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|ENGLISH 9A WEEK 1: Feb. 1-5th WELCOME||ENGLISH 9B WEEK 1: April 12-16|
|ENGLISH 9A WEEK 2: Feb. 8-12 ♥Selgae's!||ENGLISH 9B WEEK 2: April 19-23|
|ENGLISH 9A WEEK 3: Feb. 15-19 PRESIDENT'S DAY (Feb. 15)||ENGLISH 9B WEEK 3: April 26-30|
|ENGLISH 9A WEEK 4: Feb. 22-26||ENG. 9B Week 4: May 3-7th CONFERENCES (Thursday, May 6th only)|
|ENGLISH 9A WEEK 5: March 1-March 5 CONFERENCES Tuesday, March 2 & Thursday, March 4th NO SCHOOL March 5th||ENGLISH 9B WEEK 5: May 10-14|
|ENGLISH 9A WEEK 6: March 8-March 12||ENGLISH 9B WEEK6: May 17-21|
|ENGLISH 9A WEEK 7: March 15-March 19||ENGLISH 9B WEEK 7: May 24-28|
|ENGLISH 9A WEEK 8: March 22-March 26||ENGLISH 9B WEEK 8: May 31-June 4 Memorial Day NO SCHOOL May 31st|
|ENGLISH 9A WEEK 9: March 29-April 2 MIDTERM/SPRING BREAK BEGINS NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 2nd||ENGLISH 9B WEEK 9: June 7-10th That's it, folks! You did it! Come back and visit!|
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Welcome to room 269!
My own street?
Not really, but read on . . .
My surprise at having a path named after me at Swedish camp--"Lindas Stig"
Carina, Robby, and me at Westminster Abbey summer of 2007
Welcome to English 9A and 9B with
Linda Wallenberg (aka Wally).
Teaching my favorite--Shakespeare!
Here's a bit about me:
My name is Linda Wallenberg. I have the pleasure of being your teacher this term--your teacher of a course that I absolutely love to teach! I have been at Eden Prairie High School since 1977 and I have loved learning along with my students since the very beginning. Oddly, I am now even teaching students whose parents I taught at one time! I am teaching this class because I have some strong feelings about the importance of literature, writing and clear communication, in both our everyday lives as well as in your future.
I grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota in 1971 to study English and Swedish at Gustavus Adolphus College. I also studied folk culture at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and have taught Swedish at Concordia's Swedish Language Village for 25 years. In the summer of 2006, I was honored with a path named after me!
I have a Master's in Education from the University of Minnesota. In 2005 I was named one of 10 finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year and inducted into the University of Minnesota Gymnastics Hall of Fame. What an amazing year!
I also coach gymnastics and was the head coach at EPHS for 17 years. Now I coach mostly pre-school classes at TAGS Eden Prairie. I also got to combine my love of books and gymnastics by authoring a gymnastics book called Play by Play Gymnastics.
Aside from my love of Swedish culture, gymnastics, and teaching, I also love hanging out with my family, traveling, playing racquetball, watching movies, reading, skiing, summers, playing softball, and just hanging out as a family! By the way, we also have two cats--Blackbelt and Midnight. Now that you know a little about me, I'm anxious to hear about you!
See you in class!
*Wally’s website address: http://teachers.edenpr.org/~lwallenberg/ENG9masterfolder
1. Multi-Paragraph Essay Writing
2. MCA Writing Test Preparation
3. Parts of Speech Identification: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions
4. To Kill a Mockingbird and literature terminology
5. Literary Analysis Paper Writing
6. Comprehensive English 9A Final Exam
· Multi-Paragraph Essay--Expository Essay of 5 paragraphs (3 influential people or events or activities or places)
· Literary Analysis Paper (3 paragraphs) based on To Kill a Mockingbird with Par. Doc. and Works Cited]
35% - major tests/presentations/projects
20% - 2 papers--Multi-Paragraph Essay and Literary Analysis Paper
35% - homework, pop quizzes, group or partner activities
10% - comprehensive final exam
· “No-excuse” spelling lists (pretests, activities, final tests) (9A only)
· Daily Oral Language (D.O.L.)
· Journal writing
· Vocabulary building in context of the literature
1. Punctuation (commas, semicolons, colons, apostrophes, double and single quotation marks, underlining)
2. Outside Reading Project
3. Effective Writing Techniques/Works of Nonfiction and Paper
4. Poetry Analysis and Oral Interpretation (figures of speech, terminology, scansion, sonnets)
6. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
7. Speech based on literature
NOTE: All papers must use correct manuscript form (as adopted from the MLA format).
