CHSEE English 9 and 10

Ms. Janeal Steed



Course Description
Exit Exam English will prepare students to take and pass the California High School Exit Exam, English and Language Arts section. EE English reviews and builds English language skills (reading, writing, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, and vocabulary development) as well as practices good writing habits.


The CAHSEE is an examination all California public school students must pass to receive their high school diploma. The absolute best preparation for the English-language arts portion of the test is to read often, discuss what you read, and write about what you have read.

Additional Materials
Students should own or have access to these necessary course materials and resources:

  • A three-ring binder with loose paper or a notebook

  • Set of 3-tab page dividers. Labels: 'Notes and Handouts', 'In-Progress', 'Returned'.

  • Blue or black ink pens or pencils for writing.


Students will be required to do the following work:

  • Write journal entries in which they respond to assigned journal prompts;

  • Participate in class discussions;

  • Complete assigned projects and essays;

  • Do in-class exercises, quizzes, and other activities;

  • Maintain regular, punctual attendance;

Class assignments are listed on Ms. Steed's website. If you are absent, look up missed journal assignments and classwork there... you are still responsible for the assignments and information announced in class when you are absent!! Again the website is at:


Grades are determined by the percentage earned of the total points possible.














































=below 60%


Class Participation
20 points a week! Each student is expected to contribute positively to the learning environment of the English classroom. Students making a positive contribution:

    • take responsibility for their own success in class,

    • listen attentively,

    • exhibit self-control,

    • respect classmates and teacher,

    • raise their hands when they have a question or want to make a comment,

    • work independently (unless instructed otherwise),

    • do their class work efficiently and carefully,

    • behave safely in the classroom,

    • walk into class quietly when they are late, and don't disrupt others.

    • bring their materials to class for each meeting,

    • take care of bodily needs (drinks, potty, etc.) outside of regular class time so that they can devote the full time to class activities and not disturb others by walking out and back in, and

    • seek to preserve a quiet environment so all class members can listen and concentrate.

Students who choose these behaviors make English class better for themselves and others. Behaviors that disturb the learning environment include (but are not limited to):
    • acting disrespectfully to classmates or the teacher,

    • talking out of turn (without raising a hand to be acknowledged),

    • blurting out irrelevant comments,

    • making comments that are off-topic and demonstrate that a student is not paying attention,

    • criticizing, laughing at, or putting down other students,

    • making comments or acting in way that promotes ignorance or stupidity rather than intelligence and competence,

    • poking, prodding, or otherwise disturbing another student,

    • sleeping or otherwise indicating disengagement from classroom activities,

    • walking around the room unnecessarily,

    • leaving classroom without permission,

    • behaving in an unsafe manner in the classroom,

    • using electronic devices without teacher's permission,

    • answering a cell phone or texting,

    • failing to pay attention and follow directions, and

    • eating and/or drinking during class time.

A student who chooses to behave in a way that disturbs the positive learning environment in the classroom can expect a conversation with the teacher about how we can best meet individual needs and encourage personal responsibility for behavior. Persistent behavior disturbing the learning environment will result in loss of points, parent involvement, and possibly a disciplinary referral.
Make wise choices, and contribute positively to the English class learning environment!

Attendance and Course Policies
Each student is responsible for all material and assignments presented in class and is expected to maintain regular attendance at all class sessions. Conscientious, thorough, responsible students make better grades than students who make choices that diminish these characteristics. To encourage students to make wise choices for success in English class, these are the policies that apply to all English classes:

  • Absences: Most classwork, quizzes and journals can be made up in the case of an absence. It is up to you to figure out what was done while you were gone and make up the work. Ask me if you have any questions, but try to get help from classmates outside of class.

    • Check in the binder for your class, or the online website to learn what was done in class and what your assignments are. You are still responsible for the work you missed and will loose points if not made up!!

    • Complete any assignments, journals or classwork that you missed, and turn it in (with your NAME, DATE OF ASSIGNMENT, and PERIOD written clearly on the right hand top corner) to your period's slot.

    • Quizzes and tests must be made up at lunch or after school, by appointment. They will not be available on the website or in the binder.

  • Unexcused absences: Daily work, quizzes and tests missed because of unexcused absences or tardiness cannot be made up and will be assigned a score of zero.

  • Eating and drinking in classroom: Do NOT bring food or drinks (other than bottled water) into the English classroom during class periods. Students who arrive in the classroom with open food and/or drink will be asked to dispose of it.

  • Leaving classroom: As the teacher is legally responsible for all students during class, no student is to leave the English classroom without permission once class has started.

    • Students who leave the room without permission once class has started will be marked absent.

    • Plan so that you do NOT have to leave class. Take care of water fountain and bathroom needs before or after class so as to avoid distracting other students by unnecessary comings and goings during class.

    • Each student will receive 5 hallway passes each semester. Save them for an emergency- you never know when you will need them. I will not give you another pass for an emergency, so plan ahead. Once they're gone, they're gone.

    • DO NOT ask me for restroom privileges during instructional or discussion time... if you need to use a pass, wait until I'm through instructing and have given the class work time to ask. I WILL NOT interrupt my instruction to dismiss for the restroom.

    • If dismissed, sign out on the clipboard and take the hallway vest. Sign back in when you come back in.

  • Electronic devices: Cell phones, iPods, laptop computers, calculators, game toys, and other electronic devices are to be turned off and out of sight during English class unless the teacher has given specific permission for their use. Items disturbing the learning environment of the English classroom will be confiscated by the teacher and returned at the teacher's discretion and convenience. A repeat offence may mean that the confiscated device will be turned in to the office for return to the student (or parent) at the principal's discretion and convenience.

  • Academic Integrity: Any attempt to pass off another person's work as your own is dishonest. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to: copying from a neighbor during a test, using an electronic device to retrieve resources not permitted in a learning situation, copying homework done by a classmate, and collaborating on schoolwork and/or sharing or "checking" answers with a peer (unless given specific permission to do so). To be safe--on all English class work--assume that you are to work individually. Exceptions will be clearly stated in the classroom. Students who choose to cheat may expect a variety of consequences, including but not limited to loss of grade, loss of ability to participate in extracurricular activities, or further disciplinary action. Consequences will be at the discretion of the teacher involved, and will be discussed with the student and parent/s.


What to Do If You Think the Teacher Has Made a Mistake
Teachers are human; they make mistakes sometimes. If you think a teacher has made a mistake, you need to draw it to her attention. Most teachers try very hard to be scrupulously fair; if you have earned a point, teachers want you to have it. There are several very positive, constructive ways to draw your teacher's attention to a mistake. These all involve approaching the teacher kindly--just like you would like to be approached if someone were pointing out an error you made.






Parents and Students:

Please sign below to acknowledge you have read the above policies, and agree to live by them. Detach and return to Ms. Steed by Sept. 10th



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