• 11th/12th Grade Reading Syllabus 

    North Marion High School 

    Course Syllabus for 2020 to spring 2021 

    Instructor: Mrs. Williams 

    Building 1 Room 79  

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write grade level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity. Texts used for instruction focus on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text. They will write in response to reading and cite evidence when answering text dependent questions orally and in writing. The course provides extensive opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers.  

    Grading Scale 

    A 90-100 4.0 Outstanding  

    B 80-89 3.0 Above Average  

    C 70-79 2.0 Average  

    D 60-69 1.0 Lowest Acceptable  

    F 00-59 0.0 Failure 

    I __ 0.0 Incomplete 

    NG __ 0.0 No Grade Assigned 

    Category Weight Percentage 

    Homework 0-10% 

    Class/Daily Assignments, Quizzes 60% 

    Tests, Projects, Presentations 30% 

    End of Course Exams and Semester Exams  


    Tests and quizzes will assess students’ knowledge of the content through a 

    series of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer responses.  

    Tests may be at the end of each unit, and quizzes may not be announced to keep 

    students accountable. *I have the right to administer a test or quiz as I feel 

    necessary throughout the entirety of the semester. 

    Class Assignments /Daily assignments/ quizzes (40%) 

    Class assignments will continually assess student’s knowledge and 

    comprehension throughout the semester. Classwork will include: reading, 

    writing, responding and research, etc. 

    Class participation 

    Students must participate throughout the entire semester in order to receive 

    full credit. This includes: participating in class discussion, working in groups, 

    and working on class assignments when instructed. 

    Each student’s academic grade will be determined by the average of total points  

    earned at the end of each grading period. 


    The student’s citizenship and work habits grade reflects cooperation, honesty, 

    respect, class participation, completion of work and preparation for class, The grade 

    will be determined by a combination of the student’s actions and behavior in class 

    towards other students, the teacher, and by his/her abilities to follow classroom 

    rules in addition to turning in assignments on time, percentage of participation 

    points, and having materials for class. 

    E = Student has exemplary behavior, has maximum participation 

    points, and/or always has materials for class. 

    S = Satisfactory = Student has occasionally broken classroom rules, has more than 

    average participation points, and/or usually brings materials to class. 

    N = Needs Improvement = Student has broken classroom and school rules, has a 

    minimal participation points, and/or rarely brings materials to class. 

    U = Unsatisfactory = Student frequently breaks classroom and school rules, has no 

    participation, and/or never brings materials to class. 

    Classroom Rules: 

    1. Be respectful!Be on time!
    2. No talking while others are talking or when you are not supposed to talk
    3. No cellphones, ear buds, headphones(unless otherwiseStated by the teacher) 
    4. Raise your hand
    5. Stay in your seatand practice social distancing

    Class Expectations: 

    1. Stay on topic; do not ask questions off topic
    2. Use the restroom BEFORE class starts
    3. Bring all materials and be ready to work WHEN THE BELL RINGS
    4. Do Not talk out of turn
    5. Arguing with me or another student is a sign of disrespect; remember, be


    Class Materials:  3 ring notebook, 1 composition notebook, paper, pencils or pens, and 1 box of tiissue 

    Cellphone Policy:  The majority of the semester, cellphones, tablets, iPads, laptops, etc. will not be needed during this course. 

    Frequent abuse of cell phone privileges- parent or guardian will be notified and on the next episode other disciplinary actions will follow. 

    Late Work:  20% off after two days late  

    *When you are present in class and are assigned homework/classwork/etc., and 

    you are absent the day it was due, it is due THE DAY YOU COME BACK. 

    *When you are not present in class and are assigned homework/classwork/etc., you 

    have TWO DAYS per DAY YOU WERE ABSENT to complete the assignment