- Students are expected to read books from 6 different genres. These genres include realistic fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, biography (or autobiography, memoir), and informational. Books within these genres are chosen by the student.
- Students are expected to read every day. We suggest a minimum of 20 minutes a night.
- Students are expected to challenge themselves as readers. A challenge for one particular student may not be a challenge for others. Keep in mind your individual needs, reading level and interests and set goals to best fit yourself as an teenage reader.
- Students will be expected to share their books within small groups. There is a small presentation component to this and it usually goes more smoothly for students if they practice before coming to class on book talk days.
- Having a book to read in class is the student's responsibility. It is expected that they will come to class each and every day with their SSR book. Once the library is open we will be going there to check books out, etc. every other week. Due dates, renews and fines incurred are always the student's responsibility.
- Students are expected to always do their own writing. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
- Students are expected to take risks in their writing. Taking risks, trying something new, exploring an idea that makes you uncomfortable is often the best way to grow as a writer.
- Due dates serve a purpose. We often use what was due on a particular day in the next lesson. It is EXTREMELY important that the work is completed on time so that the student can participate and get the most out of the next day's lesson.
- Communication is a key. We understand that our lives get a little crazy at times and know that occasionally work may be late due to unforeseen circumstances. Communicating this to us at the earliest possible time is best and appreciated.
- Students are expected to use PowerSchool and be aware of their grades.