- English students are responsible for a variety of activities everyday. Students write an entry in their journals on a writing prompt written onto the front board. After 10 days, students hand their journals in for a grade. The journal counts for 30% of their total grade. It is important for teenagers to write daily, they must be able to generate content on a vast amount at a quick pace. The journal is graded on content only, although I do expect them to practice using proper mechanics and spelling.
- English students are responsible for completing Spelling and Vocabulary lessons. Increasing and improving spelling and vocabulary positively effects students' reading and writing capabilities. Each week we work on a lesson and take the tests on Fridays. If a student receives a 100% on both their Spelling and Vocabulary Tests, and they have their homework turned in, then they receive a piece of candy from the candy box- plus their name is added to the celebration list. What student doesn't like candy? Tests, quizzes, and homework are worth 20% of their grade.
- On Wednesdays the English students work on grammar. Each student is given a grammar workbook to utilize during the school year. Students practice using grammar in their journals and other writing assignments. Students are tested on their grammar knowledge through quizzes and tests.
- Students read their literature books as well as other fictional books as assigned by the teacher. These stories include study guides and other assignments.