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- Course: English 12: British Literature
Instructor: Mr. Williams
Introduction: Be familiar with this syllabus and the procedures and policies outlined in it. You are responsible for its contents. Bring it to class daily in your notebook with other required materials.
Goals of this Class:
1. Learn to read actively, analyze texts, and develop close reading skills.
2. Read, discuss, and write critically about fiction, poetry, and drama.
3. Understand and describe elements of structure, style, imagery, symbolism, and tone of literary works.
4. Identify characteristic themes of major British authors.
5. Trace the development of culture through literature.
6. Understand social and historical influences on literary works.
7. Stimulate a lifelong engagement with reading as a source of learning and joy.
Contacting the Teacher: I am available during lunch every day and after school (in Rm. 133) most days. You can reach my voicemail by calling OLM at (770) 461-2202 and dialing extension 444, or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Texts and Materials:
· Elements of Literature, Sixth Course with World Classics (selections of short stories, myths, essays, and poetry)
· Vocabulary Workshop, Complete Course. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
· MLA Handbook
· Eight major works (see below)
· Other works as assigned
· Notebook for taking notes
- Beowulf, translated by
- Grendel, John Gardner
- Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Brian Stone
- Hamlet, William Shakespeare
- Othello, William Shakespeare
- The Fifth Child, Doris Lessing
You must bring Grendel to class beginning Tuesday, August 24th.
Papers: You will be required to write several papers/essays throughout the year as well as an 8-10 page research paper. All papers will be graded on a departmental, standardized rubric. (Refer to the last page of this syllabus). If you receive a score of a one (1) in any of the categories, you will be required to rewrite the paper for a maximum score of 70. The revision is due two class meetings after the original paper is returned.
Research Paper: In addition to the shorter papers, you will write a research paper demonstrating effective use of library skills, note-taking, formal outlining, and synthesis of material from many sources to prove a thesis. This 8-10 page paper, due in November, will use the MLA Handbook research paper format.
A brief word about PLAGIARISM: DON’T. Plagiarism involves willfully claiming work that was done by someone other than you. The English Department and I take this offense very seriously. Please refer to your student handbook for disciplinary action regarding plagiarism. All students will read the MLA Handbook regarding plagiarism and will sign a contract stating they understand what constitutes plagiarism.
Grading: The grading scale follows the one in the OLM Student Handbook:
First Semester: Second Semester:
Homework assignments 20% Homework assignments 25%
Quizzes (usually announced) 10% Quizzes (unusually announced) 15%
Tests Essays 25% Tests and Essays 30%
Research Paper 15% Participation and Organization 10%
Participation and Organization 10% Final Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Participation: Class participation is a vital component of this course—your input will make our sessions more interesting and personally relevant. Ask provocative questions, speak your mind, and offer your personal insights about the material. There will be considerable time allotted for class discussions and cooperative learning groups.
This counts for 10% of your final grade. Tardiness and sleeping in class will count against this grade—showing up punctually and staying awake is a prerequisite for participating in class.
Book Checks: I will check periodically that you have brought your materials and text to class. These checks are unannounced, so come every day with the proper materials.
This counts in the Participation and Organization category as 10% of the final grade.
- Respect other people and their views and opinions.
- Respect our classroom.
- Respect our class time.
- Honor all codes of conduct promulgated in the OLM Student Handbook.
Consequences for Rule Infractions:
- Verbal Warning.
- Detention and Phone Call Home.
- Saturday School.
- Saturday School and Parent-Teacher Conference.
Dismissal: Do not get up from your seat or converse during the announcements.
Late Work: All work must be turned in on the day it is due. Late work can be turned in up to two days after the original due date for a maximum score of 50%. After two days, you will receive a zero for the assignment. This policy also applies to essays that are not printed out and ready to turn in at the beginning of class.
Absences: Please refer to the OLM Student Handbook. If you are absent from school and it is unexcused, you may be allowed to make up work up to a maximum of 70%. If the absence is excused, I will give you as many days as you were absent to make up work for full credit. If you know that you will be absent on the day of a test or when a paper is due, I expect to know in advance and we will make arrangements.
When you return you are responsible for any work that is due on the day you return, including reading assignments.
Restroom Policy: Use passing periods to take care of restroom and water fountain needs. In the case of an emergency or for a rare exception, you have 3 bathroom passes for the semester.
Extra Credit: There is no extra credit.
Emergencies/Drills: Please look at the exit route diagram for this classroom posted by the door. We will walk quietly and orderly out to the practice fields where I will take attendance.
The SAT Essay Writing Rubric:
Development of Position
Use of Language
Grammar and Word Usage
No plausible position is taken on the topic; severely lacking in examples, reasons and/or evidence
Disorganized; little or no focus; incoherent
Contains fundamental vocabulary mistakes
Severely flawed sentence structure
Grammar and word usage are so poor that they interfere with meaning; very poor mechanics (like punctuation)
Position on topic is unclear or extremely limited; inappropriate examples or reasons; insufficient evidence
Poorly organized; lacks focus; problems with coherence or flow of ideas
Poor use of language; indicates very limited vocabulary and poor word choice
Frequent problems with sentence structure
Grammar and word usage mistakes are frequent and interfere with meaning; poor mechanics
Position on topic demonstrates critical thinking skill applied inconsistently; inadequate examples, reasons or evidence
Limited in organization and focus; demonstrates lapses in coherence or flow of ideas
Displays developing use of language; contains indications of weak vocabulary and poor word selection
Some problems with sentence structure; lacks a variety of sentence structures
Contains many mistakes in grammar word usage and mechanics
Position on topic demonstrates competent critical thinking skill; example, reasons and evidence are adequate
Generally organized and focused; demonstrates some coherence and attention to the flow of ideas
Displays adequate, but inconsistent, use of language; vocabulary used is generally appropriate
Good sentence structure; demonstrates some variety of sentence structure
Contains some mistakes in grammar, word usage and mechanics
Position is effectively developed through strong critical thinking skill; examples, reasons and evidence are generally appropriate
Well organized and focused; demonstrates coherence and ideas flow well
Displays competent use of language; uses appropriate vocabulary
Good sentence structure; demonstrates variety in sentence structure
Generally free of mistakes in grammar, word usage and mechanics
Position effectively and insightfully developed through outstanding critical thinking skill; examples, reasons and evidence are clearly appropriate
Well organized and clearly focused; clearly coherent and ideas flow seamlessly
Displays skillful use of language; vocabulary is accurate and varied; words are appropriately and skillfully chosen
Good sentence structure; demonstrates meaningful and skilled variety of sentence structure
Free of most mistakes in grammar, word usage and mechanics
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