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Explore the various units of Mrs. Tracy's Junior & Senior English classes, including literature, research, and writing.
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How to Use This Guide

This guide is meant to serve as a resource for students and parents alike. On the various pages you will find each major unit taught throughout the year. On each designated page, you will find:

- Helpful websites that will offer more information about the topic

- Handouts and powerpoints that are used in class

- Additional information for extended learning and study

Please visit each page with your student. Help them to know about the resources available to them, and use this website as a way to hold you child accountable for their work in class. Ask them: "Have you completed this assignment? Have you asked for help? Have you used all of the resources available to you?"

If you have any additional questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me!

Thanks for visiting!


The Concept of Accountability

In my class, I believe in student accountability.

What does this mean?

•This means that each student is held accountable, or responsible for the work that they do in class.
•Whatever grade a student receives in this class or on a specific assignment, they have earned through determination, (or lack thereof).
•All grades are given based on established rubrics. Often, students grade their own assignments using those rubrics.
I grade based on effort as well as ability.
•By each student holding themselves accountable, they will better understand my grading system. There will never be a grading conflict.
•Students will not be surprised as graduation nears …
•Hopefully, students will being to apply the concept of accountability to every aspect of life – education, work, family, etc.

Parental Involvement

How to Stay Involved in Your High School Student's Education

Parental involvement in education is just as important as it ever was. As your kids get closer to graduation, it is imperative that they have parental guidance, support, and structure to ensure success along the way. Below are a few ways you parents can stay involved even as your children enter their Senior year.

1. Follow up with your child's counselor to ensure they're taking the right classes and continuing on their path toward graduation.

2. Frequently check the grade book to ensure your child is maintaining passing grades.

3. Help them with pre-college activities such as: planning, touring schools, completing their FAFSA, applying for grants and scholarships, setting up apprenticeships/internships, and applying to colleges.

4. Have high expectations for your child!

5. Communicate with teachers often and offer helpful background knowledge.

6. Instruct your child about personal finance.

7. Follow up on homework! It is critical that as students get older, get jobs, and have an increasingly busy social life, parents maintain that school work is a priority. Continue to encourage personal reading and study.

8. Learn about school resources. Know the schedule. Know what kind of help is available to you and your child, and use that help when needed.

9. Talk with your child about what happens at school on a daily basis. Don't accept "nothing" as an answer.

10. Encourage student involvement in clubs, activities, athletics, etc. Lead by example as you attend their performances and meetings. Support your child in all of their endeavors, and get to know other parents! Form a support group!


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