorrect use of outside sources is plagiarism and is academically dishonest.
I encourage you to visit, email, or chat with me before or after school or during lunch to discuss your coursework. I'm always happy to discuss your work before you turn it in. However, I will not review your entire assignment nor will I make any statements about what grade it might receive. To that end, when you want to discuss an assignment, you must have a prioritized list of concerns that can be covered in 15-20 minutes. I will not mark your assignment.
If you are having trouble keeping up with the course material, or if you simply do not understand, please see me.
Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Disruptive students will be subject to the consequences outlined in the Classroom Discipline plan (attached)
Harassment and Respect:
I will not tolerate harassment in any form. This includes but is not limited to inflammatory language, actions, or attitudes aimed at another/others based on race/ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, economic situation, or appearance. Unwanted sexual language or advances and/or inappropriate touching of a sexual nature also constitute harassment and will result in disciplinary action. Respect for others’ positions and viewpoints, both in person and online, is key for the success of this class. If you have difficulty finding the right tone in which to respond to others’ ideas—one which fosters productive conversation—talk to me, I can help!
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