English II MYP

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Syllabus – English II 2013-2014

English II IB-MYP Syllabus 2013-2014

EMAIL: waughta@tulsaschools.org or tara.waugh42@gmail.com
WEBSITE: https://tarawaugh.wordpress.com/ and http://www.edmodo.com/home
TEXTS:Writer’s Choice: Grade 10, 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology, Glencoe Literature: The Reader’s Choice World Literature, Reading the World, Modern World Literature. Please see Course Outline page for a list of learning resources used for this class.
TEXT CLAUSE: We will examine a variety of literature (written, oral, and cinematic). If any reading material or film covered in class is a conflict of interest for any student or parent, an alternative will be provided. Please send written notification (email or handwritten) one week before the text or film is read or viewed in class. Please visit my website often to see if any assignment is a conflict of interest.
RATIONALE AND COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will continue to examine different pieces and genres of literature that touch on the IB Global Contexts in a meaningful way. The primary objective of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in English, grades 9 and 10, is the development of critical thinking skills as reflected in both written and oral communication. This course is a study of communication skills, both written and verbal. This course will emphasize the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication, as well as personal and reflective writing. Grammar, mechanics, and usage will be reviewed and then enhanced through writing, both formal and informal in nature. Students will also work to increase their working vocabularies through word study and usage. The objective of this course is to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers. The program uses a thematic, multidisciplinary approach to teaching that incorporates five Areas of Interaction across the curriculum. These are: Health & Social Education, Community & Service, Environment, Human Ingenuity, and Approaches to Learning. It is a course designed to discover, interpret, confront and become familiar with human experiences from other cultures and countries. In this class, students will gain a broader knowledge of some of the world’s most famous writers and literary masterpieces and some of the world’s most significant cultural traditions.
INSTRUCTIONAL FORMAT: This class will be lecture and discussion based for most of the classes, but there will be a variety of activities that will incorporate student-centered learning groups. I will also integrate learning activities that cater to all the different learning styles and multiple intelligences.
WEBSITE: My website contains syllabi, handouts, and special notes. Here, you can view links that I thought might be helpful or interesting. I will also post links or websites that I recommend to students. Visit this site often. It is created for you and is to be used as aid in learning and understanding in my classroom. I will also be utilizing a website called Edmodo. This site looks similar to Facebook, but the best feature of this site is if you sign up to receive texts from this site, then if I post that an assignment is due then you will receive that post as a text message. GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS: In this class, you will demonstrate your ability to:

  • Attend class regularly
  • Complete readings and assignments on time
  • Use invention strategies, including journal entries, to generate ideas for writing
  • Recognize and write different modes of expository writing, such as comparison/contrast, process analysis, cause

    and effect, and exemplification

  • Recognize and write different kinds of expository essays, including a first-person narrative, personal essay,

    informative essay, and critical review, based on your own observation and experience rather than on research

  • Write essays that employ clear language, specific details, and mechanical correctness
  • Improve your writing through multiple drafts and revisions
  • Continue mastering writing, research and grammar skills as essential to composition utilizing MLA

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  • Apply knowledge of World history, the lives and times of the writers, and literary terminology to the literary periods, genres, and works
  • Make significant comparisons and contrasts among the various literary periods, genres, authors, and works
  • Analyze and interpret passages from representative works from each of the literary periods
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the most significant authors and works from each period
  • Write clear, well-developed essays that demonstrate your knowledge of significant literary themes and/or

    techniques integrating specific support from different literary works

  • Relate the literature to your own experience

    REQUIRED SKILLS: I expect each student to demonstrate superior study skills such as being prepared for each class, having completed assignments on time, and being prepared for tests and quizzes. You should know your own learning style by now. If not, please see me at the beginning of this semester; I will direct you to an online survey that will determine your learning style. This will help you determine what kind of study skills will work best for you. If you have any difficulty understanding the reading assignments or grasping the material, please feel free to see me before or after school.

    SUPPLIES: (Please purchase by Monday, August 26, 2013)

    One three ring binder

    Endless supply of college-ruled notebook paper for notes and class work

    Six dividers labeled Bellringers, Vocabulary, Grammar, Notes, Homework, Writing

    Blue or Black ink pens, red ink pens

    Pencils (for scantrons)

    Sticky notes

    Highlighters (various colors)

    A flash drive (aka a jump drive or a thumb drive) This is the best way for a student to keep his or her typed assignments

    for all classes.

