We're in this together!
Welcome back students! This experience may be new to some of you, and many of you may have a lot of questions. I hope this page will answer some of your questions regarding your classwork. This webpage is a bulliten board, classroom, calendar and link to your virtual classroom. Our nation is facing obstacles and uncertainties. I'm sure you and your families may be watching the news to see if their is some light of normalcy ahead. I just want you to know that the administrative staff of our school, county, and even the government, is working together to make your schooling successful. As the saying goes: "We're in the together!" and your teachers and school staff are working to make this the best experience possible.
I am a gradulate of Glenville State College, in West Virginia with degrees in History and English, minors in Journalism, Geography, Political Science, and World Cultures. I was in the journalism field, working for many weekly and daily papers for eleven and half years, in areas of photography, newsreporting, columnist, pagination, and special sections editor. I have always encouraged writing and reading in my classroom, and ask students to pick up a book and read, or take pen or pencil to paper and start writing. Even the smallest of words that find their way on a page may lead to a longer journey.
Virtual Course Description:
For virtual classroom, we will be using Google Classroom until October 1. Students will receive instruction on their first day how to open up classwork on Onenote the first week.
Free Books on Audio website: http://esl-bits.net/
All students are to adheir to the attendance policies each day regardless if we are in a physical classroom or virtual.
This calendar, along with a syllabus for the classroom will be available later during the first week of class. Assessments and tests will be provided in the classroom, however, that too is subjct to change.
Contact: Office hours are from 8:30am to 9am, and 3:45pm to 4:15pm each day. Email is: John.Ware@marion.k12.fl.us.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me.
Homework/ Participation Grade: 10%
Papers/Projects/ Quizes: 40%
Texts/Semester Tests: 50%
Syllabus for English 3, 4
School: Lake Weir High Teacher: Mr. John Ware
Year: 2020-2021 E-mail: mailto:John.Ware@marion.k12.fl.us
English 12 is a yearlong required course that will enable students to become skilled readers of wide range of literature, including prose, poetry, and short stories. Students are expected to read and respond to a variety of literature, independently, in group discussion and in writing. All facets of language arts - listening, speaking, reading, writing will be covered. The study of language in use – grammar, mechanics, sentence structure, and usage will be incorporated in this yearlong course as well.
The content will include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Active reading of varied texts for what they say explicitly, as well as the logical inferences that can be drawn
- Analysis of literature and informational texts from varied literary periods to examine:
- Text craft and structure
- Elements of literature
- Arguments and claims supported by textual evidence
- Power and impact of language
- Influence of history, culture, and setting on language
- Personal critical and aesthetic response
- Writing for varied purposes
- Developing and supporting argumentative claims
- Crafting coherent, supported informative/expository texts
- Responding to literature for personal and analytical purposes
- Writing narratives to develop real or imagined events
- Writing to sources (short and longer research) using text based claims and evidence
- Effective listening, speaking, and viewing strategies with emphasis on the use of evidence to support or refute a claim in multimedia presentations, class discussions, and extended text discussions
- Collaboration amongst peers
- Professional development: i.e. resume building and interview skills
Books: The textbook is “FLORIDA Collections.” Students may choose to have a hardcopy or a digital copy of the text. Additional assigned literature and/or poetry works will be necessary to meet curriculum requirements. These works will be provided in the classroom or online. Students must also have an independent reading book at all times.
Reading Requirement: Research indicates that students who read regularly perform better in school, specifically on high-stakes test. Selections for reading include novels, short stories, poems, and speeches. Students must read to participate in class discussions and prepare for assignments.
Writing Requirement: Students will generate and write their ideas daily. They will also have extended writing assignments. Teacher will read most of the daily writings, but not all of them. All the content of student writings must be school appropriate.
Homework: Students should complete class assignments during class time. Those who have not completed class assignments must complete those assignments that same day for homework. There will also be reading assignments for homework to prepare upcoming class assignments.
Make-up/Missing Assignments: All students who miss part or all of a class are responsible to make up all assignments missed. Assignments are available on Microsoft Teams. If students are missing assignments not due to absences, teacher has discretion to accept and/or deduct points from grade.
Attendance: It is extremely important for students to attend class. More than five absences in a Quarter is excessive and can impede student progress. The time to complete and submit make-up assignments is one school day for every school day absent. Assignments are available on Microsoft Teams.
Tardy Policy: Punctuality is necessary to be successful. It also prevents disruption of the class. When it is time for class to begin, students must be in their seats.
- 1st = Verbal warning
- 2nd = Written warning
- 3rd = Parent phone contact
- 4th + = Referral
- Pen (blue or black ink) and/or pencil
- Notebook paper (college ruled preferred)
- Composition book
- Binder (1 inch)
- Dividers (5)
- Be Punctual (arrive on time)
- Be Prepared (have all supplies)
- Be Polite (respect all others)
- Keep food and drinks away (out of reach)
- Keep cell phones away (out of sight)
- Discipline – Students will use appropriate behavior and dress for the school environment
- Responsibility – Students will do what they are supposed to do, when they are supposed to
- Engagement – Students will participate in class discussions and complete assignments
- Organization –Students will have all materials in order
- Tests/Projects 50%
- Daily Work/Quizzes 40%
- Participation 10%
- 90-100 = A
- 80- 89 = B
- 70- 79 = C
- 60- 69 = D
- 0 - 59 = F
Florida Standards Assessment:
Current grade 11 students will take the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) during the second half of Quarter 1. Students must earn a score of at least 350 (Level 3). This is a graduation requirement.
Student name: ______________________________
Plagiarism is the use of another’s words or ideas and the presentation of them as though they were entirely one’s own. Acts of plagiarism might include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Using words or ideas from a published source without proper documentation
- Using the work of another student (e.g. copying homework, composition, or project)
- Using excessive editing suggestions of another student, teacher, parent, or paid editor.
What constitutes “excessive editing?” Students learn to write well by doing just that, writing. Struggling independently through the writing process produces growth, and eventually the student’s own voice. When well-meaning parents, siblings, tutors, or others contribute their ideas, words, phrases, revisions, etc. to students’ writing, student writers miss the opportunity to achieve literary self-reliance.
What is helping, but is NOT excessive editing? The answer is questioning and cueing. For example:
- “Is this word strong enough?”
- “Is this word interesting enough?”
- “Is this word specific enough?”
- “Is there another word that would fit better?”
- “Does this sentence seem awkward?”
- “What exactly do you mean?”
- “I don’t understand what you are trying to say here; can you say it more clearly?”
These kinds of questions and statements allow the students to think and write independently. Students should find their own voices and develop their own writing skills.
Plagiarism on any project or paper will result in a zero for the assignment and an Honor Code Violation. Unless strictly stipulated by the teacher, collaboration on written work is not acceptable. Students who willingly provide other students with access to their work are in violation of the Honor Code.
Students should be aware that TurnItIn.com will be used to check papers for plagiarism.
Student Signature: ______________________________ Date: __________
Parent Signature: ______________________________ Date: __________
- Do you have internet at your home? Y/N
- Do you have a computer you can use during school hours at your home? Y/N
- Do you share a computer with siblings/others at your home during the day? Y/N
- Do you have the capability to download documents at your home? Y/N
Do you know how you are getting home? Bus number?
Do you know what lunch period you have?
Do you have any questions regarding classroom procedures for homework or other information?