Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Students in this class are level 3 or lower ESOL students. This class is taken in addition to the normal grade-level English class. Elective credit can be earned. The goal of this class is to improve reading, writing, and all language skills in English. The curriculum for this class will be based on a language/reading program called Edge put out by National Geographic and Hampton-Brown publishers; this is a program that the school district has adopted for ESOL classes. We will also read several books/novels together as a class that go along with the Edge curriculum units.
The main objectives of this course are improving English skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Assessment of Progress
Most assignments and tests in this class will be associated with the Edge curriculum. The assignments focus on understanding reading, increasing vocabulary knowledge, and improving writing. At the end of each “cluster” (section in a unit) in the Edge curriculum there will be a test to take online. ESOL students also take the state’s ESOL test in the spring, the WIDA test.
The Edge textbook level B from publisher Hampton-Brown is the main course material. Novels that go along with the Edge units will also be read in class. These are examples of possible novels that will be read in class:
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass
The Afterlife by Gary Soto
Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster by Albert Marrin
The Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi
Keeper by Mal Peet
Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper
All school rules will be followed. The main class rules are BE RESPECTFUL and BE RESPONSIBLE. Food, drinks, cell phones, electronic devices, and notes to friends will be confiscated if seen. No gum is allowed. Each day students should come to class prepared with a pen/pencil and paper. Students can check out books from the teacher’s classroom library by signing a book out on the check-out clipboard. When the book is returned, the student must have the teacher sign off the book on the clipboard; otherwise, the student will be responsible for replacing or paying for the book if it goes missing. Cheating and plagiarism are, of course, not allowed; if a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing, district policy will be followed. Students will be assigned a class Chromebook (computer) to use in class, and these should only be used to complete class assignments and tests. Goofing off on a Chromebook will result in the loss of the privilege to use one. No food or drink should be out when Chromebooks are being used.
Independence High School Classroom Expectations
Be respectful (of self, others, and property).
Be prepared. (Come on time. Be ready to learn. Bring appropriate supplies/homework.)
Be a self advocate. (Ask for help when needed. Be self-directed when possible.)
Be a team player.
Be a dreamer; expect success!
Any assignments not finished in class will be expected to be completed as homework. Assignments handed in late will only be accepted within one week of the due date. The grade for late assignments will be reduced by 10% for each day late.
Students are expected to be in class on time every day. When students arrive in class after the tardy bell, they will be marked tardy. If a student is more than 10 minutes late, an unexcused absence will be marked. Students will lose daily participation points each time they are absent or tardy. It is the student’s responsibility to find out from the teacher what assignments were missed. Make-up work for excused absences must be turned in within 10 days of the date the student returns to school.
At the beginning of each hex each student is given 15 extra credit points as hall passes. Each time a student leaves class (to go to the bathroom, office, drinking fountain, etc.), five of the extra credit points are lost. Once a student has used up the 15 points, he will not be excused to leave class for the rest of the hex. Of course, to leave class the student must take the big, yellow school hall pass with him. Misuse of the hall pass sign and goofing off in the hall can result in the loss of all hall passes.
Twenty-five points a week will be given out for behavior/participation (5 points a day). This behavior grade is based on attendance, attitude shown in class, participation, language, and obedience to class/school rules. Because students are expected to come to class with a pen/pencil to write with, students will lose some of their behavior/participation points for the day if they do not bring a writing instrument and must borrow one from the teacher. Having a cell phone out in class (which is against school rules) will also cause a loss of points.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Most assignments and tests in this class will be associated with the Edge curriculum. At the end of each “cluster” (section in a unit) in the Edge curriculum there will be a test to take online. These tests are usually worth about 50 points. There will probably be one test roughly in the middle of each hex (term) and another test roughly at the end of each hex. Here are the hex dates:
TRIMESTER 1: Hex 1 August 15 – September 22
Hex 2 September 25 – November 10
TRIMESTER 2: Hex 3 November 13 – January 12
Hex 4 January 16 – February 23
TRIMESTER 3: Hex 5 February 26 – April 13
Hex 6 April 16 – May 25
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Grades are updated almost daily in PowerSchool. ESOL students also take the state’s ESOL test in the spring, the WIDA test. These test results may be available by the end of the school year to show students’ improvement.
Connecting Home to School
If you have questions, please e-mail the teacher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
Time is given in class each day to complete assignments, so daily attendance and working in class each day are the best ways to assure a good grade. Regularly reading outside of class will also help.