English 9 is a required course.  It will introduce the student to literature in a variety of forms (short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama) and stress the fundaments of literary interpretation and terminology.  Resulting from each literary unit will be writing projects, in which students will develop the skills of prewriting, drafting, workshopping, and revision.  Daily grammar warm-ups and weekly assignments of twenty vocabulary words will also determine grades.



    Students are expected to attend class regularly with all materials, to keep up with writing assignments, to contribute to class discussions, and to follow departmental and classroom procedures.  Failure to comply with these responsibilities can be reflected in the student’s grade.  Students must have a large three-ring binder with dividers.



    Students are responsible for exhibiting standard classroom behavior.  This means students should remain in their seats, work quietly, raise their hands for a question or answer, and treat all those in the classroom with respect and tolerance.  Failure to comply with standard classroom behavior will result in disciplinary action.



    Final six-week grades will be based on tests, papers, grammar warm-ups, class participation, and vocabulary work.  Grades are taken from a percentage of total available points and adhere to the following scale:

    A+        99-100              B+        92-93                C+        84-85                D+        76-77

    A          96-98                B          88-91                C          80-83                D          72-75

    A-         94-95                B-         86-87                C-         78-79                D-         70-71

    Grades below 70% are failing.




    1. Students will need to buy a large three-ring notebook and paper that they will use exclusively for English class.  They must also buy a pack of index cards.


    2. Students will be expected to bring Writers Inc., any other required textbook(s), their notebook, and a pen or pencil to class each day when indicated on the homework board.


    3. All rough drafts must be written on 8½ x 11 lined notebook paper.  All final papers must be from word-processing software.


    4. Students should be in their desks (not at the door) and ready to work when the second bell rings.  Failure to do so will count as a tardy; on the fourth tardy, the student will be sent to the office.  Except in emergencies, students should enter and leave by the front door of the classroom only.


    5. Students will strictly adhere to the rules of the Buffalo Gap Honor Code.  Students will receive a zero on any work that they are found to have copied from another.  Students found cheating or plagiarizing will be reported for violating the Honor Code.


    6. The teacher will confiscate any work that a student is found to be doing instead of English work.  If you complete an individual assignment early, you are to do the following: complete any work not turned in due to absence, work on current writing assignment, or write in your journal.


    7. Students are expected to do all assignments and turn the work in on time.


    8. Students may not use profanity, either verbally or in their writing.


    9. There is absolutely no talking during a test.  When students finish, they should turn their papers in to the IN box at the front of the room and remain quiet.


    10. Do not ask to use your locker during class.  Unless it’s an emergency, do not ask to use the bathroom or get water.


    11. Students are responsible for finding out what work they missed during an absence and for making up the work within three class days.  Preannounced and regularly scheduled tests and quizzes will be made up the day a student returns.  Students returning after an absence must check their make-up work folder.


    12. Absolutely no eating or drinking in the classroom.  You may have water in a capped bottle.


    13. Students are not to play video games in the computer labs during class, even if they have finished their work.




    All grades fall into three categories: checks, daily grades, and test grades.


    1.       Checks are given for minor assignments such as short homework assignments.  A check signifies that the work has been done; it does not reflect quality.  At the end of the six weeks, checks or lack of checks may make the difference between a higher or lower grade if the student’s average is on the borderline.


    2.       Daily grades are given for assignments that generally take no more than a class period to complete--a reading quiz, a grammar exercise, or a longer homework assignment. A daily grade may occasionally be taken on a homework assignment.


    3.       Test grades are given on major assignments and are weighted to count two, three, or four times more than a daily assignment.


    4.       Points will be subtracted from a paper if it is late.  All work that is not turned in is recorded as a zero.  IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO TURN IN A PAPER THAN TO TAKE A ZERO.  Example: John receives four daily grades for the six weeks: 93, 87, 86, and 72.  He received an 80 on his creative writing, which counts two grades.  He received a zero on his major test, which counted four grades.


                Grades averaged: 93 + 87 + 86 + 72 + 80 + 80 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 498


                The total 498 divided by ten grades is 49.8.  Therefore, although the majority of John’s grades were passing, because he took a zero on a major test, he failed for the six weeks.  If John had attempted the test and received a 50, he would have passed for the six weeks with a 69.8 (D-).