
W.J. Christian K8 School
EIGHTH GRADE Pre AP – Algebra I
COURSE SYLLABUS 20182019
Teacher: Tyrone Lewis Office: 2052315250 Room# 225
Email Address: tlewis@bhm.k12.al.us mr.lewis225@gmail.com
Textbook: Algebra I Common Core
Course Overview
The Algebra conceptual category focuses on the four domains listed below in the column to the left. The Algebra domains listed in bold print on the shaded bars are Seeing Structure in Expressions, Arithmetic With Polynomials and Rational Expressions, Creating Equations, and Reasoning With Equations and Inequalities. Immediately following the domain and enclosed in brackets is an abbreviation denoting the domain. Identified below each domain are the clusters that serve to group related content standards. Content Standard Domains and Clusters
Seeing Structure in Expressions [ASSE]
• Interpret the structure of expressions.
• Write expressions in equivalent forms to solve problems.
Arithmetic With Polynomials and Rational Expressions [AAPR]
• Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials.
• Understand the relationship between zeros and factors of polynomials.
• Use polynomial identities to solve problems.
• Rewrite rational expressions.
Creating Equations [ACED]
• Create equations that describe numbers or relationships.
Reasoning With Equations and Inequalities [AREI]
• Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning.
• Solve equations and inequalities in one variable.
• Solve systems of equations.
• Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically.
Student Organization
Organization is one of the keys to having a successful year in PreAlgebra /Algebra1. To assist with organization, the following materials are needed each day for class:
 Algebra I Common Core and Pearson consumable (3^{rd} and 4^{th} 9 weeks)
 Math notebook (graphed composition)
 Sharpened pencils with erasers, mechanical pencils with plenty of lead and manual sharpener
 Scientific Calculator
 Markers, colored pencils, scissors, ruler (TBA when needed)
Grading Scale
Grades will be given on the standard scale (A= 90100, B= 8089, C= 7079, D= 6069F= below 59).
It is the student’s responsibility to make up all missed assignments.
Late Policy
It is the student’s responsibility to make up ALL missed assignments.
Students are encouraged to turn in all assignments on time. However I do understand life happens. The following scale will apply to all students who turn in late assignments.
Day 1  20% penalty
Day 2  30 % penalty
Day 3  40 % penalty
Day 4  50 % penalty
Homework
Normally students will have homework Monday through Friday. Students should work independently and be prepared to turn in homework at the beginning of the next class. Work not completed during class should be completed for homework.
Register in Class Dojo  Is a tool parents and students can use to inform them of upcoming homework assignments, test, and any official class announcements.
HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD?
 Parents please make sure you are checking the webpage daily.
 Parents please make sure you are checking STI for grades and comments weekly.
 Parents please make sure you have open lines of communication with the teacher at all times.
 Parents please make sure you answer emails, phone calls, Class Dojo messages, written notes, etc.
IParent Information for IGrade Book
Parents can review grades through the IParent Grade System (STI) on line at the Birmingham City Schools website. Please see the office staff for further information.
Google Classroom
Parents we will be using Google Classroom all school year. Students are HIGHLY encouraged to bring an electronic device (tablet, IPAD, laptop, Chromebook) with a charger to class every day. PLEASE NO CELL PHONES!
Algebra Classroom Procedures & Disciplinary Guidelines:
The Algebra1 course requires students to exercise selfcontrol and display positive disciplinary habits. The Algebra1 classroom will be an environment that facilitates learning for all students. Proper classroom behavior is not only expected, but is enforced daily.
The Code of Conduct for our Algebra1 classroom is:
As a student, I will behave in such a way as to:
 Enhance my own learning
 Allow others to learn
 Allow Mr. Lewis to teach
Disciplinary guidelines that allow the above conduct include:
 Raise hand to be acknowledged during class.
 Place all books for other classes at the front of the class at the start of class (keep only your notebook and other necessary supplies)
 Do not leave your seat without permission (hold papers and tissue at your desk until the end of class)
 Keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself (respect others and WJC property)
 Be kind in what you say to others and your teacher
 Accept and obey any instruction or discipline from your teacher without negative responses.
Unit names and the LTF Lessons for Algebra I and Pre AP Algebra I
 Functions(3 weeks)
Introduction to Function Notation
Connecting a Verbal Description to Table and Graph
Using Tables and Graphs to Determine the Better Deal
Connecting Table Graph and Function Notation
Discrete and Continuous Data
 Graphing and Analyzing Linear Functions(3 to 3.5weeks)
Walk the Line (MG)
Average Rate of Change (MG)
Calculating Average Rate of Change
Slope Investigation
Analysis of Functions
Translations of Linear Functions
Write the equation of the Line Review
Piecewise functions
 Systems of Linear Equations (2 weeks)
Literal equations Reviewing and Foreshadowing
Linear Functions (MG)
Painting the House
Solving systems of Linear Equations
 Systems of Linear Inequalities (1 week)
Maximizing Profit
 Graphing and Analyzing Exponential Functions (1.5 weeks)
Exponential Function Exploration
Exponential Growth (Found under Mathematical Foundations)
How do you start and how do you change? (Non LTF Lesson)
 Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences (1.5 to 2 weeks)
Writing Equations Using Sequences
Arithmetic Sequences (MG)
Limits A Physical Approach (MG)
6.5 1^{st} Semester Review (1.5 to 2 Weeks)
Putting the Pieces Together
Reading the Graph
Variations on Detecting Linear Motion CBR is necessary
Let’s Make a Deal (Non LTF Lesson)
 Statistics and Probability (2.5 Weeks)
Fitting a Line to Data
Use Dotplots (Line Plots) to Determine Mean, Median, Mode, and Range
Analyzing Mean, Median, Mode and Range
Describing Distributions: Standard Deviation
Movie Probability (MG)
Does Gender Make a Difference? (MG)
 Pythagorean Theorem, Radicals and
Rational Exponents (2 weeks)
Pythagorean Theorem Applications
**Brenna Rescues Andrew
 Polynomials (2 Weeks)
 Graphing and Analyzing Quadratics(1.5 Weeks)
Investigation Graphing Quadratic Functions
Graphing Quadratics Functions (Example 1)
Analyzing Quadratic Functions(MG)
**Quadratic Optimization
 Factoring and the Quadratic Formula (5.5 Weeks)
Another Way to Look at Factoring
Graphing Quadratic Functions (Example 2 and problems 1,2)
 Rational Functions (1.5 Weeks)
 2^{nd} Semester Exam(2 Weeks)
**Adaptation of Algebra I 2007 EOC Free Response
**Transformations of Functions Exploration (Alg II)
**Even/Odd Functions
**Maximums, Minimums, and IntervalsOh My!
**Adaptation of AP Calculus 1997 AB2
Please sign and return the signature blank below to Mr. Lewis by Monday, August 8, 2018. (This signature blank is the first math portfolio requirement for the nine week and is counted as notebook grade.)
Mr. Lewis,
I have read the attached Algebra1 syllabus and agree to abide by the instructions and rules therein. I also agree come to class each day prepared and ready to learn.
Date: _______________________________________________
Student Signature: _____________________________________
Parent Signature: ______________________________________