Hello, my name is Dakota Stanley and I teach English 9 and 10.
email: dstanley@dcps.k12.va.us
phone: 835-1600; ext. 1214
planning: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Syllabus for English 9 and 10

Mr. Dakota Stanley

Class Description:

In this class, students will develop their reading, writing, and research skills. Students will be introduced to new and significant literary works of various forms while continuing to develop their vocabulary and knowledge of literary terms. Students will also produce narrative, expository, and persuasive writings for different audiences and purposes while practicing proper use of language, spelling, and mechanics. Finally, students will develop research skills, learn to identify reliable sources, and learn to properly cite those sources.


Students will need a 3 ring binder, divider pages, paper, and pencils. Students will need to bring these materials to class everyday. They will be given an Interactive Reader book that will also be used daily, but that book will remain in the classroom.

Assignments and Grading:

Grades in this class will come from quizzes, tests, writing assignments, binder checks, and an end of the year exam (if necessary). Tests will be given at the end of each unit.

Tests, quizzes, writing assignments, and in-class assignments will each be worth 20% of a student’s grade. Binder checks/daily writings and the final exam will be worth 10% each.


The class rules and expectations will be discussed on the first day of school and reinforced throughout the semester. They are also posted at the front of the room.

  1. Be respectful to teachers and fellow students.

  2. Be responsible.

  3. Be prepared for class.

  4. Give your best effort.

This class will be built around a respectful and positive relationship between teachers and students.


If the classroom expectations listed above are not met then students will face the following consequences:

  1. Verbal warning

  2. Loss of break time

  3. Letter or call to parent or guardian

  4. Office referral

Serious incidents in the classroom may be referred directly to the office, if necessary.


Students should feel free to ask me or any other teacher in the classroom for assistance at any time during class. Our goal is to help all students learn to the best of their ability and asking questions is a big part of that. Students can also speak to me after class or in between classes if they have any questions or concerns they do not wish to discuss with the entire class.