Mr. Cambra’s Junior English Class Syllabus Room: C120 Email

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Mr. Cambra’s Junior English

Class Syllabus
Room: C120 Email:
Course Description:

The Junior English course is essential in providing the foundation for advanced English studies. This comprehensive course examines the writing process for narrative, argument, synthesis, and analysis writing. Students will read a variety of non-fiction and fiction texts focusing on the development and progress of the American Dream. Additionally, students will acquire a repertoire of new vocabulary and grammar skills in preparation for standardized college admissions tests and academic writing. The ultimate goal of this course is to help students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills develop in order to achieve college and career readiness.

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Units of Study:

Each unit contains a formal embedded assessment that assesses the quarter’s major learning goal(s). This assessment will require students to utilize a series of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to compose an artifact indicative of their learning. Additionally, there will be multiple choice assessments and smaller formative assessments throughout the semester.

Thematic Focus

Major Works

First Quarter:

Mirror of Man in Society (Puritanism-Classicism)

Research Paper Process: Format & Topic Selection

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

A variety of excerpts and short works will also be studied to introduce students to the skill sets for close reading of fiction and non-fiction.

Second Quarter:

Identity of the Independent Man (Classicism-Romanticism)

Research Paper Process: Research & Annotated Bibliography

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Third Quarter:

Desires and Dreams (Realism-Modernism)

Research Paper Process: Research & Narratio

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fourth Quarter:

Change and Controversy (Post-Modernism and Beyond)

Research Paper Process: Editing & Presenting

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Student Text:

  • McDougal-Littell Literature Book (Gold Book)

  • Students will check-out novels as needed


Clips from the following films will be used at the teacher’s discretion throughout the year to enhance students’ understandings of how film adaptations are a visual interpretation of written text, subject to the director’s interpretation. Please initial your approval of these films on the syllabus acknowledgment form.

The Crucible (1996) Nicholas Hytner

The Great Gatsby (2013) Baz Luhrmann

A Raisin in the Sun (1989) Bill Duke

Into the Wild (2007) [Edited] Sean Penn

Remember the Titans (2000) Boaz Yakin

Materials Needed:

For this class, students will need the following:

  • 1” Binder (just for this class)

  • Loose Leaf College Rule Paper

  • 5 tab dividers labeled: Homework, Notes (put loose leaf paper here), Vocabulary, Writing Portfolio, and a blank.

  • Blue/Black Pen and Pencils

  • Highlighters (2 colors)


Student work will be graded using an 80/20 weighting system. 80% of a student’s grade will be all assignments and classwork and 20% percent of a student’s grade will be the final exam. Classwork point values will follow these general guidelines: c:\users\julia\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\temporary internet files\content.ie5\ka8yrwsq\mc900359621[1].wmf

  • 35% Tests/Quizzes

  • 35% Homework/Classwork

  • 30% Writing/Essays

Grading Percentage Distributions:

Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty:

Students are expected to submit their own work at all times. This means that work copied from the internet, a classmate, a sibling, etc. will result in a failing grade and a referral to administration. Improperly cited information is also considered plagiarism. Please adhere to all the citation requirements of the MLA format.

90-100% A

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70-79% C

60-69% D

0-59% F

  1. Account Registration:

    1. Click on the “Enroll in a Class” tab on your student homepage.

    2. Enter the “Class ID” for your corresponding class.

    3. Click “Submit.”

    4. Password: cambra

Class ID:
Period 3/4: 10225397

Late Work:

Because our learning in this course builds from assignment to assignment, it is critical that work is submitted on time. Students are not permitted to submit late work in this class; however, all students are encouraged to submit missing assignments for teacher feedback. The class calendar is a great resource for staying on track!

All assignments submitted to are due by 11:59 pm on the due date. Failure to submit on time results in a 10% penalty for the first 24 hours that it is late, followed by a zero.
When absent, students are responsible for submitting missing work. There will be no reminders from Mr. Cambra and forgetting to turn it in will not be permitted as an excuse.
Class Behavior Expectations: c:\users\julia\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\temporary internet files\content.ie5\ka8yrwsq\mc900439356[1].jpg

Our classroom is a learning environment, and in order to maintain a positive environment for learning to occur, we must all adhere to a certain set of behavior expectations:

  • Be on time for class and SEATED when the bell rings

    • Students with unexcused tardies will not receive credit for warm-up activities.

  • Be polite and considerate to your classmates, teacher, and especially guest teachers. You should feel free to speak your opinion in this class (and are expected to quite often), but always in a polite and considerate manner.

  • Bathroom usage will be limited; don’t abuse the privilege.

  • Students are expected to adhere to district dress code policy in addition to removing all hats when in the building; students will be referred to the administration if in violation and will be expected to complete all work missed.

  • Use of technology devices is permitted in the classroom when directed by the teacher.

  • No food or drink other than water is allowed in the classroom at any time.

Welcome to Class! It’s going to be a great year!

Parent Contact Form
After reading Mr. Cambra’s syllabus, please complete the following information:

I have read and understand Mr. Cambra’s syllabus.

___________________________________ ______________________________________

Parent Printed Name Student Printed Name

___________________________________ ______________________________________

Parent Signature Student Signature

Please initial next to each film below indicating your approval of your child’s viewing them as a part of the learning process in class:

  • The Crucible (1996) Nicholas Hytner ___________

  • The Great Gatsby (2013) Baz Luhrmann ___________

  • A Raisin in the Sun (1989) Bill Duke ___________

  • Into the Wild (2007) [Edited] Sean Penn ___________

  • Remember the Titans (2000) Boaz Yakin ___________

Is there anything that you would like me to know about your child that will help him/her learn?


Preferred Email Address(s): _____________________________________

Preferred Contact Phone Number(s): ______________________________

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