For my class, students may combine their English materials with work from other classes to save space. Our supply lists are of some debate at the moment, so I'll simply be requiring each student to organize their work for my class into 3 divided categories:
Each student will also need a lined composition book that will be used solely for English bell work. This will be referred to as their "Journal" for the year and will be periodically collected for a grade.
I recommend students use a 1/2-1 inch binder with 3 dividers, labeled: Grammar, Writing, Reading. Students will need to have loose leaf lined paper available for work; this should be included under each section as well.
Students will be taking handwritten notes and using various handouts for classwork in addition to keeping the current book we are reading with them every day. Keep this in mind when choosing folders and other organizing materials.
Materials used daily:
Black or blue pen
Loose leaf paper
Highlighters are recommended, optional. I also highly encourage students to annotate all their books. They will be required to do so for a few select books. I allow annotations to be done in any medium (including pencil), however, classwork must be done in black or blue pen without exception. This is an English department standard.
Binders can be emptied quarterly to cut down on backpack weight. However, the midterm and final will include the previous semester's lessons.
Find a container or thick folder to keep old/graded work in at home so it may be easily found for studying purposes throughout the year. It will be safe to toss after final exams.
Why I Emphasize Organization
Participation is a huge part of our grade at BFHS. Class materials are a significant part of preparedness. The students who have well organized English materials achieve the higher grades because work is not lost, but rather easily found for studying or assignment revisions. Students who cannot find work when it is needed in class lose out on participation as well as credit for the work they have done.
You may click the button to view required books for the year. I recommend purchasing each book several weeks in advance to ensure the book is available the day it is due in class.