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Coral Gables Senior High School

2019-2020 Research I
Course Overview
Ms. C. Davis, Instructor

Following the curriculum set down by Florida’s Sunshine State Standards, this course will focus
on reading strategies for better comprehension, to develop and strengthen skills in reading. In
addition, instruction in writing techniques will be a continued integral part of the class. Students
will build their composition skills to increase their ability to write clearly, correctly, and logically
for a variety of purposes and audiences. Grammar and vocabulary will be included, while learning
tasks and materials will accommodate the individual needs of students. Literary analysis will be
emphasized in class discussions and writing assignments, through various integrated experiences
in the language arts strands. Because testing or assessment episodes are part of the reality of
schooling, particularly the junior year, some class time is devoted to familiarizing students with
tests requiring writing on demand and/or demonstration of understanding of literary content.
Therefore, PSAT and SAT preparation is also included as an ongoing activity. Students who
require further instruction to ensure their achievement on the ELA will also be addressed.

Instructional Activities:
The following activities are only a sampling of what we will do this year.
 Sentence Diagraming, grammar skills, vocabulary, note-taking, research projects,
speeches and written assignments.
 Test and Quizzes.
 Journal Writing/Critical Thinking or Research I Notebook.
 Discuss, debate and other group work.
 Special projects.
 Audio film and video supplement.
 Completion of additional activities as determined by the class or by student needs.

Course Requirements:
To be successful there are a few supplies and daily necessities you will need.
 Complete regularly your homework, projects and in-class assignments.
 Class participation is graded for individual students’ engagement with the material.
 Keep all course material organized (handouts, class notes, vocabulary, etc.) in a 3-ring
binder.
 Binder Sections: Vocabulary, Class Assignment, Home Learning, Class projects
and Test and Quizzes
 You will be given a tablet to use to have access to a computer. You are to bring your
tablet daily to your English class. Tablet hand out will be in September.
 Have all materials ready, including pen (blue/black ink only!), paper and current text.
 Composition notebook (required) for journals and daily writing.
 Yourself, on time and regularly.
 Check www.edmodo daily

Attendance Policy:
 Attendance is crucial because we will build on what we learn in class. Oral discussion
CANNOT be duplicated if you are absent. You will receive a “0” for the assignment if
unexcused. If the absence is excused, you may make-up assignments. Being frequently
absent and /or late (excused or unexcused) will affect your grade.
 Makeup work from an excused absence is the responsibility of the student. Makeup work
should be acquired the day the student returns and completed within 2 days after the
students’ return.
 Be on time! All tardies must be excused. Only 3 excused tardies are acceptable, after
that, penalties will be incurred up to my discretion. Unexcused tardies will merit
automatic detentions and grade drops.

Materials for Class:


Texts may include but are not limited to:
• Newspaper, Magazines, and other current event articles
• Research papers
. Academy Workbook

Please bring to class daily:


• Pen and paper
• 2 inch / 3-ring Binder for handouts, class-notes, vocabulary, journals and
other materials related to this class
• Current text / Grammar Book / Online Grammar Programs

Certain rules need following to keep the class running smoothly.


We will follow the Coral Gables Senior High School’s Code of Conduct and Dress Code at all
times. This includes rules for hats, food, electronics, and attendance.
• Food will be shared together, with advance permission, or not at all.
• Like at the movies, make sure all cell phones are turned off once you enter this room.
• Mind your language.
• Give up that dream of being a trash can basketball champion.
• Passes are rarely granted, with the exception of emergencies. Be aware that passes are not given
on common days, during the first and last 15 minutes of class, or after 2 pm.

General courtesy and respect is expected toward each other. Failure to follow the dynamics of
the classroom environment is a violation and will be dealt with strict disciplinary action.

Ms. Davis’s Class Rules and Policy
Directions: Please read and place in your English/Reading Notebook!

1. Be Courteous and Polite


2. Each time you are late to class you will receive a Detention
3. No Profanity or Obscenity
4. Obey school policy and rules, especially dress code
5. No card playing or clowning around in the classroom
6. All absences must be excused. Please take your note to the Attendance Office. Do not bring a note to me
from home; only the Attendance Office can excuse such notes. I will not entertain any note not approved by
the Attendance Office
7. All work is turned in on due dates
8. All major projects are turned in on due dates, no exceptions
9. It is your responsibility to get your make-up work from the teacher
10. It is your responsibility to bring your notebook, pens (blue/black), pencils (#2), tablet, handouts, markers,
clean paper, to class each day. Your failure to do so will result in your earning a Zero.
11. This is the proper heading you are to use for this class (in the extreme upper right hand corner of your paper
for every assignment), example: Jane Doe, Research I, Date and Ms. Davis

12. CHEATING OF ANY KIND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! I WILL AWARD YOU WITH 5 ZEROES,
RECOMMEND YOU TO THE HONOR COMMITTEE, AND CALL YOUR PARENT/PARENTS!
13. No visitors in class without a pass from the Attendance Office with an Administrator’s signature
14. No fighting in class, keep your hands to yourself at all times.
15. NO RADIOS, CELLPHONES, OR DISRUPTIVE DEVICES TURNED ON OR USED IN THE
CLASSROOM UNLESS DIRECTED BY YOUR INSTRUCTOR.
16. For grading scale see your student handbook.
17. You are given two days for each excused absence to make-up work. Make-up work for excused absences
must be turned in during the allotted time-no exceptions.
18. Do not put on or take off make-up in class. You are to go to the restroom on your own time for this leisure
activity.
19. Both girls and boys are to obey the dress code policy. See your student handbook.
20. Home learning is given out daily or instructed by your teacher. The purpose of home learning is to: a.
21. give you practice on a particular skill you were recently introduced to, b. to sharpen that skill, and develop
the skill for future use. SO DO YOUR HOME LEARNING, AND GET GOOD GRADES!!
22. If ours were a perfect world, I would not say this, but, please watch your belongings. You are responsible for
your items not your school or Ms. Davis will replace your lost or stolen articles.
23. NO EATING OR DRINKING IN THE CLASSROOM!
24. You are expected to maintain an organized, dated Research I notebook. It is to contain all handouts, graded
work, home learning, daily class work, dittoes, etc. It will be graded during the grading periods. This is the
only notice you will receive. Your notebook will worth (1) grade.
25. Bells do not release you from class, Ms. Davis does.

Student
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Parent
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Teacher
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