TAMISCAL HIGH SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE AGREEMENT

STUDENT __________________________________ COURSE 10510: BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY

I. Student Learning Outcomes
All Tamiscal courses share the purpose of helping the student read, write, speak, and solve problems effectively. All courses within the English department are designed to aid the student in developing to a higher level his skills in organizing his ideas, interpreting and applying what he reads, and in choosing words, punctuation and spellings that will allow him to explain to others his theories and ideas about what he reads and about life.

Students will learn and practice the steps in the writing process. Students will develop vocabulary, identify details, central idea, infer and generalize in reading. Students will read and interpret and analyze works of fiction.

II. Activities
Students will read biographies and autobiographies
Students will gain knowledge of a number or ordinary and extraordinary individuals who deserve to be remembered for themselves, their accomplishments, their attitudes toward living and their solutions to problems of being human.
Students will know the view from which a biographer appproaches his or her task.
Students will see biographers as historians and as artists; to compare the facts of their subjects’ lives with the image of themselves they choose to show us; to recognize their achievements and their strengths and weaknesses.
Students will write essays, informal papers, and various types of responses that relate to this  genre.
Students will recognize the potential for good autobiographical, biographical and oral history material in the student and in those with whom the student comes in contact.

III. Resources
In addition to the textbook, students are expected to utilize Tamiscal Homepage links, the internet, Electric Library, District and County libraries, CDs, videos, and relevant media.

IV. Assessment
Assignments for this course will include preparation for meeting District Outcome Assessments. For the purposes of evaluation and grading during the course, the following methods may be used: weekly assignments; projects; laboratory work; written reports; presentations; participation; quizzes and exams. Students will be informed of the grading criteria at the beginning of each semester.

Students enrolled in this course will participate in all required District Assessments.

V. Duration
The agreement is effective until the end of the current semester.

VI. Progress Monitoring
Progress will be monitored at weekly meetings; therefore, attendance is required. Missed appointments, tests, and assignments will result in partial course credits and may result in required attendance to Supervised Independent Study (SIS).

Grades and credits will be reported at the quarter and end of the semester.


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I accept the terms of this agreement

Student __________________________________________ Date Started _________________

Supervising Teacher ________________________________ Date Completed _______________

Other Staff _______________________________________

Parent __________________________________________

Credits Attempted _____________ Credits Earned _______________ Final Grade_____________