Course Syllabus

English III Syllabus

Ms. Sarah Nicely


Conference: 4th period

Tutorials: Tuesday and Thursday 11:47-12:22




  1. Grading Policy
  • Tests, Essays, and Major Projects = 60% of your grade
    • You will have at least 4 major grades per nine weeks.
  • Daily grades, quizzes, participation grades = 40% of your grade
    • You will have at least 18 daily grades per nine weeks.


  1. Students will have a period of three school days to retake a similar test or quiz that they receive a failing grade on. There will be some instances where individual corrections can be made, but it will be at the teacher’s discretion. The highest grade the student can earn to replace the failing grade is a 70.


  1. Homework is due at the beginning of class. If a student turns in the assignment after I have collected it from the rest of the class, it is considered one day late.


  1. Late Work

-Point Deductions- One day late = -11 points; Two days late= -22 points; Three days late = -33 points. On the fourth day, the student earns a zero for the assignment and he/she is unable to “make it up for a 70.”


  1. Absences
    1. If a student is absent, he or she has the number of days that he or she was absent to make up the work they missed.
    2. If you are absent on the day that a major project or essay is due, you must still turn that project in- whether it be to email it to me, or you have you friend bring it to school. Because the assignment was something that the student was aware of and had been given ample time to complete, an absence does not excuse the student from the due date.
    3. Students have one class day per excused absence day to complete make-up assignments. Teachers may consider extenuating circumstances of individual students and allow more time to complete the assignment(s). Students who will be absent for three or more calendar days may request assignments through the counseling center.  Students who fail to make up an assignment within these guidelines will receive a grade of zero (0) on the assignments. Excused absences can be made up and credit for make-up work will be recorded.  It is the student’s responsibility to find out what assignments were missed during his/her absence.  The teacher will not seek out the student to remind them of missed work.
  2. Reassessment Policy
    1. If at least 25% (50% for PreAP or AP courses) of the students in a single course preparation (which includes all of the students that a teacher teaches in a like course during a grading period) per teacher do not demonstrate mastery of the TEKS on a graded classroom assignment or assessment, the teacher will provide an in-class opportunity for re-teaching and re- assessment. For example, if a teacher has 40 students in a particular course preparation and 10 or more of those students do not demonstrate mastery of the TEKS on a particular assignment or test, then the teacher should provide in-class opportunities for additional instruction and evaluation of the TEKS that were not mastered.
    2. When considering the number of students who do not demonstrate mastery on an assessment, the teacher may exclude from the calculation of the 25% (50% for PreAP or AP) students with three or more zeroes on assignments over the assessed material. Extenuating circumstances may be taken into consideration. 21


  1. Other Opportunities for Re-teach and Re-test/Re-assess
    1. If fewer than 25% (50% for PreAP or AP courses) of all the students in a single course preparation per teacher do not demonstrate mastery, the teacher is not obligated to use class time to re-teach and retest. However, each student who does not demonstrate mastery of the TEKS on a classroom assignment or test should be provided the opportunity for additional instruction and re-assessment of his/her mastery of the TEKS. Tutorial or other outside-of-class (before or after school or during a lunch period) time may be used for re-teaching and reassessment. A teacher may also choose to provide in-class opportunities for re-teaching if appropriate.


  1. Any individual student who fails an assignment or assessment may ask for the opportunity for re-teaching and re-assessment. The re-teaching and re-assessment should be completed within three days after the assignment/assessment has been returned or posted to the teacher’s electronic grade book, whichever is earlier.


  1. Required Re-assessment for Mastery
    1. Students who do not demonstrate overall mastery of the TEKS on a classroom assignment or assessment are re-evaluated after they are re-taught, or after additional activities are provided. Campus policies may require that students receive additional instruction prior to the re- assessment opportunity. If campuses choose to do so, it is highly recommended that they maintain documentation of student participation in re-teaching opportunities, such as a tutorial sign-in sheet or tutoring log.


