Course Outline
We will learn about:
  • ourselves
  • human behavior
  • social issues
  • leaders/activists
  • history—past, present, and future
All the pieces matter.
Curriculum
  • Aligned to Common Core ELA Standards, focusing on 4 skills:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Listening
    • Speaking
  • Touchstones - once a week discussion that builds communication skills, specifically active listening
 
Texts to Look Forward To
In this class, we read diverse texts that include, represent, and validate the experiences of all people.
  • "Human Ashes"
  • Persepolis
  • If I Ever Get Out of Here
  • The Wave
  • House on Mango Street
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Other Boy
  • Non-fiction texts and articles
  • Poetry
Supply List
  1. 1” Binder with tabs & loose-leaf
  2. Pens & Pencils
  3. Folder
  4. A good attitude (: 
  5. A tissue box (For extra credit!)
Grading
Tests/Projects                         40%
Quizzes                                  30%
Classwork/Do Nows/HW         20%
Participation/Preparation      10%
 
Extra Credit opportunities announced throughout the year.
 
Late Assignments 
  • 5 points off if 1 day late
  • 20 points off after 1 day late
  • Only accepted 2 weeks after due date
 
Absent?
  • Check weekday folders, Class Twitter, Google Classroom, and Teacher Webpage
  • 1 day per each day excused absence to turn in missing work. Extended absence, speak with me privately.