2010-11 Reading Class

Welcome to Mrs. Mackey's Reading class! In this class we will read many things - poetry, short stories, drama!, novels and more. We will learn how to determine the theme, plot, characterization and more. We will love reading!



READING 2010-11



Parents and students are asked to read this syllabus, sign and date the back page, and return it to me by Friday, August 27, 2010.

Course Description

Reading offers students instruction in word recognition and comprehension strategies and vocabulary to ensure that high school students have an opportunity to read with competence, confidence, and understanding. Students are given opportunities to locate information in varied sources, to read critically, to evaluate sources, and to draw supportable conclusions. Students learn how various texts are organized and how authors choose language for effect. All of these strategies are applied in texts that cross the subject fields.

For high school students whose first language is not English, the students' native language serves as a foundation for English language acquisition and language learning.


We will cover the following topics during the course of the 2010-2011 school year.  This is not all inclusive


Six Weeks


Literary Focus


Writing Basics

6+1 Traits of Writing  


Real-World Reading  

Ads, Campaigns, Media, Blogs, Comics, Business Letters


Vocabulary Strategies

Context Clues, Relate Words, Collect Data


TAKS Preparation/Reading Strategies

Plan Your Reading, Visualize, Make Connections


Who Am I?

Voice and Point of View


Comprehension Skills

Research Paper, Skills in Action  


Classroom Expectations.  In this classroom, students are responsible for learning.  The instructor is the guide or facilitator to learning.  The general expectations for learning are:

·      Come to class prepared. 

o Materials – Bring your school-wide binder every day.  

o    On time – You will not be admitted into class without an official pass after the bell rings.

o        Ready to learn – Leave whatever just happened in the hall - in the hall.  Your attitude is important.  

·                     Be respectful.  Use the Golden Rule:  Treat others as you would like to be treated.  Do this and we will all get along great.

·                     Follow the Student Code of Conduct. All students are provided with a copy of this policy and it is discussed in detail.  Follow it.

·                     Participate. In class, in group projects, in individual assignments. You will be graded on your participation.

·         Ask.  Ask for help if you don’t understand; help someone else if you do.


Daily Procedures. 

·         Bring all materials (school-wide binder, homework, etc.) to class every day.

·         You will be in your seat, ready to work when the bell rings.

·         Sharpen your pencil before the bell rings.

·         As soon as you are seated begin the warm up activity that will be on the board or the overhead.



SUPPLIES       Please read this section carefully.

Personal Supplies.  You are responsible for obtaining the following supplies to help you through the year. Please note that you will need to replenish your supply of notebook paper from time to time. One package of paper will not last the entire year. These supplies are in addition to the school-wide binder requirement.

            1.  Notebook paper – you will need this all year long; get a big supply for your school-wide binder!

            2.  One (1) composition book

            3.  Pens - black or blue; no colors or gel pens

            4.  Pencils and erasers

Class Supplies. In addition to personal supplies listed above, students in each class are asked to bring two extra items which will create a class set of tools that we can share all year long. 

1st Period:  one (1) set of adult-sized scissors and one (1) box of tissues

2nd Period: one (1) box of highlighters and one (1) box of tissues 

4th Period: one (1) package of 11” x 18” construction paper and one (1) box of tissues

5th Period: one (1) package of any color Card Stock (stiff copy paper) and one (1) box of tissues

6th Period: one (1) box of highlighters and one (1) box of tissues

Thank you for your help in bringing these 2 extra supply items. We will need them for the many creative projects we will work on all year long. I suggest Big Lots, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Wal-Mart for supplies.


Grading.  Grades will be composed of:

            Homework                     20%

Daily Work, Practice        20%

            Tests, Projects, Essays    60%


Book Report Project

You will be required to read one outside book every six weeks.  You may use one of my classroom books, find a book in the library or bring a book from home.  I must approve any books from home that will be used for the Book Report project.  I will provide details about your project assignment in class.

