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Syllabus: 

English 12 AP: ap-12-syllabus-2015

English 11 Honors: 11H syllabus 2015

You can also read the syllabi online by clicking through the page break below.

Turnitin.com: Everyone needs to sign up for a turnitin account during the first week of school.  The information you need is as follows:

Section number:

period 1: 10432042

period 2: 10432105

period 4: 10432221

period 5: 10432238

period 6: 10432182

The enrollment password for all classes is: albert

AP English 12 Syllabus  (scroll through for English 11 Honors)

Grimsley High School

Mr. Albert                                      Room 211                                          albertm@gcsnc.com

www.mralbertsclass.wordpress.com

 

Test Day: Monday                     Tutorial: Thursday after school and by appointment

 

Course Objectives and Overview

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is a college-level English class offered on a high school campus, therefore, the readings, writing, and assessments are similar to those commonly found in English classes at colleges and universities.  Students need to expect to read, write, and work a lot.

Success on the AP exam in May is the only way to earn college credit.  The score a student receives on the AP exam, however, is independent of the final grade in the class.  There will be a separate, Grimsley generated final worth 20% of the final course grade during the regular exam week in June.

During the year, we will focus on the fundamentals of literary analysis, critical thinking, and analytical writing.  We will read a variety of literature, including novels, plays, poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and literary criticism in order to develop analytical skills.  Students will complete essays both in class and out of class (often as part of a larger project) and will be expected to participate in class discussion regularly.  Discussion and writing is paramount to developing the analytical, literary thinking necessary for this course and for the AP exam.  The class will be reading and writing intensive, and it is imperative that students keep up with their coursework.  This includes not only completing the assignments on time, but also completing the assignments with care and attention to detail.

We will be using turnitin.com this year for all out of class writing assignments.  Students must sign up for turnitin during the first week of school.

 

Expectations

            Short list:

  • Have a positive work ethic: I work hard and I expect you to do the same. We learn by doing.  If I’m working and you’re not, you’re not learning, which is the primary objective of your being here.
  • Be Responsible: At this point in your school careers you don’t need a list of rules. You are an adult and you know how to conduct yourself.  Electronics are not to be charged or used during class unless it is class related.  You are more than welcome to use calendars, take pictures of the board, look up terms or allusions, etc.  Please be respectful of class time and my instruction, however, by refraining from social use such as texting, tweeting, playing games, using Instagram, etc.  Since we’re talking about respecting class time, let’s talk about the bathroom policy.  Please use the bathroom on the way to class as opposed to a procrastination tool during  As per Grimsley policy, students may not leave during the first or last ten minutes of class and must sign out when leaving class.  If I have granted you permission to go to the bathroom, please use the clip board by the door to sign out and take the pass.

In addition to respecting me and my time, respect yourself by doing everything with pride and integrity from getting dressed in the morning (see dress code in the handbook) to completing scholastic assignments – everything you turn in should be completed in a way you can be proud of.

On that note, beware plagiarism!  There are many levels – we will go over inadvertent plagiarism and how to avoid it.  Overt plagiarism, however, will result in a zero, an administrative referral, and completion of the assignment correctly.

Communication:

            There is a lot of transparency in my course, but not lots of coddling or reminders.  I keep a website, a calendar of upcoming assignments, enter my grades into PowerSchool in a timely fashion, and send home progress reports every quarter.  I can be contacted anytime via the information on the header, email being the best option, and will reply within 24 hours.  Students grades are their responsibility, as is knowing due dates and completing assignments correctly.

Attendance and Tardies

Discussion and class participation are an integral part of this course, therefore, attendance both physically and mentally is important.  In compliance with Grimsley policy, the tardy policy is as follows:

1st: warning

2nd: 10 minute detention

3rd: 30 minute detention

4th: administrative referral

Tardies will reset after each quarter.

Text Selection & Materials

Students should have an organized notebook dedicated to English.  I don’t really care what it looks like (folder, legal pad, binder, spiral, etc.) as long as it’s kept and used.

