Room 143

956-580-5300 Ext. 1289


ELA EOC Objectives: 


This course will develop and strengthen students’ academic skills necessary to pass the End-of-Course English I and English II state exams as needed in the following areas.  

Literary: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, & Literary Nonfiction  Informational: Expository and PersuasiveWriting
The Writing Process
Literary Writing
Narrative, Expository and Persuasive Writing (EOC)
Oral & Written Conventions
Academic Language
Handwriting, Capitalization & Punctuation, improve motor skills (typing)
Research Plan, Gathering Sources, Synthesizing Information, & Organizing & Presenting Ideas
Listening & Speaking
Individual & Teamwork


Evaluation Methods and Grading Criteria:


60% -Major Grades: Includes tests, research paper(s), major projects, and all essays

40% -Minor Grades: Includes homework, daily exercises, quizzes and in-class binder checks.

Classroom Rules and Procedures:

Upon arriving to class every day, students will sit in their assigned seats, and begin the daily assignment, which will be listed on the board.

Students will raise their hands to speak in class.

Students will maintain respect for the teacher, as well as fellow classmates, at all times.

Students will stay in assigned seat unless permission is granted to move around the room.

Swearing, derogatory statements, and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.

Behave in a manner that allows teaching and learning.


Late Work:

All students will be given 3 additional days to make up a major assignment if late (with a progressive grade penalty of 10 points per day). No other late work will be accepted without prior arrangements.



Students with an EXCUSED absence (including off-campus suspension) will have the opportunity to make up missed work at the rate of one day for one day missed, with a maximum of five days. Students who are absent but had prior notice of a major or minor assignment must complete the assignment on the first day back to school. Student will receive a zero for any major or minor assignment not made up within the allotted time.  Students with an UNEXCUSED absence may not make up missed work.


Group Work:


Learning will be a collaborative effort in this classroom. I expect you to respect your fellow classmates. You will disagree with one another from time to time, but it is important to respect the opinions of others at ALL times. Disrespect is unacceptable and ALL MEMBERS must have an active role.


Classroom Policies on all Writing Assignments:


Many of our writing assignment in this class will be shared with your peers through writing workshops or in-class activities. This means that your classmates will be reading your writing. Be conscious of the subject matter in your writing. ALL writing assignments are to be written legibly or typed in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. I will give specific instructions for different assignments.


Required Resources:


Additional novels TBD



Bring to Class Every Day:
A (black or blue ink) pen or pencil
1 subject notebook