    One box of Kleenex for classroom use

    BELLRINGERS AND NOTEBOOKS: Each day at the beginning of class, students are given an assignment to work on

    from the board. Assignments will rotate among vocabulary and journal entries. Vocabulary work will consist of defining

    selected words from the assigned reading and writing an original sentence using the word. You may use vocabulary in

    writing assignments. Underline the word and if used correctly, you may earn extra points on that particular

    assignment.Journaling will consist of responding to prompts presented on the board or answering questions from

    Analytical Reading and Reasoning workbook and Grammar resources.The student is responsible for any bell-ringer

    activities he or she misses due to absences, field trips, or other school-related activities.These activities will be checked

    for completion as part of the notebook grade randomly throughout the semester. Always be ready for a Notebook check,

    so always bring your organized Notebook to class. Notes may take the form of handouts or student-copies or a

    combination of the two. They are the responsibility of the student and should be kept in the proper section of the



    All assignments must be treated as FINAL DRAFTS. If you do not meet all of the following standards, you will not earn a grade for that particular assignment.

    Head your paper using MLA format
    Write in complete sentences.
    Answer all questions and/or all parts of questions.
    Use clean, undamaged paper.
    Write legibly. If I cannot read it, I cannot grade it and will give you a zero.

    It is expected that you will remember that you have homework assignments to submit, and your assignments must be ready for turn in before the bell rings, complete, stapled, and with all curly edges removed. Please note that I will not wait for you to write your heading on the paper, staple papers together, finish your work, or cut off curly edges from a spiral notebook during class time, as this should be completed on your own time. All of this must be done before the bell rings, and you must be in your seat and ready to learn once the bell rings. The only exception to this is excused tardiness (with a pass) or absence.

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Expect homework nightly. Homework must be written in blue or black ink, or typed. All assignments handed in must have a proper heading. Failure to use a proper heading will result in a point deduction for the assignment. The following is what your heading must look like (on the top left side of your page, starting on the top line of your paper):

Your name
Mrs. Waugh
English – class period Date

(centered) Label the Assignment

ASSESSMENTS: Multiple choice quizzes; short answer and essay exams; narrative, analytical, expository, & persuasive essays; creative writing; oral presentations; visual presentations (including the use of Power Point, Prezi, Glog, Photostory)

GRADING – Daily assignments, exams, and quizzes will be graded on a point system. Major writing assignments will be assessed using a scale adapted from the IB-MYP assessment scale. The grade on this scale will be converted into a point-system grade. Grades are based on a points-possible system and letter grades are based on the school’s grading scale. A participation grade will determined by using 100 points (a test grade) each semester. Students will receive participation points for being prompt, respectful, prepared, and attentive.

A= 100-90, B= 89-90, C= 79-70, D= 69-60, F= 59 & below


  • See Student Handbook for the attendance policy.
  • Students must be in their assigned seats and working when the bell rings, or they will be counted tardy.
  • Unexcused tardies will result in detention or referrals.
  • Daily participation is vital for success in this class.

    If your absence is unexcused, late work will not be accepted for any reason (this includes all quizzes, tests, projects and

    See page 39 in your Soon-to-be Brilliant Handbooks. As Departmental policy, Freshman and Sophomores are allowed 1

    “get out of jail free card” per semester. These cards will be passed out at the beginning of the year. I will not print out more if you accidentally lose one. You must staple this “get out of jail free card” to your late work. You can use it on minor or major assignments. It is your choice, but it must be used within one day of the original due date of the assignment.

    Remember, printers break, computers malfunction, and dogs eat papers only the night before major assignments are due. Begin and finish your work before the due date and you will have no problems with machines, utilities, or animals. Please do not ask for exceptions. My rules are applied fairly to everyone; if you have problems, see me before papers are due.


  • Check white board, make-up work folder or website for handouts and assignments missed.
  • You will need to get class notes, journal topic, etc. from a friend
  • Turn in all make-up work in the designated are by the deadline
  • You have one day per day of absence to turn in missed assignments
  • Work assigned prior to your absence is due immediately upon your return to school
  • Make-up work (including tests and quizzes) is the student’s responsibility. I will not remind students to turn

    work in.

  • Missed quizzes/tests must be made up within one week from the day you return to school before and after school by appointment only.
  • Some assignments may not be made up if they have been discussed in class or returned to students.
  • Failure to follow this policy will result in a zero on the missed assignment, quiz, test, etc.

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• Points lost for peer group revisions can only be made up in a writing conference with me OUTSIDE of the class period.

