SpringBoard English Language Arts is a college- and career-readiness program for ALL students. Beginning in middle school, SpringBoard helps students develop the knowledge and skills needed for Advanced Placement as well as for success in college and beyond without remediation. This flexible framework is created by teachers for teachers and may be used as a core curriculum that will make rigor and the California Common Core State Standards (CA CCSS) accessible for students.
SpringBoard was designed from the start to meet the needs of California students and teachers and was built on current research on best instructional practices and pedagogy. SpringBoard helps accelerate the full implementation of the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy so all students can achieve the outcomes defined in the new standards:
• Higher-order critical thinking skills
• Precision in reading and writing
• Accurate analysis and evaluation
• Problem-solving skills
• Deeper conceptual understanding
• Expanded academic vocabulary
• Media literacy
SpringBoard is designed to help students make meaning of complex texts and prepare them for the rigorous textual analysis expected of them in Advanced Placement (AP) English and college courses. The skills students acquire in SpringBoard allow them to think critically about and respond thoughtfully to important topics in all disciplines, and in society.
NECESSARY SUPPLIES FOR THE CLASS
- Chromebook supplied by Toll
- Lined paper for occasional note-taking
- crayons or colored pencils
All assignments will be posted and turned in on Google Classroom.
90-100% - A
80-89% - B
70-79% - C
56-69% - D
55% and below - F
Students and parents have access to my grade book through Student Portal and Parent Portal. Please keep an eye on grades and missing work so that there are no surprises when you receive Progress Reports and Report Cards.
CLASS PERIODS AND MEETINGS
Students are expected to attend all class Zoom meetings. Links will be posted on Google Classroom each day. Students need to log in using their Toll Chromebook so that their presence and attendance can be verified. On regular days, classes are 80 minutes. On the Wednesdays that have been designated as minimum days, classes are 50 minutes. I do not anticipate holding students for the entire allotted time. We will work together until such a time as students have shown they are ready to take their instruction and proceed to working individually on their assignments.
RULES AND EXPECTATIONS
- Attend and participate in all Zoom meetings
- Complete all assignments given on Google Classroom
- Be respectful of everyone in Zoom meetings
- Arrive on time to Zoom meetings
- Ask for help when confused