English 1-2 Syllabus

English 1 Course Syllabus




Mrs. Reneé Lisowski and Mrs. Megan Pirehpour

Room 203

623-915-8400 ext. 3203

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We are so pleased to have you as a member of our class.  We want to clarify our expectations and priorities for this course.  We expect all students to contribute to their own learning and the learning of others by following these guidelines.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:  Use the word RAMS to remember the classroom code of conduct:

Respect others, self, environment, and school rules at all times.

Arrive on time and quickly begin to work (in seat before final bell)

Materials: bring them on a daily basis.

Stay on task the entire period (work bell-to-bell)



Students who do not respect class rules will experience the following consequences:

1.  Conference/warning

2.  Phone call home & detention

3.  Detention

4.  Administrative referral

Serious or troubling issues may result in immediate removal from classroom and administrative referral.


Course Description and Outcomes

English 1-2 is designed to give students a deep understanding of all genres of writing, including novels, short stories, poems, and literary non-fiction.  Students are required to read, write and speak at a complex level with an adherence to standard English language conventions (grammar, punctuation and capitalization).  Each quarter students will:

                1. Read an extended piece of literature (novel or play)

                2. Read 3-4 short texts (articles, short stories, poems)

                3. Produce written analysis of reading in the form of a multi-paragraph essay

                4. Produce written text-based narratives

                5. Complete a short or extended research product

                6. Apply standard English language conventions to all written and spoken work


Tentative Calendar





Quarter 1:


Policies/procedures; business letter (base writing); The Odyssey (extended text); various short texts related to theme; parts of speech, sentence types, and homonyms; analysis and narrative paragraphs; research product

Quarter 2:

Establishing Identity

Elie Wiesel’s “Hope, Despair, and Memory” (extended text); various short texts related to extended text and theme; continued study of sentence types; expository essay introduced; research product; narrative essay


Teacher reserves the right to make changes to the calendar.  Additional activities such as grammar, reading strategies, and vocabulary will be taught within units.


Required Supplies

  • One 100-sheet composition book
  • One-inch three-ring binder with 5 dividers
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper and writing utensils (blue or black pen and/or pencils) are




Students must present their school ID to be signed by the teacher before leaving the classroom.


Grading Plan

Assignments are placed into weighted categories and are cumulative throughout the entire semester.  Coursework will be weighted as follows:


Qualifiers (Daily Class work)    40%

Outcomes (Tests/Assessments)    60%


Qualifiers:  Daily class assignments, activities, and homework are defined as qualifiers.  These assignments prepare students for the required outcomes. Students are expected to participate actively, positively, and with diligence in all activities and learning situations.

Outcomes: Outcomes are assessments on which students must demonstrate proficiency of 70% or better.



A student will be given two (2) days for every one (1) day’s absence to complete make-up work.  It is the student’s responsibility to check the make-up folder after an absence.


Making up work after school

Students are expected to complete ALL assigned work.  If an assignment is not completed, students may be assigned an 8th hour in order to complete the missing assignment.  Students who fail to attend an assigned 8th hour will receive an administrative detention and parents will be notified.


Late Work

Late work for qualifiers will receive partial credit; late outcomes will receive no more than 70% credit. For this course, if an assignment is not turned in before or at the designated time, it is considered late. At the teacher’s discretion, if an assignment is more than two weeks late, it will not be accepted.



A student is considered tardy if he or she is not in his/her assigned seat with all materials before the bell rings—unless permission has been given.  No exceptions. Students who are tardy must enter class very quietly and make up missed time after school.  Student will be assigned an appropriate consequence.


I believe you will find this year to be both challenging and beneficial to your academic career at Washington High School. English 1 will provide you a solid foundation on which to build skills that will prepare you for your postsecondary endeavors. Remember that your active participation and positive attitude are necessary to reaping the benefits of your education, so strive to arrive to class each day ready to learn!


Here’s to a great semester!




Mrs. Lisowski and Mrs. Pirepour