Essential Writing 2
In Essential Writing 2, students will develop their core writing skills. Paragraph writing structure and organization will be taught using University of Kansas SIM Paragraph Writing Strategy. Students will also participate in activities designed to help develop the language skills needed to become a proficient writer.
Major class components include:
1. Daily Writing Warm-ups
2. Kansas Writing Strategies
3. Technical Writing Practice (Emails, Letters, Resumes etc.)
In order to make this course a successful learning experience for all students, certain behaviors are expected. Students will be respectful of their classmates, teacher, and classroom itself. Each student should come prepared for class with the appropriate materials and should plan on being an active participant in class activities. All in-class assignments and homework should be completed and turned-in to ensure growth and learning. Students will learn and practice classroom procedures throughout the year that help ensure a positive learning environment. A copy of the rules and procedures will be sent home during the first week of class.
Absences/ Late Work/Extra Credit
It will be your responsibility to check the make-up work folder after you have been absent to check for missing work. If you know you will absent in advance, speak with me to get makeup work early.
Teacher Communication, Availability, and Extra Help
I check my e-mail and phone messages daily, though e-mail is my preferred form of contact. If you are having difficulty in class or would like extra help, I am available for assistance after school on most days, or by appointment in the mornings.
Your grade in the class will be based on a number of factors: Assignment Completion, In-class participation, Writing Skills, and Test/Quiz scores. The Grade scale is as follows:
Students who arrive after the bell has rung will be marked as tardy. After tardy #3, the student will get verbal warning. Tardy #4 will result in an attendance referral and 1 hour detention. Don’t trade seconds for hours, arrive to class on time!
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
These are not to be used during class time. They are allowed in the hallways at passing time and lunch. Please limit your use to those times. Use of phones and electronic devices in class will result teacher consequences and/or office referral.
If you cheat on an assignment, you will fail that assignment and your parent/guardian and principal will be contacted. Cheating includes copying someone else’s work, using notes (paper or electronic) on a closed book test, consulting with others during a test, turning in another’s work as your own, or working in pairs or groups for individually graded assignments. If you are caught plagiarizing a second time, consequences will increase.