You have been allowed in this class because you have excelled in English while in 8thgrade, your test scores were exceptional, and you have proven that you are willing to work hard. In this course students will read great works of literature and will improve their grammar, writing, vocabulary, and literary analysis skills. Students should leave the class with a deeper appreciation of literature and with the ability to write a well-constructed essay that demonstrates critical thinking.
This course will be taught using a variety of instructional methods including lecture, class discussion, small group work, projects, literature circles, and research.
This class is designed to prepare you for future advanced English courses. In order to successfully complete this goal, I expect all students to actively participate in classroom discussions and complete all assignments. All students must also take responsibility for the choices that they make in class. If there are any problems or concerns, students may contact me in a timely manner. I can’t help with an assignment if it is due that day. Students and parents feel free to use my email at any time.
Units of Study:
Vocabularylessons will be introduced at the beginning of each week and students will then be tested at the end of the week. Students will be responsible for both the spelling and definition of the assigned words.
Grammarwill also supplement each unit of study. Students will be responsible for learning and utilizing proper grammar rules on tests and when creating class assignments.
Composition and Writingwill be a critical assessment included in all units. Students will continuously be encouraged to properly utilize their grammar, vocabulary, general and researched knowledge as they are applied to various writing assignments and unit projects.
Independent Reading Selection:Students will be responsible for reading two novels independently and creating a book report that reflects their knowledge.
1stBook Report – fiction book of student’s choice.
2ndBook Report – fiction book from classic list given in class
Possible Reading Selections:
Various Short Stories and Poetry
To Kill a Mockingbird
Various Writings by Edgar Allen Poe
The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet
A Night to Remember
You should have at least a 1 ½ inch three ring binder for this class only. You should have dividers for the following subjects: class info,To Kill a Mockingbird, Short Stories, Poetry,Romeo & Juliet, vocabulary, grammar, unit notes, and homework/miscellaneous. Students should be prepared to leave notebooks overnight for graded organizational spot checks.
This is an honors class expect homework almost every day. All homework and assignments are due at the beginning of the period. Homework may be turned in one day late for 50% of the credit assigned. No homework will be accepted after a day. Do not ask to turn in homework 3 days late, a week late, or even a month late. If you are in school, but not in my class, it is your responsibility to make sure your assignment gets to me by the end of the day. If you are cutting class, you will not receive credit for any assignment nor will you be able to make up a quiz or test.
If you are absent from school, you must check the “Absent Folder” when you return. Here you will find handouts and assignments that you have missed. You should ask a classmate for any notes or come in between/after school to copy mine. Most handouts, overheads, powerpoints, etc. will be on my webpage on the district website for you to access from home if you choose. If you are absent for a prolonged period of time, you will have the same amount of time to make up your work.
Any major assignments will be docked 10% for each day it is late. Most of these assignments will be worth 100 points; therefore, you will lose 10 points per day. This policy applies only to long-term assignments, not homework.
Your grade will be based on various assignments including projects, book reports, quizzes, homework, class participation, and exams.
Textbook & Material:
The Language of Literature
McDougal Littell, Evanston, Illinois, 2000.
For extra help with homework, to review quizzes or tests after you’ve taken them, or if you simply aren’t getting something in class, we can meet one on one during my office hours:
7th& 8th periods and after school in my room