August 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12 13 14 – Classes begin 15 – Assign letter to self 16 – Nouns work; Introduction assignment due
19 – Odyssey quiz 20 – Letter to self due; discuss vocab 21 – Nouns work due 22 – Begin presentations 23 – no classes
26 – Nouns quiz; pronouns work 27 – Vocab 1 work due; continue presentations 28 – Pronouns work due 29 30

September 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 – Labor Day 3 – Vocab 1 quiz; discuss Vocab 2 4 – Diction notes and practice 5 – Odyssey test 6 – Assign GE
9 – Pronouns quiz; Imagery 10 – Vocab 2 work due; Clause; suicide prevention presentation 11 –  assign interview narrative; sentence types 1 12 – Sentence types 2 13 – GE 1-9 due
16 – Syntax notes and practice; “The Chase” 17 – Vocab 2 quiz; discuss vocab 3 18 – Computer work day 19 – Voice quiz 20
23 – GE 10-19 due 24 – Vocab 3 work due; end of 1st six weeks; computer work day 25 – Interview narrative draft due; voice notes, practice; assign voice essay 26 – Adjectives 27
30 – GE 20-29 due

October 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 – Vocab 3 quiz; discuss vocab 1-3 review work 2 – Adjectives quiz 3 – Fall Break 4 – Fall Break
7 – Verbs 8 – Vocab 1-3 review work due 9 10 – Voice essay due 11 – GE 30-39 due
14 – Adverbs 15 – Vocab 1-3 test; discuss vocab 4 16 17 18 – GE 40-50 due; District test due
21 – Verbs and adverbs quiz; prepositions 22 – Vocab 4 due 23 – Assign final draft; conferencing 24 25 – GE 51-59 due
28 – Prepositions quiz; conjunctions and interjections 29 – Vocab 4 quiz; discuss Vocab 5 30 – Leads 31 – MLA; computer work day

November 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
4 – Conjunctions and interjections quiz 5 – Election Day 6 – Vocab 5 due; end of 2nd six weeks; computer work day 7 – Final draft due; assign short story 8 – Great Expectations test
11 12 – Vocab 5 quiz; discuss vocab 6 13 – “Raven” 14 – Poe bio 15 – Computer work day
18 – Parts of Speech test 19 – Vocab 6 quiz; assign 1-6 review 20 – Short story due 21 – Poe reading guide due; Friends on Internet 22 – Film notes; “Vincent”
25 – “Frankenweenie”; assign style essay 26 – Vocab 1-6 review due 27 – Thanksgiving break 28 – Thanksgiving break 29 – Thanksgiving break

December 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 – Capitalization 3 – Vocab 1-6 test 4 Edward Day 1 5 – Edward Day 2 6 – Edward Day 3
9 – Capitalization quiz; Edward Day 4 10 – Edward Day 5 11 – Computer work day 12 13 – Style essay due
16 17 18 19 20 – Last day

Advanced Academy English I – 2019-2020

Kevin Lentz

(859) 381-3423 (ext. 2234)

Room 34

Course syllabus

Fall semester:

  • Literary Units: Journey Home (Homer’s Odyssey); Coming of Age (Dickens’Great Expectations) and Defining Style (Poe’s short stories and Tim Burton’s films)
  • Ongoing writing instruction, including the writing process, grammar, and vocabulary

Spring semester:

  • Literary Units: Interpreting Drama (Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet); A Novel through Context (including To Kill a Mockingbird or Remains of the Day).
  • Ongoing writing instruction, including the writing process, grammar, and vocabulary



  • 40% formative – class work, homework, rough drafts, quizzes
  • 40% summative – tests and final drafts
  • 20% – final exam.

Students should check their grades and progress regularly in Infinite Campus and see me before or after school with grade questions.


I respond quickly to emails sent to my school account ( Be aware, though, that I do not regularly check my emails after hours or on weekends. I post daily blog updates to the class webpage that include the day’s agenda and a schedule for the week ahead.

