Basic English Language Arts I

Ms. Bosch - Room 611      (816) 736-5340, Ext. 2958

Course Overview

Welcome to Basic Communications Arts, also known as English Language Arts (ELA)! This is your first year of high school and credits officially count! In this course, we will be reading a variety of text types and working on important reading and writing skills.  While investigating these topics, we will also improve reading comprehension, oral communication skills, critical thinking, and teamwork.  By the end of this class, you should appreciate different genres of literature, be better writers, and communicate more effectively with others.

This year Liberty Public Schools will be fully implementing the Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts.  These national standards represent a slight shift in the focus of the English/Language Arts classroom.  While students will be reading literature, there is a much greater focus on informational text, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.  Many of our units of study will be focused around a writing piece, and students will be using mentor text to determine what makes writing in that genre clear and effective.  We will spend a great deal of time learning to research, evaluate, and analyze information.

Course Goals

1.  How to effectively read short stories, poems, novels, informational text, and other genres of literature.

2.  How to interpret, analyze, share, and discuss (both written and orally) these writings.

3.  How to model your own writing after these mentor texts and complete the writing process.

4.  How to use the conventions of standard English grammar and usage to communicate effectively.

5.  How to develop skills in determining the appropriate technology to solve various problems and present ideas.

What will we be reading?

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, independent reading books, various short stories, and various non-fiction pieces. Due to the nature of a resource classroom and varying abilities, some alternative or modified texts may be used depending on individual student needs.

What will we be writing?

We will focus on an argumentative research paper as emphasized by the Common Core Standards.  However, we will also be doing a great deal of writing to analyze literature, explore topics and ideas, practice grammar and usage, and share information.

Classroom Culture and Expectations

1. Come to class prepared. Have all materials and classwork. Class materials include: charged laptop, writing utensil, required textbook/novel, outside reading book (for pleasure), notebook and/or notebook paper, and earbuds.

2. Be on time (see tardy policy)

3. Be responsible.

4. Be respectful to classmates, teachers, yourself, and the classroom/building.

5. Work BELL to BELL.

6. Check your grades at least once a week.

CONSEQUENCES: Inappropriate behaviors, missed Liberty Hour tutoring, and tardies to class will result in conferencing with students or a parent(s) if necessary. Repeat offenders may be given detentions, recovery, or office referrals if necessary.

Tardy Policy/Bell-to-Bell Instruction

Students must be in the classroom prior to the bell ringing. In order for a tardy to be excused, students must come with a signed pass from a teacher. If a student is more than 10 minutes late to school for the day, they much check in with the Attendance Office before coming to class.

Students are expected to remain in their seats until dismissed by the teacher (not the bell). The bell starts class and the teacher ends/dismisses class. The teacher will notify students when it is appropriate to pack up their materials for the hour.

Make-Up (absence) Policy &
Late Work

When a student is absent it is THE STUDENT'S responsibility to communicate with the teacher and/or check Blackboard to see what needs to be made up. Make-up work will be accepted until the end of the unit and/or will be determined by each student's individual IEP.

Late homework will be accepted based on the student's individual IEP. If extended time is not specified as an accommodation, then the student will receive a maximum of 60% credit up until the end of the unit. Teacher's discretion may apply for individual situations.

There are no retakes, but there are opportunities for growth offered at the teacher's discretion.


Grades will be calculated using total points. Assignments will be worth less points than assessments and writing assignments and will therefore have a smaller impact on the student's overall grade. The following grading scale will be used:

A=100%-90%;   B=89%-80%;   C=79%-70%;   D=69%-60%;   F=59%-0%.

If you are absent from class on the date of an assignment, I will record the assignment in the grade book with a "missing" comment and a score of "O" as a reminder to the student and myself that the work needs to be completed. If you are absent, YOU must check my Blackboard website for the agenda from the missing day and any handouts or assignments you missed.  I will not track you down for missing assignments, it is YOUR responsibility.

Tutoring Expectations

The teacher will provide the student with the Liberty Hour schedule, assign mandatory tutoring for students with a D or F, make availability to get help known to students, and provide supplemental online support materials for struggling students.

The student will have a plan upon arrival for Liberty Hour and/or tutoring (what are you there to work on?), use tutoring or Liberty Hour time for productive tasks, check Liberty Hour tutoring schedule regularly, and attend assigned tutoring sessions.

Ms. Bosch is available for before and after school tutoring upon request. Students and/or parents can contact Ms. Bosch via email or phone to schedule individual tutoring times outside of class and/or Liberty Hour.


A classroom website will be maintained on Blackboard.  Please access this site for course information, assignment postings, weekly schedules, etc.  It is YOUR responsibility to check it, and check it often!  Technology, including cell phones, should not be visible in class unless we are using them for an assignment.  Earbuds may be used when designated. If I conclude that cell phones, ipods, earbuds, etc. are distracting from the work in the classroom, I will take away the device until the end of the class period.  Repeat offenders may be referred to the office.

Students need to check their student email and the class Blackboard site daily to remain up to date on class and school communications. When students are communicating with the teacher via email they will be expected to use proper grammar and punctuation.


“Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.”

~ Lawrence Clark Powell ~

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more things that you learn, the more places you will go.

~ Dr. Seuss ~

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