Course Description: This course teaches students to analyze texts, with a concentration on American literature. Students will be required to evaluate American literature as we focus on literary movements, genres, poetry, non-fiction, short stories, and novels. Students will then apply what they have learned to their critical thinking and communication skills.
This course will require students to become more familiar with the historical, social, and economic background of America as seen through the lens of literature.
Attendance: Students are required to follow the attendance policy set forth in the student handbook; however, if you miss a class, remember that it is your responsibility to know what you missed and what is coming up.
Students are held responsible for finding out what they missed when they were absent. If a student knows in advance that he or she will be absent on a particular day, it is best practice to come and talk with me about what will be missed—prior to the absence. When making up missed work, students will be allowed the same number of days to complete the assignment as the rest of the class.
Make-up work policy will follow the policy set forth in the student handbook. Students will not receive above a 70 on any work turned in after the due date. Any work submitted three days after the due date will be a zero.
Procrastination on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. Papers and assignments must be turned in by the due date. Hardware and software difficulties are no excuse for late work. If you are absent, send your paper with a friend, or papers may be emailed to my Iowa Park email.
Grades: Students are to turn in their work on time. Averages for each six weeks period will be calculated using the following policy:
Daily Grades: 60%Test Grades: 40%
Participation in class discussions is part of daily grades.
All work presented in this course must be solely the product of the individual student. Copying, cheating, or handing in identical work on any assignments will be considered academic misconduct and will result in appropriate administrative action.
Be aware of the following: Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. There will be NO second chances. I will review every essay and paragraph turned in as original work. If I find that is has been copied or plagiarized in any way, you will receive a 0.
Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else's work, including the work of other students, as one's own. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged, unless the information is common knowledge.
Student expectations/ Classroom Rules:
Ø Come to class prepared and on time
Ø Respect all people and their property
Ø Listen and follow directions
Ø No cell phones, tablets, mp3 players or other devices unless instructed
Ø No food or drink (Clear water bottles are acceptable)
Ø All school rules as outlined in the handbook are to be followed
ü 3 to 5 subject notebook
ü Pencil and or blue/black pen
ü Red Pen
ü Notebook paper
ü A flash drive (optional, though encouraged)
ü Any current novel or reading material that has been assigned