Name: Belinda S. Ellington
Subject: English 1
Welcome to West Forsyth and English I. I have been teaching at West Forsyth for 18 years and have been teaching in the WS/FCS system for 22 years. I graduated from UNC-G and completed graduate work at Appalachian State University. I am married to Brandon, who works for UPS, and I have two children, Bailee and Braydon. I am an advisor for the National Honor Society and 9th grade English grade level chair.
Late homework will not be accepted.
Major projects will be counted off ten points for each day they are late. (This is an English Department policy.)
All assignments are posted on the front board in the classroom daily and posted on my website.
Homework is assigned on a daily basis; most homework is started in class yet needs to be reviewed or completed nightly.
Students check out library books (based on genre) at least once quarterly; these should be read in daily, and a project will be assigned.
Class novels are assigned quarterly and should be read in daily.
Quizzes, tests and compositions will be assigned on each class novel.
Please do not sleep in class.
- Students should keep a notebook for English I only which includes five labeled dividers and loose-leaf paper. Notebooks will be checked for organization frequently.
Students should use blue/black ink or pencil on all assignments.
Students have five days after an absence to make arrangements to make up work; students will need to make up quizzes/ tests before school.
Cell phones should not be used in class for any reason.
I follow the NC Standard Course of Study.
You can expect your child to read these major works: Romeo and Juliet and The Odyssey .
Students will read a variety of nonfiction articles, essays, exerpts, stories, novels, etc.
Students will read class novels which include but are not limited to: Lord of the Flies , Old Man and the Sea, Animal Farm , The Pearl, and Frederick Douglass: An Autobiography .
Students will read a variety of short stories and explore literary elements within those stories.
Students will compose and analyze poems.
Grammar will include but will not be limited to: basic sentence patterns, parts of speech, apostrophes, capital letters, verbals, compound sentences, subject/verb agreement, phrases/clauses and punctuation.
Students will be writing in diverse styles.
The West Forsyth English Department and I follow the MLA writing manual.
I average grades numerically.