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9TH GRADE HONORS Austin Middle

LITERATURE& School
2018-2019
COMPOSITION School Year
Teacher: Maya Woodall
Email: mwoodall@paulding.k12.ga.us
Phone #: (770) 942-0316 Late Work Policy
All students are expected to meet due dates and
deadlines. It is an expectation that all work is turned in on
Canvas (Online Platform) time. The maximum score you may earn on a late
Students will create a username and password to use assignment is an 89 unless it is following an excused
with Canvas. This site will provide students with access to absence.
class handouts, resources, assignments, and interactive
opportunities. Parent pairing code and instructions will be
shared with students Wednesday, August 8. Remediation
Username: student ID Initial Password: PCSD + student ID If students do not master a standard or need help, they
https://paulding.instructure.com/login/ldap will have the opportunity to attend tutoring sessions as
well as complete recovery modules in Canvas.
Remind
Note: Student ID is the lunch account number. PCSD is
Parents and
uppercase. students,
Student sign
will be up for
forced free their
to reset text message
password on Cell Phone Policy
first login. reminders, and direct messaging by texting
updates, All cell phones should be silenced/turned off during
@litwoodall to 81010. class unless directed by the teacher to use them for
academic purposes.
Tutoring
Tutoring is offered Thursday @ 7:45 AM. Occasionally, I Academic Honesty
offer tutoring through Canvas Chat as well. Students are
welcome to contact me via email to set up an alternative All students are expected to adhere to the school code of
time to meet. conduct. Academic dishonesty is a violation of the school
. code of conduct and may include, but is not limited to
plagiarism, copying someone else’s work and cheating.
Evaluation Student work that is plagiarized will NOT receive credit.
Formative Assessments 29%
(Formative assessments include, but are not limited to, quizzes,
group work, literature circles, writing process, journal, Supplies
reflections, etc.)
✓ Pens/Pencils
Summative Assessments 71%
✓ Composition notebook
(Summative assessments include, but are not limited to,
✓ Binder with 5 tabs (can be shared with other subjects)
research, final writing products, tests, etc.)
✓ Loose Leaf Paper
Milestones EOC Test 20% (of final average)
✓ Highlighter
✓ Colored Pencils
✓ Tape or glue for Personal Use
Academic Grade Scale ✓ Post-It Notes (one package)
A = 90% - 100%
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
Wish List: tape, staples, tissues, hand sanitizer, dry erase
F = Below 70% markers, pens, pencils, YA/teen novels, classic novels,
Revtrak donations (for classroom library, Quizlet with visuals
*5 honors points will be added to the course average to membership, and other reading/writing resources)
contribute to the weighted average. Upon successful
completion of the course, students will receive 1 Carnegie credit
(high school credit) for this course. The final grade will be
posted to the high school transcript and will affect the student’s
high school GPA. Note: the weighted GPA is not included in
HOPE scholarship eligibility.
9TH GRADE HONORS Austin Middle
LITERATURE& School
2018-2019
COMPOSITION School Year
Course Goals
During each unit, students will explore the elements of effective Independent Reading
writing, read and analyze fiction and nonfiction texts, and develop Please be aware that both the school and my classroom have
critical thinking skills. Students will examine literature from the a variety of books for students of all ages, backgrounds,
perspective of a writer and use their study of literature to improve their maturity and reading levels. We encourage parents to read
own writing. Additionally, students will study literature and common along with their students and help choose the best reading
themes to gain a greater understanding of the human experience. options for them.
Students will maintain a portfolio to demonstrate their growth. There are also often multiple copies of books available. I
Reading, writing, language, viewing, speaking and listening skills will strongly encourage you to read along with your student.
be developed through a variety of individual and group assignments. STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE AN INDEPENDENT READING
BOOK WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES. EACH STUDENT WILL
HAVA A PERSONAL GOAL TO READ A MINIMUM OF 25
BOOKS THIS SCHOOL YEAR. We will determine each
Texts/Units student’s reading rate for each book. Students will be able
✓ Poetry expected to read for at least two hours per week; this includes
✓ Short Stories at least thirty minutes weekly of in class reading time.
✓ Nonfiction Articles
✓ Self-selected novels
✓ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Journal & Literacy Binder
✓ The Odyssey by Homer Students should have a composition notebook strictly
✓ Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare used for 9th Grade Lit. and stored in their classroom at
✓ Textbook: Glencoe Literature, all times. Additionally, students will maintain an
Course 4, McGraw-Hill organized binder of classroom materials. This binder will
Companies, Inc. 2009. serve as a textbook.

Article of the Week/Fortnight


UNIT1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3 UNIT 4
We will read a variety of nonfiction texts. An article of the
FATE VS. FREE INJUSTICE HERO’S WHO’S TO Week will be assigned every other week, every fortnight.
Students will receive the article on Monday and have the
WILL JOURNEY BLAME?
week to annotate and complete a reflection to submit on
Friday. We will also engage in a debate and/or scored
SHORT STORIES TO KILL A THE ROMEO & discussion based on the article. This assignment will
MOCKINGBIRD ODYSSEY JULIET provide students with an opportunity to engage in
informational reading and analyzing in addition to
NARRATIVE, ARGUMENT ARGUMENT INFORMATIONAL evidence-based writing.
INFORMATIONAL

Portfolio
Standardized Assessment Students will maintain a collection of written work
throughout the school year. We will create goals and
GA Milestones EOC evaluate them periodically by reflecting on our growth
as writers and learners. Written works will be stored
9th Grade Literature and Composition EOC (May 2019) digitally, or in a classroom folder if not typed. Students
may make copies or take photos of work to share at
home, but originals should remain in the classroom until
the end of the school year upon completion of the final
MLA Format reflection and evaluation.

All formal assignments should be formatted in MLA (Modern


Language Association). Students will be provided with a MLA Please Note: The above syllabus is subject to change in
Guide and lessons on citing sources and organizing order to meet the needs of individual classes. Students
assignments in this format.
will be notified when changes are made to the syllabus.