• Cambridge First Language English 9

     

    Description

    The purpose of this course is to develop your ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and effectively when speaking and writing. You will learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary and correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Lastly, you will develop your own style and awareness of the audience being addressed and how to reach them. You will be expected to read both in class and for your own enjoyment to further your own knowledge and understanding of the ways we use English.

    This class focuses heavily on reading and writing. We will read a variety of texts in class to expand your learning and vocabulary. You will be expected to have an independent reading book. 

    The goal of this class is to complete a portfolio of three written pieces which will be sent to the Cambridge Institute to be graded and to take the Cambridge exam. Both are required to receive the Cambridge Credit.

                   Portfolio: All papers must be typed in final form. Drafts may be clearly written. If I can’t read it, I can’t review it.

                       Paper 1: Writing to discuss, argue, and/or persuade in response to a text

                       Paper 2: Writing to describe

                       Paper 3: Writing to narrate

                   Exam: You will respond to three questions

                       Question 1: Reading and responding to a story

                       Question 2: Creating a summary analyzing specific meaning and author’s purpose

                       Question 3: Reading and responding to a passage in letter, report, journal, speech, interview, or article fashion.

     

    Classroom Expectations

    • Present and on-time to start the school day
    • Follow the A-List: While we are in class, you are expected to keep all distracting devices away from you. Cell phone usage or any other device usage that is not class related is not allowed. Personal grooming (brushing hair, putting on makeup, ect.) will not be allowed. Handle these things before and in between classes.
    • Be appropriate: You should be dressed responsibly. Pajamas, tank tops, and any other clothing are not allowed in class. If you are not following these guidelines, you will be sent to the office and a parent/guardian will be contacted.
    • Be problem-solvers and team players. I don’t expect you to have an answer to every question but I expect you to try. Giving up is not an option.
    • Follow directions and meet all deadlines in a timely manner
    • Show respect to your teachers and peers
      • Treat yourself, classmates, teachers, and property with respect at all times.
      • Issues of dignity, safety and equity are non-negotiable.  
      • Our classroom is a HATE FREE ZONE –be respectful in both your language and behavior.
    • Show personal responsibility, character, and discipline in all you do.

     

    Required Materials

    You need to have the following materials available every day in order to be successful:

     

    • Pencil or pen and Highlighters
    • Notebook Paper - Because of the amount of notes and writing you will complete, it is vital you bring your own paper to use in class
    • Binder (with dividers for organization) - A weekly binder check will be part of your grade 

     

    Grade Percentages

          Participation: 25% - Showing determination and persistence in learning and growing

          Practice (Classwork/Homework/Quizzes): 25% - Practice of skills and concepts learned in class

          Summative (Tests/Projects/Papers): 50% - Overall mastery of skills and concepts

     

    Contact Information

    Email: mgerik@amphi.com (this is the easiest and quickest way to reach me)

    School Phone (School Hours Only): 520-696-5381

     


  • English 10

    Description

    In English 10, you will be provided opportunities to develop your reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. You will learn to: use organizational techniques, develop reading strategies, complete directed writing tasks, interact with notes, and complete individual reading requirements. We will read a variety of short stories and poetry, one play, and one novel. 

     

    Classroom Expectations

    • Present and on-time to start the school day
    • Follow the A-List: While we are in class, you are expected to keep all distracting devices away from you. Cell phone usage or any other device usage that is not class related is not allowed. Personal grooming (brushing hair, putting on makeup, ect.) will not be allowed. Handle these things before and in between classes.
    • Be appropriate: Your background in Zoom should be appropriate for class, and you should be dressed responsibly. Pajamas, tank tops, and any other clothing not allowed in physical class is not allowed in virtual class. You should also be in a bright and visible place. Areas such as in your bed or in your bathroom are not appropriate during class. If you are not following these guidelines, you will be exited from the classroom and a parent/guardian will be contacted.
    • Be problem-solvers and team players. I don’t expect you to have an answer to every question but I expect you to try. Giving up is not an option.
    • Follow directions and meet all deadlines in a timely manner
    • Show respect to your teachers and peers
      • Treat yourself, classmates, teachers, and property with respect at all times.
      • Issues of dignity, safety and equity are non-negotiable.  
      • Our classroom is a HATE FREE ZONE –be respectful in both your language and behavior.
    • Show personal responsibility, character, and discipline in all areas.

     

    Required Materials

    You need to have the following materials available every day in order to be successful:

     

    • Pencil or pen and a highlighter
    • Notebook Paper - You will be required to provide your own notebook paper for the assignments we work on in class.
    • Binder (with dividers for organization) - A weekly binder check will be part of your grade.

     

    Grade Percentages

    Participation: 25% - Showing determination and persistence in learning and growing

    Practice (Classwork/Homework/Quizzes): 25% - Practice of skills and concepts learned in class

    Summative (Tests/Projects/Papers): 50% - Overall mastery of skills and concepts

     

    Ways to Contact Me

    Phone: 520-696-5831

    Email: mgerik@amphi.com (this is the fastest and the easiest way to contact me)

    Office Hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 7:45 AM to 8:45 AM


  • English 9

     

    Description

     

                The purpose of this course is to develop your ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and effectively when speaking and writing. You will learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary and correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Lastly, you will develop your own style and awareness of the audience being addressed and how to reach them. You will be expected to read both in class and for your own enjoyment to further your own knowledge and understanding of the ways we use English.

                This class focuses on reading and writing, which you will expect to practice every day. We will read a variety of texts in class to expand your learning and vocabulary. You will be expected to have an independent reading book. If you do not have one, I have books available in class, and there is a wide selection in the library as well. 

     

    Expectations and Goals

     

    • Present and on time to start the school day. Students will receive a referral for every three tardies they have received.
    • Bring required materials to class.
    • Be problem solvers. Students will follow the A-List and keep all cell-phones, earbuds, and distracting material away for the class period.
    • Follow all directions in a timely manner.
    • Show respect to your teachers and peers
      • Treat yourself, classmates, teachers, and property with respect at all times.
      • Issues of dignity, safety, and equity are non-negotiable.
      • The classroom is a HATE-FREE ZONE - be respectful in both your language and behavior.
    • Show personal responsibility, character, and discipline in the classroom with peers and teachers.

     

    Course Materials

    You need to bring the following materials to school every day in order to be successful:

    • Pencil or pen and a highlighter
    • Notebook Paper
    • Binder with Dividers - A weekly binder check will be part of your grade.

     

    Grade Percentages

    Practice: 25% - Showing determination and persistance in learning and growing

    Formative (Classwork/Homework/Quizzes): 25% - Practice of skills and concepts learned in class.

    Summative (Tests/Projects/Papers): 50% - Overall mastery of skills and concepts

     

    Plagiarism: Any assignment or papers turned in for a grade that have been copied or plagiarized will not be accepted and students will be given the lowest grade of a 50%.

     

    Late Work: Students who are abent have one day to complete any work they missed while they were absent (i.e. Absent Monday, gets work on Tuesday, turns in on Wednesday). Work turned in late after 5 school days will not be accepted.

     

    Tardy or Absent: If you are late to class, find your seat right away. It is important that you do not disturb class as it is going on. Be a problem solver and check with a neighbor for the activity. Wait until an appropriate time to ask for materials you need. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed, and it is not my responsibility to remind you. Absences do not excuse you from classroom assignments.