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Single Subject Teaching Credential: English from CSU Sacramento

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2nd Period English 9

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General Information

How will English 9 students benefit from the second year of the 1:1 Chromebook pilot?

Students will have Google Apps for Education accounts and access daily to Chromebooks! This does not mean we will solely learn with and through technology, but rather, it means when technology serves as the best tool for learning, students will have access to it. To that end, my education continues. No doubt, we will practice our resiliency together.

Additionally, students may use electronic devices for learning in the classroom when the teacher allows. I will be very clear if and when any such opportunity exists: taking photos of notes, adding items to a calendar, researching, participating in a poll, etc. Unless specifically directed, students must leave electronic devices on silent and zipped in their backpacks during class. School consequences (detailed in the student handbook) apply for any violation of this policy. To this end, students who receive texts (even from parents) must wait until passing periods to read them.


This year Santa Clara High School will provide all students with a 3-ring binder that they are required to use for all their classes. They must carry it to my class daily along with other materials: blue or black pen, red pen (for editing only), pencil (for scantrons), binder paper, set of highlighters (all six colors:orange, yellow, green blue, purple, and pink), class resources, and independent reading book. All work must be typed or completed in blue or black ink. I like to see what changes students make throughout the process of the assignment.




Formative Categories: Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking & Listening

Assignments designed to give me feedback on what students most need to practice receive scores to indicate that students meet or exceed the standards (4), approach standards (3), fail to meet standards (2), incomplete (1), or did not submit their attempt at the standard (0). These scores are not averaged into the final grade because I don’t believe it is appropriate for the final grade to include the first attempts in learning.


Summative Categories: participation, work habits, independent reading, final projects, assessments, and final.

Because the grade is intended to reflect what the student can do, it will include the assignments indented to measure development such as tests and to demonstrate skill such as revised writing.. Summative points are weighted accordingly:

independent reading 15%

work habits 10%

final projects and process writing 35%

assessments 25%

District Writes and final 15%

Ten percent of students grades will include work habits. Students can always turn in late work for credit, but once a deadline is missed they can not make up the points for turning in an assignment complete and on-time.

Grading (There is no rounding.)































Please note that 10% of students’ grades are based on the ability to record, remember, and meet deadlines. Students must make arrangements for meeting all deadlines-- emailing me an assignment is NOT an option. We will brainstorm options in class. Because it is important that students practice and apply the skills that I am attempting to teach them (note: teaching and learning are two different activities), I do accept (within reason) late work or redos of assignments, not assessments. Students are responsible for communicating with me and following through on all late work or redos.


There are very few extra credit assignments. Look for opportunities to earn “class badges.” All extra credit will be recorded to the gradebook, but not calculated in in grades until after the semester final has been graded. It will not count towards quarter grades. This is particularly noteworthy for any student participating in a school activity which monitors his or her GPA.





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