English Section of the School-wide Notebook.  It is the responsibility of the students to organize the notes and assignments in a three ring binder.  This counts as three daily grades each six weeks!  Each student’s notebook will have eight sections labeled as follows:

1.             Graded Daily Work

2.             Tests

3.             Writing Notes (Essays/Research)

4.             Handouts/Notes

5.             Vocabulary

6.             Book Reports

7.             Rules/Admin



Policy on Academic Dishonesty – THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN MY CLASS.

Plagiarism is the deliberate act of representing the words, ideas, or data of another as one’s own without providing proper attribution to the author through quotation, reference, or footnote.   

Plagiarism may occur with respect to unpublished as well as published material.

Examples include:*

Direct Plagiarism. The verbatim copying of an original source without acknowledging the source.

·     Paraphrased Plagiarism. The paraphrasing, without acknowledgment, of ideas from another that the reader might mistake for his/her own.

·     Plagiarism Mosaic. The borrowing of words, ideas, or data from an original source and blending this original material with one’s own without acknowledging the source.

·     Insufficient Acknowledgment. The partial or incomplete attribution of words, ideas, or data from an original source.

Fabrication or Falsification A form of dishonesty where a student invents or distorts the origin or content of information used as authority. Examples include:

·     Citing a source that does not exist.

·     Citing information from a source which is not included in the source for which credit is given.

·     Citing a source for a secondary proposition which it does not support.

·     Citing a bibliography source when it was neither consulted nor cited in the body of the paper.

Cheating A form of dishonesty where a student attempts to give the appearance of a level of knowledge or skill that has not been obtained. Examples include:

·     Copying from another person’s work during an examination or while completing an assignment.

·     Allowing someone to copy from you during an examination or while completing an assignment.

·     Using unauthorized materials during an examination or while completing an assignment.

·     Collaborating on an examination or assignment without authorization.

·     Taking an examination or completing an assignment for another, or permitting another to take an examination or to complete an assignment for you.

·     Inappropriately providing or receiving information or academic work so as to gain unfair advantage over others.

·     Planning with another to commit any act of academic dishonesty.

·     Attempting to gain an unfair academic advantage for oneself or another by bribery or by any act of offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting anything of value to another for such purpose.

·     Changing or altering grades or other official educational records.

·     Obtaining or providing to another a test or answers to a test which has not been administered.

·     Continuing work on an examination or assignment after the allocated time has elapsed.

·     Submitting the same work for more than one class without disclosure and approval.

·     Getting equal credit on group assignments when equal work was not done. 


* This model reflects the standards and definitions used by Brigham Young University


To understand fully what constitutes a grade at each performance level, please note the following rubric.

General Grading Rubric




1.  shows mastery of the material being studied by scoring in the higher percentiles on tests

2.  shows insight and imagination concerning the subject

3.  goes beyond normal class requirements in work accomplished showing interest and excellence

4.  work may be characterized as superior




1.  is a good worker who shows consistent interest in the subject

2.  approaches mastery of the subject and shows desirable growth

3.  will consistently score above average on tests and other areas of class work

4.  participates in class activities and strives to work efficiently in independent study




1.  is doing average work but does not attain subject mastery or show the consistent growth of the “A” or “B” student

2.  seldom works beyond the normal requirements of the class, shows average initiative and  resourcefulness, and usually does not work independently with efficiency

3.  student may be an erratic performer, scoring well on one facet of the material and poorly on another

4.  cumulative scores average along the mid-line of class performance


Homework.  I will assign homework a minimum of once a week.  This homework will receive a grade. Please encourage your student to complete the homework and turn it in by the due date. Homework reinforces what we are learning and teaches our students personal responsibility. Thank you for your assistance in this.  

Late Work.  Assignments must be turned in on time to receive full credit.

·         A 10% reduction in credit will be assessed one calendar day after the due date

·         An additional 10% reduction of credit will be assessed every calendar day up to a maximum 50% reduction (example: 2 days late 20% reduction, 4 days late 40% reduction)

All work must be turned in on or before the cut-off date to earn credit.  A zero will be assigned for work that is not received by the cut-off date.  

