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9 Literacy Syllabus

Literacy Class

2011-2012 Syllabus

Ms. Lennan

Literacy 9

Room: 305     Voicemail: (763)-443-5779


Welcome!  This year will be an exciting journey into literacy.  We will read, write, and speak about a variety of texts.  Some of them will be in a written form while others will be non-print.  By the end of the year, you will be a better reader, writer, and critical thinker. 


By the end of the school year

  • Students will apply reading strategies to a variety of texts.
  • Students will become critical readers.
  • Students will develop habits of independent readers.
  • Students will analyze texts through writing.

Behavioral Expectations: The 3 P’s—Be Prompt, Be Prepared, Be Polite

  • Prompt:
  • All students will be in their seat when the bell rings.              (10 pts.=5 pt. on time, 5 pt. in seat & materials ready)
  • No passes will be given during the first or last 10 minutes of class.
  • Attendance Policy:  Any student missing a day misses work for that day and is responsible for making up the missing work promptly or else missing work becomes a zero.    

Prepared: Materials:

·       Pencil or Pen everyday

·       Filler Paper (Loose Leaf) College Ruled (1 pack or more as needed)

·       Good Books to Share

·       Optional-Dividers for Binders 

o   Note-Binders are being provided for you but any materials inside will be your responsibility.

  • Polite:
  • Respectful behavior will be used at all times.  No putdowns, cussing, or harassment.  If you are feeling frustrated, ask for a “mini-break”.
  • Materials not allowed in class:  Headphones, coats, bags, backpacks, purses, cell phones, pagers, food, or hats.  (Water is permitted in class at any time.J)

Plagiarism and Cheating Policy:

Only original work will be accepted.  Any work found to be copied from either another student or the Internet will be given a zero and no chance for make-up will be allowed.


Grades will be posted in my room at least every 2 weeks.  Please check your grade frequently to keep up with your work. 

Grades will be based on:

Beginning of Class-  10 points=5 points for being on time, 5 points for having materials and being in seat when bell rings.

During Class-

  • Daily Critical Reading Work(10-15 points daily)
  • Weekly Vocabulary Activities  (10-15 points weekly)
  • Writing Activities (10-15 points daily)
  • MCA/GRAD Test Practice (20-30 points for each practice)  
  • Participation Points for group discussions, games, listening (points will vary)



10% Citizenship (10 points daily)

15% Vocabulary Study & Quizzes

25% Reader’s Writer’s Notebooks

25% Writing

25% Grammar

I am using the same grading scale printed in your planners. If you need extra help, I have tutorial every Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in room 305.  Bus tokens are available for students who arrive on time and work the whole time.

Course Content:

Literacy Blocks were developed to address the needs of all students.  The main premise is to create connections between and across content areas with the learning and application of reading strategies.  Each student in the course will be assessed for their strengths and areas of growth and an individualized plan will be put into place in coordination with team teachers to strengthen those growth areas in a supported, encouraging environment. 

Assessments:  Interest Inventories, Periodic Assessments of Skills to evaluate growth, MAP and MCA growth, and Teacher’s Self-Evaluation Documentation.

Vocabulary: ASCD vocabulary instruction materials- Building Academic Vocabulary, Greek and Latin Prefix and Suffixes, 5 WOW (Words of the Week introduced on Monday, Quiz on Friday)

Reading and Writing Strategies:  Taken from a professional collection of Literacy Instruction materials suggested by IRA (International Reading Association)

Content Connections:  Communication will be taking place each week with each team of teachers to discuss both vocabulary and content to be studied in the Literacy Block.


Unit 1:  Reading Self and Society

Themes & Essential Questions: 

·      What do proficient readers do when they read?

·      What are my characteristics as a reader?

·      Which strategies does reading serve in people’s personal and public lives?

·      What role will reading play in my future educational and career goals?

·      How can I set goals and work toward them to help myself develop as a reader?

Unit 2: Reading Media

Themes & Essential Questions:

·      What is the intended purpose of an author’s creation?

·      How do time and place affect the author’s and/or readers’ perception of a piece?

·      What elements play major roles in reading media, and how do they affect their targeted audiences?

Unit 3: Reading History

Themes & Essential Questions:

·      How does my own personal experience play a role in my interpretation of history?

·      How can history and background knowledge help me better understand a text?

·      What makes text credible?

·      What makes text biased?

Unit 4: Reading Science and Technology

Themes & Essential Questions:

·      How do I play a direct role with Science?

·      How do I read and write technical pieces of writing?

·      How do I judge credibility and bias within a nonfiction/factual text?

·      How do I know if an internet site is credible?

Unit 5: Reading Arts and Poetry

Themes & Essential Questions:

·      How was this artist/poet an inquirer? 

·      Where do you see in an artist’s/ poet’s life and work a demonstration of a reflective attitude?

·      What about the world grabs your attention and encourages you to speak out? 

·      How do you take risks, remain principled, and inquire as an artist/poet to create work to cross borders, interrogate the quality of social life, and add to your own identity power?

·      How does art add to our societal power?

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me any time.  I am really excited about this year and am looking forward to working with all of you.

Ms. Lennan