• Jessica Castrejon
    (or Mrs. Green)

    Email: jcastre@humbleisd.net

    Phone Number: 281-641-6300 

    English I Room 3114

    Conference Period: 5th Period 

    Tutorials: Wednesday 3-4:30



    2022-2023 Humble High School

    Subject Syllabus


    Teacher: Mrs. Green

    Room: 3114

    Conference Period: 5th Period

    Email: jcastre@humbleisd.net

    Tutorials: Wednesday 3-4:30


    Course Overview: This year in English I, we will be creating literacy notebooks to use throughout the year. This notebook will serve as a reference guide to assist in improving the overall growth and metacognition in students’ learning.  All reading and writing lessons will be added to the notebook, with the expectation that all students maintain its accuracy. Additionally, we will be taking expository, persuasive, and reflective/narrative essays through the writing process using our knowledge learned through multiple mini-lessons (thesis statement, comma rules, sentence variety, etc.). All acquired concepts will be assessed through multiple-choice tests, formal essays, and independent or group projects. Lastly, the students will also complete a district exam- demonstrating their mastery of comprehension and skills they have internalized throughout the school year. 


    Materials Needed:

    • 2 composition notebooks

    • 3 ring 1 ½ inch binder

    • Notebook paper

    • Dividers

    • #2 Pencils

    • Blue or Black Ink pens

    • Red pens

    • Pack of Multicolored markers

    • 1 yellow Highlighter

    Expectations for Learning:


    You will be expected to read and write every day in this class. At times, both reading and writing will be expected to be completed outside of the classroom. Over the course of this year, we will read two novels in their entirety. A copy of each will be available to you, but you may purchase your own copy to annotate if you choose.


    You MUST bring your notebook to class. It will have everything you need for English I. Failure to bring it will affect participation in class due to how much it’s used. You will be expected to add those notes to the notebook on your own time. Formatives may start to be affected if failure to bring the notebook becomes a continuous issue with the student.

    Grading Policy:


    Gradebooks & Grading Policies 

    Classwork, Homework, Quizzes(Formatives)-- 40%

    Major Projects and Tests (Summatives) – 60%

    Retest Policy

    A student who receives a summative grade below 70% may be eligible for one retest.  Before a student can retest, he/she must attend a tutorial session for re-teaching.  Retests are given outside of class time, such as tutorials, and must be taken no later than one week from the date the original test was given. 

    Absences & Make-Up Work:


    Assignments and tests must be completed and submitted on the assigned due date in order to receive full credit.  Work turned in after the designated deadline will receive a grade deduction of 10 points per day for each day their assignment is late (as per district policy). Students will be required to stay for after school tutorials in order to make up for all missing work. Homework is considered late if it is not turned in at the start of class.


    A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed because of absence. 


    If you are absent, these are the guidelines to get full credit for any missing assignments:


    1 day absence – makeup work is due 1 day following return to school

    2 day absence – makeup work is due 2 days after return to school

    3 day absence – makeup work is due 3 days after return to school

    4 day absence – makeup work is due 4 days after return to school

    5 day absence – makeup work is due 5 days after return to school

    Plagiarism Policy: 

    The world of literature is one of ideas, so the protection of someone’s original ideas is of the utmost importance. Thus, in this class, you will be expected to avoid plagiarism at all times. Plagiarism can take many forms. They can be some of the following: 

    • Trying to take someone’s ideas as your own

    • Copying someone’s work verbatim without proper permission or citation

    • Failing to put a quote in quotation marks

    • Turning in someone else’s work as your own

    • Copying more than five distinct words from a source without proper quotation marks and citation


    We will discuss plagiarism at length throughout this year, but it will not be tolerated at any time. Any student who turns in plagiarized work will receive an automatic zero on that assignment, regardless of assignment grade weight. 

    Cell Phone Policy: 


    Cellphones are NOT allowed in class during instruction. In the 9th Grade Academy , cell phones are not allowed during class time.  I will review the policy with students, making sure they understand the expectations. Cell phone use in class should be limited to instructional purposes and must be noted in lesson plans. There will be a sign on the board that will show when cell phones are permitted to be out. Otherwise, students will keep their phones in their backpacks. This way, distractions will be minimized during class time in order to be respectful of fellow students and the teacher. 



    Tutorials are scheduled every Wednesday after school from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Students that do NOT take class time seriously are NOT allowed to come to my tutorial sessions, because that time is strictly for WORK AND NOT PLAYING! This is not a social hour. If you attend tutorials, you must come to tutorials with a specific question, assignment, or concept on which you would like assistance. Additional tutorials are available upon request.