• "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use

    to change the world." -Nelson Mandela


    English I & III will give you a “toolbox” full of strategies that you can apply to any text to understand it, get a deeper meaning from it, and use that understanding to grow as a critical thinker. The Writing component will build on student knowledge of the basic principles of grammar, language usage, and composition. Students will use texts and vocabulary to complete writings that demonstrate their understanding of the course content. Throughout the year, students will strengthen their ability to:

    • WRITE arguments, informative/explanatory essays, narratives, and various creative writings to show their understanding of the writing process;
    • PRODUCE clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience;
    • DEVELOP and strengthen writing as needed by planning, editing, revision, and the study of grammar and writing mechanics;
    • FIND AND COMBINE evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
    • EVALUATE and ANALYZE literature across a range of themes through group and independent reading
    • ENGAGE effectively in a range of group discussions about literature
    • PRESENT findings in a coherent manner with relevant evidence
    • DEMONSTRATE command of language and its conventions

    "A person who won't read has no advantage

    over one who can't read." -Mark Twain 



    If you use class time wisely and stay on task with reading at home, you will be fine. All assignments will be posted on Power School so if you know you will be out, you can easily look things up to avoid falling behind. Cheating is never an option and work that is copied or plagiarized will receive a zero with no 2nd-chance for revising (see district policy). 


    Grading Policy: 

    We will adhere to the guidelines and policies of the Nome-Beltz Student Handbook, so please make sure you are familiar with its content. All course outcomes and objectives align with the Alaska State Standards for 9th-Grade English Language Arts and 11th-Grade English Language Arts.

    Your grade is based on earning points in the following categories:

    Participation (100 points every Week)  

    • 50 points for being in class on time and prepared
    • 50 points every day for being actively engaged and respectful of peers

    Projects and Presentations

    Formal and Informal Essay Writing


    Vocabulary Graphic Organizers (once a week)

    Article Annotations

    Independent Novel Reading (one novel per Semester)

    Final Exam (10% of overall grade)