Syllabi

Classroom Rules:

DEAR STUDENTS,

WELCOME TO MY CLASS!

These are THE GUIDELINES for you TO BE SUCCESSFUL:

1. BE RESPONSIBLE:

  • COME TO CLASS ON TIME! (Tardy Policy to observe: 3 tardies = after school detention)
  • GET YOUR BOOK BEFORE THE BELL and BRING YOUR HOMEWORK AND OTHER MATERIALS TO WORK!
  • NO CELL -PHONE, FOOD, GUM, OR DRINKS DURING THE CLASS!
  • KEEP THE ROOM and BOOKS NEAT and CLEAN!
  • USE HALL PASS ONLY IN CASE OF EMERGENCY! (Once a month or less and observe 10-10 minutes rule)

2. RESPECT OTHERS:

  • DO NOT INTERRUPT
  • USE YOUR NORMAL VOICE
  • CONTROL YOUR BEHAVIOR AND LANGUAGE (Please, let’s PRACTICE English, not your native language in class)
  • FOLLOW THE SCHOOL DRESS CODE
  • TEACHER’S Desks, computers, and materials are OFF LIMITS TO ALL THE STUDENTS

3. COOPERATE:

  • ALWAYS TRY
  • PARTICIPATE IN CLASS ACTIVITIES
  • STAY ON TASK
  • HELP EACH OTHER
  • REMEMBER THAT THE TEACHER DISMISSES THE CLASS, NOT THE BELL!

 

GRADING RULES:

I GRADE YOUR PAPERS OUT OF 100 POINTS/100%. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DO MAKE UP WORK AND BRING YOUR PAPERS LATER, BUT YOU WILL LOSE POINTS. FOR EVERY MISSING WORK YOU WILL GET “0” POINTS.

Formative ( Everyday PARTICIPATION, CLASSWORK, and HOMEWORK) – 40%

Summative (TESTS and PROJECTS) – 40%

FINAL Exams – 20%

“A” GRADE – 92 -100%, EXCELLENT!!!

“B” GRADE – 83 -91%, GOOD!!

“C” GRADE – 74 – 82%, OKAY!

“D” GRADE – 65 – 73%, PASSED:)

“F” GRADE – LESS THAN 65%, FAIL, NO CREDIT:(

Good luck!

 

 


Syllabus:  English Language Development / ELD

(For Non-English Speakers and new-comers)

Books: INSIDE THE USA, FUNDAMENTALS, Edge A, Student’s Library

Inside the USA 

Units 1 -10

Vocabulary and Topics: Getting to know each other, Greetings, School, Schedules, Countries, USA, Family, Time, Calendar, Numbers, Objects, Places, Colors, Sizes, Basic Action Verbs, Activities, Arts, Sports, Free Time (everyday activities, hobbies, likes/dislikes), Food, Money, Technology, Your Body, Feelings and Health, Seasons and Weather, Careers, and Holidays

Language Skills/Listening and Speaking: Phonics ( Learn letter-sound connections), Introductions, Making Friends, Give and Ask for information, Ask simple questions, Respond to yes/no questions, Understand who, when, where, what, why, and how questions, Commands to give and follow, Negatives, Name objects and places, Express needs, likes, and dislikes, Tell about something/Describe, Describe something/someone, Retell

Learn even more life skills: How to make and use graphic organizers, Sequence, Interview, Compare and Contrast, How to make a list, a short book, or a story, How to give directions, How to use technology, Research

Grammar: Noun-Verb agreement, Progressive and Simple Present, Past, and Future Tenses, 3rd person singular conjugation, verbs “to be”, “to have”, “to do”; Nouns (Singular and Plural, articles “a”, “the”, no article), Action Verbs, Modals, Regular and Irregular verbs and forms,Personal and Possessive Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, and Conjunctions

Writing: letters, vocabulary words, simple sentences, a short paragraph about your-self, family, a friend, your school, your first day in the USA, your favorite food, season, place, how to do something,write a short paragraph, and a book about Celebrations

Reading comprehension: letters-sounds, vocabulary words, simple sentences, and  Theme Books

 

Book 2: Fundamentals ( Beginning level)

(Beginners Level)

Units 1-3: All About Me, Wisdom of Ages, Global Village

Essential questions: Who am I? What makes us wise? What makes us the same and different?

Vocabulary focus: Word Categories, Synonyms, Antonyms, Word Parts, Suffixes, Prefixes

Language Function: Give and Ask for Information, Express Opinions, Describe, and Compare

Grammar: Complete Sentences vs. Fragments, Subject, Predicate, Object, Helping Verbs, Word Order

Reading Strategies: Visualize, Determine Importance

Writing: Poem, Advice Column, Description

Units 4-6: Survival, Fitting In, What Matters Most

Essential Questions: What does it take to survive? How important is it to fit in? What is the most important in life?

