Ms. Duryea
Academic English I


Classroom Expectations and Procedures ALL CLASS AND ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE: (look under “ Acd English I”)

n Attendance
  • Be on time to class. On-time means that your whole body is in the classroom when the bell rings, not just your notebook. We follow the school policy for lates, which can be found in your handbook.

n Absences
  • Attendance will be taken every day and you are responsible for any work missed while you were absent. Please check for assignments on Ms. Duryea’s website and also get contact information from a classmate to ask for assignments.
  • If you are absent and are unsure about any assignment, please ask.
  • If you are absent, make-up work is due the next time class meets.

n Integrity
  • I expect that your assignments will be completed with honesty and integrity. The attached sheet defines plagiarism and the attached contract states that you and your parents understand the definition.

n Preparation: I expect that you arrive in my class every day with the following:
  • A 3-ring binder just for English divided into sections
  • A pen or pencil
  • The current text we are reading
  • Your student ID worn visibly

n Passes:
  • Bathroom/Hall passes: You will have 5 minutes outside the classroom.
  • Please do not leave class during the first or last TEN minutes of class. Important stuff happens at this time, like checking or assigning HW, announcements.
  • If you have a pass from another teacher to leave class, COME TO CLASS FIRST, show me the pass, and then you may leave. If you do not show up for my class, I will mark your absence as a cut.

n The First 10 Minutes of Class:
  • Enter the classroom before the bell rings and take your seat.
  • Read the daily agenda on the left-hand side of the board.
    • Silently and individually begin working on the “Do Now” that is written on the board. Do Nows will be related to classwork – either connected to the book we are reading, or a skill or concept we are learning in class.
    • Place have any HW to be collected on your desk.

n In-class Behavior
  • One word: Respect. We expect you to act mature and respectful towards us and your fellow peers. Being respectful means being a good listener and not speaking while your peers are speaking. It is also a VERY bad idea to speak while your teacher is speaking!
  • Water is permitted in the classroom.
  • There are ABSOLUTELY no cell phones permitted in class. We will take your phone away the minute we hear/see it in use. It will be given to the Assistant Principal and it is out of our hands at that point.

n Class Dismissal:
  • Please remain in your seats until I dismiss class, not when the bell rings. If you line up at the door, you will be the last person to leave.

n Outside Reading:
  • Each marking period you will be expected to complete one outside reading assignment. I will talk more about possible assignments and books later this fall.

n Writing Portfolios: Each of you will keep a writing portfolio of your writing throughout the year and write reflective pieces during the year as well.

n Grading:
  • I do not “give” you grades – you earn them. They are based on the number of points you earn on tests, quizzes, projects, HW, journal entries, etc. divided by the number of points possible.
  • Assignments will have different point values depending on their length, importance, etc. You will be told ahead of time the point value of each assignment. Below is a description of each category:
Collected Homework: (usually worth 10-20 points)
  • Homework that is late and handed in the next class will receive half credit. I will not accept homework after that time; you will have earned a “0” for that assignment.
  • If you do not hand in your homework when I collect it at the beginning of class, I will consider it late. Have it ready and on your desk.
Uncollected Homework:
  • Sometimes homework will not be collected but it will be checked.. These homework assignments will be worth points (usually 10).
Papers/Projects: (usually worth 50-150 points)
  • Major papers that utilize the writing process will be usually be weighted more than in-class essays or assignments.
  • Late papers receive a 10% deduction each day they are late. In other words, since our class meets every other day, if you hand in a paper on Wed that was due on Mon, I will deduct 20% from your grade.
Quizzes: (usually worth 20-40 points)
Ø Quizzes will often occur after a reading to make sure you’ve read
the material; they can be announced or unannounced.
Tests: (usually worth 80-100 points)
  • Unit test will always be announced at least one week in advance.
  • There will be a final exam, which counts for 1/9 of your total grade.
Extra Credit:
  • I may offer extra credit during the semester, but don’t rely on extra credit to achieve the grade you want to receive.

n Curriculum: During the year, we will read and complete units on the following texts:
  • Summer Reading Choice Novels
  • A Separate Peace (novel)
  • Romeo and Juliet (play)
  • A Raisin in the Sun (play)
  • The Odyssey (epic poem)
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Outside reading

n How to Find Me:


Block 1 3rd Fl Fac C310
Block 2 C310 C310
Block 3 C310 C310
Block 4 C310 3rd Fl Fac