IB English II

IB English HL II, Mrs. Burchfield , ashley.burchfield@darlington.k12.sc.us, Fall 2017

Dear Parent:

I am looking forward to working with your student this year. We must work diligently to accomplish all goals for this important final year of high school.

The IB works for the detailed study this year include selected poems by William Butler Yeats,
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and selected essays by Virginia Woolf. These works will be used for the students’ Individual Oral Commentaries which will be completed in March (or earlier if we are ahead). The following works will be read in preparation for the final exam in May: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

Students should keep up with all assignment deadlines (homework, projects, writing assignments and tests). The grade delineation will be the following: 50% for tests, writing assignments, and projects; 30% for daily grades and quizzes; and 20% for homework. With so many deadlines, it will be essential for students to complete work in a timely manner to avoid getting behind, not only in this class, but also in the other IB classes.

One way to improve grades is to come prepared to class each day (homework, paper, pens, books, notebook, handouts, a flash drive, and drafts of papers). Students should keep all edited hard copies of drafts in a safe place. Likewise, students should keep an electronic copy of each writing assignment, as well. All papers will be submitted to turnitin.com. If any of your student’s work is determined to be plagiarized, it will result in an instant zero and  termination from the IB program. Encourage your student to  CITE ALL SOURCES.

Handouts and class notes are to be kept together in one section of a notebook and should be brought to class every day. Extra copies of handouts will not be given should the student fail to keep up with them. Students will have a notebook check at the end of each nine-weeks grading period. This will count as a test grade.

Thank you for your interest in your child’s education. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns (857-3720) during the school year. (This number is also the homework hotline if students are uncertain about an assignment.)

Sincerely,

Ashley C. Burchfield

Classroom Rules

  1. Keep the learning continuous.   2. Bring supplies and a positive attitude.   3. Listen and follow directions the first time. 4. Be courteous and show respect for teachers, students, and school property at all times. 5. Clean up your own mess.

Consequences of Breaking the Rules

  1. Warning (group or individual)
  2. Extra Writing Assignment
  3. Lunch Detention 
  4. After-School Meeting PARENT, PLEASE SIGN BELOW.
  5. Referral

Rewards for Good Behavior

  1. Pride   2.  Extra Privileges