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Course Description

This course is designed to strengthen a student's basic skills and knowledge of the English language. Content includes speaking, writing, listening, and general language development. This course also stresses integrated communication skills, information management and presentation, and use of current technologies relevant to academic communication and collaboration.

Please see the schedule for more information on activities and materials. The schedule will be updated as needed. Unless noted otherwise, all work and due dates are reflected on the schedule.


ANCHOR TEXT: Collections, Grade 9: Orlando: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

SUPPLEMENTAL TEXT: Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. (1959). The Elements of Style (4th ed.). Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., (Freely available online.)

Teacher Contact Information

Instructor: Daniel Roggenkamp
Room: 204
Phone: DSN: 226-4377

Suggested Supplies

Please come to class prepared to actively participate in class. Class activities will include group discussions and tasks related to the homework, so be sure you stay current on all readings and other assignments. Students will be completing most readings as homework, so having a copy of the anchor text available at home or having a computer at home in order to access the online textbook is essential.

Although you will be turning in most of your work via Google Classroom, you are still responsible for maintaining copies of all the work you complete for this course. You can maintain either a digital or hard-copy portfolio. If you choose to use a hard-copy, you will need a three-ring binder. If you choose to keep a digital portfolio, it needs to be well organized and easily navigable. In short, you are are responsible for keeping your work in order and available until all final semester grades are in.

Grading Policy

The weighted categories for grading are:

  • 70% Deliverables and tests. This includes all papers, projects, and performance tasks from the textbook. On the schedule, deliverables and tests are indicated by blue font. Work submitted late will lose 20% initially, then 10% for each week late after 24 hours. So, if a project is turned in 8 days late, it would lose 30%. Unless noted, all work needs to be typed and printed. For digital work that cannot be printed (i.e., video, multimedia), the teacher will instruct the class how to deliver their work.

  • 20% Participation. Students will receive at least one grade during the quarter reflecting their performance in class. Click here for rubric.

  • 10% Credit / No credit activities. On the schedule, credit / no-credit activities are indicated by purple font.

Classroom Management and Discipline

Students will get two warnings for inappropriate behavior. On the third occurrence, the teacher will contact the parents or guardians to discuss possible solutions. If the behavior continues, the teacher will contact the counselor and principal and the student may face detention or other disciplinary action.


If a student is found to have committed plagiarism, they will receive a 0 for the activity, and the teacher will contact the counselor and parents or guardians. The student may be given the opportunity to redo the work depending on the circumstances of the plagiarism (i.e., whether it appears intentional or unintentional, or whether it is a first offense.)