EXTRA CREDIT: Extra credit assignments may be given. Do NOT ask for extra credit at the end of a grading period. CLASS RULES AND VALUES:

  1. Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings.
  2. Be prepared for class. Bring notebook, textbook, and writing implement every day.
  3. Restroom, Office and Hall Passes: Take care of personal business before class. Please do not interrupt me or

    other students to ask to leave or go to the bathroom.

  4. No food or beverages are allowed in the classroom except for water in a clear container. All inappropriate food/

    beverage items will be thrown away.

  5. Try your best at all times.


  • Respect: Out of courtesy to me and your classmates, please do not talk while another is addressing the class. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • Pay attention to me, to your peers, to deadlines, to the text, and to other teachers.
  • Keep up with daily assignments and reading.
  • Have homework completed and ready to turn in on the due date at the beginning of the hour. Papers without

    names will be considered late work. Consistently being unprepared for class will result in disciplinary action. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: In this class, academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating on quizzes or exams (this includes talking during one of these), submitting essays that you did not write or that are the same in content as another student’s, copying the exact words of a source without using quotation marks, copying a source’s sentence structure, using a source’s ideas without documentation, or assisting others in these actions. The plagiarism policy of Booker T. Washington High School will be strictly enforced. Any work that has been plagiarized will result in a zero, and both administration and parents will be notified.
    CELL PHONE POLICY: The Dean’s cell phone policy will be strictly enforced.
    DISCIPLINE: Rules are posted in the room. Please follow them. Violations of classroom rules will be handled as follows:

    verbal warning, written warning, staying after class, phone call /email to parent or guardian, a meeting with

    counselors and/or parent, office referral
    These are the consequences when you break a rule. One of these will happen, but there is no predetermined order. Either you or I will pick the most appropriate one, based on what will help you the most. I will do my best to be fair to each and every one of you, which means that students might get different consequences if I think they need different things to not make the same mistake. If you ever think that there is a better consequence for you than the one I chose, let me know what you think it is, and I will be happy to listen, but please do not complain about what happens to someone else. COMMUNICATION: It is important to have constantly open lines of communication between the teacher, parents, and students. The best way to contact me is by email- I will usually answer the same day. Also, for general class information you can visit my website. Additionally, if a student has a ‘D’ grade for an extended period of time in my class they can expect a phone call or email to parents. I welcome parent contact and questions, and look forward to hearing from many of you.
    HOW TO DO WELL IN THIS CLASS: Students will always ask “What’s the easiest way to pass your class?” There is a simple answer to this question: Show up to class every day on time and do the assigned work carefully and consistently. Students who do this in mine or any other class find it virtually impossible to fail, and in fact usually do quite well. The secret to being a good student (or, really, being good at anything) is no secret: show up and try. It’s that simple.

    FINAL WORDS:I look forward to a great year where minds are expanded, horizons are broadened and we all become more knowledgeable world citizens. Our world is truly a remarkable place inhabited by extraordinary people. Enjoy being transported to different times and places and celebrate the differences among cultures while at the same time recognizing our common bonds. The only prerequisite for this course is to come to class with an open mind and a willingness to learn! *Words and ideas taken from Eileen Erickson, Dr. Malone and Dr. Mercer, Discipline with Dignity, Bea Hoxie and MYP other sources.

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English II Syllabus Signature Page

Please sign this page, take it off from the syllabus and return this to me Monday, August 26, 2013 noting that the parent/ guardian and student have read and understood the syllabus and classroom policies. This is worth 20 points.

Parent/ Guardian signature: _________________________________________________ Student name (printed):_____________________________________________________ Student signature: _________________________________________________________

Parents/ Guardians,
Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. I believe it is important for parents and teachers to work together to ensure the best education possible for each student. In order to communicate, I would love to have your contact information. An email address is greatly appreciated. Please fill out the information below.
Parent/ Guardian Name (please print):

Phone number: Email address: Comments:

English II Syllabus Signature Page
Please sign this page, take it off from the syllabus and return this to me Monday, August 26, 2013 noting that the parent/ guardian and

student have read and understood the syllabus and classroom policies. This is worth 20 points. Parent/ Guardian signature: _________________________________________________ Student name (printed):_____________________________________________________ Student signature: _________________________________________________________

Parents/ Guardians,
Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. I believe it is important for parents and teachers to work together to ensure the best education possible for each student. In order to communicate, I would love to have your contact information. An email address is greatly appreciated. Please fill out the information below.
Parent/ Guardian Name (please print):

Phone number: Email address: Comments: