The Junior English course is essential in providing the foundation for advanced English studies. This comprehensive course examines the development of the writing process; the literature studies focus on American Literature, grammar, vocabulary, speaking and critical thinking skills. Students will learn traits from a balanced repertoire of reading and writing while applying skills learned to real-world situations. Students will read from selected novels, as well as short stories, essays, dramas, and poetry. This is an interactive course that requires student involvement including research, debate, and oral presentations which will require the use of multimedia resources.
PHS Curriculum and the Arizona Common Core Standards:
AZCCS Mission Statement: The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
PHS is dedicated to incorporating the Arizona College and Career and Readiness Standards into the English 11 curriculum and increasing the rigor of our instruction.
McDougal Littell Literature (Yellow textbook)
Major Works of study listed below
Film in the Classroom
This course will examine multiple genres of literature. This course will offer some opportunity to view films that are related to the unit we are studying. In most cases we will observe film in brief increments; however, we may study a full-length film if necessary. Potential films for class include:
Identity of the Independent Man (Classicism-Romanticism)
Research Paper Process: Research and Annotated Bibliography
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Desires and Dreams (Realism-Modernism)
Research Paper Process: Research and Narratio
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Change and Controversy (Post-Modernism and beyond)
Research Paper Process: Editing and Presenting
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Late Work / Absences
Late work is not accepted. Any student who is absent is responsible for make-up work. The student will receive the number of days absent to complete and turn in the work. Absent work not turned in within the given number of days will result in a zero per assignment. Please be advised that work brought in on disks, flash drives, etc. are considered “late” and will not be printed out by the teacher. It is the student’s responsibility to “print” work BEFORE class.
*ALL PROJECTS (HARD DUE DATES) ARE DUE EVEN IF A STUDENT IS ABSENT FROM MY CLASS Supplies
One inch three ring binder to keep language arts materials and homework in or a designated place in an academic binder, dividers with labeling capability (I will specify certain labels), agenda, red pen, blue or black pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, and lined loose leaf paper. (NO SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS PLEASE)
Turnitin.com is an integral program at Perry High School. This website allows teachers to review the written assignment submitted and determine the authenticity of the students' papers. In many cases, this submission is the only proof of a completed assignment, as the teacher scores the paper from the website. The late work policy listed above applies to any paperless submissions. In other cases, the teacher requires both a hard copy of the assignment, as well as submission to the website. If an assignment requires the combination submission to turnitin.com, the late work policy will apply for all students, whether present in class the day an assignment is due or not, which automatically allows a 24-hour grace period, and a 10% reduction in the final grade will be applied to all late submissions. Please note, however, that any papers not submitted by the extension period will receive a zero, regardless of a hard copy submission.
Every student is also required to have a G-mail account to participate in Google-docs sharing assignments.
Cheating and Plagiarism
Any student caught cheating in class (giving or receiving answers/work) will receive a zero on the assignment. The student will receive a referral and the parents/guardians will be notified.
1. Be RESPONSIBLE
By being on time and prepared for class daily
By obtaining and completing all assignments and make-up work using your best effort
Of the opinions and property of your peers, teachers, and your school
Of the learning environment
Of the person(s) addressing the class by giving them your undivided attention
Bring Your Own Technology
Students and parents will sign an agreement about students using their own technology in the classroom. This agreement will be discussed within the first few weeks of school. If a student does not have a signed agreement on file with PHS, he/she will not be allowed to use his/her own technology in the classroom. Use of such technology is only allowed when the teacher directs students to do so for approved academic purposes. . Items such as MP3 players, CD/Cassette players, or portable video game systems are not allowed in the classroom and will be confiscated immediately.
Tardy and Attendance Policy
Promptness is a quality that is absolutely necessary for success in school and at work. Students are expected to be in their seats and working on the posted assignment when the bell rings. Four tardies in PHS classes will result in a written referral, followed by a referral for all tardies thereafter.
Be aware the Chandler Unified School District policy on absences states that a student will lose course credit if he / she records more than seven (7) unexcused/ excused absences.