• Academy Park High School

    Course Syllabus: English I


    Course Information

    Teacher Information

    Credit Hour: 2 (required)

    Name: Kate Much

    Marking Period: Full Year Course (1-4)

    Phone: 610.522.4330 ext. 6334

    Class Location: Room 334

    Office Location: Room 334

    E-Mail: kmuch@sedelco.org

    Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:15-2:55

    Teacher Website: https://www.sedelco.org/Domain/510

    Textbook Website: https://www.pearsonrealize.com/#/

    General log in: APHSMuch2, password: $tudent1


    for students submitting work: khmuch@gmail.com 
    Course Description:

    Students enrolled in the 9th Grade Academy will experience the greatest challenge in their classes. The work that is offered to these students is most difficult and is presented at a rapid rate. They will read and interpret great works of literature, as well as learn to appreciate the finer points of style and writing. They will practice writing their own stories and poems, along with various examples of narrative, expository, and persuasive writing. Students who are in this program should expect large amounts of both class work and homework.


    Text Resources:

    Pearson Common Core Literature Grade 9

    Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

    Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare


    Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

    Students who successfully complete English I will be competent in the following areas:

    • Students will be able to write original pieces using the writing process.
    • Students will be able to locate, evaluate, utilize, and synthesize viable sources for research.
    • Students will be able to conduct and present research and work, both written and orally.
    • Students will be able to write and speak using proper grammar and conventions of language.
    • Students will be able to use new vocabulary words correctly, using context clues, knowledge of root words, and word origins as well as reference sources to decode and understand new words.
    • Students will be able to read, understand, and respond to essential content in a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts and documents using reading and comprehension strategies.
    • Students will be able to define, identify, and utilize literary terms.
    • Students will be able to recognize and explain the differences in format of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, epic poetry, and plays.


    Student Evaluation

    The grading system for the English Department at Academy Park High School is as follows:

    Tests, Projects, & Major Papers



    Quizzes, Classwork, & Minor Assignments



    Attendance & Class Participation


    20% (school wide)



    10% (school wide)

    The above areas will be used as the basis for 80% of your grade per semester. The midterm and final exam will constitute the remaining 20% of your grade per semester.

    Attendance Policy

    Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience. Academy Park High School expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students will accept full responsibility for ensuring their work does not suffer because of absences. All students are expected to attend every scheduled class on time. Exceptions may be made for illness and valid emergencies. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct booklet for additional information.

    Please make accommodations for a student to stay after school to get the work missed at 2:15.


    Classroom Expectations

    1. Students will come to class on time, prepared and ready to learn.

    2. Students will complete all assignments, including homework, by all deadlines. Make-up work is only accepted after an excused absence. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain missed work, before or after school.

    3. Students will be respectful at all times.

    4. Participation in class discussions and assignments will enhance all students’ learning experiences and influence grades.

    5. Cell phones, iPods, mp3 players, and any other personal electronic devices are prohibited in class at all times.

    Class Requirements

    Students will be required to complete and pass reading and writing assignments, research projects, tests, exams, and homework. Students will also be required to read outside of class, participate meaningfully and respectfully in classroom discussions, maintain good attendance, have a respectful and positive attitude, and come to class ready to learn.

    Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort. Both are considered serious offenses and will significantly affect your course grade. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct booklet for additional information.


    A combination of lecture, class discussion, presentations, videos, cooperative learning, and problem-based learning will be used in this course. Grades will be determined by the satisfactory and timely completion of assignments. The grade of each assignment is based on the prerequisite given for each assignment. Below is an overview of topic/ units and major assessments/assignments for this course.* Please note dates/time frames are subject to change and are an estimate. If an opportunity for a better time frame exists to complete a unit, unit dates will be adjusted.


    Unit/ Topic

    Course Activities


    Month/ Time Frame

    Unit 1: Introduction

    Read, interpret, analyze, and summarize various types of writing, practice reading and writing in the content area, and complete a diagnostic test

    Written and oral responses, tests, essays, and diagnostic assessments


    Unit 2: Short Stories

    Read, interpret, analyze, and summarize short pieces of fiction

    Written and oral responses, tests, essays, and projects

    September- October

    Novel Unit 3: Historical Fiction: Of Mice and Men

    Read, interpret, analyze, and summarize short pieces of fiction, a novella, nonfiction, and poetry

    Written and oral responses, tests, essays, and projects


    *Unit 4: Argument, Rhetoric, Propaganda, and Satire

    Read, interpret, analyze, and summarize short pieces of each genre.

    Written and oral responses, tests, essays, and projects

    March- April

    *Unit 5: The Epic: The Odyssey

    Read, interpret, analyze, and summarize myths, epic poetry, and nonfiction

    Written and oral responses, tests, essays, and projects


    *Drama Unit 6: Romeo and Juliet

    Read, interpret, analyze, and summarize drama, poetry, and nonfiction

    Written and oral responses, tests, essays, and projects

    January - February

    *Research Unit 7: Project Based Assessment and Exams

    Complete a summative project based assessment and a final exam

    Project based assessment and exams

    May- June


    General Information

    Ninth grade is a very important year for students. Colleges and universities begin looking at student records this year. One way to ensure student success is for parents to be actively involved in their child’s education. I encourage parents to obtain an access code from ESC in order to gain access to student grades online at https://www.spihost.com/HomeAccess2.4/?SiteCode=sdslive .This is not only the easiest method, but also the most efficient. Additionally, our English I class will rely heavily on the use of technology throughout the year. Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns about the content, curriculum, assignments, or grades. I can be reached by phone or email, though I prefer email, as it is easier to respond to quickly. I am looking forward to a productive and exciting school year. Welcome to Academy Park High School!



    Throughout the school year students will be expected to present in front of peers.  At times they will be videotaped and the videos will be used for educational purposes only. Also, students must follow the technology regulations as outlined in the student handbook.  Failure to do so may result in loss of technology privileges.  




    Summer Reading

    Students are encouraged to take the summer reading exam after school from 2:15-2:55 on the following dates: 9/6/16 and 9/8/16.  Please note that this exam is not mandatory; it is an opportunity for students to earn extra credit points. 


    School Supplies

    Students are expected to attend class daily and prepared with the following: blue/black pens, pencils, crayons/colored pencils/markers, white out, flash drive, English notebook/section of binder, English folder, highlighters, post it notes, erasers and a sharpener.