· Effective Writing Paper based on effective writing techniques (at least 2 typed pages)
40% - major tests/presentations/project
20% - Effective Writing Paper and all lead-up work
40% - homework, pop quizzes, group or partner activities
· “No-excuse” spelling lists (pretests, activities, final tests) (9A only)
· Daily Oral Language (D.O.L.)--further application of parts of speech identification, comma rules, semicolons, colons, apostrophes, double and single quotation marks, underlining and parts of speech usage (subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, proper use of pronoun case, active vs. passive voice, confusing verbs, comparison of adjectives and adverbs, choosing between adjectives and adverbs, modifier placement).
· Journal writing
· Vocabulary building—college prep. words, Latin prefixes and suffixes
NOTE: Read expectations carefully. Students are required to sign-off on a form verifying that they understand these policies.
1. You are expected to bring notebook paper, your indexed 3-ring binder, your journal, a pen or a pencil, a highlighter, your note cards, and a RED pen to class each day. All graded work must be written in blue or black ink or typed (double-spaced). I encourage you to start typing your English assignments and saving them in an English 9 folder. There are computers available for you to use in the Media Center (with your student I.D. card) and some of the resource centers in the building.
2. See separate “Supply List” on the back of the syllabus for information on all other materials/books.
You must receive a passing grade for both English 9A and English 9B in order to graduate from EPHS.
The percentage breakdown for areas graded is as follows:
35% 40% - major tests and presentations
35% 40% - homework, pop quizzes, group or partner activities
20% 20% - papers
10% none - comprehensive end-of-term final exam
A 93 - 100 C+ 77 – 79
A- 90 - 92 C 73 – 76
C- 70 – 72
B+ 87 – 89
B 83 – 86 D+ 67 – 69
B- 80 – 82 D 63 – 66
D- 60 – 62
There will be at least one hour of homework given in English 9A/9B each night. So, expect homework to be given every day. Homework will only be given full credit if it is turned in at the very beginning of the class period the day is it due.
If you turn in homework later than the beginning of the class period it is due OR if it is turned in the next day, it will only receive . After that, the assignment is scored a zero.
To be relevant to class work, homework must be done in a timely manner! Therefore, homework will generally NOT be accepted over one day late!
Major papers and projects are also expected to be completed and turned in on time. For major papers/projects, the penalty, however, will be -10% per day late. This means that if your major assignment (worth 50 points) was evaluated as an A- (45 pts.) but came in one day late, it will now be given a B- (40 pts.).
EXCUSED LATE WORK AND THE STUDY PARTNER SYSTEM
1. You will be assigned a “Study Partner” in this class. When you are absent, your study partner is expected to fill out a “study partner absence sheet.” This will tell you what went on in class the day you missed, what handouts were given out, and what homework you have to make up. Check with your study partner to see whether he/she filled out the “study partner absence sheet.” Then, see the teacher for the sheet and any handouts you missed. If you don’t understand what your study partner recorded, see the teacher for further explanation.
2. You will be expected to exchange phone numbers/e-mail addresses with your study partner. Calling him or her the evening of your absence would be wise so that you know what went on the day you missed and whether there is anything you might do that evening to prepare you for the next class period. You may contact the teacher’s voice mail or e-mail to inquire about assignments but only AFTER you have contacted or tried to contact your study partner.
3. You are expected to make up work missed by the deadline determined by the teacher. It is your responsibility to ask about make-up work and to remember to turn it in. If you have an extended absence, and therefore, have a significant amount of work to be made up, we will arrange a special schedule for make-up.
4. If your absence is EXCUSED, you are allowed one day extra for each day missed to do make-up work.
Example: You're absent Monday when assignment is due which you already knew about because
you were in school the Friday before your Monday’s absence. You must turn it in on
the day you return (since you already knew about it).
Example: You're absent Monday when an assignment was given and due Tuesday. If you return to school on Tuesday, you must turn it in Wednesday.
5. If your absence is a TRUANCY, you will receive a “O” for any work that was to be handed in the day of your truancy.
1. Any talking during a test will result in a zero on the test.
2. Failure to complete a test or a major assignment within the deadline prescribed by your teacher will result in a grade of zero. Make-up time for tests must be arranged with your teacher, and once agreed upon by you and the teacher, you are required to adhere to that date. If you have a significant number of tests to make up, we will arrange a special schedule for make-up.
