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English and World History

 
   
   

Course Description (English)

 

This course covers a wide range of skills related to the English language. All the Common Core Standards are thoroughly covered. Major units include:

 
  • Reading Literature
  • Reading Non-Fiction
  • Literary Analysis
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Grammar
  • Narrative Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Writing Strategies
  • Writing Conventions
  • MLA Format
 

In addition, students will:

 
  • Develop research skills.
  • Create portfolios of their best work.
  • Work collaboratively in groups.
  • Make presentations to the class.
  • Create blogs.
 

Course Description (World History)

This course covers the significant events, people, and ideas of world history during the the period known as the Middle Ages. All the California State Standards and the Common Core Standards are thoroughly covered. Major units include:

 
  • Spread of Christianity
  • Fall or the Roman Empire
  • Rise of Islam
  • Viking Invasions
  • Age of Chivalry
  • Six Chinese Dynasties
  • Africa's Golden Age
  • Crusades
  • Plague
  • Renaissance
  • Protestant Reformation
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Maya and Aztec Civilizations
  • Age of Exploration
  • Conquest of the Americas
  • Early Enlightenment
 

In addition, students will:

 
  • Memorize all the major countries of the world.
  • Complete physical and historical maps.
  • Write research papers documented in MLA style.
  • Create portfolios of their best work.
  • Work collaboratively in groups.
  • Make presentations to the class.
  • Create blogs.
 

Grades

Grades are based on the student's mastery of specific learning objectives. (See "standards based grading"). Objectives are divided into the following categories. Each category is worth 20% of the student's overall grade.

 
English
Reading 20%
Writing 20%
Vocabulary 20%
Grammar 20%
Speaking/Listening 20%
 
World History
Reading 20%
Writing 20%
Terms and Names 20%
Geography 20%
Speaking/Listening 20%
 


Homework

Make-up Work / Late Work

Materials

Students should bring the following things to class every day:

Rules

 

 

Rules

1

Raise your hand / Don't talk out of turn.

2

Treat others with courtesy / Do not use inappropriate language.

3

No cell phones, iPads, or other electronic devices.

4

No eating or drinking.

5

Handle computers with care / Stay on task when using the computers.

6

Stay in your seat / Don't wander around the classroom.

7

Never throw anything / Clean up your own mess.

8

Don't leave before the bell.

9

Don't sit behind the teacher's desk.
 


Citizenship

Citizenship grades are a measure of how well the student follows the rules of the classroom. Specifically, a student's citizenship grade is determined by the number of infractions that he or she has accumulated since the beginning of the grading period. (An infraction is a violation of the rules).

 
# of Infractions Citizenship
Grade
0 - 5 E (Excellent)
6 - 10 S (Satisfactory)
11 - 15 W (Warning)
16 or more U (Unsatisfactory)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathroom Passes

Please respect the following rules regarding Bathroom/Hall Passes:

Tutoring

I am available for tutoring most days after school. Students are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. If you think you may need individual help completing any assignment, please don't wait until just before the due date!

Contact

Mr. Tefel Hall
Classroom: 124

The best way to contact me is through School Loop.

Let's have a great year!