English 1!


    Contact info:  Mrs. Sharon Newby

                            Room 2313



    Hello, and welcome to your English class for the 2021-22 school year.  I have to start off by telling you how truly excited I am about teaching you and this class.  The 9th-grade curriculum contains some of the most profound and interesting stories ever written.  We’ll learn empathy through the eyes of a young girl, make a long journey where we will learn to survive in difficult situations, next we will examine the relationship between two friends and their dreams, and lastly we will see what two “star-crossed” lovers will do for love.  And all of this, ironically, will help us examine our own lives, our history, and maybe even help us become better people.


    Tutoring and Extra Help

    It is my goal to see each and every one of my students succeed. To assist in that effort, I am available for tutoring by appointment. I want both students and parents to feel free to contact me for any help or further explanation they might need. I look forward to the new semester and witnessing your growth and success! I am usually available before and after school and during A lunch.


    CLASSROOM RULES: 3 Bs for Success

    1. Be Prompt!
    2. Be PREPARED! (Have all textbooks, work books, pens, pencils, notes, homework, etc.)
    3. Be Respectful!


    Further Information and Definitions:

    Tardies and Late Arrivals
    A Student who is not in the classroom when the bell sounds is considered either late or tardy. The tardy penalty is explained in the student handbook (9-10). Every third tardy results in a referral.


    • Missing assignments (assignments that were not submitted within three days of the original due date) are not eligible for redo/retake. These assignments will result in a zero. No Exceptions
    • Students who receive a 59 or below on a major assessment (test/project) have the option

    to retake it one time for a maximum grade of 80.

    • The higher of the two grades will be entered into the grade book.
    • Students must initiate scheduling a retake with the teacher, and a plan of action will be

    developed (tutorials, study session, completion of pre-assessment work, etc).  

    • The retake must be within a week of the assessment being graded.
    • Retakes must be taken before or after school or during lunch.  (See your teacher for a schedule of tutorials.)
    • Failure to retake at the appointed time and place results in a forfeit of the retake, and the original grade will stand.  




    Late Work

    It is expected that students will submit assignments on the due date, in the correct format, and in the correct location assigned.  

    1. Late work will be accepted no later than three days after the original due date. No Exception. If you are absent please make contact or visit Canvas were most assignments will be posted. If assignments are not received within the three days grace period for missing work, a zero will be the final grade.
    2. Late work will receive no higher than a 75, unless the assignment was late due to an illness or death in family absence.
    3. Pre-announced/scheduled assignments are due immediately upon the student’s return to class following an absence.


    Revision of Writing

    *It is expected that students will write, revise, and edit major writing assessments.  These do not fall under the above policies.   The number of drafts for written assignments will depend on the standards being assessed and the individual classroom teacher.

    What we will be learning and the grading policy...

    English I Consists of 4 grading units made up of the following:


    Thematic Unit One: Quarter 1


    In this unit students will explore the following questions- How do we best express empathy? How does showing and accepting compassion help inform our understanding of the world?

    To Kill a Mockingbird, poetry, short stories, and no-fiction pieces


    Thematic Unit Two: Quarter 2


    Students will explore classic works of literature and informational texts that explore the responsibilities and consequences that come from having and using various aspects of power, including examples of leaders who used their power for the greater good or who caused great suffering by misusing their power.

    The Odyssey, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction pieces


    Thematic Unit Three:  Quarter 3

    Dreams and Aspirations

    Students will explore the various dreams and aspirations of fictional and historical figures, including those whose fulfillment of their dreams made a lasting impact on others. They will investigate- What makes a dream worth pursuing?”

    Of Mice and Men, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction pieces


    Thematic Unit Four:  Quarter 4

    All for Love

    Students explore the driving question and consider the complexities of love. How are we moved to act and create by romantic love? How does love move and change us? Students will also explore the transformative and destructive powers of love.

    Romeo and Juliet, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction pieces


    • Each unit will also focus on grammar, vocabulary, writing, using abstract thought, and the learning of literary terms and devices. Assessments are given to ensure learning, not to merely acquire a grade.
    • You will also complete quarter projects based on the concepts that we will be studying.





    All grades are on the following weighted point system:




    60% Writing- minor                                          A — 90%-100%

    60%  Classwork/Homework-Minor

                                                                          B — 80% - 89%

    40% Tests and Quizzes - Major                          C — 70% - 79%

    40 % Project -Major                                          D — 60% - 69%


                                                                           F / 59%- Below