3. All make-ups for tests will be in the ERC (English Resource Center).
4. There will be a Comprehensive Final Exam at the end of English 9A. This will carry substantial weight (10%) on your final term grade. All worksheets, papers, tests, etc., which you will need to study for this exam should be kept organized in your three-ring binder.
The school-wide attendance policy is in effect. Remember, if you are truant, the day an assignment is due, it will be scored zero.
1. Follow directions.
2. Keep hands, feet, and all objects to yourself.
3. Be in assigned seat ON TIME with required materials prepared to work.
4. Respect others’ opportunity to learn—refrain from distracting, ridiculing, inappropriate talking.
5. No iPods, laptops, cell phones, or other electronic devices in classes. According to school policy,
they will be confiscated the first time they appear in class. Reminder of policy is given and
violation of policy is recorded. Cell phone may be picked up at the end of the school day. Second
offense: Cell phone is turned over to the dean. Parent/Guardian must pick it up.
6. Work only on materials for this class during class time.
SEVERE CLAUSE (THESE WILL IMMEDIATELY BE REFERRED TO PARENTS AND GRADE LEVEL DEAN.) CLAUSE IS IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING:
7. Cheating or plagiarizing others’ work.
8. Swearing, use of obscene, extremely insensitive putting down of others.
9. Doing physical harm to another individual.
10. Suspicion of chemical use or smoking.
Except for #7-10, the following consequences will occur.
1. Individual warning. Notation of behavior and date will be recorded and shared with parents, counselor, or grade-level dean at a later date if behavior reoccurs.
2. Conference after school with a possible contract instituted. Parents and counselor notified.
3. Restricted study or detention for an extended period with a new contract instituted.
4. Parent, grade level dean, teacher, and student conference.
INDIVIDUAL EXTRA CREDIT
You may earn extra credit coupons credited to the homework portion of your grade. The teacher will periodically offer extra learning opportunities and jobs in the classroom which may qualify for extra credit coupons.
CLASS EXTRA CREDIT
The entire class can earn extra credit towards the class privilege of a free night without homework (for the whole class) when your class accumulates 25, then 50, then 75, and finally even 100 class points.
Each time a class member brings in any of the following:
1. Bring in a printed document (or evidence of it) with a misspelled word. (1 point per word)
Examples: newspaper or magazine article, worksheet from a class, a program, an advertisement.
2. Bring in a printed document with a misspelled NO-EXCUSE LIST word. (2 points per word)
3. Bring in a printed document with a grammar/punctuation error. (1 point per error)
4. Bring in a printed document with one of our vocabulary words used correctly. (1 point per word)
5. Bring in a printed document with reference to a unit we study in English 9. (1 point per example)
Were you paying attention? Let’s see! Take this quiz ! à
Name: Hr. Due date:
ENGLISH 9 Course Expectations Quiz 2009
Use a “T” (True) OR a “0” (False)
1. If you are uncertain of something about class work, you are supposed to contact your study partner before you call or e-mail Wally.
2. Homework assignments are given ½ credit if they are turned in a day late. Late papers and projects, however, are reduced 10% per day late.
3. Tests may only be made up with Ms. Wallenberg in her classroom.
4. There will be a comprehensive semester final exam covering both the content of English 9A and English 9B.
5. Imagine this scenario. Is it true or false?
Leo D., a student in Wally’s class, is absent on a Monday. That day, the class was assigned an overnight assignment which is due on Tuesday. Leo is expected to call his study partner, Kate W., on Monday night to find out about the assignment. He must, then, do the assignment and turn it in the next day on Tuesday when he returns to class. If he doesn’t turn it in until Wednesday, he will receive ½ credit on the assignment.
6. If you are truant, you can still get credit for assignments collected that day you skipped.
7. Cheating or plagiarism will involve notification of parents.
8. You will receive a zero on a test if you forget to show up the date we prearranged for make-up.
9. You are allowed to text your friends during class.
10. You may turn in a homework assignment anytime during the hour or school day an assignment is due for full credit.
11. You may earn individual extra credit coupons for bring in grammar errors in print or even for finding class vocabulary words in print.
