Taylor Sharpe » Algebra 1

Algebra 1


Coach Taylor Sharpe – Room 4114


Email: taylor.sharpe@glynn.k12.ga.us                                                                           Phone: 912-267-4210 ext. 3285                                                 

Course Description

The fundamental purpose of Algebra 1 is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades.  The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Algebra 1 uses algebra to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades.  The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studies.  The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. The pacing suggested below will allow students to gain a foundation in linear, quadratic, and exponential functions before they are brought together to be compared/contrasted in Unit 5. Although units 2, 3, and 4 look lengthy in terms of the number of standards, only their application to one function type per unit will be addressed. As key characteristics of functions are introduced in unit 2 and revisited within units 3, 4, and 5, students will gain a deeper understanding of such concepts as domain and range, intercepts, increasing/decreasing, relative maximum/minimum, symmetry, end behavior, and the effect of function parameters. Unit 5 will also provide an excellent opportunity for review of many concepts in preparation for the administration of the Georgia Milestones EOC assessment.


Priority Standards                                                                                          

Relationships Between Quantities

Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities

Modeling & Analyzing Quadratic Functions

Modeling & Analyzing Exponential Functions

Comparing & Contrasting Functions

Describing Data






  • School ID (EVERYDAY!!)
  • 1½ or 2 inch 3 ring binder
  • Paper
  • Pencils (NO PENS!!)
  • Graph Paper
  • Scientific-Calculator TI-30XS Multiview
  • 7-8 Dividers (Syllabus/Info, Daily 10, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, …


Grading Scale

The following are county determined grade weights for this class. 


GSE Algebra 1








EOCT (End of Spring Semester)












The primary purpose of homework is to provide practice for you.  To help ensure that you actually do the practice, I will check homework the day after it is assigned for completeness, unless instructed otherwise.  Appropriate work must be shown!




Late Assignments

Late assignments are accepted only in the event of an excused absence.  Please make every effort to check the website for details of missed assignments.




Students may retake any major test for which they would like to improve their score.  To be able to retake a test, the student must attend tutoring on the days designated and prove their competency of the content.  The highest grade will be recorded in Infinite Campus.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a retake.  If the student does not show up to the test at the agreed upon time, they forfeit the right to retake that particular test and must keep their original grade.



Classroom Rules and Expectations

  1. Be respectful at all times! This encompasses many expectations, which we will further discuss as a class.
  2. Come to class on time and prepared with the materials you need to work and be successful.
  3. Do not interrupt the class. When I am talking, it is my turn.  If and when you have something to say, raise your hand and wait until you are designated to speak.
  4. While you are permitted to bring electronic devices to school, their use will NOT be permitted in the classroom unless otherwise noted. This means they should not be used, heard or seen while in my class.
  5. No food or drinks in the classroom. I will allow you to have water but it must be in a clear and closable container.  This is the ONLY exception!
  6. MAKE UP WORK IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Please check the designated location for missed handouts and with your friends and classmates for missed notes or assignments.
  7. Participate and NEVER give up! Don’t be afraid to be wrong, share your ideas, ask questions or challenge ideas.  We are a team and are learning together thus we should always encourage and support others.



Consequences of Misconduct

  • Verbal Warning
  • Contact Parent/Guardian
  • Referral to Administrator

**Severe disruptions will go immediately to an administrator.**



Cheating (Student Honor Code)

Cheating can be defined in many ways.  The following list represents some forms of cheating that will be dealt with:

  • Taking information of any form into a test situation for the purpose of responding to test items or for the purpose of assisting others in responding to test items.
  • Plagiarism
  • Copying assignments, including homework, book reports, or other work which will be assigned a grade.
  • Giving or taking information concerning a test after one individual has taken a test and the same form of test is to be given in another classroom situation.
  • Talking during test situations, or exchange of information during a test situation.


A student or group of students that have been involved in cheating will receive a zero on the assignment or test, and parents will be contacted.**





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