  1. Re-assessment may include, but is not limited to, oral examination, special assignment sheets, special homework assignments, test corrections, or an additional formal test.
  2. A student must score at least 70% on the re-assessment opportunity in order to demonstrate mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for that re-assessment. A grade of 70 is the maximum that can be earned on the re-evaluation and is recorded to designate mastery. If the student fails to demonstrate mastery on the re-evaluation of the TEKS, the higher of the two grades is recorded. The teacher should indicate in his or her electronic grade book that the grade was earned through a re-assessment opportunity.


Re-assessment will not be required for major projects in which an extended period of time has been provided to complete the assignment. Re-Assessment will not be allowed for semester and final exams as those are comprehensive in nature. However, the teacher should use milestones in the progression of the work involved for the major project to ensure that students are making reasonable progress to the completion of the assignment. Those milestones could be recorded as daily grades. Each assignment or assessment may only be redone once. Dual Credit courses are excused from re-assessment processes due to college rigor and expectations of the learning environment. Pre-AP and AP courses have limits applied to re-assessment processes. A Pre-AP or AP student may only request to retake 2 assessments per nine week grading period. There is not a limit for daily assignments.


Pages 19-20-21 of the DHS Student Handbook


  1. Plagiarism/Cheating/Homework/Helping/Working Together:

Unless you are notified otherwise, ALL assignments are individual assignments. Your work cannot show evidence or reflection of anyone's work but YOURS. Any written assignment given for homework follows the same guidelines. Consider everything in this class to be individual work unless it is officially written in the directions for you. Discussing a test or quiz you have taken with another student taking the course who has not yet taken the test or quiz is cheating and will be treated as such. The following honor code applies to every class assignment; signing the statement below indicates you have read, understood, and abide by this policy for every assignment you turn in. Any assignment that violates this code will be considered cheating.


I, __________________________(print student name), am fully aware of the Cheating/Plagiarism policy here at Dawson High School and will comply with the above objectives throughout the remainder of this school year.  Should I choose to abuse this policy, I understand the consequences that will proceed. 


Signature: ________________________________________________________________Date: _______________







  1. Required Supplies
    1. (1) Flash Drive
    2. (1) Notebook/folder to keep up with assignments
    3. (1) Package of notecards
    4. (1) Other item determined by the teacher and your class period


Other Item: ______________________________________ Due Date: ________________________________


  • Tardies

Students will follow the school’s policy on tardies. Students who are late will only be allowed to enter class with a tardy slip. It is a classroom expectation that students will calmly enter the room (not running through the door or racing around the corner. In questionable offenses, a tardy may be issued at the teacher’s discretion.


  1.      Dress Code

Students are required to follow the school dress code. If a violation is in place, the student will be sent to the office to correct the problem and it is his/her responsibility to acquire information missed at an allotted time.


  1. Behavior

In order to ensure a successful school year, discipline must be maintained on a daily basis. I do not tolerate:
     -Sleeping in class
     -Verbal attacks (towards myself or your classmates)
     -Disrespectful attitudes (towards myself, classmates, or ANY adult)

I will repeat this over and over this year—WORK HARD & BE NICE


Students are expected to comply with not only the rules and procedures of my classroom, but also those of Dawson High School as outlined in the Student Handbook.

  1.        Videos

According to school policy, parental permission should be obtained before watching any video rated beyond PG. By signing below, you are giving your child permission to view these videos in the classroom. Without a signed release, the student will not be allowed to participate in this activity. Students who do not participate in the viewing of the movies will be given an alternate assignment and sent to the library or other designated area for supervision.


  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (PG-13) This movie has been edited. Explicit scenes have been deleted and will not be shown in class.
  • The Great Gatsby (PG-13) This movie has been edited. Explicit scenes have been deleted and will not be shown in class.
  • The Crucible (PG-13) This movie has been edited. Explicit scenes and vulgar language have been deleted and will not be shown in class.


  • Request to Change Course Level

Students may request a schedule change to academic English III during the 6th week of each semester. To be considered, students must be making less than a 75 and have made a sincere effort to succeed. Teachers are required to inform the schedule change committee if students have failed to attend tutorials and/or have missing assignments or excessive absences.  If a schedule change is denied for the 1st semester, students will remain in the class until the end of the semester.