12. You can get extra credit on all assignments for typing them.
_________ 13. Wally (Linda Wallenberg) has two kids--Carina and Robby. (TRUE!)
_________ 14. Wally has 2 dogs. (NOPE! 2 cats--Blackbelt and Midnight)
_________ 15. Wally teaches Spanish as well as English. (NOPE! Swedish!)
_________ 16. CMS used to be the old Eden Prairie High School (true!)
_________ 17. Wally's favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption (false, it's Hamlet)
1. Pen, pencil, red pen, and a highlighter
2. Journal (use spiral bound) with cover “decorated” and covered with clear “contact” paper
3. A set of at least 200 3x5 or 4x6 lined spiral bound note cards
4. File folder (try getting a colored one to recognize yours easier)
5. 2-3” three-ring binder with 10 index dividers labeled with these words:
a. (for homework information, assignment calendar, grade updates, miscellaneous)
b. (for spelling list and packet, pretests, spelling homework, final tests)
c. (for all EWS grammar notes, exercises, quizzes)
d. (for Daily Oral Language packet, notes, quizzes)
e. (for vocabulary lists, notes, quizzes)
f. (all personal notes and handouts on manuscript form, writing process, paragraphing, effective writing techniques, etc.)
g. (packets explaining papers, drafts of works in progress, editing packets, etc.)
h. (for packet, literature terminology, study questions, and quizzes on To Kill a Mockingbird)
j. (for all notes, responses, questions, quizzes on poetic terminology, styles, poems we read)
and (for packet, study questions, and quizzes on Romeo and Juliet)
l. (for all materials on how to do the speeches)
a. Patterns in Literature (old green text)
b. Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes (new green text)
c. English Writing and Skills (blue text)
d. Holt Handbook (new bright blue text)
e. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. You may want to purchase your own copy. It is available in the school store. Scholarships are available. Talk to Wally. ☺
f. . Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. (Signet Classic edition)--Purchase your own copy of the Signet Classic edition. It is available in the school store. Scholarships are available. Talk to Wally. ☺
SURVIVAL PACKET DOCUMENTS:
You will be loaned a style manual, called the SURVIVAL PACKET (based on the 6th edition of the MLA Handbook of manuscript form). At term's end, most students have the sections they find most valuable copied for use in college. Many of the documents included in this SURVIVAL PACKET (SP) are available from the English Department section of our EPHS website--ENGLISH DEPARTMENT HOMEPAGE WITH ALL DOCUMENTS: http://www.edenpr.k12.mn.us/ephs/departments/english/index.html, or by clicking below. You can then print these documents out at home.
Here is the list of specific SURVIVAL PACKET documents:
EPHS ENGLISH DEPARTMENT SURVIVAL MANUAL (rev. 10.7.09),
Click HERE for the entire manual full size
or HERE for the entire manual half size.
click HERE for the COVER with table of contents
click HERE for the GRS (Grammar Rules Summary) section--yellow
click HERE for the MSF (Manuscript Formatting Rules) section--yellow
click HERE for the PDQ (Parenthetical Documentation and Quotes) section--green
click HERE for the WC (Works Cited) section--pink
click HERE for the WC (Works Cited) SHORT FORM--pink
CLICK HERE for the BUYBACK PACKET (rev. 2008)
For a sample template, click HERE--> SAMPLE TEMPLATE FOR BUYBACKS (You can cut and paste this into a WORD DOCUMENT and make changes--add more rows or delete categories etc. to make it work for you. Remember to print it out in landscape format!) CLICK HERE FOR THE ACE simplified version without the categories of errors.
USED IN WALLY'S CLASSES
IF YOU LOSE ONE OF THESE GIVEN TO YOU, YOU WILL HAVE TO EITHER PAY FOR A REPLACEMENT OR PRINT THESE OUT AT HOME USING THE LINKS BELOW:
To get an extra copy of the 4 week HW calendar, click HERE.
HOW TO DO BUYBACKS (for Wally's classes only) (originally a blue document in the SP) Click HERE for the pdf. version of the HOW TO DO BUYBACKS PACKET. Click HERE the pdf. version of the HOW TO DO BUYBACKS PACKET with some student models. Click HERE for a sample of a student's TKM buybacks (organized by type of error).
SAMPLE TEMPLATE FOR BUYBACKS (You can cut and paste this into a WORD DOCUMENT and make changes--add more rows or delete categories etc. to make it work for you. Remember to print it out in landscape format!) Click HERE for the buyback template you can use to copy and paste into a WORD document to make doing the buybacks much easier. CLICK HERE FOR THE ACE simplified version without the categories of errors.
ENGLISH 9 PARTS OF SPEECH PACKET 2005-2006 click to the left!
