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Literature Syllabus


Course Topics:

Journal Writing

Portfolio Writing

Stylistic Writing

Elements of Writing


Short Story Reading

Novel Reading

Literary Interpretation









Assigned Projects

Reading Reports


Required Materials


College-Ruled Notebook

Sharpened Pencil or blue/black Pen

Required Textbook: Literature:  Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, Prentice Hall, Silver ED., 2000

A book of your choosing must be carried at all times for Reading Reports


Course Expectations

1) Students are expected to be on time and seated in their assigned seat at the beginning of each class.

2) Students are expected begin class with all their required materials unless otherwise instructed.  Students will not be permitted to retrieve their materials from another class once the bell rings.

3) Everyone is to be treated with respect.  Students are to be quiet and attentive when others are talking; and they are to be respectful of other people’s opinions.  Making fun of a student, teasing, or any type of physical or verbal harassment will not be tolerated.

4) Class does not end until the teacher dismisses the students.

5) Students may not leave class at any time for any reason with out prior permission from the teacher.  Bathroom and water breaks will be provided at designated times.

6) All students are required to keep a writing journal or notebook for both note taking and journaling.  Some journaling will also be conducted via Alphasmarts, and may be collected for a grade.

7) Due to the sensitive nature of journaling, students may not write about another student without their expressed permission

8) Students should expect to write every day to improve their writing skills, Short, writing assignments will be provided periodically to give the student practice in writing.  Longer writing assignments will also be assigned, and may count as portfolio pieces.

9) Students should expect to read every day to improve their reading.  Students are expected to bring a reading book of their choosing to give the students practice in reading.  Students will complete reading reports to assess their progress in outside reading.

10) Students are also expected to demonstrate their ability to interpret what they have read during class.  Participation during class discussions and activities is highly encouraged and counts toward their final grade.

11) Students are to respect the property of the school textbooks and the reading books provided by the teacher.  Reading books should be treated with respect and returned promptly after their use.  Textbooks will not be written in and must be covered by the date set by the teacher.

12) Students are to listen to the teacher at all times concerning class or group instructions.  Horseplay or disruptive behavior during these times will not be tolerated.


Reading Report Guidelines

1)      Every student is required to read three books a Trimester

2)      Books can be no less than 150 pages

3)      Books under 150 pages can only be read only with teacher approval.

4)      Books over 400 pages can qualify as 2 books with teacher approval.

5)      Books over 600 pages can qualify as 3 books with teacher approval.

6)      Approval for counting a single book, as two/three must be received before reading.

7)      Extra books and books over 800 pages will count toward extra credit.

8)      At the end of the year, a reading award is given to the person who reads the most books for literature.

9)      No magazines.

10)  Only one Chicken Soup book may be used for a reading report a year, and all of the stories must be read and reviewed for full credit.  (Chicken Soup books usually count as three)

11)  Short story books may be read with teacher approval.  Every story in the book must be summarized for full credit.

12)  Reading Report summaries should be longer than a paragraph and should discuss the entire story.  They should also include the ending to the story.  Books that count for two/three books should have longer summaries than a normal report for full credit.



Science Syllabus


Course Topics

Mapping the Earth’s Surface


Rocks and The Rock Cycle

Weathering and Soil Formation

Erosion and Deposition

Geologic History

Energy Resources

Plate Tectonics

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

The Water Cycle

Oceans and Fresh Water

The Atmosphere

Weather and Climate

Solar System




Same as Literature

Assigned Projects/ Labs


Required Materials

Same as Literature except Reading Book and Textbook

Textbook: Science Explorer:  Earth Science, Prentice Hall, 2002


Course Expectation

1)      Most are the same as Literature

2)      When conducting a group activity or lab, all materials must be returned to their proper place in order for the class to be dismissed at the end of the period.

3)      Lab tables should be cleared of all unnecessary items while conducting a group activity or lab. 

4)      All lab equipment should be handled with respect.  This applies especially to fragile and/or corrosive items

5)      When necessary students will given the proper safety equipment and must be worn until instructed.

6)      All students are required to keep a scientific journal or notebook for both note taking and experimentation.  Notes and labs are the primary source of info assessed during testing.

7)      Students are to respect toe property of the school, which includes all workbooks, textbooks, and lab tables.  Workbooks will not be written in or their worksheets torn out.  Textbooks likewise will not be written in and must be covered by the date assigned.  Lab tables will not be written on and/or sat on at any time

Students are to listen to the teacher at all times concerning class lab instructions.  Horseplay or disruptive behavior during this time could result in injury and will not be tolerated.