Amerah Pioquinto

Amerah Pioquinto

OVERVIEW

Amerah Pioquinto
apioquinto@keeneisd.org
817-774-5200

Teaching Certificate

This is going to be a great school year! It’s your junior year of high school. There’s only two years left in your time in high school which means one thing: things are about to get crazy!  I understand you have other things going on in your life besides just my class. School, work, family, friends, and beginning the process to decide what to do after high school, these are just a few of the things that will be going on during this school year for you. If you budget your time wisely and work hard during class, English III should not burden you too much.

In this class, we will be reading, writing, and discussing texts from North America’s history, starting with the Native American oral tradition continuing all the way to the Post-Modern texts of today. We will use these texts to broaden our knowledge of different cultures, literary periods in American history,  and understand what rhetoric is and how to use and analyze it effectively.

 

In-Class Reading

We will be reading short, supporting texts to go along with the concepts we will be learning. There will also be at least one novel or play that we will read per nine weeks that will be largely read in class.

 

Independent Reading

On top of in-class reading, each nine weeks you will independently read one of book from one these genres to read from:

  • Non-fiction/inspirational
  • Sci-Fi/Mystery
  • Historical fiction
  • Fiction of your choice (This one can be anything you want as long as it is fiction.)

 

The books must be at least 150 pages long and it subject to approval by me. I reserve the right to say no to any books that are inappropriate in content or below grade level. Throughout each nine weeks there will be reading check-ups which will consist of some type of activity to help you pace your reading and let me know what you have been learning through your reading.

 

Everyday Essentials

  • College-ruled spiral for notes, critical writing, and reflection
  • Binder (does not matter what size/type)
  • Macbook
  • Pencil/pen, eraser, highlighters, etc.
  • Previously announced texts when there is not a class copy

 

Grading Breakdown

 

Turning in Work

All work will be turned in to the hanging folders at the front of the room. If there was homework from the night before, you will turn in this homework to the appropriate folder as you enter class. If you turn homework in later than 10 minutes after class starts, you will be asked to place it in the late work folder and 10 points will be taken off of it.  When there is work to be turned in that was done during the same class period as it is being turned in, you will put it in the appropriately labelled folder as you exit the room. If you forget to turn it in as you exit class, please turn it in as soon as possible during that same school day.

 

Absent Policy

All work missed must be made up once you get the missed work within the same amount of days as the absence. For example, if you miss Monday and Tuesday and you come back and get your work on Wednesday, you have two days to complete it, so you would turn it in on Friday. Turn in all absent work to the hanging folder labelled for absent work.

  • All physical copies of any paperwork that you missed will be in the Absent Work binder located at the Student Center in the back right of the class.

 

Late Work

  • The student can only earn a maximum grade of 70% on that assignment.
  • If a student has 4 or more missing assignments then the teacher will write a discipline referral for after school detention. Detention is served from 3:30 to 5:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • All late assignments are due by the deadlines listed below.  After the deadline passes all late assignments for the 9 week grading period will no longer be accepted and will be entered as 0’s in the gradebook.
      1. 1st 9 weeks: 12:00 noon – Friday, October 5
      2. 2nd 9 weeks: 3:45 pm – Friday, December 14
      3. 3rd 9 weeks: 12:00 noon – Friday, March 8
      4. 4th 9 weeks: 3:45 pm – Friday, May 17

 

Tardy Procedure

If you arrive to class tardy, enter the room quietly and make your way to your desk. You may ask your groupmates to quickly brief you on what is happening. If you arrive more than ten minutes late the class three times, you will be required to come in during tutorials for the amount of time that I will determine appropriate.

 

Behavior Expectations/Class Rules

The Keene 22 is an important factor to keep in mind when you are in the classroom, especially since they are the rules for this class.  If you follow it, you will be respectful to yourself and those around you. Along with that, I expect everyone to:

  • Listen intentionally
    • This means that you have your body turned towards the person talking, are looking at them, and listen to understand, not just listening to respond.
  • Enter and exit the room quietly while class is in session
  • Wait speak until it is your turn
  • If you notice that you have spoken a lot or answered several questions already, give someone else a chance to speak. This is a welcome learning environment and everyone has something useful to contribute. Each person deserves the same opportunity to learn as you.
  • Speak to the class- When you are answering a question or participating in class discussion, address the entire class not just the teacher so that everyone has a chance to hear and learn from what you have to say. Each of you has something valuable to add to the conversation.
  • Wait to leave class until I have dismissed you, not the bell.

 

Consequences of Disruptive Behavior

If you are disrupting class or not following directions, the consequences will take the form of four steps:

  • First step– I will come by and lightly tap your desk or your shoulder to indiscreetly let you know you need to correct your behavior.
  • Second step– If your behavior is not corrected after the first step, I will verbally redirect your behavior by tell you how you can participate in class better and speak with you privately after class.
  • Third step– If your behavior is not corrected after the second step, this will result in direct contact with your parents.
  • Fourth step– If you still do not correct your behavior after the third step, you will be referred to the office.  

 

Bathroom Breaks

If you need to use the restroom, you do not have to ask to go. You can get up and go without asking. All I ask is that you wait to go until it is student work time. Do not go when it is direct instruction time. When you need to go:

  • Quietly, without disturbing the rest of the class, walk over to the bathroom log book and fill it out
  • Take the bathroom pass as you exit
  • As you quietly enter back into the classroom, return the bathroom pass and check back in on the bathroom log

 

This system of using the restroom is a privilege and if you abuse that privilege, the teacher reserves the right to limit the number of times that you will be allowed to use the restroom during class per each nine weeks.

