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English II Syllabus

  1. 1. J. Kidwell Lewis County High School 606 796 2823Joanne.Kidwell@lewis.kyschools.usCourse Description and Syllabus English 10 Welcome I’m pleased to have you in my course; I hope you can be pleased to have an instructor who will require you to stretch your thinking, your understanding and ultimately make you aware of what and how much you have learned. I have high expectations for your growth this year; your expectations should be as well. I sincerely, without even a hint of sarcasm, look forward to working with the Class of 2014. Course Overview In this course you will read full texts and excerpts from short stories and novels, autobiographies and other types of nonfiction, poems, and plays. The works come from a broad range of experiences. As you read and analyze the literature, you will become more skilled interpreters of literature and how it reflects the human experience. In addition to reading, you will be writing expository, narrative, and persuasive essays as well as stories and poems. In journals, you will also have opportunity to express yourself informally; your journals will serve as a record of your growth and development as writers and thinkers during your sophomore year. We will not, of course, neglect grammar study and vocabulary development. Course Content Reading Reading Across the Curriculum Reading Strategies Knowledge of Literary and Nonliterary Forms Influences on Texts Author’s Voice and Method Persuasive Language and Logic Literary Criticism Words and Their History Writing Writing Process Modes of Writing for Different Purposes and Audiences Organization, Unity, and Coherence Sentence-Level Constructions Conventions of Usage Conventions of Punctuation Research Listening, Viewing, and Speaking 1 Comprehension and Analysis Application Study Skills and Test Taking
  2. 2. Course MaterialsPen or pencilThe book and/or essays we’re readingOccasional internet accessClass notebook: You’ll need a three-ring binder to organize all of your class materials. Divide your binder into the following sections: Class notes Resources Greek and Latin Root Word StudyCourse PoliciesAttendance/Absences/Makeup Work: Your presence (mind and body) in class is essential. If you must miss class dueto illness or other circumstances beyond your control, it is your responsibility to find out which assignmentsyou missed, to acquire the handouts, and to borrow and copy the class notes for the day(s) you wereabsent. These handouts will be available in the marked bin next to my desk. Because you will have at least aweek’s lead-time for papers and other major assignments, the due date remains the same regardless of yourabsence. If you are ill the day a paper is due, deliver it to a friend who can turn it in for you. If an emergency arises(illness or otherwise) and you absolutely cannot complete an assignment, I will need a note from yourparent/guardian explaining the situation.Late Assignments: Due dates are posted on the wall in the front of the room. Your responsibilities in this classinclude keeping your own up-to-date assignment notebook, maintaining pace with the reading, and turning allassignments in on time. If you do not understand an assignment, ask for help far enough in advance to have time tofinish the assignment. If you are having personal difficulties apart from class, talk to me before an assigned duedate so that we can make other arrangements. I am not required to accept late work; when I choose to accept latework, I will deduct points from it. Once I have graded and returned an assignment to students, you cannot turn thatassignment in for credit.You will be given at least a week’s lead-time for out-of-class papers and other major assignments, so planaccordingly: if you spend most weeknights working on daily homework for other classes, you will probably need toblock out a significant amount of time on the weekend for prewriting, writing, and revising your work. Overall, weaverage no more than two hours per week for homework.Classroom Rules/Expectations: I expect you to be in class and ready to work when the bell rings. Haveyour assignment ready to hand in if one is due. Finally, show as much respect toward one another andtoward me as I show for you.Reading: Keeping up with reading assignments is crucial to your success in this class. If you have not read theassignment, you cannot thoughtfully participate in class discussion. If you fall behind in the reading, you willbecome overwhelmed and set yourself up for frustration when it comes time to write a paper. Bear in mind thatsome of the reading will be difficult and you may not understand it all the first time. That’s OK; I want the readingto stretch your thinking. Do the best you can to understand; meanwhile, write down questions in your notebookthat we can address in class. I am always happy to help anyone who asks for help.Plagiarism/Cheating: I begin the year with complete trust and faith in each of you. Please do not abuse that trust bybeing dishonest. Learning cooperatively is great, and I encourage you to get together to brainstorm and discussassignments. When you sit down to complete an individual assignment, however, let the work be yours alone.Penalties for plagiarism—another word for cheating—are stiff. If two papers resemble each other too closely, I willsplit the points. If a paper is obviously copied, whether from a classmate’s work or from the Internet, it will receiveno credit.
