Mrs. Weems
weemsac@pwcs.edu
Ms. Weems, English teacher
Mrs. Aimee Weems has been teaching since 1999 and has worked in PWCS since 2012. Mrs. Weems studied journalism at Biola University (Southern California) and holds a Masters of Secondary Education and English from both Cal State Fullerton and the University of Mary Washington. In addition to spending quality time with her husband and children, Mrs. Weems loves to run. She is the president of the Fredericksburg Area Running Club and enjoys running marathons and local races. Mrs. Weems is teaching CFPA English 9 and English 11 this year.



Schedule:

 P2 CFPA English 9
 P3 CFPA English 9
 P4 English 11
 P6 English 11

 
P7 English 11


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Syllabus:

 English 9 

Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School

“Preparing and Inspiring Students for their Future”

Mrs. Weems
      English 9

2019-20 Course Syllabus

571.374.6550 weemsac@pwcs.edu  Twitter: @weems_mrs

Office Hours: Varies – See Mrs. Weems

Course Description:

At the 9th grade level, students will develop interpersonal skills as well as those skills required for more formal speaking. Students will continue to develop media literacy and develop proficiency in making oral presentations individually and in small groups. Students will apply knowledge of word origins and will be introduced to a variety of literary works and will be able to apply knowledge of literary terms. Students will continue to develop reading comprehension skills by applying reading strategies. Students will write a variety of texts using correct usage and grammar and will be able to self-edit and revise and edit. Students will develop research skills using online resources and other media to create research product and will be able to verify the validity of information and follow ethical and legal guidelines for using found information applying a standard style method to credit sources.

Required Class Materials:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird ISBN: 978-0-446-31078-9
  • Independent reading novel
  • Highlighters
  • Colored pencils
  • Notebook

 

  • Paper
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Dry erase markers

 

Course Unit Topics:

  • Narratives
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Non-Fiction
  • Writing

Grading/Missed Work: Grades are reflective of a student’s level of mastery of an objective. Students will be given multiple opportunities to master objectives.  Formative assessments count as 20% of the grade.  Summative assessments count as 80% of the grade.

To allow your student as much time as possible for content/skill mastery, please observe the following schedule.  Please take advantage of before/after school help.  These are the last dates to improve your mastery level.  Of course, teachers may use discretion in individual cases, including but not limited to long-term absences.

 

 

Must be Submitted by:

Marking Period 1

Friday, October 25

Marking Period 2

Friday, January 17

Marking Period 3

Friday, March 20

Marking Period 4

Friday, June 5th

 

Relearning Process/ Retake Procedures: Students may be allowed the opportunity to retake any individual standard on an assessment that falls into the Summative category for a full replacement grade. There are a few guidelines that must be met to be eligible for a retake. Remediation plans include, but are not limited to, completing a Relearning Plan form, correctly completing an error analysis on the category, skill, or objective they wish to retake, having all formative assignments from the unit completed, and completing the retake before the end of the next unit/grading deadline. The teacher may exercise the right to alter the format of the retake in order to best meet the needs of the individual student.

Contact Information:

The best way to contact me is through my email: weemsac@pwcs.edu. Students, please be sure to use your Colgan or PWCS email address when corresponding via email.

Please be sure to check Edmodo regularly as most of the answers to your questions can be found here (you may sign up using the following codes: Period 2: 5yh7yp  Period 3: ic6mfi).

Students will be reading and writing every day for the first 20 minutes of class.  Please be sure to bring your chosen book to class each period.  Although, all specifically assigned novels will be previously approved, independent reading choices are selected at the discretion of parents and students. Teachers and librarians are certainly here to help with text selection; we are a resource! Please refer to the Prince William County statement below. 

“During the course of the school year, your child will read several texts in his or her Language Arts class. Some of these texts will be required for whole class or small group instruction. Other texts that students select for independent reading are not necessarily included on the PWC Instructional Reading List. If for any reason you are not comfortable with your child reading a certain text, please contact me so that we can work together to find and appropriate alternative.”