Vocabulary Focus: Building Words, Using a Dictionary, Context Clues, Figurative Language (Idioms and Similes

Language Function: Give and Carry out Commands, Describe an Experience and a Past Event, Express Intentions, Opinions, Ideas, and Feelings, Retell a Story, Engage in Discussion, Agree and Disagree

Grammar: Regular and Irregular Past Tense Verbs, Commands, Adverbs, Future Tense, Prepositions, Subject vs. Object, Pronouns, Sentence Types, Complete Sentence vs. Fragment, Phrase, and Clause, Complex Sentences

Reading Strategies: Plan and Monitor, Make Connections, Make Inferences

Writing: Writing Steps, Paragraph, Facts and Opinions, Personal Narrative

 

 


 

 

Books: Edge and Student’s Library (Intermediate Level, English 1)

Units 1-4: Think Again, Family Matters, True Self, Give and Take

Essential Questions: What Influences How You Act? How do Families Affect Us? Do We Find or Create Our True Selves? How Much Should People Help Each Other?

Genre Focus: Short Stories, Nonfiction (Character, Plot, Setting, Author’s Purpose, First-Person Point of View, Text Structures and Features

Focus Strategy: Plan and Monitor, Ask Questions, Make Inferences, Determine Importance

Grammar: Sentences vs. Fragments, Subjects and Verbs, Parts of Speech, Tenses

Writing: Personal Narrative, News Article, Short Story, Problem-Solution Essay

Units 5-7: Fair Play, Coming of Age, Making Impressions

Essential Questions: Do People Get What They Deserve? What Rights and Responsibilities Should Teens Have? What Do You Do To Make an Impression?

Genre Focus: Short Stories, Nonfiction, Drama, and Poetry (Theme, Persuasion)

Focus Strategy: Make Connections, Synthesize, Visualize

Grammar: Compound and Complex Sentences, Word Order, Adjectives, Adverbs, Indefinite Pronouns, Perfect Tense

Writing: Description of a process, Persuasive Essay, Literary Analysis

*You will have tests after each unit, weekly quizzes to check your progress, homework to memorize words, writing assignments, and projects to do. Exam will be at the end of each semester.

*MAP testing 3 times a year for 9 grade students, PSAT is for 9 and 10 grades

*ESL ACCESS WIDA Testing is in January

*Cultural Fair for school is in March

*International Week is in February in class

 

 


 

Syllabus: ESL Science     (Elective)                                                                                  (Introduction into Integrated Science)             

 

I Semester :

Biology   

Biology and its tools, Scientific Method, Taxonomy

Plant Life

Humans and Other Animals

Genes

Health

December: Review for exam

* Tests after each unit, chapter checkups daily

Exam

 Semester    II   

January: ACCESS Testing

 Ecology:

The earth below (rocks and minerals)

Changing earth (volcanoes, soil, mountains)

Fossils and Natural Resources (Renewable and Non-renewable)

Weather

Environment

Pollution

Oceans and other Biomes

 Astronomy:

Sky above (planets, stars)

Space travel

Physics and Chemistry:

Matter

Atoms and molecules

States of Matter

Energy Types

Heat

Mechanical energy

Electricity

Magnets

Light

Sound

Energy in the future, Conservation

Review, Exams

 

 


 

 

                                     ENGLISH 1

(For LEP Advanced level FRESHMEN, Language Arts and Reading class)

Books: Edge (A), Student’s Library, Collections (Regular English class textbook)

Units 1-4: Think Again, Family Matters, True Self, Give and Take

Essential Questions: What Influences How You Act? How do Families Affect Us? Do We Find or Create Our True Selves? How Much Should People Help Each Other?

Genre Focus: Short Stories, Nonfiction (Character, Plot, Setting, Author’s Purpose, First-Person Point of View, Text Structures and Features

Focus Strategy: Plan and Monitor, Ask Questions, Make Inferences, Determine Importance

Grammar: Sentences vs. Fragments, Subjects and Verbs, Parts of Speech, Tenses

Writing: Personal Narrative, News Article, Short Story, Problem-Solution Essay

MAP Testing, Exam

ESL ACCESS/WIDA TESTING – January

Cultural Fair, International Week February-March

Units 5-7: Fair Play, Coming of Age, Making Impressions

Essential Questions: Do People Get What They Deserve? What Rights and Responsibilities Should Teens Have? What Do You Do To Make an Impression?

Genre Focus: Short Stories, Nonfiction, Drama, and Poetry (Theme, Persuasion)

Focus Strategy: Make Connections, Synthesize, Visualize

Grammar: Compound and Complex Sentences, Word Order, Adjectives, Adverbs, Indefinite Pronouns, Perfect Tense

Writing: Description of a process, Persuasive Essay, Literary Analysis

*Exams are at the end of each semester.

Tests are at the end of each chapter.

You’ll have daily checkups and homework (reading and writing).

