Ms. Sarah Silver Murray's Syllabus

  • 2021-2022 Course Syllabus English I Term 1


    Teacher: Sarah A. Silver Muray 



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    Objectives: This is a general overview of what the teacher will teach and what the student is expected to master.

    Course Overview:


    The course includes both fictional and non-fictional works.  A beginning level English course where various skills will be taught and applied.  This includes skills such as developing better  writing technique through editing and revising. Students will begin to obtain and implement strong vocabulary, correct grammar, and varied syntax.  Students will practice close and careful textual analysis of literature and non-fictional sources. All of this will help students begin developing the skills that they will be required to perform during their English II state assessment  ​Regular attendance is ​imperative​ and submitting all work on time is crucial to success in this course. 


    This term, students will read and complete assignments related to Night by Elie Weisel, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and various other short stories.


    Tests and Grades


    Grading:  A=90-100  B=80-89  C=70-79  D=65-69  F=below 65  I=incomplete

    Grading follows the policies of Biloxi Public Schools.  A mid-term progress report and a report card following the end of each term are issued.


    Tests: Students in English I will complete an essay each term which will count as one of their test grades. Tests make up 55%, Activities/Projects make up 35%, and CTAs (Benchmarks) make up 10% of the term grade.


    Homework/Assignments/Projects: Homework is not typically assigned unless class work was not completed or as needed for lengthy projects.  Daily homework is due by 11:59 P.M. each night unless otherwise specified. Activity grades decrease by 10 points for each day they are late. Assignments will not be accepted late after 10 days, and the student will receive a 0 for the assignment. Projects/essays will have specified due dates.  


    Course Requirements: Students are required to complete all assignments, projects, and class reading assignments.  The student must master all objectives with 65% mastery to pass the term.  

    Important Dates: 

    Midterm Progress Reports: September 4    

    Common Term Assessment Window: October 5-8 

    Report Cards: October 16