Parents and students can view both courses as ones that require a specialized focus. In certain ways, both represent preparation for life after secondary education.
In this spirit, content that will be focused upon will hit all of the curricular requirements whilst
looking at the practical application. Reading and writing will still be major elements of the courses, and the classics will be a part of the cannon.
However, a special focus on writing to increase ones opportunities will be explored, including the business formats of resumes, application essays, and
Cognitively, students will be asked to employ higher level thinking skills, contemplate the themes and
messages of great works of literature, compose, discuss, present, and defend their analysis of the use of language, and ultimately find their own voice in
93-100 A (4.0)
90-92 A- (3.7)
87-89 B+ (3.3)
83-86 B (3.0)
80-82 B- (2.7)
77-79 C+ (2.3)
73.76 C (2.0)
70-72 C- (1.7)
67-69 D+ (1.3)
64-66 D (1.0)
Below 64 E (0.0)
For each student, the total number of points accrued will be compared to the total number of possible points. For example, a student who earns 1400
points out of a possible 1600 points will receive a B+ using the following calculation. 1400/1600 = 87.5%
The Tallwood High School Honor Code is dedicated to instilling high standards of ethical scholarliness.
It is more than a list of rules; it is a philosophy of conduct based on the belief that students value fairness and integrity and will take responsibility for their own academic achievement
(See THS Student Planner for Honor Code).
Opportunities for Extra Help: tutoring during study block or schedule extra help with teacher as
needed. The English Department will also
be offering tutoring sessions during all lunch/study blocks on a schedule to be announced.
Make-up Work and Late Assignments
Late homework and late class work will not be
accepted. A grade of 0 will be recorded.
When you are absent on a test day, you should be
prepared to makeup the test immediately upon your return to school. A grade of 0 will be recorded for any test not made up within five days of returning to school. Projects submitted after the assigned due date will receive a grade no higher than 77. If the work is not turned in within a week of the due date, a 0 will be recorded for the assignment. If you are absent from school on the day a previously
assigned project is due, the project is due no later than the next class meeting.
The WIP and the Portfolio
A significant part of your work this year will be the development of a writer’s portfolio. A portfolio is a collection of student writing that emphasizes the student’s use of the writing process and that demonstrates the individual student’s growth. Initially, each work will be in the WIP folder and the best pieces will be selected for the end of year submission to the final portfolio.
Numerous genres and literary pieces from across the ages will be explored. Reading for understanding is essential and includes the understanding of the words, the sentence structure, the symbolic meanings and the overall message through study of literary techniques, cultural artifacts, the intent of the artists as well as an exploration of the themes and all its nuances.
Good discussions, good presentations are engaging because the contributor is offering a genuine voice to a societal collective issue. This voice is to be developed through research, reflection and effective communication.
Finding a strategy that works is essential for the learner. Exploring the pros and cons of different strategies and/or protocols and becoming comfortable with them is part of the journey to true scholarhip.
Earl C. DeMott
648-5700 (ext. 78701), email@example.com (best form of contact)
Contact and Conferencing
If parents/students wish to have a more indepth conference session which would go beyond the confines of a telephone call and/or email, they are encouraged to make an appointment through the guidance department.
Consequences for Inappropriate Choices
and/or conference with student·
Parent contact and/or conference with
Written referral to
Pencil, pen (blue or black ink only)
The required text
The student planner
Flash drive (recommended), or file storing deviceA highlighter pens (various colours)
An organized binder with plenty of loose leaf paper Or a spiral notebook
BYOD: The VBCPS official guidelines for BYOD were distributed to each student on the first day of school and can be found in your planner. Note that devices are allowed ONLY when they “support and enhance instructional activities.”
Students will have ample opportunities to utilize devices in this classroom, and the teacher will let students know when it is an appropriate time. Devices should not be used during school to play games, watch movies, or listen to music that is unrelated to class. Taking video during class is NOT allowed unless the teacher has given specific
permission to do so. Devices can and will be taken if the BYOD guidelines are not followed.
The Laptop Loaner program is designed to assist students who may not have access to a computer at home. The schools will give priority to the students who meet one or both of the following criteria: 1) the requesting household has four or more people to every one computer in the household; or 2) the household has students receiving free and reduced price meals. If the requests for laptop checkouts exceed the supply, the laptops will be loaned on a first come, first served basis. The loaner laptop is to be used for school related purposes only and will be returned by the end of the agreed-upon check-out period.
-An agreement form must be signed by the student and parent/guardian
-The recipient shall immediately report theft or damage of any kind to CRS.
-A fee of $100 will be assessed by the school for a loaners reported lost or stolen, not returned on /prior to due date or damaged
- All Internet use will be of educational value Parents/guardians of minor students are responsible for monitoring the use of laptop.
-Loaners contain a basic image containing a Microsoft operating system, Microsoft Office and limited instructional software titles.
-Files stored on the laptop should be limited to those relating to school courses or activities.
-Students are expected to follow all copyright laws.
Contact School and/or check the school's website for obtaining the actual form and criteria. Above is an abbreviated version.
World Lit I (Global 9)
Required Text: Holt Elements of Literature,
Various Novels as assigned throughout the year
World Literature and Composition I is the language arts requirement for ninth grade Global Studies Academy students. Learners will read a variety of nonfiction, fiction and poetry with an emphasis on critical thinking and writing in response to the ideas found in the literature. Learners will maintain a works in progress folder. Selected works from this folder will be revised and edited for presentation in the final portfolio near the end of the school year.
“No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honour.” ~Thomas Carlyle
REQUIRED TEXT: Elements of Literature, Sixth Course
Various Readings as assigned throughout the year
COURSE DESCRIPTION: English 12 features a survey of British Literature including the following units: The British Mindset, British Nonfiction, Satire and Political Change, British Drama and Poetry, The Novel and Short Stories. It also examines the relationship between the language and the culture. Pieces of student writing are kept in a WIP folder from which a final portfolio will be created.
COLLEGE PREPARATIONS: Complete your applications on your own
time. When requesting a recommendation, provide a written request at least 2 weeks in advance. Provide 1 day’s advance notice when meeting with a college representative.
ETHICS: Unless an assignment is a group project, students are expected to work individually. Ideas and/or wording borrowed from another source must be properly cited. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Ignorance of whatconstitutes plagiarism will not suffice as rationale.