English Language Arts 5-6 Room e 209 Course Description

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Mrs. Annie Williams 623-376-3105 Anniewilliams@dvusd.org http://dvusd.org/mrhs-Williams English Language Arts 5-6 Room E 209
Course Description: This course is both a chronological and thematic approach to American Literature. By incorporating both perspectives, students will not only develop an understanding of our “American Journey,” but also explore relevant, contemporary thematic links. Throughout the course, students will be provided with a myriad of opportunities to understand, evaluate, and clearly communicate ideas through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This course offers expanded opportunities to use 21st century skills to enhance the learning experience and enhance course themes. Practical exercises in grammar and vocabulary are also integrated to enhance students’ English language arts skills. English Language Arts 5-6 is aligned with the Arizona College and Career Ready standards and supports the school wide efforts in increasing student achievement.
Course Objectives: By the time the student completes this course of study, the student will know or be able to:

  • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 11 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Grading: Grades are based on a percentage of all possible points (100%-90%=A, 89%-80%=B, 79%-70%=C, 69%-60%=D, 59% and lower=F).

  • Grades are cumulative for the semester. The first and second semester grades will be weighted as follows: 35% writing and language, 30% reading, 15% speaking and listening, and 20% final exams.

  • No extra credit will be accepted.

Report Cards: In an effort to conserve resources and harness the capacity of our electronic grade reporting program (PowerSchool), district schools will no longer print hard copies of report cards unless requested by individual parents. To request a hard copy of your student’s report card, please contact the front office at 623-376-3000. To receive your Power School login, please stop into the office with a valid photo ID.
Power School Online Access: Grades and attendance may be accessed 24 hours a day online with your Power School access code. Access codes are available in the Administration office Monday – Friday 7:00 – 3:30. You must provide picture ID to be issued a code. You may check student progress regularly on the Power School site using the same login for one or more students. For Mountain Ridge parents/guardians without home computer access, a computer with guest login capability is available in the Counseling Conference Room.
Course Rules: I have the following expectations of my classroom.

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