 English 11

Mrs. Weems

English 11

2019-2020 Course Syllabus

571.374.6550  weemsac@pwcs.edu  Twitter: @weems_mrs

Office Hours: Tuesdays until 3:00 

Course Description

The eleventh-grade student will be able to construct and analyze informative and persuasive presentations, both individually and collaboratively, with attention to the accuracy of evidence and the effectiveness of delivery. An examination of how media influences beliefs and behaviors will be introduced. The student will continue to develop and expand vocabulary. The study of both classic and contemporary American literature will enhance the student’s appreciation for literature. The student will be able to identify the prevalent themes and characterizations present in American literature, which are reflective of history and culture. Students will also use nonfiction texts to draw conclusions and make inferences citing textual support. The student will be able to write clear and accurate personal, professional, and informational correspondence and reports for research and other applications. Grammar development will continue through the application of rules for sentence formation, usage, spelling, and mechanics. The student will develop informative and persuasive writings by locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and documenting information following ethical and legal guidelines.

Required Class Materials

  • 1 ½”-2” three-ring binder
  • Ink pens, pencils, color pencils, dry erase markers, and highlighters
  • Notebook paper (enough for the year)
  • USB Flash Drive (optional, but recommended)

Major Works

Students may be asked to purchase some of the following books during the school year. Any purchase recommendations will be made well in advance of the relevant unit. Students are strongly discouraged from purchasing all texts upfront because some of the texts will be provided by the teacher. Also, the list is subject to change based on time and instructional decisions. If there are any issues purchasing a book, please let me know so that I can provide a copy for the student.

The following texts to include but not limited to:

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Book Clubs as determined by teacher

 

Course Unit Topics

Unit 1: The American Dream

Unit 2: Early American Literature

Unit 3: Romanticism/Transcendentalism  

Unit 4: Realism/Naturalism/Regionalism

Unit 5: Harlem Renaissance

Unit 6: Modernism

Unit 7: Contemporary Literature

English 11 SOL Exams:

Students must pass the two English Standards of Learning (SOL) Exams in order to graduate. The first exam is the Writing SOL in March, and the second exam is the Reading SOL in May. The preparation for the SOL exam is a year-long process that each unit and assignment builds upon.

Grading/Missed Work

Grades are reflective of a student’s level of mastery of an objective. Students will be given multiple opportunities to master objectives and will be graded on an 80/20 scale. 80% of their grade will come from the summative assessments and 20% will come from formative assessments.  The consistent completion of the formatives will prepare the student for the summative assessments thoroughly. There will be a cutoff date to turn in absent/missing work at the end of every interim and quarter that students will be informed of well in advance.

 

Semester 1

Must be Submitted by

Semester 2

Must be Submitted by

Marking Period 1

Friday,October 25th

Marking Period 3

Friday,March 20th

Marking Period 2

Friday,January 17th

Marking Period 4

Friday, June 5th


Retake Procedures

Students may be allowed the opportunity to retake any individual standard on an assessment that falls into the Summative category for a full replacement grade. There are a few guidelines that must be met to be eligible for a retake. Remediation plans include, but are not limited to, completing a Relearning Plan form, correctly completing an error analysis on the category, skill, or objective they wish to retake, having all formative assignments from the unit completed, and completing the retake before the end of the next unit/grading period. The teacher may exercise the right to alter the format of the retake in order to best meet the needs of the individual student.

Contact Information:

The best way to contact me is through email at weemsac@pwcs.edu. I am happy to answer student questions about homework, tests, classwork, etc. through email, as well. I also use Edmodo frequently for class updates, due dates, and important reminders. The class website also has important course information and will be updated regularly. Please encourage your student to be proactive and self-advocate. Both students and parents should check ParentVue weekly and address any concerns as soon as they arise. The use of email, Edmodo, and ParentVue will be extremely beneficial in monitoring your student’s progress.

Additional Information:

If a student is uncomfortable with the prescribed assignment at any time, please contact me so that we may conference in order to discover the best path forward for the student in regards to the specific assignment and to explore alternatives.

 





 

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