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English IV Syllabus

English IV Syllabus

Tishomingo High School


Teacher:​ Mrs. Gena Waitman



Welcome to English IV! I have a passion for reading and writing that I hope is contagious in my classroom. I cannot wait to help you reach your full potential in writing! The following outlines what you can expect to see and do in my class this year. My hopes and prayers are that we get to stay in school all year, but no matter what happens, we will get through this together working hard and giving our best! It will be imperative that you keep up with online assignments if we move to distance learning. 



Pearson Literature Book Grade 12

Teacher Handouts


Senior Memory Book


Course Description:

 ​This course will focus on grammar, mechanics, usage, the writing process,various genres of literature, literature response, reading comprehension, and interactive journals. The three main types of writing, including expository/informational, narrative, and argumentative/persuasive, will be addressed. Many of the literature pieces will be used in conjunction with the writing activities. Strategies that can be applied to reading selections on the SAT or ACT are also taught. There will be assigned reading for home required from time to time, and independent preparation/study for literature tests. In order to prepare for possible distance learning, I will also be incorporating most of the assignments into Google Classroom. We will move through the British Literature timeline and read selections from that list. The students will also produce several fun pieces for his/her Senior Memory Book. I am so excited about these!


What you will need everyday:

-English textbook

- Your folder with journal topics, etc...

-Paper (can be put in the plastic folder with brads)

-Pencils (several packs)

-Blue Pens


-Insertable page protectors (They usually come in a pack of 8-10)

-Composition Journal


Class Expectations:

1. Respect Others

2. Work Hard

3. Be Prepared


Behavior Policy:

Step 1: Verbal Warning

Step 2: Sign and Complete the Teacher/Student Behavior Contract (when needed)

Step 3: Principal

Step 4: Contact Parent

Note: Depending on the severity of the misconduct, the order of these consequences is

subject to change.


Grading Scale:

A 90% - 100% 

B 89% - 80% 

C 79% - 70% 

D 69% - 60%

F 59% - 0% 

Essays and tests will count as two grades/weighted double compared to daily work, which is counted once.

You may view your child’s grade at: If you do not have a current password

for the online grade book, please contact the office. Ineligible lists will be generated on

Thursdays. Students listed will be ineligible for all extra-curricular activities until they have a

passing grade


Make-up Work Policy (Excused Absences Only):

Each student will be allowed the same number of days that they missed to make up any

work or tests missed as a result of an excused absence or school activity. It is the student’s

responsibility to ask for any missed work on the day they return.


Late Work Policy:

Students will receive a zero on any work that is not turned in by 3:25 on the day it is due. However, students will be given an opportunity to attend PRIDE to make up any daily work that is a zero.When they attend PRIDE they will have the opportunity to earn 80% of the original grade. Failure to attend PRIDE will result in a “0” and further discipline from the principal. 

Cheating and Plagiarism Policy:

Any student suspected of cheating will receive a zero on the assignment with no chance

to redo the assignment.

Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work, mainly written works, and claiming it

as your own. It is the equivalent of cheating and will not be tolerated. Any assignment that is

plagiarized will receive a zero with no chance to redo the assignment.


Return this page for a grade.:


I have read and understand the attached/online syllabus. By signing this form, I agree to comply with the policies listed above and accept the syllabus for this class. This is my first homework assignment in Mrs.Waitman’s class. If the signature page is returned signed, I will receive a 100. If not returned, I will receive a 0 on my first assignment.


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Student Signature/ Date

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Parent Signature/ Date