• Bainbridge High School

    Ms. Crandell

    E-mail: acrandell@bisd303.org

    Voice mail: 206-855-0486

    Room 339

    Syllabus for English 9/10 With Support              2019-2020

    Course Description: This course supports students as they build the core language arts skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Much of the class time will be dedicated to building reading fluency and comprehension, and in the process of gaining confidence in these skills, students will learn to understand, analyze, and enjoy various kinds of texts. Throughout the year, students will be expected to read a book of their choice at home as the regular homework assignment for the course. In class, students will read a book of their choice that stays in the classroom. We will also read a range of whole-class texts in various genres. We will write often, from daily informal journal responses to multi-paragraph academic essays. Student-led presentations, discussions, and conversations will hone students' oral communication skills. Class members will learn to collaborate with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

    Course Objectives: As a result of this course, students will 

    1. identify a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text
    2. examine both the content and structural elements of various texts in order to confidently respond to them
    3. identify an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author advances that point of view or purpose
    4. assess whether the reasoning in a text is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements
    5. practice clear and effective writing, varying style depending on purpose and audience
    6. gain confidence in their writing and speaking skills as they learn to discern between poor, adequate, and truly powerful communication 
    7. learn how to develop a topic in their writing and maintain consistent focus
    8. learn vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics as features of style and thought
    9. learn how to assess their own strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing, oral communication, listening, and critical thinking

    Course Overview:

    Fall Semester


    Major Text(s)

    Supplemental Text(s)

    Major Assignments

    Major Skills Taught & Assessed

    World Myths 

    A variety of world myths (The Ramayana by R.K. Narayan, Classical and World Mythology by Nextext, Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean, In the Beginning by Virginia Hamilton

    Student choice books

    Argument writing that compares and contrasts the themes of two world myths

    vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics,

    make inferences,

    determine a theme 

    create a specific claim,

    cite textual evidence

    develop a topic with details


    A variety of poems in different forms, including Shakespeare’s sonnets and contemporary poetry

    Student choice books

    short literary analysis (argument writing),

    creative writing: poetry portfolio

    vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics,

    determine a theme,

    analyze literary elements such as imagery and tone

    produce clear and coherent writing

    Southern Gothic Fiction

    To Kill a Mockingbird (the screenplay)

    by Horton Foote, based on the novel by Harper Lee

    To Kill a Mockingbird film

    Student choice books

    Narrative writing

    vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics,

    identify & analyze a theme


    Spring Semester: 



    Major Text(s)

    Supplemental Text(s)

    Major Assignments

    Major Skills Taught & Assessed

    Information Texts and synthesis writing (Logos, Ethos, Pathos)

    Student choice books

    News articles 

    Student choice books

    Synthesis writing

    vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics

    Documentary: Career Paths

    Various nonfiction (student choice of topic) 

    News articles; 

    Student choice books

    Research-based expository essay

    (Documentary project)

    vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics

    Short Stories: Magical Realism

    Various short stories

    Student choice books

    film analysis, short literary analysis (argument writing),

    Creative writing

    vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics, identify & analyze a theme

    Academic Policies and Procedures


    Academic Integrity (from the BHS Student Handbook): Honesty is a compelling principle by which we operate all aspects of student and school life. Academic honesty is highly valued at BHS. Students should not cheat or plagiarize, nor should they tolerate such among fellow students. Students do not receive credit for work that is not their own. Cheating is defined as an attempt to earn credit or receive a grade for coursework in a manner other than defined as acceptable by the teacher. Plagiarism is the taking of language, ideas or thoughts from another person or resource without acknowledging the source. Students who use plagiarized papers or projects or are involved in any other form of cheating will be subject to reduction in grades and/or disciplinary action for a first offense. Because of the serious nature of academic honesty, violations of this code may result in loss of credit for the assignment with a recorded failing grade. It may also entail loss of credit for the course with a recorded failing grade, removal from the course with a failing grade, and/ or additional appropriate disciplinary action. 



    Weighted Categories

    Major Assignments (Exams, Essays, Papers, Projects, and Presentations)


    Daily Work 


    Standard BHS Grade Scale
























     Make-up Work:

    If you know in advance that you will be missing class, ask me beforehand about what activities and homework assignments are planned for that day.

    For an unexpected class absence, follow this procedure:

    1.     Check our google classroom to see what you missed and need to catch up on.
    2.     Ask your classmates to explain what you missed.
    3.     Email me or check with me before school, at lunch, or after school if you have further questions.
    4.   In the case of an excused absence, all make up work or tests should be completed within one week from the day(s) absent - not the day posted on Skyward. Students should ascertain what they have missed and should schedule make up quizzes and tests as soon as possible.

    Late Work:

    I accept late work, but please do your best to turn work in by the deadlines. That way, I can give you useful feedback and this will also help you avoid the stress of making work up.

    Submitting Assignments: You will be expected to turn in some assignments on Google Classroom, while others will be turned in to the in-basket in hard copy format. 

    Sensitive Materials (books, videos, movies) - One of the goals of this course is to expose students to a variety of perspectives and modes of expression. Thus, it is possible that students may find some books, videos, or movies objectionable. I encourage students to discuss with me the material they think may be objectionable; in extreme cases alternative assignments may be designed.

    Communications of assignments and exams: I post a summary of lessons and links to assignments in Google Classroom. My BHS web page has the Google Classroom codes for each section; please check Google Classroom for information you might need and if you have questions, please email me.  If you need extra help in class or clarification on a certain assignment, please talk to me! If you wish to meet with me outside of class, please make an appointment in advance to ensure we have adequate time to meet. The best times for meetings are before school and after school.

    Classroom Expectations

    1. Please come prepared; bring materials (i.e., book, pen, paper, etc.), complete assigned reading before class, and turn in homework assignments at the beginning of the class period on the due date.
    2. You are responsible for your role in the classroom community: add to discussion, listen to others respectfully, and do your part in group projects.
    3. Show respect for yourself and others. Do your best work and encourage others to do the same.
    4. Please do not distract yourself or others with cell phones or other electronic equipment. Cell phones are to be turned in to the phone caddy at the beginning of the class period and laptops should be turned off and put away for the duration of class, unless I specifically state that they may be used for a certain activity. 

     Supply List:

    1.     Two composition books (These must be dedicated to English and will stay in the classroom. One is for daily warm-up writing, and one is for annotations.)
    2.     3-ring binder (at least 1”) or a section of a larger binder
    3.     Notebook paper and pen/pencils