Instructor: Michael Cullerton
School: Jefferson
School year: 2008-09
Course number: 1007EL
Course title: ELD Composition
Subject: English Language and Literature
Grade level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1
Course description:
Composition: 1-2 is the second level English as a Second Language class (focusing on writing and speaking) and sudents are at the Early Intermediate level. The goal of the class is for the students to continue language acquisition and skill development in reading, writing, speaking, and listening/understanding English. 9th, 10th, and 11th graders may move to English 1 based on their performance in class, over all grades, and score on the annual (Feb./March)state of Oregon ELPA test.
ESL level 3 (Early Intermediate) / ESL intake assessment (IPT) or annual assessment (ELPA). Successful completion of English Language Development-level 1.
Priority standards:
English Language Proficiency Standards (Intermediate). This class should approach most of the Grade 5 standards for English Language Arts especially in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Schedule of topics/units covered:
The writing process.
Writing in various modes: personal narratives, imaginative narrative, expository,letters, poetry among others.
Editing and revising skills
Grammar and language structure.
Pronunciation and sound/symbol system of English
Academic vocabulary:
This class will emphasize academic vocabulary for all classes especially related to the writing process. Also general word analysis,context clues, and spelling patterns for English.
District adopted materials:
North Star Basic/Low Intermediate -Longman
Focus on Grammar (level 2)-Pearson/Longman
Supplemental resources:
Examples of writing in various modes.
Reading,Writing, and Rising up by Linda Christensen.
Rosetta Stone (language software program).
Videos, music, games, computer programs as appropriate.
Differentiation/accessibility strategies and support (TAG, ELL, SpEd, other):
All students are ELL so class uses standard ESL methodology.
SpEd: Bilingual assistant working with students, after school bilingual tutoring, referral to SpEd services
TAG: Supplemental reading materials, online projects, referral to Saturday Academy, P.C.C. classes, and other resources.
Final proficiencies:
70%+ on Focus on Grammar and NorthStar exams
Meet competencies on a scoring guide for narrative, persuasive, and expository writing projects.
Complete outcomes on literature projects.
Demonstrate proficieny on scoring guide for speeches.
Career-related learning experiences (CRLEs):
  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Project-based Learning
Essential skills to be taught:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Think critically
  • Personal management and teamwork
  • Use technology
Essential skills to be assessed:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Think critically
  • Personal management and teamwork
  • Use technology
Assessment/evaluation/grading policy:
F=59% or below
40% special projects (writing/lit. response)
25% Daily Work- (NorthStar, Focus on Grammar, warmups, SSR journal etc.)
25% tests and quizzes- (NorthStar, Focus on Grammar, literature unit final tests, warmup quizzes)
10% Class Partcipation- (regular, positive classroom participation)
Behavioral expectations:
Follow all district and building rules.
Classroom Standards: 1. Do what helps your learning and learning of others. 2. Respect yourself and all others 3. Come every day prepared to work and learn. Bring your tools. 4. Bottled water is the only food or drink in class. 5. Electronic devices are for use outside of class time.
Safety issues and requirements:
Follow all district and building safety requirements.
Translate (where feasible) and clarify safety requirements to all students.

Approved by Margaret Calvert on 9/24/2008.