English I


Mr.  Horton's English I - Standard and Honors

Texts:     Holt Rinehart Winston - Elements of Literature -3rd Course
             Holt Rinehart Winston - Elements of Language- 3rd Course
     Selected Non-fiction articles (Newsela,etc...)


Materials Needed:

*  Pencil (can use a pen if it has blue or black ink).
* 3-ring binder (1 inch) in which to maintain class notes.
*Dividers to assist with organization of bellwork, class notes, and assignments.
* Composition Book
*Jump drive (can be any size)

Course Objectives:

The ninth-grade student will plan, present, and critique dramatic readings of literary selections. Knowledge of literary terms and forms will be applied in the student’s own writing and in the analysis of literature.  The student will distinguish between reliable and questionable Internet sources. Writing will encompass narrative, literary, expository, and informational forms, with particular attention to analysis. The student will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking.

English I is a pivotal course that aims to provide a firm foundation for a student’s future literary and linguistic success in high school and beyond.  Students will revisit basic grammar skills as well as further developing their writing skills.  Students will learn how to construct a five-paragraph essay as well as craft their research abilities.  In addition, students will be introduced to rhetorical devices and literary /dramatic terms.  Interpretive concepts of poetry and short stories will also be investigated.  Students will read a variety of novels and texts and evaluate work place documents.

Nine Week Grading Period Objectives - The following topics will be covered during the designated nine week period (subject to change):

First Nine Weeks

* Literature (as well as various informational texts):
"from Fahrenheit 451"
"The Monkey's Paw"
"Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket"
"The Open Window"
*Review of Grammar Skills and Rules
*Cause and Effect essay
*Narrative Story
*Research procedures and project
* Plot Line

 Grading Criteria:

100-93 A

92-85   B

84-75        C

70-74        D

Below 70    F


Grading System

All grading will be based on a point system. Different activities will be worth different point totals:

Tests: 35%
Quizzes 30%
Classwork 25%
Homework 10%

Make-up Work and Late Work Policy

MAKE-UP WORK IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!  Make-up work must be completed within three (3) school days from the return to school.  The student MUST come to me for make-up work.  I will not chase you to give you make-up work.  Work that is turned in late, not due to an absence or extenuating circumstance, during a nine weeks grading period, will be accepted but not at full credit.  10 points will be deducted each day it is late.  After three days, the work will not be accepted.


Plagiarism is using word-for-word or in substance someone else’s work or ideas without giving proper credit to the source of that information.  Acts of plagiarism in any portion of an assignment will result in a grade of zero for that assignment.  Students will not be allowed to resubmit an assignment that has been plagiarized.  This also includes students who are caught cheating on an assignment.


Parents:  My goal for any class is to help my students succeed.  If you need to speak with me on any issue concerning your son or daughter, please feel free to contact me at school at (901) 873-8100 or email me at jhorton@millingtonschools.org



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