Thurgood Marshall Middle School

**Honors Algebra Course Syllabus**

**2002‑- 2003**

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**Instructor:
**Mr. Rick

**Course:**
The focus of Honors Algebra is to shift from the arithmetic skills to the more
abstract algebraic means of representation while studying functions and patterns.
Students will explore the language of algebra through verbal, tabular,
graphical, and symbolic form. Each lesson is designed to motivate students to
master the content they need to solve the problems involving applications,
connections, and integration.

The
Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools opens the algebraic content
standards by saying, "Symbolic 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 in a wide variety
of problem‑-solving situations."

**Goals and Objectives:
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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 redo work that does not meet the San Diego City Schools
Standards.

Develop students' 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, drawing, and typical
mathematical symbolism.

Develop
reading comprehension by using strategies to improve understanding of
mathematics

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

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

**Basic Skills: **

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

**Standards: **

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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: **

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The book for this course
is Glencoe's Algebra 1. Students will be assigned one book for which they are
responsible.

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**Citizenship
Standards: **

The Mustang Code of Conduct is the code by which all
Marshall students are to conduct themselves and is carried in the students'
planner. Misbehavior is not tolerated as it interferes with the student's right
to learn and the teacher’s right to teach. In general, the citizenship
guidelines are:

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

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

(S)
A satisfactory student is cooperative, punctual, shows self‑-control
and is self‑-directed.

(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‑ discipline.

Please review the citizenship standards found in the
planner with you student.

**Consequences for
unacceptable behavior: **

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1. verbal warning; 2.
removal from class; 3. parent contact; 4. detention; 5. referral.

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

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**Homework Policy:**

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Late
homework will not be accepted. If there are extenuating circumstances, homework
may be accepted with a parent signature. In the case of absences, the student
will have as many days to make up the work as they were

Homework
is graded on a 5 point rubric. 5 work is complete, shows all work and follows
directions; 4 work is mostly complete but may be missing minor components; 3
point is incomplete and/or shows a lack of effort; 2 work is very incomplete
and shows no effort; 1 work is all but incomplete and missing key components; 0
work is missing or unacceptable.

Homework
is expected to be in pencil at all times to facilitate corrections. Students
are to maintain a separate spiral notebook for class notes and a school
provided notebook for journals entries and problems of the week.

**Assignment Schedule: **

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Homework is assigned daily.
The assignments are posted in the classroom. Students are responsible for
keeping up with assignments when absent and may contact the school through
the homework hotline or e‑-mail. Homework is not to be thrown away because
all work will be collected and put in classroom folders at the end of each
chapter.

**Testing: **

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

**Grading
Policy:**

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Warm‑-ups, notes, journals, problems of the week 15%

Homework
20%

Tests
40%

Projects
and Quizzes
25%

Students who receive a
low score are expected to meet with the teacher after school, review the
material, and retake a test or redo the task in order to meet the standards.
Students will be provided with examples of good products and/or tasks lists to
guide their work. Grading rubrics will be discussed when the assignments are
given. Work folders will be kept for all students.