• Mrs. Fleming’s English Course Syllabus


    Course Name: English

    Teacher Name: Mrs. Fleming

    Teacher Contact Information: vfleming@goaj.org

      Prep - Period 2 - Room 334

        480-982-1110 ext 2358


    Course Materials:


    Notebook paper (spiral or loose leaf)

    Course Description:

    English 9 builds on students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and the mechanics of writing and includes the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This course introduces and defines various genres of literature, with writing exercises linked to reading selections.

    English 10 offers a balanced focus on composition and literature. Students learn about the alternate aims and audiences of written compositions by writing persuasive, critical, and creative multi-paragraph essays and compositions. Through the study of various genres of literature, students can: improve their reading rate and comprehension; develop skills to determine the author’s intent and theme; and, to recognize the techniques used by the author to deliver his or her message.

    English 11 focuses upon commonly known American authors and their work. Students improve their critical-thinking skills as they determine the underlying assumptions and values within the selected works as they understand how the literature reflects the society of the time. Oral discussion is an integral part of literature courses and written compositions are required.

    English 12 blends composition and literature into a cohesive whole as students write critical and comparative analyses of selected literature while continuing to develop their language skills. Students write multi-paragraph essays; one or more major research papers will be required.

    Course Expectations:

    Summative 70%

    • Includes writing, assignments, tests, homework, and projects

    Formative 15%

    • Includes classwork and participation

    Final Exam 15%


    Grading System:


    Letter Grade


    Honors & AP Value

    90 - 100




    80 - 89

    B-Above Average



    70 - 79




    60 - 69

    D-Below Average



    0 - 59







    • Be on time - in your seat and working on bell work when the class bell rings
    • Come prepared to work and participate - bring all books and materials to class and take care of any personal needs BEFORE class begins.
    • Respect people, furnishings, and equipment in the classroom
    • No food or drink except bottled water in the classroom
    • Cell phones must be put away BEFORE you enter the classroom - backpacks and personal items should be on the floor beside you or on the back of your chair.
    • Hats off in the classroom





    Late work and missing assignments, rather from absences (excused or not), are the student’s responsibility. It is advised that if a student has been absent from a class period, that the student obtains all work missed from Mrs. Fleming. The missing work will be given the same due date deadlines as if they had been present (for example: if the class was given one day to complete the assignment, the student will then have one day as well to complete the assignment).


    • It is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed assignments, tests/quizzes, and notes.
    • An absent student has ONE DAY to make up missed work for each day that he/she was absent.
    • A student has 2 days to make up a test/quiz. After 2 days, the quiz/test will be recorded as a zero and the student will lose the opportunity to take that test or quiz.






    Many assignments require reading and writing which can take students longer than a class period to complete. As a result, homework is often unfinished classwork or reading assignments. Regardless, homework will be checked at the beginning of class if it is not collected. Students must show their completed work at the time I come to their seat.





    Regular class attendance and punctuality are essential to success and are ultimately the responsibility of the student and his/her parent. The experience of what goes on in the classroom cannot be duplicated. Class information and participation are lost forever to the student who is absent. Students should only be absent from school when absolutely unavoidable.


    Reporting Absences: If you are absent, your parent must contact the school to excuse your absence, call 982­1110 at ext. 2325​. In addition, written documentation excusing absences must be submitted to the attendance office. You will only be afforded 14 “excused” absences. Any absences after 14 will be considered “unexcused.” (Pursuant to A.R.S. 15­901(A) All absences must be excused within 24 hours. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence and ineligibility for make­up work. The “school dialer” will call the home of those students who have not been excused by a parent or guardian. The calls will be made throughout the school day. It is important to notify the school immediately if there is any change of address or telephone number for notification purposes or in case of an emergency. If a parent/student request an off campus pass or if a parent signs their student out, the student may not return that day without proper verification. (ie court, dentist, doctor, etc.)


    Attendance will be addressed as follows per semester:

    1. 3rd Unexcused: ISS 1 Day 10 Tardies: ISS 1 Day
    2. 8th Unexcused: 1 Day Suspension 20 Tardies: 1 Day Suspension
    3. 12th Unexcused: 3 Days Suspension + Student Behavior Contract + Possible Loss of Credit 40 Tardies: 5 Days Suspension + Student Behavior Contract
    4. 13th Unexcused: ISS Pending Referral to District Superintendent for Recommendation Of Behavior Contract or District Due Process Hearing 3 Administration will conduct attendance reviews with student and parent/guardian. Review may result in remaining in class, removal from class and loss of credit, and/or other action deemed appropriate.


    According to Arizona State Statute 15­803, students are expected to attend at least 90 percent of class time in order to receive credit. Withholding of grades or credit can/may occur if a student is absent (excused and unexcused) more than eight (8) days in a semester. An administrator will handle students with a chronic or long term illness that exceeds the eight (8) day absence limit on an individual basis. Chronic illness forms are available in the nurse's office and must be submitted each school year by a parent/guardian with appropriate medical documentation. Failure to follow chronic illness procedures may result in loss of credit. Make­up Work for Absences: Procedure for makeup work for excused absences: All makeup work must be completed within the same number of days the student was absent (a day for a day). For example, if a student has an excused absence on Monday, the work from Monday is due on Wednesday of that same week. If an assignment(s) was issued prior to the day(s) absent, it is due on the assigned due date or the first day returning to school. Missing/Incomplete assignments will not be graded after quarterly grades are posted. If not excused, assignments missed will NOT be able to be made up.





    Students of AJHS are expected to act with honesty and integrity when completing school assignments, projects, tests, or other work assigned by the teacher for a grade or credit. Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary consequences including, but not limited to “zero” on assigned work.


    Plagiarism: What Is It? In school, students are continually engaged with other people's ideas: they read them in texts, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into their writing. As a result, it is very important that credit is given where credit is due. Plagiarism is using others' ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as your own. To avoid plagiarizing, you must give proper citation under the following circumstances: ­ use another person's opinion or theory ­ use any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings – any pieces of information that are not common knowledge ­ quoting another person's actual written words ­ paraphrasing another person's spoken or written words with citations Note: Simply changing around a few words and phrases from the original, or changing the order of the original's sentences is still considered plagiarism.



    Please note that the school supports an “Off and Away” policy for cell phones with student use at teacher discretion. Cell phones can not be taken out of the classroom when students are leaving to use the restroom.





    Parental request forms must be completed for each movie shown. If parental permission is not obtained or given, the student will be given an alternate option for receiving credit for the assignment.