Seminars in Academic Methods

Seminar Course Syllabus

Welcome to Mrs. Schau’s Seminar in Academic Methods, Seminar 7, and Seminar 8 classes!

Seminar in Academic Methods:

Unit 1- Being a Successful Learner: September – January:

With instructional support, students will recognize the importance of their education whiles setting short- and long-term academic goals.

Unit 2-Strategies for Success in Content Areas: February – June:

Students will learn techniques they can use in daily classroom activities

Seminar 7 and Seminar 8:

Unit 1- Managing Your Time: Students will discover ways to manage their time to effectively enhance their study habits.

Unit 2- Visual Aids: Interpreting and Creating Visual Aids

Unit 3- Using Reference Sources: Using Reference Sources

Unit 4- Graphic Organizers and Charts: Graphic Organizers and Charts

Unit 5- Solving Math Word Problems: Solving Math Word Problems

I am incredibly excited for this coming year in class!  There are a few guidelines that everyone must follow so that we have a successful and productive year:

Be Respectful…

  • Do not talk while others are talking.
  • Respect and value everyone’s opinion and experience. Negative comments about, or directed at, others are not allowed and will not be tolerated.
  • Keep phones away in backpacks unless we are using them for a classroom activity.

Be Prompt…

  • We have a limited amount of time in class so it is important that it is used to its full potential. You must be in your seat when the bell rings and prepared to work.
  • Directions will be written on the board as to what you should be doing, often times this will include a “do-now” assignment that will be collected.

Be Prepared…

  • You MUST have the following materials with you on a daily basis:
  • 1-inch binder for handouts
  • Pens/pencils/highlighter

Be Responsible…

  • If you miss class for any reason you are responsible for making up any work that you miss.

    Be Safe…

  • It is expected that students will behave in an appropriate manner.


Keeping a neat, organized and complete notebook is essential to being successful in this course.  There will be multiple notebook quizzes per marking period. All notebook pages will be assigned a number to be placed on the top right corner of the page. During a notebook quiz, notes and handouts will be checked for the following: possession, completeness, if the item has been corrected, neatness, proper heading. A Table of Contents will be kept to help organize pages.

Grading Policy

Your grade will be determined by a number of assessments: tests, projects, quizzes, notebooks, and homework.  Grades will be calculated using a weighted average with the following values given according to the district’s English Department Grading Policy. Per the district, the following grading policy will be in effect for all English courses except AP English Language and AP English Literature:

Major Assessments: 50%

Major assessments include major unit tests, essays, papers, and projects. Each marking period will have at least three major assessments

Minor Assessments: 30%

Minor assessments include quizzes on reading, SAT words, and literary terms, and may also include shorter writing assignments. Students will have several different minor assessments throughout each marking period.

Alternate Assessments/Assignments: 20%

Alternate assessments and assignments include reading assessments, short or informal writing prompts, rough drafts, journals, group discussion, short presentations, and class work. Again, students will have several of these throughout each marking period.

AM Common Activity Period from 7:35-8:00 AM Mondays-Thursdays

in room 173

Students are encouraged to come see me if any questions arise.  Do not fall behind! In addition, please visit your individual teachers’ websites for their specific times.

Contact Information

Mrs. Lorrae Schau

[email protected]