Course Title: 9th Grade English


Teacher:  William Reiser                                                                                                     Room Number: 213A


Office Hours: M-F 7:00-7:30am & 2-2:35pm and by appointment.                                                          



Phone Number: (253) 571-7380                                                                                                                  Email:                                                                                                                              



I.                COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed and centered on the theme of “Coming of Age”. To this end, students will explore aspects of this theme using fictional works, such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as interpreting and performing scenes from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In addition, we will be writing synthesis and argument-based papers, analyzing and discussing various films as texts, and researching and presenting projects related to the social contexts that surround our subjects of study.


  1. II.              STUDENT OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate their reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking and listening skills as they strive to meet or exceed Common Core Standards as used in the SpringBoard Curriculum.



-SpringBoard Textbook

-A 3-ring binder large enough to hold SpringBoard materials, a composition/spiral notebook, and notebook paper.

-Blue or black (please no other colors) ball-point pens and pencils.


Suggested, but not necessary: Multiple colors of highlighters and colored pencils or markers.


Extra materials and novels can be checked-out from the teacher or from the library.


  1. IV.            COMMON CORE STANDARDS:

Conventions of Standard English – 1 & 2

Knowledge of Language – 3

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use – 4, 5, & 6

Reading – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10

Speaking and Listening – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6


Specific Language and more information on the standards can be found at




Instructional Strategies for student success include, but are not limited to…

•         Socratic seminar                         •         Peer editing

•         Group work                                 •         Writing formats

•         Close reading                             •          Pair-share

•         Lecture                                        •        Cornell Notes                             


  1. VI.            ASSESSMENT:

•         Summative assignments will include essays, short stories, tests, quizzes, oral presentations, and performances. All summative work will be assessed using a rubric.

•         Formative assignments are intended to help you learn skills and practice using them before a summative assessment. Formative assessment will require students to read and write daily, participate in groups, participate in peer editing activities, and participate in class discussions.



Students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices to school. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, cell phones, dvd players, gaming units, iPods, tablets, etc. Henry Foss High School is not responsible for the loss or theft of electronic devices and investigation time will not be utilized for retrieval of lost or stolen electronics. Students may use electronic devices before school, after school and during lunch. Regular school hours are 7:35am until 2:05pm. Students may NOT use electronic devices during class time due to increased risk of cheating, cyber bullying, sexting, and general disruption to the educational process. The ONLY exceptions are when directed to do so by their teacher. If expectations are not followed, the first offense will result in classroom level intervention. Students who continue to violate the classroom rules on electronic devices will be subject to progressive disciplinary action including suspension.



-Plagiarism: Cheating, or copying the work of other persons, or turning in another person’s papers, projects, computer programs, etc., and claiming it as your own work, constitutes plagiarism.

-Academic Cheating: Cheating is by definition an action done by a student to supply work for another student, or turn in work, use work, rely on work that is not his/her own, or allow someone to copy work other than in circumstances clearly understood to involve collaborative or group learning.


Policy on Academic Integrity Violations: The judgment of the teacher or staff member who discovers cheating is final. In the first instance of cheating, the student will receive an E grade or zero credit for the work, after school detention, and documented incident report. Subsequent cheating will result in progressive disciplinary action leading up to and including suspension.



  1. IX.            Grading Scale / POLICIES:

Weighted Scale: -Summative Assessments will be worth 80% of a student’s grade.

    -Formative Assessments will be worth 20% of a student’s grade.

Policy on Late Work and Expectations on Post Absences Make-up Work: All missing/late work will be marked an as a score of zero in the gradebook until the assignment is turned in.


For late work or work turned in after unexcused absences,


If your assignment is 1 day late, your assignment will lose 20% of the total points,


If your assignment is 2 days late or more, your assignment will lose 50% of the total points.


For excused absences, students have as many days as they were absent to turn in work.


In the event of a long-term absence or other extenuating circumstances, please contact the teacher so arrangements can be made on an individual basis.

Home Access Center (HAC) - I encourage all parents to use their Home Access Center account to allow for (1) easy communication between parent(s)/guardian(s) and staff; (2) up-to-date information regarding your student’s successes; (3) access to your student’s attendance in all classes; and (4) access to your student’s schedule.  Ensure your information is up-to-date, including your address, phone number, and e-mail. If you do NOT have HAC access, please contact Tracy Moser at 253-571-7341 to receive your login and password information.  Please feel free to call me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding your student’s progress.