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French (I, II, III, IV)




Instructor: Mr. Van Loon


Course Work: Students are expected to bring their textbooks, activity books (workbooks), notebook/paper, and a pen or sharpened pencil to class each day.


Bellringer/Class work/homework: On most days, students will have an opening activity or "bellringer," upon arrival at class. Students will copy current words we are studying in both French and English.  Bellringers are worth 10 points each day and will always be due on the day assigned.  Absent students will not need to make-up bellringer activities.


Projects: Once per quarter, students must submit a project about a topic in French. Students may write about virtually any topic in French with the permission of the teacher (French language, history, literature, geography, art, architecture, music, etc.). Students will receive topic suggestions before entering the media center (students will have two days in the media center to work on the topic). The project will take the form of 2-page hand-written paper that will be due at the end of class on the second day in the media center. Students may receive extra credit by creating a visual aid (ex. poster board with pictures, etc.), by doing a power point presentation, or by making (not buying) a French food item for the class. All projects should contain a title and bibliography of sources used. All papers copied directly from the internet (or elsewhere) will receive a grade of zero (as well as a referral for cheating) and the project may not be made up. Students must be prepared to do a short (5-minute) presentation about the project, followed by a question and answer session. Students writing about an individual may choose to role-play during the presentation. Projects are worth 50 points.


DVDs/videos: We will watch approximately one video/DVD per quarter. According to school board rules, parental permission must be obtained for PG-13 films. The attached permission slip for PG-13 videos/DVDs will be due in the first week of school. Students will answer comprehension questions on a worksheet while watching videos/DVDs. Video/DVD worksheets will usually be worth about 15 points.


Tests/Quarterly Exams: Every few weeks, students must be prepared to take a test. Tests will be worth 100 points each. In the spoken portion of the test (20 points), students must be able to speak specific French phrases without the aid of notes. Any pronunciation error will result in a loss of 5 points. Students can make no more than three pronunciation errors to receive credit for the spoken portion. Students can perform the spoken portion of the test early (in the days leading up to the written portion of the test), if they wish. The written portion of the exam (80 points) will consist mainly of vocabulary, possibly some listening exercises, and possibly some questions about cultural items in the textbook. Students will be informed of exactly which words or phrases to study for the tests. Quarterly exams will, of course, take place at the end of each of the four quarters. Quarterly exams will be more comprehensive (covering all tests for the quarter-usually four to six) and will be weighed heavier when determining the quarter grade. Quarterly exams will be worth 10% of the semester grade.


General Rules/Guidelines: Classroom rules follow the rules of the school board in the student handbook. No food or drink is allowed in class (except for water in clear containers). No radios or games (including cards) are allowed. A student must raise his/her hand to participate and must listen while others are speaking. Students are allowed two hall passes per quarter (eight for the entire year). It is strongly recommended that students use these passes sparingly. Students may also receive up to 14 bonus points per quarter for bringing in two boxes of tissues-5 points per box or 7 points per box of anti-viral tissues. Students may only sit on the seat portion of the desk (not the top). Students may sit in assigned seats only, unless permission is given to do otherwise. No late work will be accepted!!


Absences/tardies: Students have as many extra days as absences to make up work and tests. For example, if a student is absent one day, he/she has one extra day to make up work, tests, etc. If a student is absent two days, he/she has two extra days to make up work/tests, etc. Any student absent ten days in one semester will lose all credit for that semester. Three tardies count as one absence. An absence is defined as missing ten minutes or more of class. A tardy is defined as arriving up to nine minutes late to class. Students of 1st hour are strongly advised to arrive to school on time. Students of 4th hour are strongly advised to arrive on time to both halves of class if we have B lunch.


Announcements: Students are expected to listen silently during daily announcements. Failure to do so may result in a referral.


Sustained Silent Reading (SSR): Students are expected to bring an item to read at the beginning of class for sustained silent reading. It is up to the student to know which hour is SSR for the week. A student who arrives after the bell because he/she was looking for something to read for the day is still considered tardy. Students who talk/make noise or do not read during sustained silent reading may receive a referral.


"Three strikes, you're out!"policy: For minor offenses (ex. talking out of turn, a purposefully distracting noise, not sitting in the correct seat, not sitting until the bell rings/waiting by the door before the bell rings, talking during announcements, talking while students are reading the textbook or the teacher is talking, not reading or not being silent during sustained silent reading, talking during Channel One), students will be given three warnings before receiving a referral/detention. The first letter of the student's name will be put on the board for the first warning, the second letter for the second warning, and the third letter for the final warning/detention. Immediate referrals/detentions will be given for major offenses, such as swearing in class, rudeness, publicly arguing in a distracting way with a fellow student or the teacher, talking/making distracting noises during a test, or throwing an item in class. Parents will be called when any referral is given. "Three strikes" is a guide only. Any student who disobeys the rules can receive a referral for one minor offense only.


Conduct grades: A "1" in conduct will only be given to students who receive no more than one tardy per quarter, never talk out of turn, and never need to be reminded to do their class work or follow classroom rules. A "2" in conduct will be given to students who are tardy no more than two times per quarter and need to be reminded to follow classroom rules only on a rare occasion (no more than once or twice per quarter). A "3" in conduct will be given to students who fall under any of the following categories--tardy three or more times per quarter, talk frequently out of turn, swear, write on desks, are frequently idle, receive a referral at any time during the quarter, or simply do not follow classroom rules in general.


Grading: Grading will be based on the point system outlined in the course work section of the syllabus. A student may find out his/her grade at any time by dividing the total number of points he/she has received by the total number of possible points. The grading scale is as follows:


A 98-100    C 78-79

A 92-97         C 72-77

A- 90-91       C- 70-71

B 88-89      D 68-69

B 82-87        D 62-67

B- 80-81       D- 60-61

E 0-59