• English I

    Course Syllabus

    Miss Gipfert

    Course Description:

    English I is an introductory course to the study of grammar, composition, literature, spelling, speaking, listening, journaling, and book reports. Students will study Shakespearean drama, short story, non-fiction, epic, and poetry genres. Students will also participate in a unit introducing them to library research. Methods of assessment may include but are not limited to objective and subjective tests, essays, oral presentations, projects, and observations.

    Instructional Philosophy:

    Upon coming to class, students should expect to see an activity or journal on the board to start off the class. They will be expected to enter the room quietly, to be seated before the bell rings, and to begin the posted activity. Students should expect to be actively engaged through cooperative learning strategies, active learning, note taking, class/group discussion, and teacher lecture. The structure/organization of the classroom will depend on the activities planned. Students will be placed in teams the second or third week of school. These teams will change periodically throughout the year.

    Major Course Goals:

    1. Students will read an analyze different types of literature.
    2. Students will identify major literary terms and their application.
    3. Students will read for pleasure and analysis.
    4. Students will expand their understanding of English grammar.
    5. Students will improve their writing skills.
    6. Students will become familiar with the library and computer lab.
    7. Students will use various resource materials.
    8. Students will increase their vocabularies.
    9. Students will practice a variety of test-taking skills.

    Major Course Projects & Instructional Activities:

    Students will complete the following:

    • Research project
    • 4 book reports/projects (2 a semester)
    • Numerous essays and compositions in a variety of styles (character analysis, compare/contrast, persuasive, narrative, description, etc.)
    • Oral presentations

    Course Assessment Plan: 

    Students will assessed in numerous ways throughout the school year. These types of assessments are tests, quizzes, essays, book/research reports, and projects. High school students are required to take a final exam at the end of the first semester. The exam will count for 20% of the student’s semester grade. Second semester the student will be required to take the End of Course (EOC) exam. This also will make up 20% of their semester grade.

    Classroom Expectations:

    1. Be Respectful
    2. Be Recognized
    3. Be Engaged
    4. Be On Time

    Supplies and Materials Needed: 

    Students enrolled in English I will be required to have the following materials:

    • Student planner (daily)
    • Blue/black ink pen or pencil (daily)
    • 1 subject college ruled notebook (college rule)
    • 2” three-ring binder
    • Large package of loose leaf paper (college rule)
    • Highlighter


    Food, Drinks, and Gum: Food is not permitted in my classroom unless the student has gotten permission from the teacher. Water in a clear close-capped bottle is allowed. Gum is allowed unless this privilege is taken away at the teacher’s discretion. 

    Extra Help:

    I am available for any student who needs extra help. If you need extra help in the morning, you must have me sign your planner the day before so that you can come to my room for help. I will be available most morning from 7:30-8:00.

    Contact Information:

    Parents may contact me by phone, email, or visiting the school.

    Teacher: Megan Gipfert

    Email Address: mgipfert@holden.k12.mo.us

    Phone Number: (816) 850-4444, ext. 7134

    Available: 8:00-9:27 am M-F

    **refer to the student handbook for additional information regarding: attendance policy (pg. 5), appearance/attire (pg. 14), student conduct (pg. 14-16), discipline (p. 17)