• The English 1 Syllabus can be found here.  This syllabus outlines the entire course and my expectations for the 2019-2020 school year. 



    English I Honors Syllabus


    Teacher: Ms. Ashley Peirano

    Room 5 – 122

    Email: Ashley.Peirano@marion.k12.fl.us



    Course Objectives:

    English I is the 9th grade English class at West Port. It follows the Florida State Standards in English Language Arts to:

    enhance students' ability to read, write, listen, and think critically and analytically – an essential to higher education

    strengthen writing skills, with an emphasis on the writing process and writing both informative and argumentative essays; and

    strengthen reading skills, with an emphasis on the close reading process, literary analysis, and vocabulary


    Course Texts – Major texts include, but are not limited to:

    Selections from the course textbook - HMH Florida Collection

    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

    Elie Wiesel’s Night


    Class Website: http://www.marionschools.net/wph click on faculty and staff then faculty directory

    Throughout the year, the class website is the best way for students to keep up with important dates and assignments. We will look at how to access information from the class website during the first few days of class.


    Absences from Class:

    If a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to make up any missed work. The student should ALWAYS speak with the teacher to find out what was missed, what needs to be made up, and when the work needs to be submitted. This is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY. I will not hunt a student down.



    Each graded assignment a student completes will fall into 1 or more of the 4 grading standards. Standards hold different weights, meaning not all assignments will have the same outcome on a student’s overall grade:

    Standard 1: Reading Comprehension – 35% Any assignments related to a reading done in or out of class

    Standard 2: Writing – 35% Any essay, extended response, or short response that a student submits

    Standard 3: Language – 20% Any assignment dealing with vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics

    Standard 4: Speaking and Listening – 10% Any presentation and class discussions


    Resubmitting Assignments and Tests:

    Students are expected to work toward mastery. They are also expected to be prepared for any announced test, quiz, project due date or presentation. I allow resubmissions under the following conditions:

    You earn between a 50% and an 80% on the assignment. Earning below a 50% illustrates a lack of care in preparation and over an 80% illustrates mastery of the concept already.

    The original assignment was handed in within 3 days of its due date. If you are handing in an assignment late, I expect it is late because it has already been perfected and looked over.

    You resubmit within one week of getting the original assignment handed back.


    Power Hour and Detentions:

    Power Hour allows a student time not only to eat lunch but to work with teachers during office hours on make-up work or enrichment. Additionally, students may be required to serve a classroom detention if s/he commits infractions that fall under West Port’s Code of Conduct. Students will earn Classroom Infraction Points (CIP) on a weekly basis, and a detention will be required for each 4 CIPs a student has. Points reset at the beginning of each week. Detention is not meant to be fun, and friends cannot tag along. Refusal to attend a classroom detention will result in a call home and a referral to Student Services. Point earned are listed on the following page:


    *Because Power Hour is broken up into two blocks, you may be required to serve your detention with another teacher if necessary. This will be pre-arranged; she will know you are coming, and there will be consequences for a no-show.







    Use of Cellphone in Class w/o permission


    Leave desk or work area messy


    Eating in class




    Off Task


    Unprepared/No HW




    Refusal to Do Work






    General Classroom Protocol:

    As a teacher, there are a few “non-negotiables” that I require of all students:

    Come prepared. Try to use the bathroom or get a drink between bells. I won’t be letting you out during the first five minutes or last 5 minutes of class.

    Be seated and engaged in the Do Now by the time the bell rings. Do Now instructions will always be posted on the board. Please sit down and start working immediately. This should not be something you wait for me to tell you each day. These first 5 minutes are critical to how the class will progress each day.

    DO NOT BE INATTENTIVE OR DISRUPTIVE. This includes, but is not limited to, putting your head down in class, doing homework for another class while in ELA, talking while the teacher is talking, or talking so loudly that Mrs. Hardy can hear you across the hall.


    Materials Needed:

    Students need the following materials in class each day. If for any reason the student cannot get these materials, please let me know.

    A 1” binder for THIS CLASS.

    Plenty of loose leaf/lined paper for writing. Students will be writing in class daily.

    Multiple pens. Please bring more than one pen to class each day in case one runs out. Pens will not be provided.

    Highlighters will be helpful, but I have some in class for student use.

    **Every year, students ask that they be allowed a notebook instead of a binder. I cannot stop you from doing this; however, I strongly advise against it. In my experience, it makes it much harder to stay organized as you will be handing in assignments. You will also have handouts printed by the teacher for you to keep. If you only have a notebook, you will need a folder to keep lose papers.

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    Please cut and return this section to Ms. Peirano in Rm. 5 - 122

    I/We have read, discussed, and agree to the content and terms of the above syllabus with my/our child and know what is expected of him/her in English I.


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