Well, Bless your Hearts. You're Part of the Family Now!
You have been elected to spend a great deal of time with me this year. I am thrilled beyond measure and think we will have quite the adventure together. This year, you can expect to read, write, discuss and then re-read and then re-write and re-discuss. For some of you, this will be bliss; but for some, it is a nightmare. I get it. Just don't dwell on it too much at the beginning. Give me a chance. Might be that I have a special knack for teaching kids to love reading. Let's jump right in and see who might just catch the reading bug. It might just be you.
Remind me to tell you about some of my adventures -- the time I was detained by armed foreign officers in Africa, and the time our house burned down in the middle of the night while we were sleeping in it, and about the ghost who broke into our house (although technically, do ghosts have to break in or do they just ooze in?). Hmmm...we might need to solve some of these mysteries this year.
English I Journals
One 3 ring binder
4 tab dividers
Pencils and paper to last the semester
Flash drive for presentations
Access to reliable printer
Classroom Wish List
Tissues -- LOTS of tissues
Yep. That just about covers it.
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This semester we will be working with Achieve 3000 to improve your reading decoding and comprehension. This is measured by a score called a LEXILE score. It determines your overall reading and comprehension level. The goal is to find out what your current LEXILE is and to work to increase your LEXILE score.
We will begin our class 3 days a week with this program and you are required to complete 3 assignments a week. You will be given approximately 20 -30 minutes in class to complete the lesson. If you do not complete the lesson in class, you will have to finish it for homework sometime during that week. At the end of the week, I will be taking a cumulative score to be added to the grade book as a test grade.
Your goal is to reach a 75% or better on your first attempt with each lesson you complete.
If you reach a 75 or better on all three lessons, then you will receive a 100 for that week.
If you reach a 75 or better on only two lessons, then you will receive a 70 for that week.
If you reach a 75 or better on only one lesson , then you will receive a 40 for that week.
If you do not reach a 75 or better on any lessons, then you will receive a 0 for that week.
As you can CLEARLY see, these test grades will quickly affect your overall average for English I. You can accumulate “points” on Achieve that earn you virtual merit badges, but these mean nothing to your grade. You are graded strictly on completing each lesson and achieving a 75% or better.
Each lesson contains a thought question and a stretch exercise. You are required to complete these for your overall grade. Please do not skip these exercises and please do not think you can just guess at the questions and not read the article. Achieve 3000 has a behavioral component built in that will invalidate your scores if you are not reading each section. If you skip the reading portion, the scores will not show up in the teacher’s score report and you will not get credit for the assignment.
How to fail Mrs. James’ class and repeat the class.
I know I’m adorable, but hey, do you love me enough to do it again?
Always arrive late.
Never slip into your desk quietly. Instead make a “big production” of entering the room by interrupting the class in session, dropping your books on the floor, etc.
…better yet, don’t have your books with you.
Never bring a pencil to class. Always borrow one and forget to give it back. Making others responsible for providing your school supplies is a great idea!
Never bring paper. Let other people spend their money on paper and you just keep borrowing from them.
Use the paper you borrowed to write a note. After you finish, make a big deal out of passing – or better yet, throwing it across the room in order to disturb as many people as possible.
Never, ever, do your homework. The teacher will admire your consistency.
Lose your textbook the first few weeks of school so you will have an excuse for not reading your assignments.
During class, doodle on your books inpen
Draw as much attention to yourself as possible by being loud, starting arguments, making excuses, and being funny.
Groan a lot.
Say, “This is BORING!” loudly every five minutes or so, especially if the class is quiet.
Ask, “Why do we have to do this stuff?” as often as possible.
After the teacher says, “Turn to page 34,” say, “What page are we on?”
When your group or partner is depending on your, show up unprepared – better yet, don’t show up at all.
Turn in all your assignments incomplete.
If you absolutely can’t talk in class, fall asleep instead of working on your assignment.
When you get your test back with an “F,” shout, “This isn’t fair! The teacher hates me!”
.Never show concern about your grade until the last day of the grading period. Then, ask the teacher for extra credit you can do to make up all the missing and failing assignments.
If the teacher says, “No,” throw a fit.
Tease the student that sits in front of you by banging the back of their chair or making strange noises.
Tease the student that sits in front of you by taking their assignment, notebook or pencil. Remember, always keep an innocent look on your face.
Stay up as late as possible so you will be sleepy in class.
Always chew gum loudly and leave candy wrappers laying in the room for someone else to pick up.
If you have a report to do, always copy it word for word from the internet.
If you decide to do a little homework, make sure you dopy it from someone else.
If you decide to do a little homework, make sure you don’t begin it until the block before it is due.
Don’t take notes. If you followed items #4 and #5, this should not be a problem.