School Year/Semester: Fall, 2017
|Course Name||English Language Arts: World Literature||Course Code||23.0630000 WORLD LIT/COMP|
|School Name||Towers High School
3919 Brookcrest Circle Decatur, GA 30032
|Teacher Name||Mr. McMillan
|School Phone Number||678-874-2202||Teacher Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|School Website||http://www.towershs.dekalb.k12.ga.us/||Teacher Website||litwithmrmcmillan.wordpress.com|
Students will read and analyze novels, short stories, drama, poems, and nonfiction from around the globe. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the course texts and concepts through class discussions, activities, tests, essays, presentations, and homework. Students will also develop effective note-taking strategies and research methods including how to differentiate scholarly from popular sources, and proper evidence citations.
|Unit 1– Africa: How is the culture of a society developed and/or destroyed over time?
|Unit 2: Asia – How are multiple themes traced across Asian cultures?
|Unit – TBD
|Unit – TBD
GRADING SYSTEM: The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources shall be used to deliver educational services and to maximize each student’s opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress, report grades that represent the student’s academic achievement, and communicate official academic progress to students and parents in a timely manner through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA.
|GRADING CATEGORIES||*GRADE PROTOCOL|
|Pre-Assessments Prior to Learning (Formative Assessments) – 0%
Assessments During Learning – 25% (quizzes/ homework)
Guided, Independent, or Group Practice – 45% (daily participation in class discussions and activities)
Summative Assessments or Assessments of Learning– 30% (end of unit test, essay, or project)
|A 90 – 100
B 80 – 89
C 71 – 79
F Below 70
|DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS|
|STUDENT PROGRESS||Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each semester. The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently and plans shall be generated to remediate deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of the students. See Board Policy IH.|
|ACADEMIC INTEGRITY||Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password. See the Code of Student Conduct – Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook.|
|HOMEWORK||Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience. Homework is at all times an extension of the teaching/learning experience. It should be considered the possession of the student and should be collected, evaluated and returned to the students. Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday. Be prepared to read 10 to 20 pages a night. It’s important to do ALL assigned reading in order be prepared for class. YOU WILL NOT PASS THIS CLASS IF YOU CONSISTENTLY NEGLECT TO DO HOMEWORK. See Board Policy IHB.|
DUE TO ABSENCES
|When a student is absent because of a legal reason as defined by Georgia law or when the absence is apparently beyond the control of the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to earn grade(s) for those days absent. Make-up work must be completed within the designated time allotted. See Board Policy IHEA.|
|SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS|
· Be prepared. Bring your binder, a writing utensil, completed homework, and best attitude every day.
· Be on time. If you are late, you will not be let into the classroom until you are escorted by a staff member.
· Be respectful. No bullying or harassing other students or teachers; no talking while others are speaking. LISTEN.
· Be an active participant in all classroom discussions and activities.
· You may not go to the bathroom for the first or last 20 minutes of class.
· Stay seated unless the teacher instructs you to stand or move around.
· Never open the classroom door without the teacher’s permission.
· No eating.
· No fundraising in class.
· No cursing.
· No electronics unless explicitly directed to use them.
· Major assignments will be docked 5% each day it is late.
· Late homework will not be accepted.
· 1st offense: verbal warning.
· 2nd offense: written referral.
· 3rd offense: conference with your parent
· 1st offense: hand it over to the teacher and it will be returned at the end of class. If you refuse to hand it over, you will receive an In School Suspension.
· 2nd offense: written referral.
· 3rd offense: conference with your parent.
|MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES||Students will need a 1” 3-ring binder for handouts and keeping track of assignments, lined notebook paper, and a pen or pencil.|
|Mr. McMillan’s tutorials: Monday/Wednesday, 3:30-4:15, A-12
Ms. Marsh’s tutorials: Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:15, A-13
|PARENTS AS PARTNERS
|If there are any special circumstances at home that effect your child’s ability to do the work or be in school, please let us know so that we can accommodate.
If your child is spending more than 60 minutes on homework on a regular basis, please let us know so that we can assist with study and reading strategies.