Students are expected to obtain their own copies of the novels we cover so that they may annotate and make notes as they read.  Arrangements will be made with students who are unable to obtain the required texts.

The following units include the major works that we will cover in class.  Each of these units will be supplemented with short stories and poems that are relevant to the themes and concepts being studied.  These units and their order are subject to change based on individual classroom needs and time constraints.

 

Summer Reading:

            How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Richard C. Foster

AND one of the following:

Invisible Many by Ralph Ellison, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, OR Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Shakespeare, Drama, Poetic Devices:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

AND Medea by Euripides

 

Bildungsroman: Choose ONE:

Purple Hibiscus by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie, OR Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

Using the Supernatural and Unexplained to Make Sense of History and Self:

Beloved, Toni Morrison

 

Philosophical Novel: Existentialism and the Search for Identity: Choose ONE:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, OR Grendel by John Gardner

 

Dystopia or Examining and Critiquing Society Through Alternate Realities

1984 by George Orwell

 

 

Grading Policy

Students will be assessed frequently during the school year in the form of in-class timed essays, out-of-class essays, projects, quizzes, and tests.  Most essays will be graded based on scoring rubrics similar to those used on the AP exam.

Breakdown of Grade                                          Grading Scale

                    A       90-100

Tests, Essays and Major Assignments:           40%                     B        80-89
Quizzes, Participation, Classwork                     C        70-79
 and Homework                                              60%                     D        60-69
                    F         <60

   *** A final literary research paper will count for 20% of the final grade in the course.***

Late Work

Late assignments are not acceptable unless an extension is granted prior to the due date.  Extensions will not be granted on the day something is due.  During the first semester work will be reduced ten points per day for up to three days.  Work more than three days late will be a zero. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED SECOND SEMESTER.  As per Grimsley policy, if a student is absent when an assignment is given, he or she has three days after returning to turn it in.  This policy, however, does not apply to assignments that are given in advance or over a period of time.  It is intended for nightly, short range assignments, which will be rare in this class.  I keep a calendar on my website and students will be given ample notice of assignments and due dates.  It is their responsibility, then, to plan accordingly.  If a student is absent the day something is due, it should be emailed to me.  If the assignment cannot be submitted electronically, it is due the day the student returns.  If a student misses a quiz or test, he or she has three days to make it up and may not use class time to do so.  It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements.  Long term absences will be treated on a case by case basis.

 

English 11 Honors Syllabus

Mr. Albert                                      Room 211                                          albertm@gcsnc.com

www.mralbertsclass.wordpress.com

 

Test Day: Monday                     Tutorial: Thursday after school and by appointment

Course Objectives and Overview

The focus for English 11 Honors is to prepare students for college and career with effective language, communication, and critical thinking skills while reinforcing and extending what has been learned in past years.  We will practice communication and writing skills through various mediums such as public speaking, presentations, argumentative writing, and analytical writing.  We will read a variety of literature, including novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and nonfiction in order to develop analytical skills.  Students will be expected to participate in class discussion regularly.  Discussion and writing is paramount to developing the analytical, literary thinking necessary for this course.  Having effective discussion and productive class time is dependent on students keeping up with classwork.  This includes not only completing the assignments on time, but also completing the assignments with care and attention to detail.

We will be using turnitin.com this year for all out of class writing assignments.  Students must sign up for turnitin during the first week of school.

Expectations

            Short list:

  • Have a positive work ethic: I work hard and I expect you to do the same. We learn by doing.  If I’m working and you’re not, you’re not learning, which is the primary objective of your being here.
  • Be Responsible: You are an adult. Please act like an adult and I will treat you like an adult.

