Class Syllabus

Class Syllabus

Access English 9/10 & 11/12 Syllabus

Charlotte High School

Nancy Combes


Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide English Instruction to students, using texts of high complexity, plus integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for future academic or career preparation and readiness. Access courses are designed to provide students with access to the general curriculum. Access points reflect increasing levels of complexity and depth of knowledge aligned with grade-level expectations. The access points included in access courses are intentionally designed to foster high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities (DOE 2016)


Lessons and Activities: The content can include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • active reading of varied texts for what they say explicitly, as well as the logical inferences that can be drawn
  • analysis of literature and informational texts from varied literary periods to examine:
    • text craft and structure
    • elements of literature
    • arguments and claims supported by textual evidence
    • power and impact of language
    • influence of history, culture, and setting on language
    • personal critical and aesthetic response
  • writing for varied purposes
    • developing and supporting argumentative claims
    • crafting coherent, supported informative/expository texts
    • responding to literature for personal and analytical purposes
    • writing narratives to develop real or imagined events
    • writing to sources using text- based evidence and reasoning
  • effective listening, speaking, and viewing strategies with emphasis on the use of evidence to support or refute a claim in multimedia presentations, class discussions, and extended text discussions
  • collaboration amongst peers




Grading System:

Students will be graded on weekly in-classroom assignments and each will receive a weekly cooperation grade. Cooperation grades are based on attendance and the ability to follow classroom rules.

Classroom Rules:

Come to class prepared and on time

Work the entire time

No cell phone use unless given permission

Be respectful to everyone


Be a Learner, be a Leader, be a Tarpon!