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Course Syllabus

Class Syllabus  

English I

Mrs. Reaves

Room #5


          Welcome to English I! As a student at WCHS, it is your responsibility and duty to adhere to all school policies and procedures. In addition to the adherence of these policies, every student has the responsibility to be prepared for class and follow all individual classroom rules every day. ABSOLUTELY NO DISRUPTIONS WILL BE TOLERATED!


English I Course Requirements:

  • Reading, writing, and grammar skills will be practiced on a daily basis.
  • Students will take an end-of-course state-mandated exam at the end of the semester.


Required Materials:

  • 3 ring binder with the following information on the front cover:

              Student’s Name

              Class Name: English I

              Teacher’s Name: Mrs. Reaves

  • pencils and/or pens
  • paper



Test Policy:

All scheduled tests are announced at least three days in advance.  Therefore, if a student is absent on test day, he or she will be required to take the test the day he or she returns.  If a student is absent the day before the test, he or she will be required to take the test on the assigned day, unless new information was covered the day before the test.  It is imperative that each student attends class every day.  Since English I is an eighteen-week course, a lot of material is covered every day.  If a student is continuously absent or tardy, it could have a negative impact on the final grade for the course. 

Each student in my English I class will have the OPTION to retake any failed test in order to improve his or her average. After the original test is given back to the students, they will have up to three days to retake the test if they choose to do so. The two grades will then be averaged, and that grade will replace the original test grade. If the student does not restudy and does worse on the second test, the averaged grade will still be calculated into the student’s average.



Classroom Rules:

  1. Be prepared at all times.
  2. Respect EVERYONE in this classroom.
  3. Keep all materials neat and in the proper place.
  4. Take responsibility for your own actions.
  5. Obey all school policies and procedures.
  6. No student leaves the room for ANY reason.


English I Topics:

          The following is a tentative list of topics and lessons that will be covered during the semester. Keep in mind that we are doing a year’s worth of work in a semester since English I is an eighteen-week course. A more detailed calendar of what is covered each day can be found on the school’s website at

·         Chapter 9: Writing Complete Sentences

·         Chapter 10: Writing Effective Sentences

·         Chapter 11: Understanding Paragraph Structure

·         Writing an Argumentative Essay

·         Short Stories

v  “The Gift of the Magi”

v  “The Scarlet Ibis”

v  “The Most Dangerous Game”

v  Other texts will be decided upon at a later date.

  • Chapter 16: Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Chapter 16: Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement
  • Informational Texts (This unit will be dispersed throughout the semester, and additional texts will      be added.)

v  President Roosevelt’s Declaration of War

v  President Bush’s 9/11 Address to the Nation

v  Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech

v  Michael J. Fox’s Testimony Before the Senate

v  various other newspaper/magazine articles

v  “We Cannot Lose” from We Are Marshall

v  Closing Remarks from A Time to Kill

v  Jim Valvano’s ESPY Speech

  • The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
  • Argumentative Essay/Writing Constructed Responses
  • Poetry

v  “My Papa’s Waltz”

v  “I Ask My Mother to Sing”

v  “Grape Sherbet”

v  “The Seven Ages of Man”

v  “The Road Not Taken”

v  “Dream Deferred”

v  “Dreams”

v  “ I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

v  “Meciendo/Rocking”

v  “Sonnets on Love XIII”

v  “Summer”

v  “The Eagle”

v  “Analysis of Baseball”

v  “Casey at the Bat”

v  “Fifteen”

v  “Twister Hits Houston”

  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • The final state-mandated test will be taken in December.

***Disclaimer: This is a tentative list of things that will be covered in class. Things will be changed as needed to fit the needs in my class, and I will use my discretion to add or omit information where needed. If there are any questions about what is being covered in class, refer to my class calendar on the school’s website.


Cell Phone Policy:

        In adherence to the Wayne County Board of Education’s policy on cell phones in school, no student is permitted to use his or her cell phone during school hours. This includes texting as well. Therefore, students will not be issued a warning for cell phones in this class. The first time a student is caught using a cell phone or the first time a cell phone rings or vibrates, it will be confiscated and taken to the office. The complete policy on the use of cell phones can be found in the school handbook.

        Parents and/or guardians, encourage your student to turn off his or her cell phone before he or she enters the building. This will eliminate any phone from accidentally ringing. If there is an emergency, you may call the office and your student will be notified promptly.


Classroom Contract


I, _______________________________, have read and understand the classroom rules and policies for English I. Through the reading of this, I know and understand what is expected of me on a daily basis.


______________________________            __   __________

Student’s Signature                                        Date


________________________________   __________

Parent/Guardian’s Signature                          Date