NO-EXCUSE SPELLING LIST and HW THEMES click to the left!
NO-EXCUSE PINK SPELLING REVIEW PACKET. Click HERE.
DOL PACKET For a pdf copy of the DOL packet, click HERE.
ENGLISH 9 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD PACKET 2006 click to the left!
D.E.A.R. OUTSIDE READING PROJECT click to the left!
PARTS OF SPEECH PACKET (pdf version) click to the left!
COMMA PACKET click to the left!
POETRY PACKET click to the left!
EFFECTIVE WRITING PACKET click to the left!
TKM packet You can access the 2008 pdf version of the TKM packet for easy printing the TKM study guide by clicking HERE.
Setting Revision paper packet--click to the left!
Multi-Paragraph Paper packet--click to the left!
Selected Writing Paper packet--click to the left!
For a copy of the 4 week HW calendar, click HERE.
For a copy of the ongoing journal list, click HERE.
Where to find cool quotes? For ideas for quotes/sayings, try these websites: http://www.quotegarden.com OR http://www.quoteworld.org/browse.php OR http://quoteland.com/
POETRY TERMS! http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary2.html or http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/poetic-terms.html or http://www.k-state.edu/english/baker/english320/cc.htm or http://ethnicity.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Terms/ or http://www.northern.edu/hastingw/terms.htm or http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_I.html
A WEBSITE TO BUY THE CLASSICS CHEAP: http://store.doverpublications.com/
ONLINE THESAURUS SITES: http://thesaurus.reference.com/ and http://thesaurus.reference.com/features/thesaurusalphabet2005 and Wally's favorite http://www.visualthesaurus.com/landing/
ROMEO AND JULIET PACKET OR Romeo & Juliet Packet (pdf. version) click to the left!
R&J SHAKESPEARE RESEARCH TOPICS SUGGESTED WEBSITES click above!
See the Radcliffe list of the 100 best Eng. Language Novels of the 20th century! http://www.cnn.com/books/news/9807/22/radcliffe.list/list.html
Another place to find a GREAT BOOK: See the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) recommended book lists for an idea for an outside reading book that TEENS recommend:http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook.htm
More ideas: http://www.mplib.org/wft/whattoread.asp Link to the MPLS public library system teen reading program. They are broken down by categories, genres, etc. There are student reviews.
http://tln.lib.mi.us/~amutch/jen/. *This is a good list for more unusual or non-mainstream books
http://www.district196.org/avhs/services/media/index2.htm Ms. Fullmer, one of our 9th grade English teachers, did a lot of work on the book review section at Apple Valley High school. Check it out! There are TONS of links, lists, and reviews.
http://www.amazon.com*click on BOOKS. Click on CHILDREN’S BOOKS. Click on TEENS. Then just browse the categories on the left.
http://www.hclib.org/ EP public library
For some fun youtube Shakespeare video links, click HERE.
Here I am at Elsinore, Hamlet's castle in Denmark, pointing to the Bard himself.
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London!
FUN PICTURES FROM CLASS 2006-7
Week 1: September 2-5
Week 2: September 8-12
ENGLISH 9B WEEK 12: November 17-21
Week 3: September 15-19 HOMECOMING
ENGLISH 9B WEEK 13: November 24-November 28 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Week 4: September 22-26
ENGLISH 9B WEEK 14: December 1-5 FIELD TRIP--THURSDAY, Dec. 4th to GUTHRIE THEATRE leave 8:40 a.m.-4:30
Week 5: September 29-October 3 CONFERENCES (Oct. 1st 4:30-8:30 and Oct. 2nd 12:00-8:00)
ENGLISH 9B WEEK 15: December 10-14 FIELD TRIP--PARK SQUARE THEATRE A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dec. 10th 7:45-4:30) and CONFERENCES (Dec. 9th and Dec. 11th 4:30-8:30) NO SCHOOL FRIDAY!
Week 6: October 6-10
ENGLISH 9B WEEK16: December 17-21 Winter Break Begins
Week 7: October 13-17 MEA BREAK
ENGLISH 9B WEEK 17: 2009! January 5-9
Week 8: October 20-24
ENGLISH 9B WEEK 18: January 12-16
Week 9: October 27-31
ENGLISH 9B WEEK 19: January 19-23 MLK DAY That's it, folks!
Week 10: November 3-7 END of 1st TERM
ENGLISH 9B WEEK 20: January 26 No School
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