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Grand Meadow High SchoolCourse Overview
The purpose of the English III course is to enhance student knowledge of American Literature and to broaden the students’ understanding of American identity. Students will read multiple genres of literature and nonfiction and use technology to conduct research and write academic essays.
By the end of the course, students will be able to…
…conduct research over a given topic and create presentations using assigned technology.
…explain the differences between text types.
…analyze the evolution of the American identity over a given time period.
…understand and apply basic rules of grammar.
…construct writing pieces while adhering to a given timeline.
Minnesota Academic Standards
The standards and objectives used for planning this course are the Minnesota Academic Content Standards for English Language Arts grades 11-12. These content standards can be found through www.education.state.mn.us, or they are available in print upon request. These content standards were used in developing the goals, content, and assessments for each English III unit.
Students will be assigned points for each assignment and project. Grades will be weighted by points instead of percentages. Example: Homework Completion Assignment = 10 points, Test = 100 points. If a student scores 90/110, their average would be 81.82%. If a student earns 436 points out of 700 possible points, they will have a 62.3%.
All homework is due at the beginning of class. Homework turned in after it has been collected will be considered late. All late work will receive a ten percent deduction per day for five school days. After five days, a zero will be entered in the gradebook. If a student wants to receive credit for a zero, he or she must come in after school for a tutorial lesson over the specific skill. Students who turn in an assignment to make up for a zero without coming in for the tutorial will not receive credit for the assignment. Tutorials must be completed within ten days of the assignment’s initial due date. “Practice” is not a reason to miss a tutorial.
If a student is not present at the time an assignment is due (excused or unexcused absence), the score will reflect a zero until the work is turned in. It is the student’s responsibility to turn in work after an absence. If a student knows about an absence in advance, he or she should follow district policy and visit with the teacher prior to being absent. If a student misses a test due to an absence, he or she must come in to take the test upon returning to school. The student should check the “While You Were Out” binder or check with a classmate to find out what he or she missed after an absence.
According to Dictionary.com, plagiarism is “an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the presentation of another author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.”
Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, if a student is caught plagiarizing in any class, a report will be filed and the student will face both academic and disciplinary consequences. Counts of plagiarism will compound and follow each student throughout his or her high school career. For each offense, the student’s parents or guardians will be contacted, the student must meet with the teacher of record, and the student’s grade will be negatively impacted per the teacher of record’s discretion. Additionally:
In addition to Grand Meadow’s graduated plagiarism policy plagiarizing or engaging in academic dishonesty in English III will result in
Any incident during the same academic school year will result in earning zero percentage (0) points.
Students will be allowed one hall pass per week unless there is a doctor’s note requesting otherwise. Students must sign out of the classroom with the time and desired location, and they must sign back in listing the time they return. Students MUST carry the physical hall pass with them at all times. Failure to return the hall pass will result in a student’s hall pass privilege being revoked. Only one student will be permitted to leave the classroom at any given time. If a student is visiting any location other than the location for which they signed out, they will receive a ten to thirty-minute detention. Students should not be gone longer than five minutes with a hall pass (please note, if a student is gone for five minutes, they have missed ten percent of the class time). If a student is chronically late back to class, they may be denied the use of a hall pass.
Cell phones are both a great classroom tool and a huge distraction. Students will be permitted to use their cellphones in the classroom for academic purposes only and with the expressed permission from their instructor. Students will be asked to use their cell phones to track assignments, check grades, conduct research, etc. If a student is using technology for any other purpose—snapchat, texting, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, etc.—the cellphone will be taken away from the student. If a cell phone is taken before lunch, the student can retrieve the cell phone after lunch. If the cell phone is taken after lunch, the student can retrieve the cell phone after they have been dismissed from their last class. If a student is chronically abusing technology (it is removed from a student three or more times in a quarter, the cell phone will immediately be taken to the office and the district policy will apply).
The students have a great privilege and responsibility in being assigned iPads by the school district. Should a student abuse this privilege and their responsibility, their iPad will be confiscated for the day. Abusing the privilege includes visiting inappropriate websites, playing videogames during class, watching videos during class, using social media during class, etc. The abuse of personal technology (iPads or laptops) will follow the same guidelines as the cell phone policy.
Please note: students should use their technology to record photos and videos only with expressed permission from the teacher or they feel they are in a dangerous situation. Taking photos or videos of other students for the purpose of bullying or humiliation is strictly prohibited and will be handled in accordance with the district discipline policy.
Expectations and Consequences