• Tutoring
Elizabeth Francois

My tutoring times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:55-3:30 and by appointment unless I have a meeting.

All assessments need to be made up during these tutoring times.


  • Syllabus
Elizabeth Francois


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Mrs. Francois

Gilbert North High School

Tutoring: Tuesdays and Thursdays, after school until 3:30


Course Description


English 8 involves the study of composition skills, as well as short stories, novels, and poetry. This course will also emphasize basic grammar, mechanics of composition, usage, and vocabulary. This course will also expose students to the writing process as it applies to literature and informational text. Composition instruction includes paragraph structure, the writing of letters, narratives, poetry, and essays.  Students will follow MLA formatting and six traits rubrics to strengthen their academic writing skills.


Course Texts/Essays


Entire Year: Anthology- Elements of Literature, AZ Merit Prep- Performance Coach

1st Quarter: Leadership: Who Moved My Cheese for Teens by Spencer Johnson

2nd Quarter: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

3rd Quarter: Animal Farm by George Orwell

4th Quarter: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

*Students will also be responsible for 1 independent novel selection of their choice each quarter.


Please Note: ALA is lending each student a copy of every designated novel to support their ability to complete

the assigned reading outside of class.  Students are required to have the novel with them EVERY

CLASS PERIOD and MAY NOT write or highlight text within the novel.  Therefore, students will be

responsible for replacing any lost or damaged books.  If possible, I recommend purchasing the

novels in advance, so that your child is free to mark the text as they see fit.



1st Quarter: Narrative Essay

2nd Quarter: Argumentative/Persuasive Essay

3rd Quarter: Informative/Research Essay

4th Quarter: Literature Response

*There will be many other writing assignments throughout the year, including, but not limited to: short stories, poems, and personal fiction.



  • Class novel pages- students must be ready to discuss assigned pages the next day.

  • Independent novel selection (parameters are forthcoming)

  • Achieve 3000 Article (more info is forthcoming)

  • Vocabulary- assignments will vary


GRADING WEIGHTS as per ALA Standards







Final Exam



GRADING SCALE as per ALA Standards


≥ 93.0%


86.9% - 83.0%


76.9% - 73.0


66.9% - 63.0%


92.9% - 89.5%


82.9% - 79.5%


72.9% - 69.5%


62.9% - 59.5%


89.4% - 87.0%


79.4% - 77.0%


69.4% - 67.0%


≤ 59.4%



Infinite Campus will be the primary tool used to communicate. IC allows students and parents to access grades, receive emails, pay fees, and much more. Using it will ensure that I receive all messages that are sent to me. Please allow 24 hours for a response. I also encourage students to advocate for themselves and approach me in person or by email regarding homework, classroom assignments, grades, tutoring, etc.


Absent/Makeup Work

Assignments missed due to absence will be given an equal number of school days plus one to complete assignments.  Homework due the day you are absent is due upon return. Missed assignments may be picked up at the end of the school day. If you are absent on the day a long term assignment is due, it is due the day you return before the bell rings in the morning. If it is not turned in at that time, it will receive a late penalty.


Late Work Policy

All homework assignments are due in the first 5 minutes of class. In an effort to promote accountability, students are required to fill out a “Missing Work Log” (pink sheet), and turn it in as a placeholder for every late assignment, on the original due date. If absent, the assignment or pink sheet is due upon return.  No late work will be accepted if a pink slip was not submitted. 20% will be deducted each day that the assignment is late, and assignments will not be accepted after three days. No late assignments will be accepted for long-term projects.


Test Make-Ups

  • Test make-ups are only available for students with an excused absence.

  • Test make-ups must be completed within one week of the absent date.

  • Test make-ups will only be given during tutoring hours.

  • Test "retakes" for a higher grade are not an option.


Classroom Behavior

No student has the right to interfere with the learning, safety, and teaching in the classroom.  The student will be asked to fill out a line in the behavior tracking notebook following any action that disrupts the safe, respectful, and rigorous educational environment we will be striving to create every day. This will create a space for them to clear up any miscommunication or misunderstanding while also being accountable for their actions. Parent/Guardian contact will be made when appropriate, especially when a pattern begins to emerge in the behavior tracking sheet. Further disciplinary action will be taken on a case by case basis.

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism and cheating in ANY form is not tolerated. Any incidents will be dealt with according to American Leadership Academy policy.

Academic honesty requires that each student will submit his or her own work and will clearly identify any work that is not his or her own. Cheating, plagiarism, or copying is the act of using as one’s own, or of enabling another student to use as his or her own, the ideas, words, or work of another.

Cheating on tests or quizzes is defined as receiving or giving help on any part of a test or a quiz; consulting books, notes, calculators, computer information, or any other material not authorized by the teacher for use during the test or quiz; discussing, once the test or quiz has been taken, any part of the test or quiz with, or within earshot of, anyone who has not yet taken the test or quiz, including a makeup test or quiz; or making available secured testing materials, including those used in previous years, to students who have not yet taken the course. Furthermore, cheating includes reproducing, without the specific authorization of the teacher, study guides for other students’ use in preparing for tests, exams, or written assignments, and the unauthorized use of any study guide.

Plagiarism on school assignments, including homework, is defined as copying, or using words or ideas from another student’s work; unauthorized student collaboration; using ideas or words from any source (including, but not limited to, books, newspapers, magazines, journals, and the Internet) without citing that source; or turning in work that has received so much help from outside sources, including parents and tutors, that such work can no longer be deemed the student’s own.

  • Tutoring
Elizabeth Francois

During January 2019, I have traffic duty after school. My tutoring has been moved to Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. or by appointment. Please contact me if you have any questions.

My tutoring times are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:55-3:30 and by appointment.

All assessments need to be made up during these tutoring times.

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Elizabeth Francois

I have been teaching English at various levels since 2001. My B.A. is in English from Arizona State University, and my M.A. is in English with a professional writing certificate from Northern Arizona University. I am passionate about English and helping my students become better readers and writers. In my classes, my students have an opportunity to discuss and write about what we read. I look forward to working and growing with you this year.

My husband and I have been married for 17 years. We have a daughter who is entering 7th grade this year. We have one cat and a dog that we clean up after all of the time. One of my hobbies (?) is walking/running 5ks. I also love to read and to play video games with my daughter.

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