Lit Acceleration 2

SYLLABUS: Literacy Acceleration 2


Teacher:  Mr. Richard Clifford

ESL (English as a Second Language) and ESL English Teacher

Arvada West High School, Room N-218



I look forward to having you in my class this year, and I hope you will learn a lot from this class and feel good about your progress with English literacy as you look back on the school year. This syllabus is to help you understand what is expected of you during the class and to inform you about what we will be studying this year.


Classroom Procedures and Policies

There are three rules in our classroom:  Respect, Responsibility, and Integrity.


  1. Respect:  The expectation is that you demonstrate respect to yourself, your fellow students, your teacher, and the classroom itself. 


  1. Responsibility:  This rule applies to what you are responsible for.  You are responsible for showing up to class on time and prepared.  By prepared, I mean that you have the materials you need for the class and you have your completed homework with you.


  1. Integrity:  This means that you are not only truthful with yourself, but with your fellow students and your teacher.  If you make a mistake, you are expected to own that mistake and tell the truth.  If all of us behave with integrity in all of our interactions, all of us can be successful.


Course Description

This course is designed for students who have intermediate to upper intermediate English literacy.  In this class, we will focus primarily on English reading and writing. Students will attend four class periods each week with one session being a block period.  


Using the Reading and Writing Workshop model, students will be graded on the quantity and quality of the work produced in the Reading & Writing Workshop Notebook (provided by the teacher) and in class participation. Students will also read during the time given for independent reading and create a variety of responses to the readings provided in class and the free reading done independently.


Also there will be periodic writing assignments associated with Literacy Acceleration 2.  An exemplar and rubric will guide your writing.  Part of block period and some additional regular periods will be dedicated to these writing assignments.


Course Topics

During this course, we will be studying the following units:

Unit 1                     Setting the Stage for Success

Unit 2                     Express & Reflect

Unit 3                     Inform & Explain

Unit 4                     Evaluate & Judge

Unit 5                     Inquire & Explore

Unit 6                     Analyze & Interpret

Unit 7                     Take a Stand & Propose a Solution

Literacy Workshop

In this class we will primarily focus on reading and writing. You will be able to choose a book that interests you and that is appropriate for your ability level. You may bring a book to class with you, or you may choose a book from the library bookshelf in the classroom.  You will also read short articles from NEWSELA and to develop reading comprehension, familiarity with literary devices, and writing academic short-constructed responses.


In addition to this, you are required to read at home for 30 minutes twice a week and write a  1/2 page reader response in your composition notebook.



You will need to bring the following materials every day

  • a composition notebook (provided by the teacher) that you take home on independent reading night and bring to class every day
  • the choice book you are reading
  • a pen or pencil
  • your Chromebook (charged)




I use the following grading scale to calculate grades.

A = 90 - 100%         Student shows advanced understanding of the subject matter.

B = 80 - 89%           Student is proficient to advanced in their understanding of the subject matter.

C = 70 - 79%           Student is sometimes proficient in their understanding of the subject matter.

D = 60 - 69%           Student is partially proficient in their understanding of the subject matter.

F = 59%                 Student shows an unsatisfactory understanding of the subject matter.

 Grade Calculation

Daily Work - Assignments, online readings and online exercises


Quizzes and In-class timed writings


Academic Writing Projects – (each project will be worth 200 points) rough draft (50), final draft (50), and revised final draft after reviewing teacher notes (100).


Final Note:  Please come to class on time - prepared and ready to learn. 

I would like you and your parents to read this syllabus carefully and sign below.  Return the signed syllabus to me by next Friday August 24, 2018 for 10 daily work points. No syllabus turned in equals zero points for this assignment.

I have read the course description and student contract and I agree to follow class rules and complete assignments.

Print Your Name: ________________________________________ Date: _________

Student signature: _____________________________________________________

 Parent/Guardian Name: ___________________________________________ 

Parent/Guardian  signature: _____________________________________________


Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2020 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.