At this point in your school careers you don’t need a list of rules.  You know how to conduct yourself.  Electronics are not to be charged or used during class unless it is class related.  You are more than welcome to use calendars, take pictures of the board, look up terms or allusions, etc. with your phones or tablets.  Please be respectful of class time and my instruction, however, by refraining from social use such as texting, tweeting, playing games, using Instagram, etc.  Since we’re talking about respecting class time, let’s talk about the bathroom policy.  Please use the bathroom on the way to class as opposed to a procrastination tool during class.  As per Grimsley policy, students may not leave during the first or last ten minutes of class and must sign out when leaving class.  If I have granted you permission to go to the bathroom, please use the clip board by the door to sign out and take the pass.

In addition to respecting me and my time, respect yourself by doing everything with pride and integrity from getting dressed in the morning (see dress code in the handbook) to completing scholastic assignments – everything you turn in should be completed in a way you can be proud of.

On that note, beware plagiarism!  There are many levels – we will go over inadvertent plagiarism and how to avoid it.  Overt plagiarism, however, will result in a zero, an administrative referral, and completion of the assignment correctly.

 

Communication

            There is a lot of transparency in my course, but not lots of coddling or reminders.  I keep a website, a calendar of upcoming assignments, enter my grades into PowerSchool in a timely fashion, and send home progress reports every quarter.  I can be contacted anytime via the information on the header, email being the best option, and will reply within 24 hours.  Students grades are their responsibility, as is knowing due dates and completing assignments correctly.

Attendance and Tardies

Discussion and class participation are an integral part of this course, therefore, attendance both physically and mentally is important.  In compliance with Grimsley policy, the tardy policy is as follows:

1st: warning

2nd: 10 minute detention

3rd: 30 minute detention

4th: administrative referral

Tardies will reset after each quarter.

Materials

Students should have an organized notebook dedicated to English.  I don’t really care what it looks like (folder, legal pad, binder, spiral, etc.) as long as it’s kept and used.

Unit Guide and Works Studied

The following units include a sampling of the major authors and ideas that we will cover in class.  Each of these units will be supplemented with short stories, poems, and nonfiction works that are relevant to the themes and concepts being studied.  These units and their order are subject to change based on individual classroom needs and unforeseen constraints.  Grammar and vocabulary will be integrated throughout the year.

Intro to Rhetoric, Interpreting Texts and the Early American Tradition

Jonathan Edwards, Anne Bradstreet, Ben Franklin, Patrick Henry, Tom Paine

Intro to Rhetoric, Interpreting Texts II and American Romanticism

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe

Narrative and Presentation in Multiple Mediums

Frederick Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson

 

Annotated Bibliography and Debate

Drama and Allegory

            William Shakespeare and Arthur Miller

Argumentation, Research Methods, and Current Issues

Malcolm Gladwell, Leonard Mlodinow, Stephen Dubner, student selected book length non-fiction work

 

Research Paper

 

Grading Policy

Students will be assessed frequently during the school year in the form of in-class timed essays, out-of-class essays, projects, quizzes, and tests.

Breakdown of Grade                                          Grading Scale

                    A       90-100

Tests and Major Assignments:            40%                     B        80-89
Quizzes, Participation, Classwork                     C        70-79
 and Homework                                  60%                     D        60-69
                    F        < 60

**Each quarter is worth 20% of the final grade for the year.  A final state exam will count for the last 20% of the final grade.**

Late Work

Late assignments are not acceptable unless an extension is granted prior to the due date.  Extensions will not be granted on the day something is due.  Late assignments will be reduced 10 points per day until I have graded and returned the assignment.  Once an assignment has been graded and returned to the rest of the class, no student may submit that assignment.  As per Grimsley policy, if a student is absent when an assignment is given, he or she has three days after returning to turn it in.  This policy, however, does not apply to assignments that are given in advance or over a period of time.  It is intended for nightly, short range assignments, which will be rare in this class.  I keep a calendar on my website and students will be given ample notice of assignments and due dates.  It is their responsibility, then, to plan accordingly.  If a student is absent the day something is due, it should be emailed to me.  If the assignment cannot be submitted electronically, it is due the day the student returns.  If a student misses a quiz or test, he or she has three days to make it up and may not use class time to do so.  It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements.  Long term absences will be treated on a case by case basis.

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