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PURNELL SWETT HIGH SCHOOL
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English I Syllabus
Dr. Reginald Oxendine, Jr.
Welcome to English I. English is the most important class that you will take this year because your ability to read critically, listen thoughtfully, speak persuasively, and write effectively is essential to your success in school, in college, in work, and in life!
Course Content: English I provides an in depth study of culture in literature through the examination and analysis of short stories, articles, essays, speeches, biographies, autobiographies, drama, poetry, epic poetry, and novels from a vast array of cultures. This is a preparatory course for post-secondary work that stresses the art of effective communication, both oral and written, and offers practice in three modes of discourse: informative/explanatory (expository), argumentative, and narrative. It includes a detailed study of language and vocabulary, as well as using them compositionally. Information on the Common Core Standards is available at http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/english-language-arts-standards
Teacher/Parent Contacts: My email listed at the top of this page is the most efficient way to contact me; I check my email often and will make every effort to respond promptly. You may also call to leave a message through the school receptionist (910)521-3253, who will place a note in my box. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend all open houses through the semester.
- Composition Notebook
- Three Pronged, 1 Inch Binder
- Pencils, Highlighters, Coloring pencils and pens
Each Nine Week’s Grade
Final Course Grade
COURSE WORK GRADE
First Nine Week’s
Papers, Projects, Portfolios
Second Nine Week’s
STATE TEST GRADE
English II EOC
Attendance: Regular attendance is crucial for success! Many students fail English, and ninth grade, simply because they miss too many days and too much instruction. Do not let this happen to you! Come to school every day! If you are out, bring your excused absence note to school promptly.
Make-up Work Due to Absences: It is the responsibility of students to find out what assignments they have missed while they were absent. Students who are absent from a test will need to come to Learning Centers to make up the test. If students are absent on a day that a project or paper is due, they will be expected to turn the assignment in on the day of their return. Students who miss classwork or homework because of an absence will have five (5) days to submit any missing assignments with point deductions (5 points per day late). All other work is accepted at the teacher’s discretion.
Retest Opportunities: Students who fail (<60%) will have an available one retake during learning centers within one week of the original test return. Students may not complete a retake on a test in which they choose not to take on the test day.
Learning Centers: English I Learning Centers are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10 to 4:00 p.m. Bus transportation is provided for students who have a current bust contract on file. Learning Centers are for extra help with classwork or to make up missing assignments. Students who fail or miss tests are also allowed to re-test during Learning Center. (NOTE: Learning Centers are open when/while funding is available.)
I am looking forward to a great year full of determination, engagement, and fun in learning. Let’s do it!!!
Dr. Reginald Oxendine, Jr.