Parent Information Night Medford High School Mr. David Ambrose English 11 Honors: American Literature Thursday, September 25, 2008
Welcome, parents! • Thank you for coming this evening. • Goals for tonight: • To help you understand the work we will be doing throughout the school year. • To explain my expectations for my students. • To share information about how you can support learning at home.
Curriculum Goals • To create a safe and comfortable learning environment for each student. • To simulate a college English classroom by providing students the opportunity to guide their own learning. • To analyze and evaluate American literature from various genres and literary movements. • To begin focused exploration of colleges and universities. • To prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT. • To improve students’ reading and writing skills.
Grading Policies • Every student has the opportunity to succeed. • Quarterly grades will be calculated as follows: • Homework 20% • Tests 20% • Essays 20% • Projects 15% • Participation 15% • Quizzes 10% • Printed grade reports are available upon request.
Class Information • Literature • An overview of American literature • Standardized Test Preparation • PSAT (October 18, 2008) • SAT (January, March, May, June 2009) • Reading and Writing Workshop • Self-selected reading; creative writing • Grammar • Vocabulary • Word of the Day • In-context Vocabulary
PSAT and SAT • PSAT (October 18, 2008) • A “no consequences,” realistic practice for SAT • National Merit Qualifying Exam • A status which is quite prestigious • $30 registration fee • Friday practice sessions in class • Thursday afternoon sessions (beginning next week) • SAT (January, March, May, June 2009) • www.collegeboard.com • Sign up for the SAT Question of the Day • A tip for SAT success: read, read, read!
How to get Involved • Please bookmark the course website. • www.misterambrose.com • On the website, you will find the following: • Current and archived homework assignments • An e-mail link • Examples of student work • Links to help your child with homework
Goals • What are your goals for your child this year? • Is there anything you want me to know so that I may be a better teacher for your child? • Is there anything you would like to share about your child’s personality, interests, or previous academic experiences?
Questions? • Does anyone have any questions? • Parent-Teacher Conferences • Following first quarter report cards • 781.264.0881 • email@example.com • www.misterambrose.com