Neil DennisEnglish 10 TeacherEnglish 12 TeacherDepartment:English
A Day:Block 1: Study Hall, Room 305Block 2: English 10, Room 305Block 3: PLANNINgBlock 4: English 12, Room 305
B Day: TimeBlock 5: English 10, Room 305Block 6: English 10, Room 305Block 7: English 12, Room 305Block 8: Planning, (Dept. Meetings Thurs./Fri.)Education:
- Bachelors: Old Dominion University, B.A. in Journalism
- Masters: Old Dominion University, M.S. Ed.
Other Information:I'm an 15 year veteran of teaching middle school and high school English and social studies. I got started with journalism as the Features/Entertainment Editor for ODU's Mace & Crown in 1997. I am a former staff writer for Ninevolt Magazine, where I covered local and national musical artists, performing and visual arts, sports, and films. I have freelanced for numerous publications over the years, including Flash, HR Monthly, Star Trek Communicator, and Boxing 24/7.Typical Class Breakdown:Warm-Up w/reviewGuided PracticeGroup Discussion Questions/DebateIndependent Practice (Individual or Group; online or on paper)Exit Ticket/QuestionsMost assignments will be posted to Google Classroom. Any assignments that are printed will be available in a envelope marked 'ENGLISH 10 MAKE UP WORK" or "ENGLISH 12 MAKE UP WORK" next to the front door of the classroom.Course Outlines:Journals for 10th Graders:They will complete a five to seven sentence journal entry each week dealing with a reading or current even they need to respond to. Once a month (check gradebook for due date), students will staple together and turn in those journal entries for that month. Make up journals will be posted on the English 10 webpage monthly.Homework/Tests/Projects:Homework and due dates will be posted in class and online on the grade level tab on this faculty page and/or Google Classroom. All extra copies of homework and classwork will be placed in the Make-Up Work envelopes for each grade. When possible, homework may be posted on Google Classroom as well, but not guaranteed. Any test and project information will be posted in the English 10 and 12 tabs with due dates and include instructions, notes, and/or rubrics. TEST ARE OPEN BOOK, BUT ONLY WHEN THEIR IS AN ESSAY QUESTION COMPONENT. Please still study key concepts to make effective use of time when taking test.STUDENT MAKE UP POLICY (SECOND SEMESTER UPDATE):HOMEWORK AND CLASSWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED FULL CREDIT UP TO ONE CLASS LATE. IT WILL BE TREATED AS LATE FOR A WEEK FOLLOWING THAT FOR -20 PERCENTAGE POINTS OFF THE FINAL GRADE. TWO WEEKS AFTERWARD, THE GRADE PERMANENTLY BECOMES A ZERO. IF ABSENT ON DATE ASSIGNMENT IS GIVEN, STUDENT HAS UNTIL THE END OF THE FOLLOWING WEEK TO MAKE UP ASSIGNMENT FOR FULL CREDIT, AND ONE WEEK AFTER THAT FOR IT TO BE ACCEPTED WITH A LATE PENALTY. ANY ASSIGNMENT (EXCEPTING THE NINE WEEKS PROJECT) CAN BE REMADE ONCE FOR A MAXIMUM 80%, PROVIDED A THE REDONE ASSIGNMENT IS COMPLETED WITH AN ASSIGNMENT RETAKE FORM FILLED OUT WITH DETAILED EXPLANATION OF HOW THE STUDENT WENT ABOUT IMPROVING THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONCEPTS BEFORE REDOING THE ASSIGNMENT