College Concepts in English
This course is designed to offer a wide variety of activities and opportunities for you to learn about yourself through self-analysis and self-reflection. The content is designed to motivate and help you understand the choices you have made in the past and use that knowledge to become better decision makers in the future. The course is structured and designed to reinforce the ELA Common Core Learning Standards through a variety of writing, reading, listening, and social interaction activities and assessments as well as helping you to live up to your potential while offering opportunities for you to grow and develop. This will allow you to make a smooth and successful transition into college and the world of work.
Classroom materials and activities have been designed to create an educational climate in which each one of you can discover within yourself the principles of self-worth, courage of one’s own convictions, self-motivation, respect for others’ moral judgment, and critical thinking which can empower each one of you to become a caring and responsible student and citizen.
There are a variety of units/discussions based on the literature read, the Habits Book (our main text), movies, documentaries, articles, journals, etc… Some of the units include principles and values, character/reputation, choices, ethics, bullying, death & dying, anger management, drinking & driving, talents, mission statements, Words of Wisdom, relationships, college essay, education, etc…
Materials Used: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Hit and Run by Lurlene McDaniel, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, as well as other novels.
- Be on time for class and in attendance. (This class involves a lot of participation and you need to be here to do that!)
- Come prepared for class with all the necessary materials (notebook, journal, folder)
- Behave in a professional and respectful manner at all times.
- Actively participate in class.
Grades are based on a point system. Students may earn between 600-900 points during a typical marking period. Each student’s grade is based on points earned/points available. Cheating, either given or received, will not be tolerated and will result in a grade of a zero.
(There will be tests, papers, oral presentations, skits, group activities, etc…)