• Algebra II Course Information Page

    Course Description

    This will be a great year in math as we make sure every student graduates with the mathematics skills they need to be college and career ready. The course is structured around problems and investigations that build conceptual understanding of algebra topics. Students become comfortable with using general equations to represent functions and relations as well as with interpreting general equations to describe a situation. In particular, they develop the connections between and among the various core ideas of the course. Students are encouraged to investigate, form conjectures, and then justify their thinking to develop their reasoning skills.

    Course Outcomes

    The essential skills and concepts that will be covered in this course are:

    Semester One:

    • Factoring
    • Investigation
    • Functions (Part 1)
    • Sequences
    • Application of Sequences
    • Variable Exponents
    • Parent Graphs
    • Parabolas
    • Systems of Equations
    • Exponential Functions

    Semester Two:

    • Inequalities
    • Functions (Part 2)
    • Fractions and Variables
    • Logarithms
    • Polynomials
    • Complex Numbers

    Supplies

    • Graph paper notebook
    • Graphing Calculator (TI-84 Plus is highly recommended)
    • Pencils/pens
    • Chromebook/headphones

    Classroom Routine

    Our mathematics classroom will be designed to help students take responsibility for their learning.  Your student will be working with me in a specialized setting. Students will need their chromebook charged everyday as well as headphones.  Students will work independently with me through the Algebra 2 content. All lessons and assessments in this course will be tiered to better meet student needs.  Your student will be graded accordingly to the level of problem they can successfully complete.

     

    Textbook

    The textbook that has been adopted by the district is College Preparatory Mathematics. You can visit www.cpm.org for more information. The text is structured to actively involve every student in the process of learning mathematics. The problem-based lessons provide a balance of basic skills, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving strategies. Each lesson has a mathematical content objective and focuses on one or more of the Eight Mathematical Practices.  

     

    Assessments

    Assessments will be given more frequently than in past courses and students will be able to take assessments after they  have finished all learning for that standard. There will be 3 levels to each test question and students will be graded according to the level of problem they can successfully complete.  More detailed information on this will follow.

    Multiple and Varied Assessment Opportunities

    All students will have multiple assessment opportunities to demonstrate higher levels of achievement. Reassessments are already built into the schedule and take place during class time.

     

    Grading

    • 90%-100%  Exceeds Expectations for the Standard
    • 70%-89%  Meets Expectations for the Standard
    • 60%-69%  Progressing toward the Standard
    • Less than 60%   Beginning toward the Standard
    • 0%  No Evidence

    18 Week Grade:

    Assessments   100%

    Final Grade:

    18 week grade   90%

    Final  10%

    Minimum Percent    

     Letter Grade

    92.5

    A   

    89.5

    A-  

      86.5  

     B+  

    82.5

     B    

    79.5

    B-  

     76.5 

     C+  

    72.5

    C   

    69.5

     C-   

    66.5

      D+  

    62.5

     D   

    59.5

     D-  

     59 and below

     F   

     

    Extra Credit and Bonus Points

    To ensure that grades reflect progress toward and achievement of the standards, giving extra credit points or bonus points will not occur in this class.