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Amanda Beck

Welcome to English I & Journalism I-IV!

Welcome to English I & Journalism I-IV!  Below you will find course descriptions & syllabi of each class.  
 
Note: Journalism I is only offered in the spring semester to 9th & 10th graders.  Students must apply to the be accepted into the Journalism I class, and complete the class to be considered for Journalism II-IV.

English I Syllabus

Amanda Beck

9th grade
English I Honors
[email protected]
After schools: Wednesdays
Planning: 2nd
period (9:45-10:45a.m.)

I. Course Description:
Honors:

While providing a foundational study of literary genres, English I – Honors fosters growth for advanced learners through depth in rigor, accelerated pacing, and complex and creative academic challenges. The course also helps students develop their personal writing processes by drafting narrative, expository, persuasive, and research documents. The course expands students’ language skills through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. The basic requirements for each nine weeks will include: One novel (provided by school), two vocabulary quizzes a week (10 words each. Quizzes will include definitions, sentences and analogies), and a minimum of 15 journal entries.

Standard:
While providing a foundational study of literary genres, English I helps students grow in their abilities to read, comprehend, and analyze complex texts. The course also helps students develop their personal writing processes by drafting narrative, expository, persuasive, and research documents. The course expands students’ language skills through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. The basic requirements for each nine weeks will include: One novel (provided by school), one vocabulary quizzes a week (10 words each. Quizzes will include definitions, sentences and analogies), and a minimum of 15 journal entries. 

II. Materials Needed (by September 4, 2018):
Supplies: 1- 5 subject notebook OR 2” 3-ring binder with 5 tab dividers, folder, pen/pencil, highlighter

Classroom Wish list (not required): Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, Packet of loose leaf college rule paper, Pack of pencils

III. Classroom Rules:
All rules which are required by WCPS & SWHS will be enforced in class.  Additionally, students will need to be: in seats and prepared when class starts, be responsible and respectful of others, use of appropriate language, no food, drinks (except water), sleeping or cell phones will be allowed.  If students do not follow the above rules and rules set forth by WCPS & SWHS, parent/guardian will be notified and appropriate discipline action will take place.

IV. Grading Scale:
A = 90 – 100 D = 60 – 69 B = 80 – 89 F = Below 60 C = 70 – 79 *? ?Note? ?that? ?final? ?exams? ?count? ?as? ?20%? ?of? ?the? ?student’s? ?final? ?grade

V. Grading Weights/Percentages:
40% all major tests, projects, essays
25% quizzes
20% classwork/homework
15% journals, class participation

VI. Attendance:
Students having more than six (6) unexcused absences for this class period will be in immediate jeopardy of not receiving credit for the course.

Students must be present a minimum of one hour to be counted present for the class period.

Students have five (5) student days to turn in makeup work immediately upon their return to school.

Journalism I-IV Syllabus

Amanda Beck

9-12 grade
Journalism I-IV
[email protected]
After schools: Wednesdays

I. Course Description:
Journalism I: This course focuses on the basic elements of newspaper, literary magazine, and yearbook writing and layout design with an emphasis on yearbook publication. The student will receive instruction in the use of a computer publication program. The student who elects to take this course should be genuinely interested in developing journalistic skills (which includes meeting deadlines) and becoming an active member of the school’s publication staff (which includes the selling of ads).

Journalism II: This course continues to focus on the basic elements of newspaper, literary magazine, and yearbook writing and layout design with an emphasis on yearbook publication. The student will receive instruction in the use of a computer publication program. The student who elects to take this course should be genuinely interested in developing journalistic skills (which includes meeting deadlines) and becoming an active member of the school’s publication staff (which includes the selling of ads).

Journalism III-IV: This course focuses on advanced design techniques and editing skills. The design techniques will be enhanced through use of a computer publication program. The students develop leadership skills enabling them to organize and manage time to achieve journalistic excellence through the entire publication process that also includes the selling of ads.

II. Materials Needed:
Supplies: 1 notebook, 1 folder, pen, pencils, camera if you have one

III. Classroom Rules:
All rules which are required by WCPS & SWHS will be enforced in class.  Additionally, students will need to be: in seats and prepared when class starts, be responsible and respectful of others, use of appropriate language, no food, drinks (except water), sleeping or cell phones will be allowed.  If students do not follow the above rules and rules set forth by WCPS &SWHS, parent/guardian will be notified and appropriate discipline action will take place.

IV. Grading Scale:
A = 90 – 100 D = 60 – 69 B = 80 – 89 F = Below 60 C = 70 – 79 *? ?Note? ?that? ?final? ?exams? ?count? ?as? ?20%? ?of? ?the? ?student’s? ?final? ?grade

V. Grading Weights/Percentages:
40% all major tests, projects, essays
25% quizzes
20% classwork/homework
15% journals, class participation

VI. Attendance:
Students having more than six (6) unexcused absences for this class period will be in immediate jeopardy of not receiving credit for the course.

Students must be present a minimum of one hour to be counted present for the class period.

Students have five (5) student days to turn in makeup work immediately upon their return to school.

Contact Information

Contact Info:
Phone: 919-705-6060
I am available any day before or after school (prearranged). And during my planning period from 9:45-10:45a.m. daily.
 
Join the class Remind 101 text messages:
Text the phone number 81010 with the message that corresponds with your class:
1st: @4kccek
2nd: @4972k3
4th: @dkcfg4b 
 
Current Curriculum:
1st: English I 
2nd: Planning
3rd: Journalism I-IV 
4th: English I
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