Mrs. Kirenda Cummings » English Language Arts Course Syllabus

English Language Arts Course Syllabus

Welcome to the 2021/22 School Year! My name is Mrs. Cummings and ‌I have the pleasure of being the Visual & Performing Arts Achievement Guide. My classroom is located on Hussle‌ ‌&‌ ‌Motivate‌ ‌Dr.‌ Inside‌ ‌Florida‌ ‌A&M‌; better known as ‌“The‌ ‌Creator’s‌ ‌Lab”


Class Focus and Purpose

The Focus of English Language Arts is to gain the understanding and proper usage of the English Language; verbally and written.

The Purpose is to

  • Create an avenue of effective communication 
  • Build a confidence in the Achievers comprehension and retention
  • Access and develop foundational skills that will increase the Achievers learning capacity

Achiever Expectations

Course Materials 

Achievers will need the following items listed to be successful in this class.  ‌ ‌

  • 1.5” 3 Ring Binder
  • College Ruled Notebook Paper
  • Dividers (8-10 pack)
  • Pencil pouch
  • Pencils
  • Blue/Black Pens
  • Red Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Whiteout strips (no liquid please)
  • Novels (Physical Copy) All are under $10.00
  • 1st Trimester: Blended, Sharon Draper 

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  • 2nd Trimester- Dear Martin, Nic Stone

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  • 3rd Trimester- The Stars Beneath Our Feet, David Barclay Moore

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  • Index card (500 pack)
  • 3 Binding Rings
  • 3 Sandwich Ziploc Bags
  • Garvey/ Allen Issued Chromebook ‌

Some other items may be requested for projects and presentations. You will be notified at least 2- 4 weeks before the supplies are needed via GOOGLE CLASSROOM and /or CLASS DOJO.


Course Schedule 

PLEASE‌ ‌NOTE:‌ ‌Modifications‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌tentative‌ ‌course‌ ‌schedule‌ ‌may‌ ‌occur‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌accommodate‌ ‌guest‌ ‌presenters,‌ ‌Achiever ‌needs,‌ ‌etc.‌ ‌

Daily Agenda

  • Welcome/Attendance/Agenda
  • Bell Work
  • Lecture (Explicit Instruction)
  • ICP (In Class Practice)/Rotation
  • Review, ACP (After Class Practice) and Announcements
  • Reset / Dismissal


Monday/ Tuesday- IReady & Vocab

Wednesday/ Thursday- Novel Study

Friday- Independent Study, Assessments/Q&A

Trimester Agenda

  • Late/ Missing Assignment Policy

    Weeks 6 and 12 are Achiever Weeks. Which means no new assignments will be given and Achievers can catch up on any assignments that need to be completed (with the exception of assessments, presentations and IReady “Weekly Time On Task”. Achievers week may be a project presentation week.

    Assignments that are done and submitted late will be automatically receive a 5% deduction (per week) from the overall score.

    After an Achiever Week, no make up/catch up assignments from those weeks prior will be accepted and/or reviewed


  • Every 6 weeks a project/presentation will be due (for this class, projects are used in place of traditional testing like midterms or finals. However, Achievers will take Diagnostic testing and quizzes for assessment of comprehension and retention of the material).

  • Learning‌ ‌Concept(s)/Standard(s)‌ ‌&‌ ‌Assignments‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌posted‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌Google‌ ‌Classroom‌; Available 8/23/21. I encourage Families to get familiar with their Achievers Google Classroom as that will be a great source of up-to-date information (What's going on in the class and what is required of your Achievers).

Grading Procedures

‌Garvey/Allen Academy’s Course Grading Percentage Breakdown

Projects/PBL‌ ‌Products‌ ‌–‌ ‌40%‌ ‌

Participation/Classwork‌ ‌–‌ ‌30%‌ ‌

Tests/Quizzes/Essays‌ ‌–‌ ‌20%‌ ‌

Homework‌ ‌–‌ ‌10%‌ ‌


Grading Scale:

A = 4.0 pts, 90-100 - Advanced 

B = 3.0 pts, 80-89 - Proficient

C = 2.0 pts, 79-75 - Capable 

C- = 1.0 pt, 74-70 - Emerging

 F = 0 pts, 69-Below - Not Meeting standards 

Garvey/Allen Academy will not include a “D” letter grade.

Academic Grades are determined based on the following: 

  • Quality of Work (Purposeful Excellence) 
  • Interpretation and application of facts, concepts, and principles of the subject 
  • Originality, initiative, and reasoning 
  • Quantity of completed class and homework (effort is important here) 
  • Meeting the standards of the course/subject

Contact Information


Email: [email protected]

Text: 562.787.5104

Office Hours: Monday- Thursday 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm

Appointments Only on Friday

Zoom Appointment when scheduled

(School Approved Holidays Excluded)