Some assignments will be required to be submitted to You can find below your class IDs and password for this class. Your first assignment (introduction) is already open. The prompt is on the class webpage; you’ll submit your response to Anytime you encounter technical difficulties with, email me the assignment by the deadline and see me before or after school to troubleshoot the difficulty.

Class Turnitin class ID Enrollment key
3rd  – Academy English I 21845993 third
5th – Academy English I 21845995 fifth



Students will need the following supplies throughout the school year: books, folder, paper, and pen or pencil (#2 pencil recommended for bubbling).

I welcome donations to the classroom of Kleenex.

Classroom procedures and rules


I expect all students to consistently demonstrate respect to adults, to one another, and to school property. The expectation of respect includes (but is not limited to) the following specific expectations:

  • Students will respectfully and thoughtfully listen to and respond to all speakers (including adults and fellow students).
  • Students will not dominate classroom discussion.
  • Students will keep topics of discussion school-appropriate.
  • Students will not throw anything.
  • Students will not write on or deface books, desks, walls, posters, etc.
  • Students may eat or drink carefully in this room as long as all classes keep it clean.
  • Students may use cell phones in moderation during bell ringers, computer work, and other individual work time.
  • Students may not use cell phones at all during tests and quizzes.
  • Students may ask to use cell phones for academic purposes during presentations, discussions, lectures, and small group work.



This class includes a large amount of in-class discussion, which is impossible to duplicate in SAFE or at home. Students should plan to miss as seldom as possible.

  • Students can always retrieve missing work from this class’s box.
  • If students have an excused absence, it is their responsibility to see me before or after school to get caught up in the allowed time. As per school policy, they have the number of days they were absent plus one to make up missing work.
  • I expect students to be in class during this hour. Students receive two hall passes per six-weeks for emergencies of any kind – restroom, water fountain, locker, front office, counselor, etc. It is the students’ responsibility to keep up with their hall passes – not mine. Hall passes are not transferable.
  • Students must have my permission to miss class due to in-school activities (e.g. pep rallies, blood drives, talent shows, etc.). All assigned work is due, even if students miss this period due to an in-school activity or field trip.
  • In the event of a snow day (or other unscheduled cancellation), I will blog schedule updates and reminders to the class page.


  • In order to be successful, students must exert a fair amount of effort in this class, including outside reading, homework, writing assignments, and studying for tests and quizzes.
  • I accept no late work due to unexcused absences, skipping class, computer failure, or forgetfulness; however, students may submit unexcused late assignments for 50% credit.
  • Upon entering class, students should check the agenda, turn in any homework into the box, and be in their desks working on their bell ringer when the bell rings. When I collect bell ringers, it will be one week’s worth collected on the last day of the week.
  • Students should take care to save backup copies of their digital work.
  • Students may not share information on any assignment without my express permission. All students complicit in cheating will receive a zero for that assignment, with no possibility to redo.
  • Plagiarism (representing someone else’s work as one’s own) will result in a zero for that assignment with no possibility to redo. Be aware that flags written work that appears to be plagiarized.
  • Students will have a seating chart, which will change periodically.
  • Students should always complete homework with the expectation that it will be collected and graded and with the understanding that the assigned work prepares them to utilize skills taught. I will not always collect homework.

Emergency procedures

  • Fire: Exit straight out hallway through the exit by rooms 32-33 and meet across the driveway.
  • Evacuation: Exit straight out hallway through the exit by rooms 32-33 and meet at the 16 yard line (visitor side near scoreboard)
  • Lockdown: Sit quietly in the corner under the TV (not visible from door).
  • Earthquake: Get under your desk.
  • Tornado: Room 34 is a tornado safe room; kneel at the wall.


Please recycle clean plastic, glass, and aluminum in the recycle bin. Empty cans and bottles before recycling. Throw anything dirty, sticky, nasty, or otherwise unpleasant into the trash.

I expect this class to run smoothly and be a pleasant experience for us all. Thank you for working to ensure our success!

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