English I Syllabus

English I CP & Honors

Mrs. Alicia Andrews-Morrow

River Mill Academy


Room 329

Phone 336-229-0909 EXT.7563


Description of Course:

All content for English I is based on the Common Core curriculum adopted by North Carolina. To learn more about Common Core and to see English/Language Arts standards, please visit http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/english-language-arts-standards.

Writing—Writing is one of the most valuable skills you can develop while in high school. We will practice multiple types of writing throughout the semester to prepare you for many future situations in which the ability to write well is essential.

Literature—We will read, analyze, and respond to various texts written by authors of many different nationalities throughout the course of history.

Novels-3rd nine weeks The House on Mango Street, The Secret Life of Bees, and To Kill a Mockingbird 4th nine weeks Romeo & Juliet, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and The Odyssey (other titles may be added if time permits)

CP vs. Honors:

Students enrolled in English I honors are required to have demonstrated a capacity for strong work in their English coursework. The workload for honors will be demanding and will require a dedicated work ethic.


“Literary texts studied in the high school classroom are complex, higher level texts which may contain mature content and themes. ‘Mature Content’ may include, but is not limited to pervasive strong language, disturbing violence and behavior, sexual acts, drug/alcohol use or references, controversial content or culturally diverse themes. These books are selected based on their literacy merit and will be studies through their historical and cultural context. Our instructional purpose is to expose students to perspectives unlike or in opposition to their own in order to analyze complex themes and to promote individual reflection and academic growth.”


Materials Needed:

ü Pencils and pens (always have something to write with)

ü Loose leaf paper

ü Several packs of index cards

ü 2 - 3 Subject notebooks/folder

ü Highlighter


Daily attendance, cooperation, and participation are essential for students to become involved in the learning process. Accountability, contributing when needed, and sharing with others; listening and delivering oral responses to the literature selections are essential aspects of class participation.

Independent reading will be assigned. You are responsible for completing and understanding the reading before coming to class the day it is due. Use the resources available to you if you need help, but you must take responsibility for knowing the material. The only person who can guarantee your success is you. You will have a reading check quiz to make sure you are reading.

Vocabulary Quizzes- students will be quizzed on vocabulary words weekly.

Creative Writing- journals, diaries, essays, storytelling, memoirs, letters, speeches, and scripts.

Writing Papers- there are 4 types of papers we will focus on. Expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive

Practice Exams- students will have practice exams to help better prepare them for future exams.

Grading Policy:

Students should focus on completing quality work on each assignment. If this is done, they should not have to fret over grades. However, if a student fails to complete assignments (or does them half-heartedly), he/she should learn to accept the consequences of the choices made.

All major writing assignments and projects will be evaluated with a set rubric that students will have prior access to. Students are encouraged to keep all graded papers returned in the pockets of their notebook as well as maintaining a log to record grades.

Participation/Projects 25%

Tests 25%

Quizzes 25%

Classwork/Homework 25%

Homework Policy:

Homework is an integral part of the curriculum. Students may be required to complete from one to four hours of work outside of class per week, depending on the type of assignment, individual abilities, and the amount of time spent on the task during the class period. All assignments must be completed and turned in by the due date to receive full credit. LATE WORK (assignments that are not turned in when I ask for them) will be accepted but will be reduced in score by ten points for each day it is late. If an assignment is more than three days late, it will not be scored higher than a 70%.

Make-up Work Policy:

Students are required to submit make-up work for excused absences. Make-up work for unexcused absences is at the teacher’s discretion. Student has 3 days to make-up assignments after absences.


Any student who is confirmed to be cheating will automatically receive a zero on that assignment. This includes copying and/or plagiarism on written assignments. The ability to redo, or retest is at my discretion, depending on the nature of the infraction.

Behavioral Expectations:

It is imperative that you know what is expected of you in this class.

Adhere to all River Mill rules and regulations.

Respect yourself and others.

Be prepared to learn (both by having required materials and an open mind)

Help maintain the classroom (no sleeping, eating, or disrespectful behavior)

Cell phones and other electronics should be turned off during class and not visible.