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English 9 Name: __________________

Date: 8/31/11 Course syllabus



This course the first English class of your high school career. Essentially, the task ahead of you is to learn to read, write, listen and speak better than you ever have before. With that in mind, you will be expected to remain productive and work efficiently throughout every class session.


  1. Be respectful of yourself and those around you

  2. Do not disrupt the learning experience of others

  3. Do not challenge the authority of the teacher

  4. Do your work


    • You must be in the room before the bell stops ringing to be considered on time

    • After the bell rings, we will discuss any “housekeeping” items while attendance is taken

    • Take out any necessary materials at this time (pen, paper, etc…)

    • When Mr. Albert needs your attention, he will simply say something to the effect of: “Let me have your attention right quick.”

    • If you make a mistake, you need to make it right


There are four learning standards that English teachers in New York State need to follow; all four begin with the phrase “Students will read, write, listen and speak…” (New York State Education Department, 2005). Therefore, in class, you will be expected to read, write, listen and speak.


Some of the major texts planned for this course are listed on the back of this page, and will be supplemented by various shorter texts, such as biographies, myths and short stories. This is by no means an exhaustive list of books that we will cover; expect some different titles to be added during the year.

Anthem, by Ayn Rand


Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle, by Hugo Lofting

Monster, by Walter Dean Myers

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare


There will be many major writing assignments this year, five of which are listed below. These will be supplemented by various shorter assignments.

Persuasive essay (500 – 750 words)

Comparative Analysis essay (750 – 1,000 words)

Research paper (1,000 – 2,000 words)

Narrative essay (story) (500-1,000 words)

You will need to keep all writing assignments until the end of the year, as you will need them in order to complete your final exam.

Some of the information presented in class will be presented in auditory fashion only; students will be expected to listen and work to retain any necessary information.


Students will be expected to take part in class discussions, making educated, school appropriate comments regarding the topic at hand. For certain assignments, class participation (partially in the form of speaking) will be a percentage of your grade.


While homework will not be assigned every night, students will be expected to complete all homework assignments. Homework assignments will generally be directly related to classwork assignments. For example, the first homework assignment is listed below:

Due Friday, 9/9/11

        • Students must bring in a 3 ring binder

        • Students must bring in 5 dividers for their three ring binder

          • Students must label these dividers general info, reading, writing, notes, and looseleaf

        • Students must bring in 1 pack of looseleaf paper and place it in the looseleaf section of their binder

        • Students must bring in a highlighter

Grading Policy

Work that is turned in early will receive 10% extra credit; work that is turned in late is marked 50% off.

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