Algebra 1 Syllabus
Algebra 1, California, published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston
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Algebra covers the essential basics and foundations of math that will be required for success in all future math, science and business classes. The goal of this class is to provide a SOLID foundation of math and Algebra skills that the students will use on such tests as the high School Exit Exam, the STAR tests and SAT.
- Three ring binder
- Notebook paper
- Single subject notebook (Journals)
Pencils (NO PENS)
POD: Students will be given at least three math problems daily at the beginning of class.
Journals: Students are required to have a math journal in class daily. Entries into these journals may include journal prompt questions, error
analysis, and summaries. Journals will be graded at the end of each unit.
Assignments: Regularly, students will have in-class assignments. These assignments will usually be drill practice out of the textbooks. These
as signments must have the correct class heading, and will ALWAYS be due at the end of class.
Homework: Will be assigned almost everyday. Without practice and determined concentration the material will not be learned. Students have
to be mentally committed and invested to succeed in algebra. Some tasks will seem easy, most will require a solid effort, but you will be challenged
in this course. Homework will be checked at the beginning of every class. It must have the correct heading, and will be due at the end of each unit.Homework grade will be based on the following:
All problems attempted
Answers must be circled
Show your work not just the answers
Assignment is done in pencil
Assignment is generally neat: legible, no frayed edges, etc
Quizzes/Exams: Typically you will have a POD quiz once a week on Friday’s. Exams will be given upon the completion of each chapter or when significant enough material has been covered. Students will be given notice prior to the exam date.
Notebook Expectations: Store all notes, homework, tests, quizzes, handouts, and worksheets in your notebook. Homework assignments, your journal notebooks, and notes will be collected and graded at the end of each unit. You may clean out the math section of your notebook at the end of each semester, but good students will save necessary notes to study for exams.
Group work: Students will work in collaborative groups on a regular basis and approach problems conceptually. The only way students will master the concepts is by being actively involved in their learning.
Grading:Grading is based on a points system. Your grade will be determined based on the points you earn divided by the amount of receivable points.
- A 100%-90%
- B 89%-80%
- C 79%-70%
- D 69%-60%
- F 59% - 0%
I sometimes hear even talented students say that they felt pressured to “cheat” or take shortcuts like copying answers from a partner or from the back of the text rather than doing their best work. There is nothing about Algebra that is more important than your honor and integrity. If I see you looking at another student’s paper, I will treat it as a severe problem and will follow the cheating/plagiarism guide lines established by PSA.