Course Content and Objectives: Our main goals are to explore and develop skills in the Language Arts - reading, writing, listening, and speaking. We concentrate on the study of grammar. We will also work to develop critical thinking skills, and may do some writing research.
Course Materials: Students need two composition books, one for note-taking and the other for journal writing and drafting. They should have a pocket folder marked "English", pen and pencil, and grammar and spelling books. A dictionary and thesaurus are useful tools and are used regularly.
Daily notes should be kept in a composition book. Specific instruction will be given regarding note-taking. Notes should be neat and complete, and should be dated in the margin for easy access.
Grades:Grading will be completed according to diocesan standards. Tests, quizzes, homework, writing assignments, spelling work, and class participation are all componenets of the English grade.
Assignments: Complete daily work and homework. Quizzes may given at any time. All written work must be handed in on the assigned date; no late work will be accepted for credit, unless a child is legally absent. If the the child is absent, he or she should see me about work missed and due dates for assignments. The student is responsible to come to me for missed material; I will not chase after a child with this work. Work which is sloppily done or which does not comply with the standards of writing which have been taught will not be accepted for credit.
Classroom Conduct: Students are expected to act as Christian ladies and gentlemen. Two basic rules apply - listen to the teacher and to one another, and treat everyone with courtesy and respect.
Be who you are and be that perfectly well,
to give honor to the Master Craftsman whose
handiwork you are.
St. Francis DeSales