Ms. Jacobson

Class Motto: Carpe Diem. Perfer et obdura dolor hic tibi proderit olim.
Translation: Seize the Day. Be patient and strong. Someday this pain will be useful to you, i.e. No pain, no gain.
Read everyday.
Write everyday.
You can't get good at something unless you practice.


Course Description:

We will apply the skills we learn with CCSS and apply them to Twain and Shakespeare, Montesquieu and Rousseau, Chaucer and Tolkien, and other novelists, poets, diarists and philosophers.  We will write poetry, learn writing structures, and do open-ended, as well as, cross-curricular projects.  We will learn grammar and writing structures in English hour, then apply comprehension and writing skills to History.


English Units:
Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, Argument, Research.
There will also be poetry, presentations, and Shakespeare.
History Units: Rome and the fall; the Medieval periods of:  Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, and Europe; the Renaissance and Reformation; the Scientific Revolution and Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment
and Age of Reason. (~300 c.e. – 1750 c.e.)
Students are required to (3) read novels of their choice each semester. A specific paper will be required for credit. See grade weights below. 
NOTE: All reading required for English and History classes are to be done at home unless otherwise specified.


Grading:  Grades accumulate for an entire semester and are weighted:


Classwork            20%                      

Papers                55%                     

Presentations/   25%                      




Homework        5%

Classwork      30%

RLAH                20%

Exams             30%

Projects            15%


Materials Needed:

Composition book for English

Book Cover for History

Binder and paper (or spiral and folders to hold handouts)

Dark blue or black pens (work is not accepted in any other color)

Red ink pen

No. 2 Pencil and eraser

Novels to read (of your choice)


Course Textbooks:


World History: National Geographic Medieval through Modern Times **

Access to online textbook through Schoology. Go to your period and materials. Click on World History 7.

NG Field Journal and Knowledge, Concepts, and Skills workbooks

RLAH - Read Like A Historian (online)



StudySync McGraw-Hill **

A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare (will read aloud in class)


Assigned Novels:

The Prince and the Pauper (unabridged version)– Mark Twain

The Shakespeare Stealer – Gary Blackwood

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien



**These will be kept in the classroom unless they need to catch up on the work. They will be expected to bring back to class the following day.