Syllabus and Policies
Ms. Cude-- Bachelors of Arts in English with Secondary Certification. Degree from Texas A&M University San Antonio. Highly Qualified under NCLB guidelines.
Courses: English I and TAKS Prep
Method of contacting teacher:
Phone: (210)444-7925 ext. 2205
I. Course Description:
TAKS Prep is designed as an intensive revie of all of the skills students have already been taught in order for them to successfully complete their TAKS Exit exam with a score of 2100 and a minimum of a 2 on their writing pieces.
II. Course Rationale: The primary objective of each course is to acquaint the students with basic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. An emphasis is placed on the Writing Process. Review of the parts of speech, the parts of a sentence, and basic grammar is essential.
III. Learning Outcomes
A. The students will demonstrate proficiency in the following writing areas:
1. Journal writing
2. Writing complete, grammatically correct sentences
3. Writing a well-developed paragraph
4. Writing paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays of various types
B. The students will demonstrate the following reading skills:
1. Identify words in context
2. Comprehend literal and figurative meanings
3. Develop increased sight vocabulary
4. Read for detail and/or skim for specific information
5. Identify and understand literary techniques
6. Recognize an author’s point of view, bias, objective
7. Recognize and interpret figurative language
8. Use appropriate reference skills
C. Students will practice listening skills
D. Students will develop speaking skills through a variety of oral presentations, class discussions, and small group discussions.
IV. Learning Activities:
A. Students will read, respond to factual and inferential questions, and analyze various short stories, novels, poetry, and dramatic works.
B. Students will identify and write grammatically complete sentences including parts of speech and basic conventions of grammar.
C. Students will complete writing assignments of varying length and purpose.
V. Teaching Methods: (include but are not limited to the following)
A. Formal and informal lecture
C. Audio cassettes
D. Class discussions
E. Small group and one-on-one discussions
F. Professionally prepared videos/DVDs
H. Teacher-created handouts and supplementary material
I. Use of computers and other modes of technology
J. Thinking Maps
No homework will be given unless the student does not finish the assignment during the given class time. This is excluding the research paper.
VII. Grading Procedures:
Quizzes and Tests can be re-taken up but the highest grade possible is an 70%. Students must schedule a time to meet with the teacher during tutoring times to re-take a quiz.
Late work will be accepted until the end of the 3 weeks grading period for 20% off their grade. Exceptions will be made for students who are absent close to the end of a grading period.
Students will receive a zero for assignments that have not been turned in before the end of the 3 week grading period.
Responsibility to make up missed assignments falls completely on the student. Check with the instructor to make up missed assignments. Full credit will be given when absences are excused. Unexcused absences and late work will be accepted and partial credit (70%) will be given; if completed within three days of the missed assignment.
FORMATIVE GRADES (50%): Class Work
SUMMATIVE GRADES (50%): Tests, Projects, Research Paper
VII. Expectations/Class Rules:
Students are not allowed to use the restroom the first 15 or last 15 minutes of class. Cell Phones are not to be used in class unless the teacher gives the student express permission to have it out. Students are expected to follow the guidelines presented within the student handbook. Depending on the severity of the infraction students will be warned, have a conferernce with the teacher, parent phone calls made or written a referral for their behavior.
VIII. School supplies needed for class:
· 1 folder of any color
· Loose leaf paper to be kept in folder
Tutoring will be every other week from 7:45 to 8:40 in C206. Students will be notified weekly as to whether the teacher has tutoring for the week.
X. Classroom Rules:
· Be Punctual
· Be Prepared
· Be Productive
· Be Polite
· Be Positive