• Mr. Max Brandstetter                                                                                             



    English Language Arts 5-6                                                                         

    Room 507      


    Course Description: A daily schedule follows below:

    1. All students are required to be seated in class at 3:45 pm until 7:15 pm. The students’ bell work will take place from 3:45 pm until 4 pm.
    • Attendance will be taken
    • Complete a bell work/discussion assignment
    • Receive a preview of the day's learning
    • Have an opportunity to ask questions
    1. Instructional time from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm
    • Students are not allowed to leave the building nor bring food to class. 
    • Students may only have water with them in class.
    • Breaks will be provided regularly to meet the needs of the students and the designated instructional material. All breaks are provided at the discretion of the teacher.
    1. Review and closure 7:00 - 7:15 pm
    • Complete the exit/discussion question

    Remember, completing your assignments during instructional hours ensures that you do not have homework! 

    The pacing of course work:

    • Students will meet daily with the teacher of record as outlined above
    • Students will not be permitted to work ahead
    • New content will be available daily
    • Course work is expected to be completed that day
    • There is no homework unless the daily coursework is not completed.
    • DVOLP Pathways Blended gradebook begins at a ZERO (0%) percent.  Students establish their final grade through participation and completion of all course work
    • Student active participation is expected throughout the enrollment period beginning June 1, 2021.

    The Pathways' attendance policy:

    • Students are allowed two (2) absences
    • On the third (3rd) absence, the student is subject to withdrawal
    • Students greater than 10 minutes late to class will be charged an absence
    • Students may opt to Appeal the withdrawal
      • The student will receive instructions of Appeal
      • The student will submit the Appeal information within 24 hours of receipt of Appeal instructions

    Course Objectives: By the time the student completes this course of study, the student will be able to:

    • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    • Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
    • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
    • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


    Genres/Plays Being Read and Discussed in Class:

    • Native American mythology
    • Puritan literature
    • “Death of an Innocent” by John Krakauer
    • Informative/Argumentative essays and texts
    • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller


    Grading: Grades are based on a percentage of all possible points (100%-90%=A, 89%-80%=B, 79%-70%=C, 69%-60%=D, 59% and lower=F).

    • Grades are cumulative for the semester. The first and second semester grades will be weighted as follows: 45% writing and language, 35% reading, 20% speaking and listening,
    • Per district policy, there are no opportunities for extra credit.


    Academic Assistance/Office Hours: Academic assistance/office hours are available by appointment only; please email teacher for availability.


    Daily Device Use: Students should come to class with their devices charged and ready to use in each class every day. Devices may not be used to record or take photos of other people without their consent. Consequences for classroom disruptions and misuse of devices will follow a progressive discipline model, beginning with a phone call home and progressing to office referrals for repeated or more serious offenses. See the Student Rights and Responsibilities consequence chart in the handbook for more specific descriptions of infractions and consequences.


    Academic Integrity: As stated in the Arizona English Language Arts Standards, students need to be college and career ready when graduating high school. To meet this standard, students will be expected to accurately and consistently cite all sources used in their work and to submit designated assignments to turnitin.com, a plagiarism detection service. If it is determined that student work is plagiarized, appropriate consequences will be enforced per school policy.


    Classroom Rules and Expectations:

    1.Be respectful: Treat your peers, teacher, environment, and yourself with respect. Please be respectful with technology. In other words, use devices appropriately and only in connection to the work at hand.

    1. Be responsible: Take ownership of the choices you make as well as the rewards and consequences that come with those choices.
    2. Be prepared: Have your materials for this class with you each day. Having your electronic device (iPad or computer) charged and ready is vital to your success in the online platform. Having a notebook/Google Doc/or note-taking app in which you can jot down necessary information, due dates, etc.., would be beneficial as well. Lastly, be prepared mentally as well. It is simple to show up with necessary materials, but it is sometimes difficult to adopt a mindset conducive to a proper learning environment. Any concerns or issues in obtaining materials or said mindset, please reach out and I will help you in any way I can.
    3. BE KIND!


    Cell Phones: The DVUSD Student Handbook states electronic devices (such as cell phones, tablets, Air pods, headphones etc.) should not be misused by any means. Therefore, our course will be following this discipline plan:

    Step 1: Warning and being asked to silence/power off the device and put it away.

    Step 2: Individual conference with the student and contact home

    Step 3: Individual conference with the student and contact home

    Step 4: Referral to the front office for misuse of technology within the classroom.

    *I understand it is tempting to be on your device (especially during distance learning), but following under the policy of “respect”, it is imperative for one to adhere to classroom policy. Now, with that being said, if your device battery runs out, please communicate with me and if your cell phone is the only option, we will make do (this should not be a consistent event, only in times of emergency).


    Disciplinary Consequences: If you are unable to abide by the course rules, your consequences will follow suit in a succeeding manner (verbal warning, conference with teacher + parent email and/or phone call, administrative referral + parent email and/or phone call). Major violations will warrant an immediate referral.


    Necessary Supplies for This Course:

    • District issued device or other electronic device (not including smart phones).


    Optional Supplies for This Course:


    • Pens with black or blue ink
    • Pencils
    • Highlighter(s)
    • A college ruled notebook
    • Loose-leaf college ruled paper
    • Post-it notes













    English Language Arts 5-6

    Mr. Max Brandstetter

    Please only sign and turn in this page. Keep the rest of the document for your reference!


    Please read the syllabus for this course, which can be accessed at: https://www.dvusd.org/domain/11674


    I have read and understand all of the guidelines set forth in the syllabus for this class. I have also reviewed the novels/plays that will be read and discussed in this class and have no concerns at this time. Once all information is provided and signed by all required parties, please have your student upload the document to the proper location within Canvas.


    Student Name (Printed): ________________________________                 Student Signature: ________________________________



    Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________                     Date: __________________


    Optional Entry: Is there anything you would like me to be aware of when it comes to your student? Please explain below:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        




    English Language Arts 5-6 Video Consent Form


    Video can often be an excellent way to augment our students’ education, helping to reinforce curricular ideas as well as generate meaningful discussions about how contemporary society views our subject matter. In English Language Arts 5-6, we will be viewing the segments listed below. Should you prefer that your student participate in an alternative assignment, please contact me via phone or email, or leave a note on this video permission form and have your student turn it in to me.


    Mr. Max Brandstetter


    Summer Course

    PBS Documentary: Return to the Wild

    Death of a Salesman by Volker Schlondorff

    Additional appropriately rated ancillary television and YouTube clips may also be utilized in class.



    Grades 8-12

    Videos, films, and other taped materials rated PG/PG-13 (parental guidance) may be viewed at school, but they must be:

    • an integral part of the class curriculum.
    • approved by your administrator prior to viewing.
    • approved by parent/guardian.
    • each student must have a signed “Student Video Parent/Guardian Permission Form” on file, noting permission for each PG or PG-13 video.


    ____________________________ has my permission to view [see above for list]____________,

    (Please Print) Student’s Name                                            Name of Video/Taped Material


    on [during the 2020-2021 school year] per the above mentioned guidelines.




    Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________                     Date: __________________