  3. 3. Grading PolicyEvaluation: For major assignments I will provide the rubrics or explain the expectations that I will use to assessyour work. For general reference, however, here are four similes and a metaphor to represent my expectations forassignments:“A” literally means superior. It doesn’t just mean that you did “okay,” or that your work is decent. It means that it is better than most, and on or beyond grade level at that. “A’s” don’t grow on trees around here, but they are attainable.“B” translates to good, solid work that meets most of, but does not exceed criteria or expectations.“C” is mediocre. Middle of the line work. “C” is having pizza from the frozen food aisle when you really would like Papa Johns or Little Caesars. Flat soda.Anything below this is simply without excuse, and we all know that, so let us altogether avoid those ugly letters.Extra Credit: Extra work, at times, merits extra points. I will offer various extra credit opportunitiesthroughout the year.Freebies: I expect your work to be in on time. Still, I know I occasionally get bogged down in work, or somethingunexpected comes up and I cannot get your papers back to you as quickly as I’d like. I assume the same thingshappen to you, so each semester I’ll give you one “Freebie”—i.e., a one-school-day extension without penalty.Course ProceduresFormat of Papers: I expect all papers written outside of class to be typed. Hand in to me the final draft alongwith previous draft(s) stapled to the back. Please adhere to the following guidelines:1 Use white paper and black ink. Use a sensible font (for example, 12-point Times New Roman). Double-space all text. Use one-inch page margins. Include on the first page the title of your paper, your name, and your period number. Include page numbers on the upper right-hand corner of the page.Grammar: Good grammar is essential to your success in all classes throughout your high school career. It will alsoserve you beyond high school in the real world, where you will have to write letters, memos, and other documents.Teaching grammar, however, always presents a conundrum: out of context, it seems artificial and pointless; incontext, it can seem punitive. In this class we will compromise by studying grammar in context but withoutpenalty. You will be held especially responsible for correctly applying the grammatical conventions we review inclass in all your written work.Personal StatementIt is very important that you review your notes and homework frequently! This is especially true when homeworkhas a purpose. Most homework has one or more of the following aims:1Practice reinforces the learning of material presented in class and helps you master specific skills.Preparation provides supporting information—history, skills, definitions—for what’s forthcoming; it will helpwhen new material is covered in class.Extension or elaboration involves the transfer of previously learned skills to new situations.
  4. 4. Integration asks you to apply skills and concepts to produce a single product.I will make every effort to communicate the purpose of homework assignments to you. If you are having difficultieswith anything covered in this course, see me as soon as possible. Literary Nonfiction Letter from Birmingham Jail Dr. King Key Reading Selections for 2011-2012 (but not “The Border Patrol State” by Leslie Marmon Silko limited to) “Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eighner “Egg Heads” by Katharine Jean LopezShort Stories: “ A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut“Sweat” Zora Neale Hurston“Tell Them Not to Kill Me” Juan Rulfo Informational TextNovels The Blue Fugates of Troublesome CreekVoyage to the “Country of the Hhounymns” by Various articles concerning genetics, etc.Jonathan SwiftDramaA Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare Writing Assignments:A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry --Informational TextPoetry“The Leap” by James Dickey --Research Paper/Project“Titanic” by David Slavvitt“Convergeance of the Twain” by Thomas Hardy --Narrative“My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning“Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare --Literary text“You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”“Mexicans Begin Jogging” by Gary Soto Various experiments with writing to learn, writing to demonstrate learning, and writing to go publicAdditional InformationSignature(s):After you have reviewed the syllabus, have shared it with a parent or guardian and feelcomfortable with it, please sign it and keep it in your notebook for future reference.I, _____________________ (Student), have read and understand the English II course syllabus and thecourse expectations.Student Signature: ____________________________________Date:_____________