Welcome to Dana Cleary's Website

Site Navigation

Dana Cleary > Botany Syllabus

Hillcrest High School 2007-2008

Botany Syllabus

Mrs. Dana Cleary

School phone 355-3546


Course Description:

Botany: Credit value 0.5 units

This course is an in-depth study of the importance of plants, plant ecology, evolution, and classification. Vascular and nonvascular plants will be covered as well as plant tissues, organs, reproduction, and responses. The ecological and economic importance of plants will be discussed as well.


Prentice Hall Biology

Student Supplies:

Colored pencils, 3 ring binder notebook (1” minimum), pen or pencil, lined paper

Lab fee: $15.00 Lab Fee for consumable materials; Make checks out to Hillcrest High School

Grading Policy:

Major Assessments 60%: tests, labs and projects; Minor Assessments 40%: class work, homework, notebook and quizzes.

Grading Scale:

A: 93-100

B: 85-92

C: 77-84

D: 70-76

F: 69 and below

Homework Policy:

Homework assignments are posted on the front board.

Missed Work/Make-Up Polices:

Homework assignments are not accepted after the teacher has gone over the assignment. This generally effects daily textbook assignments. Creative and long- term assignments will be accepted late, however there will be a penalty of 10 points off for every school day late. If a student is absent they should have the work that was assigned prior to their absence the day they return. Other work missed due to an excused absence will be accepted up to but not to exceed 5 days from their return. If a student is going to be absent for an extended time they are expected to call the guidance office to arrange for their assignments.

Student Behavior:

  • In the event of drill encompassing a potential threat, students will leave the classroom in an orderly fashion and follow procedures set in place by the Safety Committee.
  • School and class rules and procedures will be discussed during the first week of school. Parents and students must sign and return the Lab Safety Contract and other related materials.
  • Students are expected to be in the classroom and on task by the tardy bell. They should be prepared for class by bringing their book and materials.
  • During class, students are expected to listen to instruction and follow the teachers’ directions.
  • Students are expected to show respect for themselves, the teacher, and classmates. Behavior that detracts from the learning process is not acceptable.

Consequences for Violating Class and School Rules/Policies:

The students are expected to follow the class room rules. School rules and policies are found in the Student Handbook. Student’s who fail to meet this standard will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Attendance and Tardy Policy:

Students are allowed five days of missed school per semester class. The attendance and tardy policies are defined in the Student Handbook. A student is considered tardy if they are not fully in the room and heading directly to their seat.

Communication with Parents:

Each student will receive a progress report at mid quarter and a report card at the end of each quarter. Parents may access their student’s grades, attendance, and discipline records via the portal. To access the portal, student email and password are required. Students are provided with this at the beginning of school. Parents that provide email addresses will be given periodic updates by email.

Chapter references

Major topics


Introduction to Botany

Ch 18

Ch 7-2

Ch 8


Plant cell


2 weeks


Chapter 20.3-20.5


Economic importance

1 week


Chapter 21


Economic importance

1 week

Plant Diversity

Chapter 22


Seedless vascular plants

Seed Plants


2-3 weeks

Plant anatomy and physiology

Chapter 23

Tissues in plants; Roots, Stems, Leaves; Transportation in plants

3 weeks

Plant Reproduction

Chapter 24

Reproduction of Seed Plants;

Cones, Flowers; Seed Development and germination; Plant propagation and agriculture

Economic importance

3 weeks

Plant Responses and adaptations



Hormones and plant growth

Plant Responses and Adaptations


1 week


Chapter 4

Climate, greenhouse effect

Community interactions

Terrestrial Biomes

Introduction to plant (evolution)

1-2 weeks


Chapter 15 and 16


Natural Selection

Gene pool


1-2 weeks

Climate Change and its effect on the Earth’s biomes

**The time span and topics on this syllabus are subject to change.

Units of Instruction