Honors Biology syllabus and Grading system

Honors Biology Course Syllabus

Course Description:

Academic Biology is a 6 credit full year course for students in grade 9. The class meets 5 days during the 7 day 7D2 scheduling cycle including a double block for lab once each cycle. This course presents the science of life from the molecular to the global level. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students to take AP Biology in their Junior or Senior year. The methods and philosophy of classroom experiences follow the NJSLS (New Jersey Student Learning Standards), which incorporate Science and Engineering Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. The assessments given in class will model questions that would appear on the AP exam as well as The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA_S) which will be administered junior year.   

Required Materials:
Text Book: Prentice Hall Biology by Miller and Levine (provided if needed)

3 Ring Binder
5 Tab Dividers (Do Now, Lab, Classwork, Homework, Research articles/miscellaneous)
Scientific Calculator (optional)

Honors Biology:
5% Homework
10% Current Events, Research, Project
10% Formative Assessments (DO NOW Daily Quizzes)
25% Performance Assessments (Labs/Classwork)
50% Summative Assessments (UNIT TESTS)

Honors classes: NO late work will be accepted

In the event of an absence (excused or unexcused), students are provided one day to make up work for each day that they are not in school. Due to the intense nature, pace, and hands-on experiences of this course, it is recommended that students e-mail me the day they are absent so that they have time to work on the assignments that day rather than allow themselves to become overwhelmed with work when they return. Students who are absent on the day of a test should be prepared to take a makeup test upon their return.  Students/Parents should contact the teacher prior to an anticipated extended absence to obtain work that will be missed.

Scope and Sequence (subject to change)
First Marking Period:
NGSS processes (Modeling, CER)
Structure and Function of Life (Biochemistry, Cell Structure and Function, Nucleic Acids/Protein Synthesis:
Second Marking Period:
Cell Energy (Photosynthesis, Respiration/Fermentation)
Interdependent Relationships (Ecology) 
Third Marking Period:
Inheritance & Variation
Mitosis & Meiosis
Nucleic Acids/Protein Synthesis Continued
Fourth Marking Period:
Genetic Engineering
Research Projects: at least one per marking period