Syllabus Pre-AP I

Welcome to English I Pre-AP

Mr. Palkovics Room 502

 

Tutorials:

3:25-4:00 Monday & Thursday

 

Conference:

5th period

 

Contact Information:

gpalkovics@bellvilleisd.org

 

Students will be able to: analyze, evaluate, and synthesize various genres of literature; research diverse topics; create effective compositions; develop an appreciation for world literature; and practice techniques to be prepared for the STAAR and AP test.

 

Required Supplies:

  • 1 subject notebook for your journal (Spiral or composition 200 sheets minimum)
  • Books (Holt Mcdougal Literature, assigned novel, and/or something to read if you finish early)
  • Binder ( 2” minimum) and 5 dividers (label them: Readings, Vocabulary, Writing in Progress, Notes, Extras)
  • Index cards
  • Sticky Notes
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper
  • Black or blue pen
  • Pencil for use on scantrons
  • Highlighters

 

** Students should keep all handouts and work to be used to study for tests and quizzes. Please keep an organized notebook.

 

Make Up Work:

  • If you miss a major test or quiz, it is your responsibility to set the make-up date with me.
  • You are responsible for obtaining any notes, assignments, or anything that you missed while absent. Check with me when you return for an update on what you missed.
  • If you do not make up an assignment, you will receive a “0”. You will have 3 days to come to me and set up a time and date for make up work. 

 

Grading Policy:

  • Major Grades = 40%

1. Essays
        2. Major Tests
        3. Projects
4. Book Report

  • Minor Grades = 60%

1. Quizzes
2. Vocabulary
3. Reading Checks
4. Journal
        5. Study Questions
        6. Daily Work
        7. Process Writing

 

** No late work will be accepted.

 

 

The Honor Code:

  • “Cheating is giving or receiving information.” Do not look on anyone else’s paper and do not allow them to look on yours.
  • A grade of zero will be awarded to both parties for cheating, and parents will be contacted.

 

Class Rules:

  • Respect yourself, your peers, and me, your teacher.
  • Be prepared with all supplies and books every day.
  • Be on time and in the classroom ready to start when the tardy bell rings.
  • No using your cell phone in class.
  • Remain seated until bell rings.
  • Refer to the Four Qualities and Eight Essential Factors posted on my website.

 

Literature:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Lord of Flies by William Golding
  • Mythology by Edith Hamilton
  • Oedipus The King by Sophocles
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (a copy is available in the text book, but I highly recommend getting the “No Fear Shakespeare” version)
  • Poetry from Holt McDougal Literature
  • Short stories from Holt McDougal Literature
  • Nonfiction from Holt McDougal Literature, essays, speeches, etc.
  • Independent novel

 

Writing:

  • Literary Analysis
  • Research paper
  • Creative Writing

 1. Short Story
 2. Poetry

  • Journal writing
  • Literature response writing

 

Vocabulary:

  • Vocabulary from literary selections
  • Literary Elements
  • Words commonly found on the SAT and AP exam

 

Grammar:

  • Phrases
  • Clauses
  • Punctuation
  • Subject Verb Agreement
  • Tenses
  • Other grammar as needed