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[ Basic Information ]

  • Course title: Reader's / Writer's Workshop
  • High school credit: English I
  • Course description: Reader's/Writer's Workshop (English I) builds the foundation students will need for success not only in future English courses, but in all of their studies. The course is thematically integrated with World Dynamics, using the topics and issues discussed in that course as a departure point to study literature and writing. Readings will be drawn from a variety of genres including prose fiction, poetry, academic articles, and other non-fiction works. Students will study these readings through group discussion, formal and creative writing, and project-based learning.
  • Instructional approaches: We will incorporate the PDSA approach, KAGAN structures, project and problem-based learning, writer's workshop, and students’ learning styles to engage our students.
  • Meeting location and times: Craven Early College (Mary Dale Bender center) room 115; Monday - Thursday 1:50 - 3:00 (3rd period) and 3:05 - 4:15 (4th period)
  • Materials:
    • Two (2) lined composition notebooks
    • Writing implements (blue/black ink pen or pencil)
    • USB flash drive
    • Laptop (school provided) and sleeve

[ Faculty Information ]

  • Faculty: Ira T. Smith
  • Telephone: 252.637.5706
  • Email:
  • Office location: Craven Early College (Mary Dale Bender center) room 115
  • Office hours: Monday - Thursday 12:25 - 1:45 or by appointment

[ Administrative Information ]

[ Course Goals/Competencies ]

Reader's/Writer's Workshop follows the Common Core ELA Standards for grades 9-10.

[ Assignments ]

  • Prepwork: Students should expect some kind of homework assignment daily. Whatever these assignments may be -- reading, writing, work on projects -- it is crucial they are completed on time and in a high-quality manner, as they serve to help students anticipate class activities and practice learned skills.
  • Participation and classwork: Class discussions and activities are vital to the course. These may include but are not limited to daily journals, warm-ups/exit passes, hand-outs, concept maps, writing assignments, hands on activities, Socratic seminars, online discussion forum posts, labs and presentations. Your work will be graded on completion and/or accuracy using rubrics provided for each assignment.
  • Tests and quizzes: Assessments will be announced at least a week in advance. These may include multiple choice, matching, short answer, diagrams, concept maps, performances and essays.
  • Projects and papers: Projects and papers will focus on concepts covered throughout the curriculum and will integrate student creativity. Projects and papers may be group or individual assignments depending on the given rubric. Time will be given during school to complete each project or paper; however, time outside of school may be required in some instances. Rubrics will be used to evaluate each project or paper.

[ Grading ]

  • Overall grading policy (AKA "Wow Rubric"): For the purposes of this course, A-quality work is considered that which exceeds requirements and expectations for a given assignment.
  • Grading scale:
    • A = 93-100
    • B = 85-92
    • C = 77-84
    • D = 70-76
    • F = 69 and below
  • Total points system: This class will be graded using the total points system. Each assignment will receive a point value based on its difficulty and weight in the course (e.g. homework assignments are usually around 30 points, quizzes are around 100 points, and tests around 200‐250 points). Each student’s course grade will be determined using the following formula Course Grade = Points Earned / Total Points Possible.For example, then, if a student earns 1500 points out of a possible 2000 points in a given semester, that student would earn a 75 (D).

[ Make Up and Late Work ]

  • Make-Up work: All assignments and projects will be posted on the course wikispace ( Paper handouts will be available in a designated folder in the classroom. It is the student's responsibility to check the wiki and the folder and then obtain, complete, and turn in all make up work. Students have five (5) school days (from their return to school) to make-up any missed work without a penalty.
  • Late work: Unless otherwise specified, all assignments are subject to a 10% deduction in points for each of the first five (5) days they are late. After five (5) days, no late work will be accepted.

[ Academic Integrity ]

Craven Community College and Craven Early College are committed to academic excellence through honesty and integrity. To protect all students from the results of dishonest conduct, the College has adopted policies to address these issues. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with and understand all academic policies and the consequences for failure to adhere to these policies. Please read and follow all policies listed in the Campus Planner or in the Student Handbook Code of Conduct at

[ Attendance and Tardies ]

  • Attendance Procedure:
    • First through twentieth absence: Student is expected to request make up work from their teachers and is responsible for making up that work within five school days. If absences are consecutive more time may be allowed at the teacher’s discretion. Parents will be notified after the sixth and tenth absence of possible denial of course credit. The administrative team along with parent and student will create a plan for attendance improvement.
    • Twenty-first absence and after: If a student misses more that twenty days (20), course credit will be denied unless waived by SSMT (Student Services Management Team). Student may request an appeal for a waiver to the SSMT due to extenuating circumstances (i.e. illness, death in immediate family, etc.). Student must be able to document all days of absences in the appeal process (examples-court documents, doctors’ notes). Waiver decisions will be determined at the end of the school year.
  • Tardies:
    • Operational definition of "tardy": A student is tardy when he or she is not in his or her seat ready to work at the designated time of the schedule. The student is responsible for being aware of the time. The student needs to communicate with a teacher before going to another location, such as the bathroom or administrative office. Any student attending a college class must adhere to the stated tardy policy in the syllabus.
    • Tardy Consequence Process:
      • First Tardy: Teacher records the tardy and warns the student.
      • Second Tardy: Teacher emails or calls parent, informs them that the second tardy has occurred, and reminds parent of possible consequences.
      • Third Tardy: Lunch detail with administrative team for one week. Continued tardies will result in other consequences determined by the Dean.

[ Campus Resources ]

The Academic Skills Center (ASC) at Craven Community College (CCC) provides a Tutorial Computer Lab, Writing Lab, and Math Lab. These labs are staffed by instructors and advanced students to offer assistance with any level of math or writing. Tutorial assistance for CCC students is provided through the Supplemental Instruction program and a nationally certified peer tutoring program. The ASC administers make-up tests per instructor guidelines, hosts a variety of workshops, and assists special needs students. The Godwin Memorial Library provides a collection of resources selected to support the educational programs offered by the College. Internet access is available in the library to CCC students for educational purposes.

[ Online Decorum ]

To promote an online learning environment that provides each student with the opportunity for academic excellence, students of Craven Community College and Craven Early College are expected to become familiar with and adhere to the Code of Conduct.

[ Instructor Expectations ]

See the Philosophy and Rules page of Mr. Smith's Wiki for a detailed discussion of his expectations.

[ Cancellation/Closing ]

Weather related cancellations will be announced on the CCC’s webpage ( Cancellations may also be announced on Public Radio East (89.3 WTEB, 91.5 WBJD, 88.5 WZNB, 90.3 WKNS, 88.1 Greenville) and local radio and television.

Syllabus or Agenda items subject to change. Syllabus changes will be communicated through written notification via course website and/or class handout. Agenda changes or due dates will be communicated through oral communication.