9th Grade English Honors

Welcome to Mr. McVey's English 9 Honors
                 Room A111 and A104
                                             Google Classroom codes:
                          Block 1 5uydnq                                                                                      Block 2  hueqc2
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                                                                             Syllabus for the year is below

Teacher Name: Mr. Jon McVey Email:

Classroom: A112   Office Location: A115

Website: Lakewood Faculty Website, and Google Classroom (login instructions provided in class)

Year at a Glance - Major Texts and Writing Tasks:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6


The Odyssey

Of Mice and Men*

Animal Farm*

To Kill a Mockingbird*

Lord of the Flies*

Romeo and Juliet


This I Believe Personal Essay

Literary Analysis

Editorial Argument

Definition Essay

Literary Analysis

Creative Project

*indicates texts that we recommend purchasing - a note about class texts:

While the school is able to provide students with copies of the indicated texts, it is highly encouraged to purchase your own copies. This way you will be able to annotate, highlight, dog-ear, and think all over the text, which leads to more critical thinking and a more thorough understanding. is a great place to purchase discounted paperbacks.


The gradebook functions on a continuous point-based system, and all assessments are broken into the following two categories:

  • Formative: Practice-oriented, smaller-scale assignments that build up to larger assessments. This could include homework or classwork responses, small group discussions, or quizzes.

    • All formative assignments range from 10-25 points.

  • Summative: Major, end-of-unit assessments that demonstrate overall skills and understandings from a particular unit of study. This could be essays, projects, formal discussions, or presentations.

    • All summative assignments range from 50-100 points.

Late Work/Makeup Work Policy:

All work must be submitted by the assigned due date. Any work not submitted will be marked as missing in the gradebook until it is received. Late work is accepted on the following conditions:

  • Formative assessments are accepted at a 50% deduction after the assigned due date.

  • Summative assessments, or major assignments such as essays or projects, are accepted at a 10% deduction per school day (not per class meeting day). Deductions will not go below 50%.

  • All late work for the unit of study must be turned in no later than one week after the end of the unit. Clarify cut-off dates with your teacher.


  • Please turn in any work missed during an absence as soon as you return to school.. Also, it is your responsibility to check your teacher’s website to see what you missed during class.

Class Expectations:

  • Be prompt. → in your seat, quiet, and ready to work when the bell rings

  • Be prepared. → Have all materials needed for class and be willing and ready to engage in class activities.

  • Be productive. → Use time wisely and be effective. Electronics will be confiscated if a distraction.

  • Be polite.   → Good manners and respectful behavior are an expectation, and make for a better overall experience for everyone around you.

Materials Needed:



-Composition Book

-Folder for handouts, or section within a binder

-Pens, pencils




-Personal Copies of texts


“The consequences for a student who is found cheating includes: The student(s) will not receive credit for their academic work, parents will be contacted, the student(s) will be referred to an administrator, and suspension may be an option - depending on the severity of the cheating” (LHS Student Handbook).


Now that all the important stuff is done....welcome to high school, and welcome to ninth grade English. We hope to instill not only academic skills that will help you succeed, but an excitement for reading, writing, and thinking. Make the most out of your time here - participate, be engaged, strive to learn, share positivity, and respect one another. Expect the best from yourself and from me, your teacher. If you can do these things, you will certainly find success. Go Tigers!

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