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ESL level 3 (08003)


Patrick Henry High School

ESL Level 3Syllabus




Instructor Contact Information

Name: Kadia Mosiori

Room: 207

Phone/Voicemail: (612)668-8275




Course Description

This course is an intermediate ESL academic language course. The focus is on vocabulary development, grammar and sentence structures, analysis and interpretation of texts, simple, basic academic writing and short oral presentations. Non-fiction materials selected from various content-area texts, journals, essays, speeches, biographies, newspapers, will be used to promote conceptual development across the curriculum. Short stories will also be used for literary analysis of fiction.


Course Objectives

The goal of this course is to help students further develop their academic English language skills and move toward mastery of grade-level appropriate academic language.

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1.      Understand main ideas of academic content; understand simple speech delivered at a slower than normal rate. (MN ESL Listening Standard 1.2)

2.      Participate in guided discussions and give simple oral reports.(MN ESL Speaking Standard 2.2)

3.      Understand simplified content-area texts with visual support and respond with increasing levels of accuracy and correctness (MN ESL Reading Standard 3.2)

4.      Write simple 5-paraph essays and edit them to prepare a final draft. (MN ESL Writing Standard 4.2)

5.      Understand elements of fiction (character, setting, conflict, resolution, plot) (MN ELA Reading and Literature Standard)



Schifini, A., Short, D. & J. Villamil Tinajero. Highpoint: Success in Language, Literature, Content: Level C. Hampton Brown.




Major assignments

There will be 4 major projects in the course of the year, 2 per semester.

Class work and homework

There will be several other class work and homework assignments throughout the year.


Quizzes and tests

You will have occasional quizzes and tests based on specific instructional materials. These quizzes and tests will allow the teacher to assess students’ progress towards acquisition of a specific skill or knowledge. Tests will be announced at least one week before the test date. There will be no announcement for quizzes.


Grading Policies

You are expected to do all major assignments, class work, homework, quizzes and tests.  You will get a grade for all major assignments, quizzes and tests. However, only selected class work and homework will be graded. I will use a numerical grading system, and the weight of the total grade for each assignment will reflect the amount of work and level of thinking that is needed to complete it. For instance, a quiz may count  for only 5 points and a major assignments for 50 points. Your final grade for the class will be a letter grade (A-F) based on the numerical total points. Class participation will count for 10% of your total grade for each quarter. The following is the grading scale for this class:

A: 100%-94%                          C+: 79%-77%                         D-: 63%-60%

A-: 93%-90%                          C: 76%-74%                            F: 59% and below

B+: 89%-87%                          C-: 73%-70%                         

B: 86%-84%                            D+: 69%-67%                        

B-: 83%-80%                          D: 66%-64%                                   


Late and missing work

The due dates for all assignments completed outside the classroom will be posted. I will take away 10% of the total possible points for each assignment not turned in on the due date. For instance if a student gets 10/10 on a late assignment he/she will lose 1 point on that assignment and will get 9/10 instead.


Your grades will be posted on the Minneapolis Public Schools website within two weeks of work completion.  One missing assignment negatively impacts your total grade. I may give you a grade on paper but forget to enter it on Discovery. So, I will advise you to keep all completed and graded work in your folder until you see your grade on Discovery. That is the only proof that you completed work for which you do not have a grade on the computer.


If you are absent and miss a test , quiz or any other class work that you cannot make up, you will get a 0 unless you bring proof of excused absence.


Class policies/expectation



Regular attendance is necessary for each student to get the knowledge and skill you need to improve your English and achieve the goals of this course. Attendance will be part of  classroom participation grade. If you miss a class or come late, it is your responsibility to find out what work you have missed and to make it up as soon as possible.


It is important that you come to class on time. You are expected to be in the room when the bell rings. Consequences for tardiness will be according to Patrick Henry school wide tardiness policy.


You must not leave the classroom during class period without a pass written and signed by the teacher.  Passes will be limited and will be given only when necessary (according to the teacher‘s own judgment).

Scholastic Honesty

You are expected to follow scholastic honesty rules at all time in all your work. Scholastic honesty means that any work that you give the teacher for a grade is a product of your own effort and reflects what your truly know and/or can do. Scholastic dishonesty includes cheating on a test, quiz or exam, copying from a classmate’s assignment or any other written source (plagiarism). Any student who violates this academic honesty policy will receive 0 for the assignment and parents will be notified.



Be prepared: bring a pencil/pen and a notebook/ paper every day.

Be respectful: respect everybody; listen to your teacher and classmates when they are talking; respect school property; sit properly.

Use classroom time wisely: stay on task; don’t waste time with disruptive talk or behavior.

Beside the classroom rules and expectations above, each student in is expected to follow all school and district wide behavior policy in this classroom.



As a teacher at Patrick Henry, I am expected and will contact your parents/ guardians  whenever  necessary by phone or in writing (e-mail/ regular mail) to communicate information regarding absences, behavior and missing work. I will also communicate information about my class via the internet. My course syllabus will be available on my Website and student grades will be available on Discovery. There will also be regular classroom announcements regarding test dates and major assignment due dates.


Academic Support

I will be available for extra help (tutorial) outside of class most Mondays/ Thursdays after school. I will also encourage you to meet with me at other times when I am available.


Course Calendar

I will give you a course outline at the beginning of each quarter. The 4 quarters are as follows:

Quarter 1: Sept 1- Nov. 5

Quarter 2: Nov. 9 - Jan. 21

Quarter 3: Jan. 25 - March 25

Quarter 4: April 5 - June 8




Patrick Henry High School

ESL Level 3



Important topics

Language structures

Essential skills

Important dates

Sept. 1 -  4

Introduction/ syllabus/ Assessment (vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing)




Sept. 7 - 11

High Point Unit 1: The creative Touch: introduce unit and theme 1

Unit 1, Theme 1: The way of the artist: creativity


Complete sentences




Mind map



Sept. 14 - 18

Unit 1, Theme 1

 Photo Essay: The Lion King Goes to Broadway

Complete sentences

Plural nouns and possessive nouns

Identify genre

Relate main ideas and details

Writing a main idea paragraph

Calculate costs of a production


Sept. 21 - 25

Unit 1, Theme 1

Poetry: Listening for a Voice (Joseph Bruchac)

Writing poems.


Identify genre: Free verse

Interpret imagery

Describe a place


Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

Unit 1, Theme 1

Interview: Tish Hinojosa

Poetry: Something in the rain

Subject-verb agreement

Subject and predicate

Identify genre

Asking questions

Classify information

Write a summary

October 2: Parent/ Teacher conference day (no school)

Oct. 5 - 9

Unit 1

 Introduce Theme 2: The Power of imagination

How-to-article: Home, Sweet Home Page

Project: create a home page

Present, past and future tense verbs

Count and non-count nouns

Identify  cause and effect

Define and explain

Relate steps in a process

Define and explain


Oct. 12 - 16

Unit 1, Theme 2

User friendly

Indefinite adjectives

Identify genre

Analyze story elements

Evaluate literature

Write a letter

Oct. 1 5 & 16: No school  (MN Ed. Convention)

Oct. 19 – Oct. 23

Unit 1, Theme 2

User  friendly

Indefinite adjectives

Identify genre

Analyze story elements

Evaluate literature

Write a letter



Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

Writing that describes: describe something that you created.

Complete sentences

Building a paragraph

Write a descriptive documentary

Prewrite, draft, revise, edit, proofread, publish


Nov. 2 – Nov. 6

Classroom presentations on Inventor of your choice


Oral presentation

Nov. 5: First quarter ends: home page project due

Nov. 6: no school