Make up Work.      You are responsible for submitting all make up work.

·         If you have an EXCUSED absence from class, you will be given one day for each day you were absent to complete your missed work.  Check the ABSENT FROM CLASS binder in my room for your missed assignments.  It is YOUR responsibility to get your assignments and complete them on time.  You may ask me questions regarding your work, and I am available during tutorial time for any additional assistance you may require.

·         If you have an UNEXCUSED absence from class, follow the Late Work policy listed above.


Re-Do Work.  This is the English Department policy on re-doing failed assignments/tests.

If a student fails a test, quiz, essay, or project the student will follow these steps to correct or re-do the missed items. 

1. The student must find the correct answers using the text or their notes. 

  • The student must write out the questions and the correct answers to any missed questions.  
  • The student is allowed this opportunity to re-do the failure for a grade of 70%. 
  • If the work is re-done in the teacher's classroom during tutorials, the grade will be changed to an 80%.


2. If a student fails a summative assessment and chooses to come to after-school tutorials for re-teaching, and spends extra time studying, the student may re-take the test or quiz for the actual grade they receive on the re-take.  The re-take must be done during after school tutorials.

3. Corrections and re-takes must be completed within 48 hours after the teacher has passed back the test.  If the corrections or re-take are not completed and turned in within 48 hours, the grade remains unchanged.  If it is an essay or project that needs to be corrected, the student will correct according to the notes the teacher gives the student and will be turned in within 48 hours. 

Photography.  We will be using photography as a learning tool in our class. I will take photos of the students during the first week or two of class and perhaps occasionally throughout the year to use in their writing journals and on other class projects. These photographs may be posted on the internet to show class work but will not have any identifying student names, school names or any other identifying information. If you do not want any photo taken of your student please note that on the signature page which must be returned to me. However I ask that you allow this because there are several projects that will use photos of our students. I will guard their privacy. Thank you very much for your permission.


Contact Information. If needed, I may be contacted in any of the following ways:

- Email:  smackey@eisd.org

- Phone: Work 817-568-5200  

- Classroom: Room 301

- Conference periods:

     3rd:  9:45 – 10:35am

     7th:  2:15 – 3:05

Please let me know you are stopping by.  I may be in a meeting somewhere else in the building.  


A Word about Your Teacher.

I am very happy to be teaching Reading this year and look forward to a fun year of learning with your student. I’d like to share a bit about myself.

I graduated from Everman High School and attended the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree and a teacher’s certificate. My qualifications are listed below.  

I taught English in a small school district for a year and then I spent thirteen (13) years on active duty in the United States Navy.  While working for IBM I completed eight (8) years in the Naval Reserve and retired with a total of twenty-one years of serving my country.  

Last year I re-entered the education field as a substitute teacher for Everman High School and completed the school year as a long term substitute for two (2) Practical Writing classes and four Pre-AP English classes. This year I will focus my entire attention to our ESL students in Practical Writing, Reading, and English as a Second Language classes.

My teaching qualifications include the following secondary certifications:

Texas State Teacher Certification

English Language Arts and Reading

English as a Second Language


Drama and Theater Arts

Again, I look forward to working with your student. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Susan Mackey




PARENTS: Read this syllabus and sign & date the letter below.


STUDENTS: Return this to me by Friday, August 27, 2010, to receive a free 100.


Dear Parent/Guardian,

            Thank you for sharing your student with me this year.  Listed within this syllabus are the supplies needed for Reading, as well as the rules for our classroom.  Please review these with your student.  The rules for our class are simple and help to achieve an atmosphere where all students are comfortable and enjoy learning. 

Since one of the keys to the success of our school is parental involvement, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to call or visit with me at any time.  By working as a team, I know we can see our students succeed.  I look forward to an enjoyable and productive year with your student. My contact information is embedded in the syllabus.

Please acknowledge your receipt and review of this document by signing below.  Your student is required to turn this form in to me as proof of your signature.

Thank you,

Susan Mackey

Reading Teacher

Everman High School






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