• Mrs. Brown’s Resource English Class 

    Syllabus for the 2019-20 School Year 

    Phone:  480-279-7300 

    Email: christina.brown@husd.org 


    Office Hours:  Tuesday and Wednesday (2:15-3:00) or by appointment; please check class reminder board for any changes in these days or times due to scheduled meetings  

    Course Description: This course builds on students’ prior knowledge of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on grammar and usage, academic vocabulary, speaking and listening skills, as well as reading literary and informational texts. Writing activities will give students practice in organizing and developing various styles of composition, such as: narrative, argument, expository, research, and response to literature.  

    Grading Policy: 

    • Grade categories are: 
    • Reading 30% 
    • Writing 30% 
    • Speaking/Listening 20% 
    • Final Exam 20%   
    • Grade Scale = (90-100) A, (80-89) B, (70-79) C, (60-69) C, (59 and lower) F 
    • Semester grades will be rounded up to a higher letter grade only in the case that the final percentage is within .5% of higher letter grade. 
    • Late work is accepted with a penalty of 25% off the earned grade.  However, late work will only be accepted up until the end of a selection or collection as determined by the teacher, excluding projects and essays. 
    • Test retakes or corrections and assignment re-dos are not offered. In select instances at the discretion of the teacher, an alternative assignment may be offered in lieu of a retake/redo. 
    • Plagiarism policy: Plagiarism is defined as intentionally using information from or property of another without permission in order to obtain an unfair advantage or receive a grade or score that was not legitimately earned. This includes copying information off of another student’s paper, copying and pasting or quoting/paraphrasing large amounts of information from outside sources (in excess of 20% in one assignment, even if properly cited), purchasing papers from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own, allowing others to complete one’s work, AND using one’s own final draft work previously submitted for a grade. 
    • In the event of plagiarism or cheating of any kind, the minimum action to be taken includes a verbal warning, parent contact, and possible loss of credit. The maximum action to be taken includes 1-2 days in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension and possible loss of credit. 
    • At least two grades a week will be entered. 
    • Parents and students should regularly check grades online through Parent Vue/Student Vue.

    School Absence / Tardy Policy: 

    Definition: An absence is defined as a student's non-attendance in the student's assigned classroom during an assigned period. A student is considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than 10 minutes after the bell, or if they never come.  The difference between an excused absence and an unexcused absence is parents have followed procedures to excuse a student by calling the attendance line.  This is a new attendance policy as written by administration: 

    This is to inform you that we have a new board policy on attendance.  A student will be considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than ten minutes after the designated start time.  If the student has a valid reason to be late to class, it will be an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the student is late without being excused by the school administration or the parent signing in the child late.  If you would like to receive attendance updates throughout the day, you have the option to sign up in Parent VUE. 

    • Tardy policy will be enforced. Having “checked in” or dropped off a backpack in the classroom does not mean the student is on time for class. Students who are not in the classroom when the bell rings will be marked tardy. 
    • The tardy policy is as follows 1st Tardy = Student Conference, 2nd Tardy = Student Conference + Parent Phone Call + Warning that 3rd tardy is ASD, 3rd Tardy = ASD, 4th + Tardy = Office Referral 
    • Students will have as many days to make up work as were missed. In case of extended absence, alternative arrangements may be made with the teacher. 
    • It is the student’s responsibility to find out what he or she missed due to absences and to make arrangements to make up the work. Resources for finding out what was missed include information written on the board, other students, and the teacher by email or in person. 
    • Projects due on the date of an absence are still due, even if the student is absent from class. Make-up time does not apply to work assigned prior to the absence. Arrangements should be made to ensure the work is submitted on time. Consideration may be given for extenuating circumstances. (Extenuating circumstances do not include running out of printer ink, suddenly discovering a faulty printer, having computer issues, the Internet going down at your home, staying up until two in the morning only to have your computer crash, etc.).  

     Classroom Environment: 

    In support of Higley’s academic environment policies and to be respectful of our class, please refrain from: 

    • Food or drink in the classroom; this includes gum and candy.  Only water is allowed.  This helps keep things neat and clean.  I appreciate it! 
    • Wearing hats in the classroom.  It really is a matter of respect.   
    • Using cell phones or other technology in class without permission.  There will be times when technology is used for academic purposes.  I will let you know those times and the rules and boundaries for such use.  If phones are used during class without permission, it will be sent to the office.  Upon the first offense, students may pick up phones right after school.  After that, office policies will apply. 

     Classroom Time: 

    Students are expected to be in class during the entire class period except in case of an emergency. Students who need to leave to see the nurse, counselor, etc…must ask for and receive permission before they leave, via a pass from the teacher. Students who need to use the restroom must sign in and out on the restroom log and can only use the restroom in the 500 building. Students should make every effort to use the restroom or get water during passing times. Per administration, students are not allowed to leave in the first or last ten minutes of the class period. Disciplinary action will be taken for students who abuse their time out of the classroom. 


    All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry. As members of the Higley High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation. 

     Consequences / Disciplinary Action: 

    In the case of a behavioral or academic concern, the following steps will be taken: 

    1. Conference with student (possible parent communication)
    2. Parent communication
    3. Assign After-School Detention with the teacher
    4. Parent conference (may involve counselor/administrator)
    5. Referral to administration, Saturday School



    • Use the bathroom 
    • Put away cell phones and earbuds 

    Upon entering class, students are expected to:  

    • Sit in assigned seat 
    • Review the daily objective and agenda 
    • Complete the Bell Work 


    • Listen carefully to instructions given by the teacher 
    • Ask questions if you do not understand something once you’ve gotten started or asked your peer group for clarification 
    • Focus on using class time wisely; be positive and productive and this will be a great class! 


    • Complete your Exit Ticket when signaled by me. Remain in your seat until the bell rings.  


     Assignment Guidelines: 

    • MLA format must be used for all work. Include the following information in the top left corner of each assignment.  

    Your Name 

    Mrs. Brown 

    English – Class Period 

    Day Month Year 

    • All final writing assignments should be typed unless otherwise specified. 
    • Papers should be clean, undamaged, and unfolded. Fuzzy notebook edges should be removed. 
    • Write in complete sentences, always. Grammar and spelling matter, always. 
    • Complete all assignments in full. Partial work will not necessarily receive partial credit. 
    • Always maintain academic honesty. 
    • Assignments will be turned in via Turnitin.com to ensure that a student’s work is their own. Plagiarized work will be given an automatic zero. 

     Required Materials for English Class:  

    One spiral notebook for notetaking in class.  
    Loose-leaf paper  
    (Multiple) Pens 
    (Multiple) Pencils 
    (Three+) Highlighters  

     Computer and Internet Requirements: 

    Assignments for this course will frequently require computer, Internet, and printer access, both within the HMH interactive platform and the use of an online writing program.  The HHS Library does have these resources available, but students might not always finish assignments during the school day.  Computer, Internet, or printer issues are not accepted excuses for failure to submit work or produce it according to the requirements of the assignment. Please contact me if there are extenuating circumstances. 


    We will be using our recent curriculum adoption program, Collections by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which is broken down into four collections; one per quarter. 


    All collections are closely tied to state standards and use a blend of fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will have access to the textbook through the husd.org website or can check out a book at the book store. In addition to anchor texts in the textbook, students will read one whole class novel per semester and read other titles in flexible reading groups. 


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