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English 7-8 Mr. Ricardo Arenas 8219


Welcome to English 7-8! This academic year will be filled with new challenges and exciting opportunities; with effort and enthusiasm, you will surely succeed!

Description of Course

Title:  English 7-8 (Per Phoenix Union High School District Course Catalogue)

Two-semester course, grade level 12; prerequisite: Completion of English 5-6 or 5-6H

English 7-8 is the final course in the series of required English courses. The curriculum uses international classics, with emphasis on British literature, to provide a world view of mankind throughout the centuries and across the regions of the world. Proficiency in all six traits of writing is expected in all writing forms. Research findings are presented using MLA style in a research paper. A comparison of the impact of multiple media forms on society is studied.

Student Actions for Success

 Read increasingly challenging text in class and at home.

 Write routinely over brief and extended times.

 Utilize effective reading and writing strategies.

 Self-assess their reading and writing performance.

 Maintain a writing/reading portfolio.

 Collaborate and discuss with peers.

 Present ideas to peers in diverse formats.

MART (Metro Academic Recovery Time)

 Students are expected to arrive on-time to school and to class.  The late student will sign the Tardy Log and automatically be assigned to a 30-minute MART to be served the same day either during lunch or after-school.  “Tardy” is defined as not being in the assigned class or activity when the tardy bell has finished ringing (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR).

METRO TECH Expectations

Metro Tech expects all students to be at school every day, on time, and ready to learn. We are committed to a safe environment that maximizes student achievement. Parents are expected to be actively involved in their student’s education and our school community.


Students are required to attend every class meeting.  Being present and prepared to learn is essential to academic success.  If a student accumulates 3 or more absences, parents or guardians will be notified. Continued absences, excused or unexcused, will require MASC attendance so that this academic time can be recovered. “Absent is defined as nonattendance in an assigned class or activity for more than one-half of the period. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR). Students may fail the class for the semester in any course, when reaching a total of 12 excused/unexcused absences and after school-documented interventions have been exhausted (Student Procedures Handbook page 22).

Grading:  A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=59% or below

Coursework = Participation + Assessed Standards

100% =  25% + 75%

Semester = Coursework + CRT [Final Exam]

100% = 90% + 10%

Note on Plagiarism: Plagiarism—presenting another’s words or ideas as your own—may result in a discipline referral; the student must re-do the assignment to earn credit.


This category assesses the mastery of academic behaviors that lead to success. Behaviors include: producing evidence that you are working as the bell rings every day, having all your materials, attending class regularly, meeting deadlines, doing your best work, using your time wisely, sharing, conferencing, and giving feedback frequently, following the classroom procedures, using reading and writing strategies. Assignments submitted late will be incur a participation penalty and be accompanied by a late work slip. Participation will be assessed on a 4-point rubric.


Assessed Standards

This category assesses the quality of student work against College and Career Readiness Standards detailed in a four-point rubric: 0=No evidence of learning; 1=Falls far below; 2=Approaches; 3=Meets; 4=Exceeds. Per guidelines established by the teacher, student work may be re-done for a higher score.  Assessments may include written pieces, exams, quizzes, demonstrations of thinking and learning, oral presentations, reflections, and feedback. Progress reports are given every three weeks. Assessments not completed within each three-week grading period must be recovered with an alternate assignment of the instructor’s choosing.

Re-Assessment Policy

Students will be able to reassess on standards per teacher discretion. Re-assessment will only be granted for work turned in on time and completed with quality and effort. Re-assessments must be turned in no later than one week after the original grade has been posted.

 Parent / Student Vue:

Parent/Student Vue allows students and parents to view the student’s academic progress and missing assignments electronically.  Students should check StudentVue regularly.  Parent/Student Vue can be accessed through the Phoenix Union website, under the “parent” heading.  Please see your counselor, registration or advisory teacher for login and password.

Parent/Guardian Notes:

Teacher Hours: The teacher is available before school from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. for academic help, except on Wednesday late start days. Additional time can be scheduled with the teacher during advisory or after school.

Tutoring Hours: Any student earning a D or below will be assigned to MASC (mandatory tutoring), during lunch or after school (Room 9018). A grade of 70% or higher must be achieved before the student will be released from MASC.

Student Planner: Students will receive a student planner from their Advisory teacher. All students are expected to keep track of their daily assignments, tests, quizzes, and any other due dates in their planner.  All students are required to have their planner every day – no exceptions.

Materials: Students will need to have the following supplies in class each day: black ink pens, red ink pens, highlighters (yellow, green, pink), standard-size (8-1/2 x 11”) loose-leaf notebook paper, and a 9”x7” composition notebook—NO SPIRALS! Please ask your child to discuss the books they are reading with you. This will help your child become a more fluent reader. Students should select writings appropriate to their ability, interests, and family values. Your support and participation play a vital role in student success.

Title I Program: Academic tutoring and test preparation is available to all students. Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is the intent of these services.  Support through Title I funding is available in the areas of Math, Reading and English.  If interested, please contact Bryan Reynoso, the Principal, or Shawna Wright, the Assistant Principal for Instruction, for additional information at 602-764-8004.

Thank you for your support,

Luis Ricardo Arenas

7-8 English Teacher, Metro Tech High School

Paper Copy download below:
Plan for Success Eng 7-8 2019-2020