11 Applied Communication Position Paper

Course Description:
This course is designed to equip students with the reading, writing, analytical, and communication skills that will help them successfully enter the job market, military, business school, or a junior or technical college. The grammar and writing exercises emphasize sentence mechanics, word choice, tone, point-of-view, detail, organization, and various writing formats. Instruction is based on Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
Resources/Instructional Materials/Texts
  • PSSA Instructional Materials in Reading and Writing from the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • PSSA Ladders for Success: Reading
  • PSSA Ladders for Success: Writing
  • Study Island
  • Teacher constructed educational materials based on current Keystone Standards
Material Requirements: (Materials are to be purchased by student and are due by the end of the second week of school.)
  • 2- inch loose- leaf binder
  • 4 tab dividers
Academic Requirements:
  • 11 Applied Communications Binder - all graded papers and handouts are to be placed in the binder immediately upon receipt. This is a record of your work and academic growth over the school year.
  • Relevant Homework and Class-work
  • Reading Assignments
  • Quizzes, Tests, and Projects
  • Writing Assignments
  • Vocabulary study that coordinates with the literature studied and tests on same
Grading: Grading for this course is based on total points
Class Work/Homework Policy:Work is absolutely due on the date assigned or the student will receive a grade of a zero. If a student is tardy, leaving early, or absent from class due to a field trip or extracurricular activities or other school activities the day that an assignment is due, he or she must submit that assignment to me by the end of the school day by placing it in the collection bin in the student center in my room. If a student has an excused absence the day that an assignment is due, the student will have the same number of days as the days of absence to make up the missing work, as per the rules in the student handbook. If this is not done, then the student will receive a grade of a zero. Failure to bring class materials or homework will result in a reduction of your daily grade as well. When you are absent from school, it is your responsibility to check the current class schedule on my wiki site to keep up with your work and to check for scheduled homework, quizzes, and tests. If you are in class the day that a quiz or test is given, you are not excused from taking it because you were absent the previous day. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK MY TEACHER WIKI AND YOUR STUDENT E-MAIL ON SNOW DAYS OR EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS FOR ASSIGNED CLASS WORK. You may reach me personally by e-mailing me at tmiller@jtasd.org or telephoning the high school office at 570-325-3663.
Class- work and Homework Schedule: Available at: http://trudyamiller.wikispaces.com
Classroom Policy: The following policy is posted in my classroom: In this class: 1. We take care of ourselves. 2. We take care of each other. 3. We take care of our stuff.

NOTE: Detach the top portion for your records. Detach and return the signed bottom portion.

I have read and understand the guidelines for 11 Applied Communications

Student Name (please print):

Student Signature:

Parent/Guardian Signature: _

Date: __

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