English II

All daily homework, classroom assignments, and major assignments are posted on the English Google Classroom page. English II CP Classroom Policies and Expectations

Ms. Altemus

maltemus@mppanthers.org            maltemus@mpsnj.org

Policies and Expectations:

1.      Students wishing to be successful will bring all required materials, be on time for class, complete all assignments, and participate in class.


2.      Required materials for class include:

a.       1 three-ring binder, divided into 3 sections:

i. Reading

ii. Writing

iii. Grammar/Vocabulary

b.      Folder

c.      Pens [blue or black ink for work that will be handed in as well as tests and quizzes], pencils, highlighters (2)

d. Chromebook (charged!)


3.      Please be on time for class. If you are late because you were in another class or with a teacher or administrator, please bring a note when you arrive to class.


4.      Be respectful to everyone in class as well as your peers’ personal property and school property. As a class, we will respect each other’s opinions and property. Respond thoughtfully to others’ opinions. Remember to ask before you borrow someone’s property or want to borrow property in the classroom. Anything you borrow should be returned in the condition in which you received it.


5.      All work must be completed on time and with 100% effort. Each day that an assignment is late, points will be taken off.

For Homework and Classwork/Minor Assignments:

-    Grade will be brought down 1-2 points for each day late (depending on assignment).

For Major Assignments:

-    Grade will be brought down 1 letter grade for each day late.

*Any assignment not handed in will receive a 0 in the gradebook.*

  • It is much better to hand in work that you have put some effort into because you will get some points for it rather than a 0, which hurts your grade more.

6.      If you are absent, first check the “While You Were Out” Wall for any worksheets, assignments, or notes from the previous day(s). You should then check in with me to make sure you know what you have missed. If you miss class for a meeting or practice, be sure to stop by at the end of the day to find out what happened during class. Be responsible for class time you’ve missed.

7.      Hand in all of your own work. Do not copy or plagiarize. If you do copy or plagiarize, you will receive a zero, and we will have a discussion about the work you handed in. Also, if the plagiarism continues, an administrator will be informed and other disciplinary actions may occur.

8.      Follow all school rules outlined in the student handbook. These will be in effect within our classroom.

9.      Please do not pack up before the end of class, and stay in your seats until the bell rings.

10.    All class assignments, announcements, and useful materials will be posted on our Google Classroom page.

Our Learning This Year:

Unit 1: Early American Literature

Unit 2: Conformity and Rebellion: The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter

Unit 3: American Romanticism

Unit 4: The Research Paper

Unit 5: Romeo and Juliet

Unit 6: Realism

Unit 7: Vocabulary

  • Bi-weekly units; quiz after 1 unit, cumulative test after 3 units, interspersed homework assignment
Unit 8:
IXL exercises as well as in-class mini-lessons and activities

Grading (points):

Homework: 3 - 20       Test/Essays: 70 - 100

Quizzes: 20 - 40          Projects: 20 - 100 (depending on size)

Grades will be posted on PowerSchool. Please let me know if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Also, any work you miss will be placed into PowerSchool as a 0 until you hand in the work. This is meant to remind you that you have assignments you still need to complete, and the 0 will be changed once you hand in what’s missing.


This is going to be a wonderful year! Come and talk to me if you ever have any questions, concerns, or comments. Feel free to find me before or after school, or to email me.


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