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John D.

O'Bryant School of Math and Science

Syllabus - School Year 2016-2017
Mission: The John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science is a diverse, supportive
community of learners that engages in a rigorous and comprehensive science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics program integrated with humanities. Our college-preparatory
exam school enables our students to reach their full potential and become leaders who will
shape the direction of society.

Teacher's Name: Ms. Karyn Greene

Literature Studied This Year:
The McDougal Littell Literature
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
Night Elie Wiesel
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
Other Instructional Materials:
Black Boy Richard Wright
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
The Odyssey Homer
Short Stories and Poetry from various anthologies

This course emphasizes building essential skills including listening, reading, writing,
speaking, and most importantly, critical thinking, which are necessary for students
to become effective language learners. Throughout the year, students will develop
note-taking, listening, organizational, and other necessary skills, sharpen grammar,
punctuation, and usage skills, create polished written works through pre-writing,
drafting, revising, and editing, develop confidence as a reader and a writer, increase
understanding and enjoyment of literature, and prepare for future courses and
assessments, including the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
(MCAS) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
Students will respond to a wide variety of texts including their own in order to learn
to use language for both learning and reflecting. Students will read, analyze, and
discuss a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts including but not limited to world
myths, plays, novels, short stories, and poetry. To further develop students writing
skills, students will do a variety of writing during each unit. Students will be guided
through that process with particular emphasis on analysis and textual support of
Additionally, to help support reading and writing fluency, students will learn
grammar and vocabulary through direct instruction, daily oral language, and
composition revision.
Additional Requirements:
In addition to other reading and writing requirements, students are expected to
complete an additional, in-depth, literary analysis research paper that reflects the

students understanding and application of the elements of rhetoric; the student will
be expected to:
use proper MLA parenthetical citations
use direct quotations correctly
use multiple sources
cite all source material on a works cited page
evaluate the cultural or political perspectives represented in a text and/or
analyze the representation of some ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, or political
group; race, or gender and/or
analyze how the author's background and beliefs influence the language, elements
and structure of the text
The research paper is a promotion requirement.



Academic Expectations:
John D. OBryant School of Mathematics and Science Students will be
Users of technology
Problem solvers

Social and Civic Expectations:

John D. OBryant School of Mathematics and Science students will:
1. Demonstrate respect for self and others
2. Participate in ones community as a responsible citizen
Instructional Objectives
Major Topics: During the school year, these topics will be taught: elements of
fiction: plot, character, setting, point of view and theme; literary devices: allusion,
satire, personification, etc. myths, allegories and beast fables; SAT vocabulary study
and vocabulary in context; an understanding of poetry (free form, sonnets, etc.) and
poetic devices such as imagery, figures of speech, sounds of poetry and tone.
Students will be taught elements of writing: parts of speech, parts of a sentence,
phrases, clauses, sentence structure and agreement.
Assessment/Grading Policy
Assessment: Students progress will be continually assessed using the following
Tests & Quizzes
Oral/Written Projects

% Of Term Grade

The final grade for the year will be the average of the 4 marking term grades, and
the final exam. The research paper is half of the final exam and is a promotion

Instructional Strategies
cooperative learning
reader response journals
oral presentations
independent research projects
timed writing
Socratic Seminar


Bring to Class Daily:

Assignments due
Textbook (if one is assigned and being used in class)
Three-ring binder (2 inch) to be used for English class only
Writing utensil
Students will be given advanced notice if any other materials are required for class.

What I expect of students:

1. Be respectful of me and each other.
2. Enter the room on time and with all required materials including books,
assignments, pen, etc. On time means before the second bell. After that, you must
obtain a pass from your previous teacher to enter the classroom.
3. Begin the Bell-Ringer upon entering the class.
4. Turn in assignments on due date. If you must print the assignment, print out all
assignments BEFORE coming to class.
5. Take care of personal business (grooming, restroom, phone calls) during breaks or
lunch time.
6. Absolutely no food or drinks, besides water, are allowed in the classroom.
7. Profanity will not be tolerated.
8. Cheating/Plagiarism is unacceptable; it will result in a zero for the assignment.
Additionally, if, caught, you will be disciplined according to the OBryant Academic
Honesty Policy. Even if you are not caught, you could be missing out on something
that will help you in life! There is a certain amount of factual information you must
learn, however, I am much more interested in your original interpretation of the
ideas in the text. Cheating defeats the whole purpose.
Here is what students can expect of me:
1. To provide them with timely, detailed and constructive feedback regarding their
2. To maintain organized grades and classroom materials.
3. To respect their ideas, opinions, viewpoints, and needs.

4. To provide them with clear directions, rules, and expectations to guide their
5. To be available for communication and collaboration with them and their parents/
If the class rules and expectations are not met, the consequences are as

Call Home
Referral to Administrator
* Serious offenses can, at the teachers discretion, result in more severe consequences
regardless of previous steps taken. Any infraction of the rules may affect your learning
readiness grade. It can also be cause for further action at the teachers discretion.

Absent Policy
It is very hard to be an active participant in our learning environment when you are
absent. However, I am aware situations occur that require you to miss class. If
absent, students have one (1) day to make-up missed homework assignment and
two (2) days to make-up missed tests or quizzes. If absent when a paper is due, I
would prefer if it is emailed on the due date, but I will accept them the day that the
student returns. It is your responsibility to hand in assignments and schedule makeups.
Upon returning to school, students will find any materials that they missed in the
class absent work bin. It is the responsibility of the student to check the bin, retrieve
the materials, and sign the Absent Work Bin Log to indicate that the materials have
been collected. If a student has any additional questions about the materials, they
should consult the teacher directly.

Students and parents/guardians may contact me at
kgreene6@bostonpublicschools.org with questions, comments and concerns or
may leave a message for me at the main office number (617-635-9932). After
school extra help is available after school on Monday and Thursday, and by
appointment. Parent conferences are by appointment only.
The course website is called www.englishwithmsgreene.weebly.com. Here
students will find important information about the course, including a resource page
and the log on information for both google classroom and turnitin, an essay
submission site.
All students are required to log in using their BPS email address and type and
upload the papers to the site. Computers with Internet access are available after
school for students who do not have Internet access at home.
Students must keep a copy of the syllabus in front of their binder at all times.

College English 9 Course Syllabus Sign-off Sheet

Please return THIS sheet to Ms. Greene for credit!

Due: Thursday

September 15, 2016

Students Name ___________________________________Class ___________________ Period
Please have your parent/guardian complete this part:
Dear Parent/Guardian,
Welcome to a new school year! To ensure accurate communication at the start of
the school year, please read and review the syllabus with your child and write down
your contact information below. I want to be sure that you are fully aware of what
will occur in your sons or daughters English class this school year at the start of
the school year, instead of when we meet during Parent Teacher Conferences. A
digital copy of the syllabus can be found on the class website for your record.
Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to a successful school year!
Parent/Guardian Name(s)
Relationship to Student:
Cell Phone Number(s)
Email Address(es)

Are there any questions, concerns or items you would like to share with me about
your son or daughter?
Thank you so much for your help. I look forward to working with you to ensure your
sons or daughters success in English!