MAP testing 3 times a year

Book : Collections

Units 1-6

Skills: Analyze and Evaluate (an Author’s Claim, Theme, Word Choice and Language, Purpose,  Rhetoric, Point of View, Tone, Character, Motivation, Hero, Short Story Elements, Poetic Language, Irony), Cite text evidence to support; Determine a central idea, Presentations, Discussion, Close Reading, Develop Reading Fluency, Make Inferences, Use Context Clues, Interpret Figurative Language, Reasoning, Reflections, Debate, Summarize

Vocabulary Strategy: Patterns of words, Denotation vs. Connotation, Figurative Language, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms, Pun

Grammar: Different Patters of Sentences, Multiple Meanings of the Words, Word Parts, Punctuation, Transition

Writing: Correct Sentences, Paragraph (Topic Sentence, Details, Conclusion), Writing Steps, Argumentative essay, Speech, Narrative, Letter, Analysis

Reading: A Quilt of a Country (Argument), I have a Dream (Speech), When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine (Short Story), Poetry, Myths, Diary, Romeo and Juliet (Drama/Tragedy) A Natural History of Love (Essay), Night (Memoir),  Odyssey (Epic Poem)

 

 

 

 

 

English 2

(Language Arts and Literature for the 10th grade LEP students)

Books: World Literature, Composition Book, Collections

Unit 1, Chapters 1-2: Moments of Truth and Conflict

Focus Skills: Identify, recognize, define, and understand Literary Devices( setting, conflict, speaker, alliteration, narrator, rising action, point of view, mood, and irony)

Genre: myth, short story, autobiography, narrative, poem

Critical thinking skills: predict, summarize

Learn: new vocabulary/literary terms, idioms

Write: Personal Narrative, Short Story

Grammar: Sentence vs Fragment, Types of Sentences

Unit 2, Chapters 3-4: Challenges and Heroes

Genre: folktale, autobiography, novel, myth, epic

Understand Literary Devices and Terms: plot, motivation, theme, details, setting, effects of repetition, character traits, suspense, and climax

Write: script, predict the end of the story, who is a hero and why

Grammar/LA: Paragraph writing

Unit 3, Chapters 5-6: Good Deeds and Friendships

Genre: short story, poem, folktale, fable, memoir

Recognize: story-with-in-a-story, plot, symbolism, external conflict, foreshadowing, omniscient/limited point of view, theme, simile, climax, tone, details, concrete words, onomatopoeia

Write: a scene, comic strip, applying for a job, about a character in an admiring tone/change to a critical tone

Grammar/LA: Writing correct sentences, Agreement, Tenses

Unit 4, Chapters 7-8: Community and Courage

Genre: diary, novel, short story, folktale, poem, autobiography

Understand and recognize: character traits, dialogue, sensory details, clues, irony, speaker, plot, figurative language, tone, colloquial language, realism

Write:  tell a story in a letter, interview, letter to the editor, compare and contrast

Grammar/LA: Writing an Essay, Steps of writing

  2 Semester

Unit 5, Chapters 9-11: Animals and Nature, Family

Genre: poetry, short story

Understand Literary terms and how these devices work: free verse, imagery, form of a poem, dialogue, turning point, haiku, stanza, personification, comparison, idioms, alliteration, metaphor, simile, atmosphere

Learn how to analyze literature

Write: a poem, interview, article

Unit 6, Chapters 12-15: Imagine, Fantasy, Wishes, and Memories

Genre: epic, diary, memoir, fantasy, drama

Literary Devices and Terms to understand, identify in the text, and use during analysis: foreshadowing, external/internal conflicts, motivation, allegory, denotation, connotation, stage directions, theme/ main idea, details, symbolism, personification, point of view, mood

Write: Argumentative article/essay, reasoning and explanations

*Exams are at the end of each semester.

Tests are at the end of each chapter.

Be ready for daily checkups and homework (reading and writing)

MAP testing 3 times a year

ACCESS WIDA Testing -January

Cultural Fair, International Week February-March


 

Book : Collections

Units 1-6

Skills: Analyze and Evaluate (an Author’s Claim, Theme, Word Choice and Language, Purpose,  Rhetoric, Point of View, Tone, Character, Motivation, Hero, Short Story Elements, Poetic Language, Irony), Cite text evidence to support; Determine a central idea, Presentations, Discussion, Close Reading, Develop Reading Fluency, Make Inferences, Use Context Clues, Interpret Figurative Language, Reasoning, Reflections, Debate, Summarize, Reserach

Vocabulary Strategy: Patterns of words, Denotation vs. Connotation, Figurative Language, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms, Pun

Grammar: Different Patters of Sentences, Multiple Meanings of the Words, Word Parts, Punctuation, Transition

Writing: Correct Sentences, Paragraph (Topic Sentence, Details, Conclusion), Writing Steps, Argumentative essay, Speech, Narrative, Letter, Analysis

Genre: Essay, Speech, Short story, Poetry, Novel, Drama/Tragedy