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Ms. Shamella McGhee M. Ed.

English Teacher

Luverne High School

shamella.mcghee@crenshaw-schools.org

(334) 335-3331 Ext.: 5426


Course Objectives:

Students will grapple with works of exceptional craft and thought whose range extends across genres, cultures, and centuries to become college and career ready.  Students will analyze and interpret historical documents aligned to content in history or social studies classes. Shakespearean plays are studied,, sometimes involving a comparison with language and literature from other countries and eras.  


Attendance: Each student should make every effort to attend every class.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain missed notes and/or assignments in the event of an absence.


Tardiness:  Students will be marked tardy if they are not in their assigned seats and completing bell work when the tardy bell rings.


Grades:

Tests/Projects: 60%

Students should use complete sentences when completing ALL tests, writing assignments, and projects. Students should plan to take tests on the date that test is scheduled.  It is the student’s responsibility to make up missed tests.  Students may be subject to a different test version if the test is not completed on the scheduled date. All assignments must be completed in BLACK or BLUE ink in order to receive full credit.


Students that receive a grade of 59% or lower on a TEST will be allowed to complete additional assignments covering the tested material. I grade exams for mastery; I want YOU to have every opportunity to SUCCEED. Students must complete the review material within 2 days  after receiving the TEST in order to receive half credit for each item that is  corrected.  Test corrections must be made on a separate piece of paper.   All assignments must be completed in BLACK or BLUE ink in order to receive full credit.

Classwork/ Homework: 40%

Students should use complete sentences when completing ALL tests, writing assignments, and projects. Students will be required to complete daily bell work.  The teacher will grade the assignments sporadically. Students will be required to complete various assignments in the classroom.  The assignments will be due at the end of class or at a time specified by the teacher.  Students should complete their own assignments.  Additionally, students should participate effectively in group assignments. All assignments must be completed in BLACK or BLUE ink.


Make-up Work:

I will accept all make-up work (not including test reviews; see previous section) ; I want to make sure that all students have the opportunity to experience success with the material covered. However, certain rules apply:

  1. I will only accept make-up work up until one (1) week before progress reports or report cards.
  2. I will deduct 11 points from the total points earned if the work is not turned in within three days of returning to school.

NOTE: THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO EXCUSED ABSENCES AND OTHER QUALIFYING SITUATIONS.


PLAGIARISM:

Any student caught plagiarizing (cheating) will receive a grade of ZERO for the assignment.  This rule applies to class work, group assignments, homework, and tests.

Cheating Examples:

  • Using hidden notes, copying from another student or helping another student during an examination.
  • Giving test questions or answers to a member of a later class or obtaining test answers from a student in a previous class.
  • Submitting another student’s work as your own.
  • Stealing and/or accepting test answer keys.
  • Stealing or copying another student’s homework, paper, project, report or take-home test.
  • Falsely claiming illness to avoid examinations.
  • Using Ipads, tablets or computers to send, receive, or find answers during a test or class work assignment.



**Each student is required to bring their Chromebook to class each day in order to access the textbook and other required resources; devices should be charged prior to class.


Course Schedule:

Unit 1: Regionalism and Realism

Unit 2: Beginnings of the Modern Age

Unit 3 From Depression to Cold War

Unit 4: Into the Twenty First Century


Sources:

https://www.niles-hs.k12.il.us/district/academic-integrity/examples-cheating-and-plagiarism