Course Expectations

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Introduction to Mrs. Smith’s Class 

Welcome to English III. I am sure that you have many questions about how I will run our classroom. I strongly suggest that you look over this document. The answers to most questions you might have are included in here.  

In English III, students will study American Literature that spans both continents, thus being exposed to many different cultural perspectives and mindsets. I emphasize vocabulary development and the mastery of grammatical skills, but we will also improve our reading comprehension by reading and analyzing more and more difficult texts. We will also write across genres and understand composition.

*Honors students will be required to work independently on several projects, either alone or in groups in order to strengthen evaluate texts and demonstrate comprehension. Honors students will be expected to be critical, inquisitive, and ready to learn about global issues in this course. They will be reading more challenging texts and will produce work that shows that deeper engagement with the material.

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* School Rules: Of course, all school rules apply. Don’t even ask.

  • Class Rules:

  • Be Responsible for your supplies needed each day, your assignments, and your daily attendance.

  • Be Respectful of your classmates, their belongings, and your teacher.

  • Follow all school rules as stated in the student handbook.

  • Consequences: the usual :First offense: verbal warning; Second offense: second warning, one-on-one talk, call to parents; Third offense: write up, ISS

  • Late Work: Due dates are due dates. Work is due in the “box” at the beginning of class. If you are absent on turn-in day, you are responsible to get your work to me the next day you are in class. I will accept late work, but you will lose 5 points for each school day your work is late.

  • Materials: The same as for every other class: you need to have pens, pencils, a binder, your composition notebook, loose-leaf paper, and your book every day unless I specifically tell you that you do not need to bring these things.

  • Bathroom and other breaks: Nobody will leave the classroom during the first or last 15 minutes of class. I may give a bathroom break, but that is a privilege and if you are too loud, too slow or generally a pain, we will abolish that practice. Remember: if I can hold it, so can you.

  • Note-taking: You will have to take notes. Nobody has a perfect memory and taking notes will help anchor knowledge in your mind. You will also be allowed to use your notes on some tests. I may permit you to bring in your notes and use them during the test. If you don’t know how to take notes – no problem. ASK! 

  • Handouts: I will make as many copies of each handout as I have students. If you lose yours, you will not get another copy from me. See whether you can copy someone else’s handout somehow. As a ray of hope: most handouts are also on my website; you can print them off there.  

  • Homework: There will be some homework most days, and since it will be either writing assignments or studying for vocab tests or quizzes, it is in your best interest to do it. Understand this: we all have a life outside school. But boyfriends, girlfriends, after school jobs, sports – they all will take a backseat to school. I will not accept any excuses if your homework is not done. 

  • Participation in athletics: Athletics are a choice. English III is not. Do not expect me to give you extended time for an assignment because you left early to participate in an event.

  • Plagiarism: I will consider your work plagiarized if it contains as little as one sentence that was taken from someone else’s work. Simply rewording someone else’s work is also plagiarism. Plagiarism will earn you a zero for that assignment and you are obviously not allowed to re-do that assignment since you cheated.

  • Tests, Quizzes, Writing Assignments, Grading: You are responsible to remind me that you have work to make up, and to make sure that you have all the materials you need for the test – handouts, copies, or notes.

  • Grading scale: Spring Creek High School uses the ten-point grading scale. Here’s how your work will be weighted: Tests: 30 % - Projects/Essays: 35 % - Quizzes: 20 % - Homework/Journals/Classwork: 15 %

  • Each nine weeks will count as 37.5%, NC Final will count as 25% of your final grade.

  • Journals: each day, every day. I ask for ½ page (+/- 120 words) and you have five timed minutes. You turn in journals every ten school days.  These journals may be written in colloquial language- not formal or academic.  They will be graded on your ability to reply to the prompt and completeness.

  • Tests: You can do test corrections on multiple choice items on literature test (not vocabulary) for half credit for the five announced days following the test – after school.

  • Writing assignments: If you do not get the grade you hoped to get, re-write. I will accept rewrites and only count your highest grade for the assignment.

  • Class participation: Life will be easier for you and for me if you participate in class.

  • Extra Credit:  I build in extra credit through bonus questions on test and quizzes and other assignments, but I do not offer any other kind of extra credit.  For anyone.  Students are expected to do their best on all assignments, thus there being no need for extra credit.

  • What to Do When You Missed a Class:

  • Check online

  • See me: I try to keep a folder with materials that we used during that time, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you get your make-up work from me.

  • Make up work: If you missed the day before the test or before the reading quiz, you will have to make it up the next day. If you missed several days, see me and I will tell you the latest possible day to make up the test or the quiz.

A Note to Parents/Guardians: 

As we begin our semester, I am very excited and eager to assist your student in successful completion of my course. 11th grade students are learning how to write coherent essays, so that a premium will be put on writing assignments in preparation for the ACT test in 11th grade. Your students will also have to pass the NC Final exam. Hard work and consistency are essential for success. 

* I send progress reports home every three weeks to ensure that you are aware of how your child is doing in the class. I can also email progress reports to you. You can also check your student’s grade online every day.

* You can sign up for text messages from me about upcoming assignments, etc. Check on my webpage how to do that.

* You can follow our class calendar on Browse to our school, pick my class website, and look on the left side of the screen. I try and update the schedule as we go, but sometimes, unforeseeable events will intervene and the schedule might not be completely accurate. However, it will be close enough for you to see when your student has a test or when a major assignment is due.

* My email is  Please feel free to email me anytime and I will reply as soon as possible. You can also reach me at (919) 751-7160.   

I look forward to working with your student and to establishing communication with the parents/guardians since communication is essential to your student’s success. Please let me know if you have any problems or concerns.    


Erin Smith

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