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Hello!  As a Burke County native and BCHS alumni, I am proud to serve the students in our community as an English Language Arts Learning Specialist.  I look forward to working with you this year and growing together. 
1st Semester Schedule     2nd Semester Schedule  
1st Block World Literature   1st Block World Literature
2nd Block World Literature   2nd Block World Literature
3rd Block Planning   3rd Block World Literature
4th Block World Literature   4th Block Planning
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Course syllabus for World Literature 2018-2019

Ms. Jessica Brantley  (jibrantley@burke.k12.ga.us ), Room 515

Tutorial Hours: Thursdays 3:00-4:00 or by appointment

Materials needed:

  • Packs of College Ruled Paper
  • Pens – blue or black ink
  • Folder of your choice
  • Pencils

Reading Selections:

Excerpts featured in Connections English Language Arts program

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students who are reading on or below the 9th grade level. Students will have opportunities to develop and expand their knowledge of literature and language and demonstrate a mastery level of new learning through performance tasks and assessments. This course will offer an opportunity to increase reading skills and overall literacy.


Reading and Vocabulary Standards:  ELACC9-10RL1, ELACC9-10RL2, ELACC9-10RL3, ELACC9-10RL4, ELACC9-10RL5, ELACC9-10RL6, ELACC9-10RL7, ELACC9-10RL9, ELACC9-10RI1, ELACC9-10RI2, ELACC9-10RI3, ELACC9-10RI4, ELACC9-10RI5, ELACC9-10RI6, ELACC9-10RI7, ELACC9-10RI8, ELACC9-10RI9, ELACC9-10L4 (4a, 4b, 4c), ELACC9-10L5 (5a, 5b), ELACC9-10L6

Writing and Language Standards: ELACC9-10W1 (1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e), ELACC9-10W2 (2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f), ELACC9-10W3 (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e), ELACC9-10W4, ELACC9-10W5, ELACC9-10W7, ELACC9-10W8, ELACC9-10W9, ELACC9-10L1 (1a, 1b), ELACC9-10L2 (2a, 2b, 2c), ELACC9-10L3 (3a), ELACC9-10L6

Method of Evaluation:

Formative Assessments                          45%

    • quizzes, class work, homework
    • vocabulary
    • grammar,
  • short writing assignments

Summative Assessments                                   55%

  • unit tests
  • novel study,
  • benchmark assessments

*Final will be worth 20% of your grade.

Procedure Of Evaluation:

Summative Assessments:

Each grading period, students will complete a major writing assignment (argumentative, expository, and narrative), unit tests, and/or projects  

  • All essays and research projects must be typed and submitted.
  • Unit tests will consist of higher order thinking questions..

Formative Assessments:

Quizzes will usually be unannounced.  If students are assigned written homework or a reading assignment, it is highly recommended that they complete the task for their enrichment.

Classroom Expectations

  • Stay in your assigned seat.
  • Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.
  • Follow all rules in the BearFacts.
  • Respect yourself and others.

Students who do not abide by the above expectations will receive the following:

  • Verbal warning and communication to parent requiring parental signature
  • Telephone call to parent and/or Detention
  • Telephone call to parent for conference
  • Referral to administration (which may result in lunch detention, ISS, or OSS)

Students who abide by the above expectations will receive the following:

  • Praises
  • Positive notes or calls home
  • Whole-class free time
  • Various other positive perks
  • The joy of learning


Students have a moral obligation to complete their own schoolwork.  Cheating and plagiarism are wrong.  Cheating is the practice of fraudulent or deceptive acts for the purpose of improving a grade or obtaining course credit or assisting another to do so.  Plagiarism is a specific form of cheating which consists of the misuse of the published and/or unpublished works of another by representing the material so used as one’s own work.  Students who violate this policy will receive disciplinary action.

Late Work Policy

For each day an assignment is late, points will be deducted.  Grades will only be accepted up to 3 days late, with 10% taken off each day it is late. On the third day, it becomes a zero.

Making Up Assignments From an Absence

If a student is absent from class during a quiz or a test, students will complete the assessment within 3 to 5 class days of the missed assessment. Students may either come during tutoring hours or may have to use class time to complete the missed assessment. In regards to missed class work, students should ask the teacher for the assignment(s) upon returning to class. Always ask the teacher for the missed work after class.. The student will have five class days from his or her return to class to complete and submit the assignment(s) for full credit. Failure to do so will result in a late grade (SEE LATE WORK POLICY SECTION)

Cell Phone Policy

  1. If a student has a cell phone, it is to be used only during green zone and may not be used for social media or any sort. It is for educational purposes only.
  2. If the phone is visible, heard, or used in any way during a red zone, a referral will be given.
  3. If a student refuses to put up the phone or headphones when asked, , he or she will be referred to an assistant principal.
  4. Refer to the Bearfacts Student Handbook for consequences for violation of the cell phone policy.

TARDY Policy  

  1. When the tardy bell rings, the door will be shut and locked.
  2. The student will not be allowed in class without a pass from an assistant principal, another teacher, or a late bus pass.  
  3. There are penalties for tardies.