• Syllabus for English



    School:  Lake Weir High                   Teacher:    Rossana Martinez

    Year:      2020-2021                            E-mail:  Rossana.Martinez@marion.k12.fl.us


    The purpose of this course is to provide grade 11 students, using texts of high complexity, integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness.


    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 books will be necessary to meet curriculum requirements.  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 who have not completed their class assignments during class time must complete those assignments that same day for homework.  There will also be reading assignments for homework to prepare for 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 and not disrupt 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
    • Highlighters (2 – different colors)
    • 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%


    Grades are calculated based on the following grading scale

    • 90-100 =          A
    • 80-89 =            B
    • 70-79 =            C
    • 60-69 =            D
    • 59 and below = 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.