Welcome to English 9R!
This is your first year of high school - hooray! This year more will be expectated of you. We will be participating in activities that will be both challenging and exciting. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with you.
You will be keeping and preparing a portfolio of your written work this year. The portfolio will be reviewed at the end of each quarter for a total of four times throughout the year. Free choice writing pieces and assigned writing pieces from essays to letters to poems may all be part of your portfolio. All essays receive two grades, one for content (what you say - imagination, creativity, thought, etc.) and one for mechanics (how you say it - grammar, spelling,language use,etc.).
Along with a focus on writing, you will be required to completely read one novel of your choice each quarter. You may start and finish as many free choice novels that you want to, but only one is required. An assignment involving this novel will be part of your portfolio each quarter.
We will also be keeping a journal. At times the journal will be free choice topics, and at other times the journal topics will be assigned based on class work. Each journal will receive one grade:
++++ = A
+++ = B
++ = C
+ = D
A selected journal entry will also be part of your portfolio. A complete list of portfolio expectations will be placed in your portfolio.
Here are some class topics to expect:
Edgar Allan Poe
Supplies needed for class:
*Pen and Pencil
*Composition notebook for journaling(no spiral notebooks)
*Two sturdy folders - one as a work folder and one as a portfolio
This page will be changing periodically, so be sure to check it out every now and then or when I ask you to. Please notice the games,activities, and web sites that are listed at the bottom of the page for you to access as you like.