English 9 Syllabus

MUHS Freshman English 9
2017-2018 Syllabus
Ms. Ashly Lawler                                              Office Hours:
(928) 634-7531 Ext: 1104                                  Tues.-Thurs.: 8:00-8:30
Website: http//            Mon.-Thurs.: Lunch
                                                                           After school: 3:35-4:00

Course Objectives:
 This class is a foundational English class, and will prepare you for other classes, as well as promote success in your high school career. The curriculum for this class will promote success in other English classes, and is also designed to meet the Common Core ELA standards. We will be engaged in assignments that integrate reading, writing, and listening/speaking. Upon completion of this class, you will be able to read and respond to a variety of literary works, applying higher order thinking skills to summarize, evaluate, and analyze the written work of others. You will also be able to compose authentic pieces of writing that are appropriate to purpose and audience, while demonstrating mastery of foundational grammar and conventions.


Unit 1: Literary Elements/Short Story    Unit 4: Poetry
Unit 2: Literary Non-Fiction                   Unit 5: Drama—Romeo and Juliet
Unit 3: Novel—To Kill a Mockingbird     Unit 6: Epic—The Odyssey

Classroom Expectations:

Respect: One of the most important elements in my classroom is respect. While in my classroom, it is expected that you have respect for yourself, for others, and for the classroom. Having respect for others also includes listening while others are speaking.

Being Prepared: I ask that all students come to class on time and prepared to work. Being prepared means that the students come to class with all of the necessary elements needed in order for the student to be successful. I also ask that all work is completed on time, and in a neat and orderly fashion. Please make your success in this class a priority.

You are responsible for getting all of your make-up work after an absence and completing it in a timely manner. (In general, you will receive one make-up day for each day missed.) If you anticipate an absence (games, fieldtrips, family obligations, appointments, etc.), you may request to pick up the work that you will miss before your absence. Any continuing assignment that is due on the first day of your absence must be turned in the day you return for full credit. There will be no credit given for work missed due to unexcused absences.

Late/Missing Assignments
 Any homework is due at the beginning of the class period. It will be considered late if it is turned in any time after it was collected in class. In most cases, students needing more time with classwork may take it home to finish it. If this is the case, it must be turned in at the beginning of class the next day for full credit. Late/Missing work will be accepted until one week prior to the end of the quarter for HALF CREDIT. Under no circumstances will late/missing work be accepted during the last week of the quarter. It is your responsibility to the work you are missing.

No Name Papers:

No Credit will be given for “No Name” papers. If you are going to take the time to do an assignment, PUT YOUR HEADING ON IT FIRST!

 Plagiarism is defined as “passing off another person’s ideas, writings, etc., as your own.” Since the assignments and essays in this class require YOUR knowledge, ideas, and words rather than those of others, plagiarism (or any other form of cheating) will result in immediate failure of that assignment and a discipline referral.

All written work (if not typed) should be written neatly, taking the left and right margins into consideration, and written only on one side on the paper. Typed work should be in Times or Arial font no larger than 12 point and in black ink. Typed work must also be double spaced with one-inch margins.

Printing papers for any assignment should be done BEFORE class. No student is allowed to leave the classroom to print a paper that should have been printed before entering the classroom. The school library is available for printing before school, after school, and at lunch. 




Ms. Lawler
MUHS Freshman English
2017-2018 Syllabus

I have read and understand Ms. Lawler’s Freshman English Syllabus. I will take an active role in monitoring academic progress in this class. If I should have any questions or concerns at any time during the year, I will contact Ms. Lawler in person, by phone, or by email. (Please turn in only the signature page and keep the syllabus in the front of your English binder to refer to during the year.)

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