Syllabus and Addendum





English grades are based on assessments, which include essays, short written responses, presentations, and other Common Core rubric-based work. The other portion of the grade is based on class work, which includes smaller daily assignments, participation, homework, and outside reading. The TJH English Department does not offer extra credit. Remember to monitor your progress on Skyward Student/Family Access.


Assisting you in establishing lifelong habits of reliability and promptness is an instructional objective of this particular course. Progress towards this goal will be measured, at least in part, by tracking your attendance. Therefore, your grade or credit in this class may be adversely affected by tardiness or absences.



If you have an exceptional circumstance that prevents you from turning in your work on time, you must communicate with your teacher in person, via email, or by phone prior to the due date. It is your responsibility to contact your teacher if you need a due date extension.

If you are unable to turn in an assessment on time for any reason, you have three (3) class periods to turn it in for full credit. Work will not be accepted after those three class periods.


Our department believes that it is important for students to master the skills we are building in class. As such, we encourage revisions on select assessments that will be determined by the department. Ask your teacher for more details about whether an assessment can be revised.



“Plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source” (Council of Writing Program Administrators).

The Tahoma School District and the TJH English Department view plagiarism as a serious offense. Students are encouraged to use outside sources such as books or websites to find information, but students must give credit to those sources when that information is used in a piece of writing. Students who turn in work that is plagiarized will receive a discipline referral and a zero for the assignment. In addition, repeated violations will lead to further consequences laid out in the TJH Student Handbook. For more information about plagiarism, please read “Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism” from the Council of Writing Program Administrators.



Each semester, students in TJH English classes are expected to read two books, which will be documented through a brief assignment. Students can select fiction or nonfiction books, but it is the student’s responsibility to get books pre-approved by the teacher. Details on the Outside Reading assignment will be covered in class.


As of the 2014-2015 school year, the Tahoma School District adopted the SpringBoard Common Core English Language Arts curriculum produced by the College Board to meet the Common Core State Standards. As part of this curriculum, each student will receive their own copy of a textbook.

The 8th grade curriculum is divided into four units, each consisting of 1-2 major assessments:


Key Texts:

Key Assessments:

Unit 1: Writing Workshop

Diagnostic Essay, Writing handouts

1.Final Explanatory Essay

Unit 2: The Challenge of Utopia

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

1. Explanatory Essay

2. Argumentative Essay

Unit 3: The Challenge to Make a Difference

Various Holocaust Novels

1. Lit Circle Discussions

2. Multimedia Presentation

Unit 4: The Challenge of Comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare

1. Analysis Essay

2. Performance


The 9th grade curriculum is broken up into five distinct units, also with 1-2 major assessments each:


Key Texts:

Key Assessments:

Unit 1: Coming of Age

Assorted articles, stories, and poems

1. Diagnostic Essay

2. Literary Analysis Essay

Unit 2: Coming of Age in Changing Times

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

1. Research Presentation

2. Argumentative Essay

Unit 3: Defining Style

Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands

1. Style Analysis Essay

Unit 4: Exploring Poetic Voices

Poems by Pablo Neruda, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, and others

1. Poetry Anthology

Unit 5: Coming of Age on Stage

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

1. Performance



In order to make the most of your work with this curriculum, there are a few basic supplies you will need:

  • a pen and/or pencil

  • a composition book

  • loose-leaf notebook paper

  • at least 2 different colors of highlighters

  • standard sized post-it notes

  • headphones/earbuds (optional, but recommended)

Students will also be issued a textbook at the beginning of the year, free of charge. Students are required to bring these textbooks to class every day. There is space in each classroom to store their textbooks if they choose to leave them at school. Should a student lose the textbook, they will be required to replace it at their own expense. 


Addendum to ENG8/9 Syllabus


English Class Supplies

  • Loose leaf lined paper
  • Pencils (mechanical or wooden)
  • Pens with blue or black ink
  • Highlighters (different colors)
  • Post-It Notes
  • Composition/spiral notebook
  • An enjoyable novel to read during SSR

Additional suggestions

  • Notecards (3x5)
  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Self-contained pencil sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Pencil pouch
  • Glue stick

Please come see me if you have any questions about classroom supplies.

Contact Information

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(425) 413-5600

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