  • Cell Phones and Electronic Devices:

Students should have their cell phones put away unless otherwise directed.  There are times when they will need a device but I will give them notice through remind and/or announcements in class.  Most of the time, they do NOT need them.  If the student is improperly using a cell phone during class time (texting, snapchatting, facetiming, Pokemon Go-ing, etc….), their phone will be turned into the AP office and the student will have to pay the $15.00 fine as well as the disciplinary consequences outlined in the Student Handbook.

  1. Class Supplies



  • Each student in 1st period must bring a package of Kleenex.
  • Each student in 2nd period must bring a package of markers.
  • Each student in 3rd period must bring a bottle of hand sanitizer.
  • Each student in 5th period must bring a package of crayons.
  • Each student in 6th period must bring a package of markers.
  • Each student in 7th period must bring a package of index cards.



















Dear Parent/Guardian,

           I am excited to have your student in English III for the 2020-2021 school year! Please take a moment to read the English III syllabus and discuss it with your student.  The syllabus is designed to create a successful instructional and learning environment in which each student can excel.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me. I look forward to working with you and your student to ensure a successful school year!



Sarah Nicely

DHS English Department


My student and I have read and discussed the English III syllabus and will abide by the guidelines.


 Student name (PRINTED)



Student Signature



Parent/Guardian Signature


Online Learning Etiquette


Read the below statements and initial them to acknowledge your agreement to the Policy. Students must initial and sign below, even if they are attending in-person due to the large number of students who will be completing assignments online or the changing circumstances of the pandemic.


Please note, that if you cannot comply with the policies below, you may be deemed “unsuccessful in the online setting” and could be required to come back to school in person. “Unsuccessful” may look like: excessive absences or tardies, inappropriate or uncontrollable behavior, or failure to complete work, etc.



_________Professionalism: When you are in class online, you should behave as if you were in the classroom.

  • Dress code: You should be clothed according to the Dawson dress code policy (clothing, facial hair, etc).
  • Distractions: Pay attention to your surroundings. You should not attend class in an environment where your background or ambient noise is distracting to yourself or others in the class.
  • Behavior: Do not engage in distracting behavior, especially while your peers or teacher is talking.
  • Digital Citizenship: Remember that all posts on Canvas, Office 365, and TEAMS will have your name attached. Read (and re-read) before you post. Unless you communicate to the teacher directly, all comments are public.
  • Attitude: Be respectful of yourself and others.
  • Privacy: Similar to the in-person classroom, we may have virtual parent or administrator visitors to class. Furthermore, some lessons may be recorded for absent students to review. This applies when you speak out loud or comment on a public thread/discussion for students in-person and online.



_________ Communication:

  • Use correct grammar, spelling, and professional language in your communications with the teacher and your classmates.
  • Do not interrupt the teacher or your classmates. If you have a question raise your hand and wait for the teacher to call on you.
  • Mute your microphone unless you are speaking.
  • Do not overuse the chat box and understand that the teacher is not monitoring the chat while they are actively teaching. Attempt to find your own answer before asking the teacher.
  • If you wish to communicate privately with the teacher, use either the teacher’s email or your Canvas message center.



_________ Attendance: To be counted as present, you must:

  • Be logged in and on time. It is better to be early than late.
  • Keep your camera on and stay engaged with the lesson.
  • Do not leave early or miss large parts of the class. This includes turning your webcam off for long period of time while class is in session.



                  Cheating and Plagiarism:

  • The regular Pearland ISD policy is in effect. See the Handbook.
  • Remember you cannot repeat, re-do, or re-assess the zero that you earn from cheating.
  • ANY unauthorized assistance is considered cheating, including your peers, your parents/guardians, the internet, etc. Unless I give you permission in the instructions to use a particular resource, it is not allowed. (For example, if I say you may use your book, but you use OR ask a peer to revise before submitting, this would be considered Academic Dishonesty).



Parent Signature: _________________________Student Signature:______________________________Date: _________

Course Summary:

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