English 9

Year round syllabus and class policies will be found here. Daily assignments and announcements will be found on Google Classroom. 
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English 9 Syllabus 
Teacher Name: Miss Jordan Gearke

Email: jordan.gearke@jeffco.k12.co.us, jgearke@jeffcoschools.us

Classroom: A101  Office: A115      Website: Lakewood Faculty Site and Google Classroom (login instructions provided in class)

Semester at a Glance - Major Texts and Writing Tasks:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Short story

We Were Here novel

Grading Scale:

A= 100-90%   B= 89-80%    C= 79-70%   D= 69-60%   F= 59% and below


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

  • Reading: analysis of texts
  • Writing: demonstration of learning through essays/written word
  • Speaking/listening: demonstration of learning through presentations or lectur
  • Timeliness: assignments are turned in in a timely and professional manner In each category, assessments will be worth 23% and practice will be worth 10%.
    Timeliness will count for 1% of the grade.


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:

  • Summative assessments, or major assignments such as essays or projects,
    are accepted but will receive a 5% reduction
  • 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 and to talk with her in class (at an appropriate time) to see what you missed during class.

Connecting in a Crisis: 

  • In order to best prepare you for life, we must keep high expectations and rigor during class. HOWEVER, I acknowledge some of us may still be in crisis mode, please, please talk to me directly and I will help. 

Class Expectations:

  • Be prepared- Come to class on time, in appropriate clothing, with the required materials and ready to learn. Class will begin with a warm-up and end when I dismiss you
  • Be present- Once in class, be in class- both physically and mentally. That means you may not leave the class- barring emergencies- or have your phone out. Class is 90 minutes, be there for all of it.
  • Be a listener- Our class is discussion based. Every person in the room is expected to listen, with respect, whenever the speaker is talking. Whether that is me giving a lesson or your classmate sharing an idea, listening with respect is demanded. Put downs, name calling , gossip or any other harmful language will not be tolerated.

Materials Needed:

  • Composition Notebook
  • Folder for handouts, or section within a binder
  • Pens, pencils
  • Independent reading book


  Cheating/Plagiarism: “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).

All written assignments will be submitted through turnitin.com.


My goal is for you to not only succeed in class, but hopefully take away skills and interests that will push you toward success in your future. Go Tigers!

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