Thurgood Marshall Middle
School

**Advanced Algebra Course Syllabus**

**2005 Ð 2006**

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**Instructor: **Mr. Rick

**Course:** The
focus of Advanced Algebra is to shift from arithmetic skills to the more
abstract algebraic means of representation by emphasizing topics that are
current and relevant to todayÕs student. Students will explore the language of
algebra through verbal, graphical, and symbolic form. Each lesson is designed
to motivate students to master the content needed to solve problems involving
applications, connections, and integration.

The
Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools opens the algebraic content
standards by saying, ÒSymbolic reasoning and calculations with symbols are
central in algebra. Through the study of algebra, a student develops an
understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics and the sciences. In
addition, algebraic skills and concepts are developed and used is a wide
variety of problem-solving situations.Ó

**Goals and Objectives:** Provide
opportunities for all students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, learning
styles, or economic status, to build and maintain mathematical power, and to be
prepared for further studies in mathematics.

Allow students to take
responsibility for their own learning and to reflect upon their work. Students
are expected to take advantage of redo opportunities for work that does not
meet the San Diego City School Standards.

Develop studentsÕ skills by
using appropriate mathematical tools, techniques, technology, and language.

Provide opportunities for
students to communicate and represent mathematical understanding in a variety
of ways such as charts, diagrams, models, graphs, and typical mathematical
symbolism.

Develop reading comprehension
and accountable talk to improve understanding of mathematics.

Strengthen basic skill
through the use of warm-ups and work sheets.

Familiarize students with the
San Diego City School Standards utilizing the Principles of Learning in
designing and implementing lessons.

**Basic Skills:** At
Marshall we fell it is necessary and important for the student to continue
developing and refining basic skills. For that reason, we emphasize basic skill
on a regular basis. A variety of basic skill problems will be reviewed at the
beginning of the year and throughout the class as need arises. It may be
necessary for some students to put in extra effort on their own with skill
sheets in the areas they need help.

**Standards:** This
course contains exercises and materials that reflect the Mathematics Framework
for California Public Schools. A copy of these standards can be provided upon
request or can be found at www.cde.ca.gov/board.

**Textbook:** The
book for this course is Prentice HallÕs *Algebra 1*. Students will be assigned one book for which they
are responsible. There is a classroom set so students shouldnÕt need to bring
their book everyday.

**Citizenship Standards:** The
Mustang Code of Conduct is the code by which all Marshall students are to
conduct themselves. Misbehavior is not tolerated as it interferes with the
studentsÕ right to learn and the teacherÕs ability to teach. In general, the
citizenship guidelines are:

(E) An outstanding student
always cooperates, is always on task, always courteous and always uses time
wisely.

(G) A good student is
generally courteous and cooperative, usually participates and is generally
prepared to work.

(S) A satisfactory student is
cooperative, punctual, shows self-control and is self-directed most of the
time.

(N) A student who needs to
improve hinders the progress of the class, is undependable, needs close
supervision, is talkative, has tardy problems, or is inattentive.

(U) An unsatisfactory student
may have truancy or tardy problems, is insolent, uncooperative, defiant,
damages property, disrupts class, lacks self-control, and/or lacks
self-disciple.

Please review the citizenship
standards found in the planner with your child. I do not tolerate disruptive
behavior and it will become the parentÕs responsibility to correct such
behavior if it persists.

**Consequences for
unacceptable behavior:** 1. verbal warning; 2.
removal from the classroom; 3. parent contact; 4. detention; 5. referral to a
counselor or vice-principle.

Rewards for excellent
behavior are important ant those students will receive praise, positive phone
calls home, homework passes, special rewards and extra treats.

**Homework Policy:** Late
homework will not be accepted. If there are extenuating circumstances, late
homework may be accepted with a parent signature.

In cases of absences the
student will have as many days to make up the homework as they were absent.

Homework is graded on a
five-point rubric. 5 point work is complete, shows all work and follows
directions; 4 point work is mostly complete but may be missing minor components
or is not done in pencil; 3 points is incomplete and/or shows a lack of effort;
2 points is very incomplete and shows no effort; 1 point is given for work that
is all but incomplete; 0 points will be given for missing work or work that is
unacceptable.

Homework is expected to be in
pencil at all times to facilitate corrections. Students are to maintain a
separate notebook for warm-ups, class notes, and homework. Homework is not to
be thrown away.

**Assignment Schedule: **Homework is assigned daily. The assignments are posted
in the classroom, on the Internet, and on the homework hotline. Students are
responsible for keeping up with assignments when absent.

**Testing:** Students
can retake tests when they earn a D or F. They will have two weeks from the
date they get the test back to retake a test. There will only be one retake
allowed per test and it will be harder that the original.

**Grading Policy:**

Warm-ups
and notes 15%

Homework 20%

Tests 40%

Projects,
Quizzes, and Problems of the Week 25%

Students who receive a low score on a project or test are expected to meet with the teacher after school, review the material, and redo the task in order to meet the standards. Students will be provided with examples of good products and/or task lists to guide their work. Grading rubrics will be discussed when the assignments are given. The student should save work until the end of the year.