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Course:                 English 10 American Literature Honors

Semester:             Fall 2011
Instructor:            Mr. Stephen Ward                                                              
E-mail  :                 Stephen.ward@fcps.org
Website:                http://uhs.sites.fcps.org/stephenward
Phone #:                240-236-7664
Room #:                 B207
Office Hours:       By APPOINTMENT TIME ONLY
(Office hours will be available at least 2-3 days a week from
2:15 to 3:00; students must sign up for tutoring in advance)
 
Course Description:
The emphasis is exploring diversity of American Literature, past and present.  The evolution of American Literature has a strong correlation to the progression of society.  Skills introduced include: print and non-print analysis, research methods, rhetorical strategies, persuasion, and critical analysis.  All skills serve as a preparation for the High School Assessment as well as for content area reading and writing.  Students will demonstrate comprehension through a variety of methods including: compositions, oral communication including discussion and presentation, and individual, group, and class projects, and dramatics.
 
Possible Texts (subject to change due to availability of material and teacher’s discretion) may include any of the following:

Novels
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

Plays:
"The Crucible," by Arthur Miller
"A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry


Selections from Elements of Literature – 10th grade Text Book
 
Grading:
Formative       50%     (Final Tests, Projects, Compositions)
Summative       30%     (Classwork and Vocabulary Quizzes)
Homework        10%     (Homework will be graded on accuracy and/or completion)
Participation   10%     (Participation is required and will be given as a weekly grade)
 
Class Participation:
You will receive 10 points a week for participation and will be determined based on the following information:
 
*Participation in warm ups and class discussion
*Having all materials (including paper, pencil, vocabulary book, textbook
 
Late Work/Make Up Work:
*Daily Homework will be accepted late for half credit the next day.
*Papers and projects will be marked down one full letter grade for each day it is late.  After five days, the grade will be entered as a Z.
*If you have an excused absence, you will have the necessary time to make up work and receive full credit.  If you are absent for one day, you have one day to make up the work, etc.  All make up work will be located in the absent folder located on the front table.  It is your job to check the folder.  Longer absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  A test/quiz needs to be made up within 5 school days. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the work in a timely manner.
 
 
Daily Routine:
*Students are expected to be on time ready to begin class.  When the bell rings, class begins! Wandering around the classroom, running into the class at the sound of the bell will be considered late.  Attendance is taken daily
 
*Students are required to bring a pencil, pen, notebook and text each day.  Students should immediately begin the warm up on a daily basis.
 
*The teacher dismisses the class, not the bell.  Students remain in their seats until dismissed.
 
*Students are expected to be on task at ALL TIMES.  CELL PHONES OR OTHER ELECTRONIC
DEVICES, AS PER UHS POLICY, WILL BE CONFISCATED IF THEY “GO OFF” OR “ARE OUT.”  These items will be sent to the office, where students will have to make arrangements for a parent to come and pick them up.  Other items such as toys, games, make-up etc, will be confiscated and returned only after a phone call with the parent.
 
Cheating
Cheating in ANY form will be dealt with most severely.  Any student who cheats will earn a zero for the assignment in question, a phone call home, and a referral to the office.  Cheating is defined as:
a.      Copying homework from fellow students or books
b.      Copying, exchanging answers or talking during a test or quiz
c.      Using any access to gain an unfair advantage over students.
d.      Plagiarism and/or insufficient use of citation
 
Students agree to the following expectations:
 
1.      BE ON TIME
Every 3rd tardy equals a 1-hour after school detention in my classroom to be completed within 3 days.
 
2.      BRING ALL MATERIALS (textbook, notebook, writing utensil, vocabulary book, your participation) Failure to come prepared to class will result in a dropping of participation grade, and your grade will drop one letter grade on any assignment that day that requires the material’s usage.
 
3       BE RESPECTFUL TO YOUR CLASSMATES AND INSTRUCTOR BY TALKING IN TURN, KEEPING HANDS TO YOURSELF, AND BY ALLOWING OTHERS THEIR OPINIONS WITHOUT GIVING NEGATIVE FEEDBACK.
4.      DO NOT USE INAPPRORIATE OR DISRESPECTFUL LANGUAGE.
5.      NO FOOD, CANDY, OR GUM IS ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM UNLESS PROVIDED BY THE TEACHER.  DRINKS ARE ALLOWED, BUT NO PASS WILL BE GIVEN TO PURCHASE DRINKS AFTER CLASS BEGINS.
 
Consequences for Responsibilities 3-5:
Students will be given a warning for the first offense, a phone call home and/or e-mail to parents for the 2nd offense, and a 1-hour after-school detention for the 3rd offense to be completed within 3 days.  If the behavior continues, you will be removed from the classroom setting until a parent conference is held to discuss the situation.