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Mrs. Brianna Smith « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar

Have a Safe and Happy Summer Vacation!

 

Before you return to school in August, please purchase the following:

  • One two inch – three ring binder
  • Five dividers
  • College ruled filler paper
  • Blue or black pens (no pencils, please!)
  • Index cards and a ring or box to hold them (these will be cumulative)
  • Highlighters in a variety of colors (at least 4)
  • Colored pens (more than just red)
  • Each period is also responsible for one additional item:
    • Period 1: Tissues
    • Period 3: Hand Sanitizer
    • Period 4: Lysol Wipes
    • Period 5: Lysol Wipes
    • Period 6: Tissues
    • Period 7: Hand Sanitizer

Donations are ALWAYS accepted and encouraged throughout the course of the school year! The items always in high demand in my room are as follows:

  • Boxes of tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • College-ruled filler paper
  • Blue, black, and red pens
  • Highlighters

 

***Google Classroom***

If you would like to take a look at the syllabus, classroom management plan, and supply list before Open House, please enroll in the Google Classroom for your class period. Parents, once you see your child's schedule, please feel free to enroll in the class so you can see our classwork and important updates. 

Period 1:  8v9zh9

 

Period 3: uxbfyn

Period 4: cgpyeu

Period 5: imc35c

Period 6: 4rvahm

Period 7: rdtyu

 

TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ENGLISH:

  1. Be an active participant in your learning (come prepared having done the homework, listen, and respond thoughtfully during class discussions).
  2. Respect everyone in the room.
  3. Understand the concept behind Digital Citizenship
  4. Recognize and abide by all online learning rules
  5. NEVER plagiarize (take someone's work as your own). If you have a friend do your homework for you or you copy and paste something offline without citing it as a source, you will receive a zero for the assignment and a referral. At the University level, plagiarism is cause for expulsion, so learn the lesson early and do your own work.
  6. Be accountable and responsible for your thoughts, words, and actions.
  7. Be purposeful in everything you do. Part of understanding this means that you need to be aware the intentions do not matter because they ultimately only exist inside your head. If you are going to do something, or likewise choose not to do something, understand that only you can control the decisions you make and what you choose to prioritize. Right now, your first priority should be to your education. 

You are entitled to an education and an opportunity; now take it and make the most of it. Grades are not handed out, they are earned.

 

Instructor Policies:

I have very strict Mandatory Tutoring, “no zero,” and late work policies associated with my class:

  • Late work will be accepted with a ten-point depletion each day the assignment is late. After five days you will zero will be entered into the grade book until it is made up. (IEPs and 504s will be accommodated).
  • If a student is absent he/she is expected to pass in work due on the day he/she returns.
  • If a student is absent on a Friday and fails to see me by Wednesday of the following week, he/she forfeits their right to make up any work missed.
  • Students are not allowed to have a zero in the grade book. If an assignment has not been completed by the assigned due date students will be assigned mandatory after-school tutoring each Wednesday from 2:45-3:30 until the work has been made up. If a student fails to show up for tutoring they will be assigned detention. If the student fails to show up for detention they will receive a referral and have to attend mandatory Saturday school.

Helpful Links For All Students:

  • Do you have a question about a literary term?  Check out LitCharts handy-dandy list of literary devices and terms
  • Looking for resources to practice? You will find Free ACT Practice Tests here. There are a number of practice tests here for you to use to practice Grammar and Reading skills this summer. The bonus?  You get ACT/SAT/FSA practice at the same time!
  • Access your textbook online!   Please visit Pearson Easy Bridge and log in using your school email account and password.  
  • Google Classroom link
  • NoRedInk is a great tool for grammar practice.
  • Quill.org is another great grammar tool useful for working on sentence structure (building compound and complex sentences, working with parallel structure, etc.)
  • Grammar Bytes is a good site to use to practice grammar skills
  • Sentence diagramming help with Elizabeth from Grammar Revolution
  • A wonderful writing resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, also known as the Purdue OWL.  I will refer to this site often in class.  Here is a great link for what your MLA formatted paper must include/look like. 
  • Writing Commons is another helpful writing and speaking (presentation skills) site. While the site does say it is for college level writers, there is plenty of information on the site that we review in class.  I think you will find that it is easy to understand and navigate. 
  • The State Exam (FSA) website shares valuable information for students and parents/guardians and includes a training test and guide. 
  • P.E.R.T. (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) - Florida's customized common placement test - information can be found here.   
  • The Center for Online Education has an Academic Writing Guide that has helpful advice on various types of academic writing, common grammar pitfalls, citations, and more.
  • Helpful links for prefix, suffix and root word work. 

 

Contact: Brianna.Smith@tvcs.org

PDF documents
How to Format Your Research Paper - Step by Step Guide
Mickey Mouse Packet - All the Writing Assignments for the Year

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