 

Sharpening Pencils

If you need to sharpen your pencil during direct instruction time from the teacher, please wait until it is over. In the mean-time, ask one of you groupmates if you can borrow a pen/pencil. If none of them have one for you to borrow, you may get a pencil from the student center where there will writing utensils for you to use. Please, do not take those pens or pencils home with you. They are to remain in my classroom so that other class periods can use them too.




Not Being Prepared for Class

If you come to class without the required materials, ask to share with your groupmates. There are pens in the Student Center available for you to use. Please, return the pens when you are finished using them.

 

Cell Phones

All phones must be kept in backpacks and turned on silent or off completely during class-time.

 

Everyday Essentials

  • College-ruled spiral for notes, critical writing, and reflection
  • Binder (does not matter what size/type)
  • Macbook
  • Pencil/pen, eraser, highlighters, etc.
  • Previously announced texts when there is not a class copy

 

Grading Breakdown

 

Turning in Work

All work will be turned in to the hanging folders at the front of the room. If there was homework from the night before, you will turn in this homework to the appropriate folder as you enter class. If you turn homework in later than 10 minutes after class starts, you will be asked to place it in the late work folder and 10 points will be taken off of it.  When there is work to be turned in that was done during the same class period as it is being turned in, you will put it in the appropriately labelled folder as you exit the room. If you forget to turn it in as you exit class, please turn it in as soon as possible during that same school day.

 

Absent Policy

All work missed must be made up once you get the missed work within the same amount of days as the absence. For example, if you miss Monday and Tuesday and you come back and get your work on Wednesday, you have two days to complete it, so you would turn it in on Friday. Turn in all absent work to the hanging folder labelled for absent work.

  • All physical copies of any paperwork that you missed will be in the Absent Work binder located at the Student Center in the back right of the class.

 

Late Work

  • The student can only earn a maximum grade of 70% on that assignment.
  • If a student has 4 or more missing assignments then the teacher will write a discipline referral for after school detention. Detention is served from 3:30 to 5:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • All late assignments are due by the deadlines listed below.  After the deadline passes all late assignments for the 9 week grading period will no longer be accepted and will be entered as 0’s in the gradebook.
      1. 1st 9 weeks: 12:00 noon – Friday, October 5
      2. 2nd 9 weeks: 3:45 pm – Friday, December 14
      3. 3rd 9 weeks: 12:00 noon – Friday, March 8
      4. 4th 9 weeks: 3:45 pm – Friday, May 17

 

Tardy Procedure

If you arrive to class tardy, enter the room quietly and make your way to your desk. You may ask your groupmates to quickly brief you on what is happening. If you arrive more than ten minutes late the class three times, you will be required to come in during tutorials for the amount of time that I will determine appropriate.

 

Behavior Expectations/Class Rules

The Keene 22 is an important factor to keep in mind when you are in the classroom, especially since they are the rules for this class.  If you follow it, you will be respectful to yourself and those around you. Along with that, I expect everyone to:

  • Listen intentionally
    • This means that you have your body turned towards the person talking, are looking at them, and listen to understand, not just listening to respond.
  • Enter and exit the room quietly while class is in session
  • Wait speak until it is your turn
  • If you notice that you have spoken a lot or answered several questions already, give someone else a chance to speak. This is a welcome learning environment and everyone has something useful to contribute. Each person deserves the same opportunity to learn as you.
  • Speak to the class- When you are answering a question or participating in class discussion, address the entire class not just the teacher so that everyone has a chance to hear and learn from what you have to say. Each of you has something valuable to add to the conversation.
  • Wait to leave class until I have dismissed you, not the bell.

 

Consequences of Disruptive Behavior

If you are disrupting class, the consequences will take the form of four steps:

  • First step– I will come by and lightly tap your desk or your shoulder to indiscreetly let you know you need to correct your behavior.
  • Second step– If your behavior is not corrected after the first step, I will verbally redirect your behavior by tell you how you can participate in class better and speak with you privately after class.
  • Third step– If your behavior is not corrected after the second step, this will result in direct contact with your parents.
  • Fourth step– If you still do not correct your behavior after the third step, you will be referred to the office.  

 

Bathroom Breaks

If you need to use the restroom, you do not have to ask to go. You can get up and go without asking. All I ask is that you wait to go until it is student work time. Do not go when it is direct instruction time. When you need to go:

  • Quietly, without disturbing the rest of the class, walk over to the bathroom log book and fill it out
  • Take the bathroom pass as you exit
  • As you quietly enter back into the classroom, return the bathroom pass and check back in on the bathroom log

 

This system of using the restroom is a privilege and if you abuse that privilege, the teacher reserves the right to limit the number of times that you will be allowed to use the restroom during class per each nine weeks.

 

Sharpening Pencils

If you need to sharpen your pencil during direct instruction time from the teacher, please wait until it is over. In the mean-time, ask one of you groupmates if you can borrow a pen/pencil. If none of them have one for you to borrow, you may get a pencil from the student center where there will writing utensils for you to use. Please, do not take those pens or pencils home with you. They are to remain in my classroom so that other class periods can use them too.

 

Not Being Prepared for Class

If you come to class without the required materials, ask to share with your groupmates. There are pens in the Student Center available for you to use. Please, return the pens when you are finished using them.

 

Cell Phones

All phones must be kept in backpacks and turned on silent or off completely during class-time.