• Tech Lit Syllabus


    Scottsbluff High School

    Tech Lit

    Fall 2020

    Mr Gille


    Plan Periods:  1st and 7th Periods


    Course description

    Tech Lit will enable students to become skilled readers of a wide range of literature, including prose,short stories, and articles. Students are expected to read and respond to a variety of literature, independently, in group discussions and in writing. All facets of language arts - listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be covered. 


    Course objectives

    The student will demonstrate the ability to: 

    • respond to a text by employing personal experiences and critical analysis
    • compose a variety of modes by developing content employing specific forms and selecting language appropriate for a particular audience and purpose
    • comprehend language by applying the conventions of Standard English in writing and speaking
    • evaluate the content, organization and language use of texts.


    Materials Needed

    One college-ruled notebook, class folder, writing utensils, chromebook


    Cell Phone Policy

    Cell phones will not be allowed in our classroom.  


    Retake Policy

    If you receive less than a 60% on an assessment, you will be required to retake that assessment after reteach or additional completion of a study guide.  If you receive 70% or less, you may choose to retake the assessment after reteach or additional completion of a study guide.  Reteach or additional completion of a study guide will be completed outside of class time.


    Late Work

    Late work will only be accepted up to one week from the turn in date.  There may be a one-letter grade reduction for late work.  It is better to turn in what you have done, than to have a zero in the grade  book.


    Grading Policy

    Daily work must be turned in on time for full credit. 

    Grading Scale

    90-100     A

    80-89       B

    70-79       C

    60-69       D

    <60           F 


    Whenever you turn in a writing assignment, you are required to use Times New Roman font, size 12 point, and double space your content.  Use MLA Format the following heading, but do NOT put it in the “header.”



    Class Period





    All work should be your own.  This includes copying from published works, but also from other students.  In addition, using the internet instead of reading or telling other students what is on an assessment is considered ACADEMIC FRAUD.  Just DON’T do it!


    Blended Learning Policies

    E-Mail Policy

    This document sets forth guidelines for e-mail communication with the teacher. Excessive emails make unreasonable time demands on both the sender and recipient. Please ensure you have a legitimate need before you write. Thanks.


    Your teacher will answer email about:

    Questions arising from difficulty in understanding course content.

    Requests for feedback about graded assignments.

    Private issues appropriate for discussion within the teacher-student relationship.

    Your teachers will not answer emails which:

    Pose questions answered in the course information sections of the course site.

    Lack a subject line clearly stating the purpose of the email.

    Raise an inappropriate subject.

    Your teachers will answer emails received on a given day no later than 3:45 on the next day.


    You are reminded that a policy in the Class Syllabus requires you to read your email every day to assure that you receive course information disseminated by email in a timely fashion.


    Discussion Policy

    • Forums will have a deadline by which time all students must have posted their responses to receive credit for participation.
    • Chats will have a specific time period during which students must participate to receive credit.
    • The teacher will not participate in a discussion prior to the discussion deadline.
    • Within 24 hours, the teacher will review all student responses and post a response as a course announcement.
    • Students will be graded on discussion postings. Points are earned based on quality of responses and compliance with the required number of postings as specified in individual assignment instructions.
    • Individual discussion assignment instructions will indicate the number of points that can be earned on that particular discussion assignment.
    • The points earned by each student on a given discussion will be posted to the online gradebook no later than one week after the discussion ends.
    • Students are expected to focus on the specific topic of the discussion as assigned. The introduction of irrelevant subjects is not allowed. Violators will be asked to leave the discussion and a grade of 0 points will be recorded.
    • All students have a right to express their own opinions in discussions, and every other student must respect this right. Any student posting a comment disrespectful of this right will be asked to leave the discussion, and a grade of 0 will be recorded.
    • “Flaming” is posting abusive or insulting messages. Any student who engages in flaming in a discussion will be required to leave the class. A grade of F for the course will be reported.
    • Controlling behavior includes, but is not limited to, attempts to dominate a discussion by posting threads excessively, intentionally changing the discussion topic, or exhibiting an inappropriate or argumentative attitude. Controlling behavior is not permitted. Violators will be asked to leave the discussion and a grade of 0 points will be recorded.
    • Students required to leave a discussion will be notified of this consequence in a private email.


    Assignment Policy

    • Students will submit all assignments electronically via Google Classroom.
    • If there are technical problems with Google Classroom, assignments can be sent to your teacher through email. The subject line MUST include your name, class name, and name of assignment.
    • All assignment due dates refer to midnight MDT on the listed due date. 
    • When technical problems occur and you cannot submit your assignment electronically, send an email to your teacher to explain the difficulty. If you cannot use email, call the school and leave a message for your teacher with a phone number where you can be reached.
    • Your teacher will review assignments within 3 days of the due date and will send you feedback electronically either by email or through comments posted on Google Classroom.
    • Grades on assignments will be posted in the gradebook within 3 days of the due date of the assignment. You must go to Infinite Campus to learn your grade, do not call or email the teacher to find out your grade.
    • If you need to discuss your grade or feedback you received, make an appointment to speak with your teacher. This can be done during office hours or via email.

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  • Google Classroom Code

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