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English I & Pre AP English I Syllabus                                       Mrs. Baker


Course Description

English I covers a broad range of reading and writing skills. Students will read and respond to a variety of works including short stories, novels, poetry, and drama.  Students will also learn the skills necessary to become successful writers. There will be a daily emphasis on the writing process.


Units of Study

Each nine weeks, students will read texts from various genres that share a thematic connection.  These connections will be referred to as the “big questions” of the grading period. Students will be expected to respond to these big questions in class discussions and in their writing.

1st Nine weeks Big Question – “Who decides what is right and wrong?”

Writing focus - Parts of speech and sentence structure

2nd Nine weeks Big Question – “How important are relationships?”

Writing focus - Organization, pre-writing, and paragraph construction

3rd Nine weeks Big Question – “How does it feel to be an ‘outsider’?”

Writing focus - Idea development, transitions, and revision

4th Nine weeks Big Question – “What is a hero?”

Writing focus - Style and research


Literature and writing texts adopted and approved by EISD

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Homer’s The Odyssey, Night by Elie Wiesel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

{Additional texts for Pre AP English IAnimal Farm by George Orwell, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Pearl by John Steinbeck} ___________________________________________________________________

Class Rules

Be prepared for class every day.

Be in your seat and ready to work when the tardy bell rings.

Respect the property and ideas of everyone in the classroom.

Participate in class.



1 1-inch Binder with dividers Notebook Paper

4 Highlighters (multi colors) 1 box Kleenex

Blue/Black Pens Red Pen


Grading Policies

The nine-weeks average is calculated according to the following percentages:

English I and English Lab:   Daily work – 50% Tests, Quizzes, Projects – 50%

Pre AP English I: Daily work - 40% Tests, Quizzes, Projects - 60%

For information on the calculation of semester and yearly averages, please refer to your student handbook.



Homework is a crucial part of the learning process.  At-home assignments are designed as an extension and/or reinforcement of daily objectives and should be completed according to the same expectations and quality of classroom work. All homework assignments are due at the beginning of class the next day unless otherwise specified.

Some assignments will be assigned via online learning applications such as Membean and No Red Ink.  These online assignments require internet access to complete and will have specified due dates.  These may be completed using computers, tablets, smartphones, or other devices with internet capability. While it is understood that all students do not have access to internet-ready devices outside of school, all EISD students have access to district computers before school, during the tutorial period, and after school.  Students without internet capabilities will need to make arrangements to complete these assignments on campus during their own time.

Late work should be avoided whenever possible.  Any assignment submitted late will be graded according to the following policy:

1 day late – 30 point deduction (highest possible grade = 70)

2 days late – 50 point deduction (highest possible grade = 50)

More than 2 days late – assignments will not be accepted and will result in a zero

*Be advised that if an assignment is due at the beginning of class, turning it in later that period or the same day still constitutes the 1 day penalty.  

If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to obtain missed assignments and notes.  Assignments that were due the day of an absence are due the day the student returns to class. I will not remind students to turn in missed work. If a student misses a quiz or test, he/she is responsible for making it up.  Test and quiz make-ups are given on a prearranged day if taken before or after school. Students may also use the daily tutorial period to complete any missed work. Test make-ups and retests (for students receiving a failing test grade) must be completed within one week. Daily assignments that receive a failing grade may not be redone for passing credit.

Projects and presentations will be assigned at different times throughout the year.  Students will receive detailed specifications regarding content and time frame; therefore, these projects are subject to a modified late work policy.  This policy will be detailed in the time frame specifications when assigned. All projects will count as test grades.

{Pre AP English I students will have an outside reading/writing project each nine weeks.  Students in those classes will receive information regarding these assignments during the second week of school.}

Technical Problems:  Problems with a disk, flash drive, or printer do not excuse late work! Always save your documents to your Google drive in the event that they need to be shared or reprinted.


Contact Information

Rebecca Baker, EHS room 212     

Email: Telephone: 903-896-4332 ext. 8118

I am available for tutorials on an “as needed” basis.  Any student needing additional help should see me to arrange tutorials.


Last updated on 8/14/18

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