Mrs. Ann Bertels
English I, Honors English I, and AP Literature and Composition
Plan Time: 7th Period (2:49 - 3:40)
8:40 - 9:31 - English I (First Period)
9:36 - 10:27 - AP Literature (2nd Period)
10:32 - 11:23 - Cav Time (3rd Period)
11:28 - 12:52 - Honors English I (4th Period and lunch)
12:57 - 1:48 - Honors English I (5th Period)
1:53 - 2:44 - English I (6th Period)
2:49 - 3:40 - Prep Time(7th Period)
Welcome back to school! I am looking forward to working with you this year. My goal is to help you create a solid foundation of language arts skills and develop at least an appreciation if not a love for the written word.
Course Description for English I and Honors English I:
English I- both regular and honors - is a whole year course meeting every day for one period. This course will span many genres of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, and will use literary analysis as a springboard for composition, vocabulary, and grammar study.
A variety of content will be covered. This content includes short stories, novels, nonfiction articles, research papers, poetry, drama, vocabulary, grammar, and timed writings. Students will conduct close readings and discussions of a variety of titles, and they will increase their ability to use textual evidence to prove an argument. A complete curriculum can be found on the district website.
There are six units of study. Each unit has an assortment of formative assessments (written and verbal) and a summative assessment test in SchoolNet. Students will take a midterm exam in January and a final exam in May. They will also periodically take iReady reading assessments.
At the end of the course, students may take the End of Course exam offered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Course Description for AP Literature and Composition:
The AP English Literature and Composition course focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods. Students engage in close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.
The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literature and writing curriculum.
At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to take the AP Literature and Composition test. This test consists of a multiple choice section and an essay section. The essay section requires students to write three essays. One is about poetry, one is about short works, and one is about a longer work (drama, novel, or epic poem).
English Department Grading Scale
Grades are divided into Formative, Summative, and End of Semester categories. The Summative category will have unit assessments (SchoolNet tests and final copies). The End of Term category will include the Midterm Exam and the EOC score (if given). The Formative category will have all other grades (daily work, quiz scores, grammar scores, etc.).
Late and Absent Work
If you get here between 8:10 and 8:40, you may be able to get a pass to see me. Ask your First Period teacher for that pass.
I am here after school until 4:00, but I can stay later by appointment. Come talk with me to make those arrangements.
My conference time is during 7th Period.
I have Cav Time during 3rd period. You may be able to get a pass from your Cav Time teacher to come see me then.
You can most easily contact me by email at email@example.com.
1. Be safe.
2. Be kind.
3. Be prepared.
4. Be engaged.
5. Be the best version of yourself.
Expect regular speaking and listening grades based on your contributions and attention to classroom discussions. Every student can earn all of these points. It just takes effort and engagement. These few points every week add up quickly!
If you arrive after the bell rings, you are tardy. I follow the handbook tardy policy.
Cheating, stealing, or plagiarizing material from a classmate or another source will result in an automatic zero. You will also earn a discipline referral.
Most assignments will be assigned and turned in through Google Classroom.
All writing assignments will also need to be turned in via turnitin.com to check for plagiarism.
Class is not a spectator sport. It requires you to be an active participant. Remember, what you get out of class is directly linked to the effort you put into it.
It would make me extremely happy if every student passed every term this year. We can make this a reality if we work together!