• Honors English III – American Literature

    Spring 2012


    Jen Presley



    cell: 336.423.8064

    Welcome to Honors English III! I feel so lucky to share a classroom with you again!

    During this semester we’ll examine American Literature in various forms – essays, short stories, poetry, podcasts, film, and at least two books that you’ll have the opportunity to choose. We’ll look at the themes that have evolved in American Literature and examine how our past as a country is connected to our future in terms of the country itself, our communities, and our individual goals and perceptions.

    One primary objective for the semester will be to focus on argument and persuasive technique, supporting our understanding of the reading by citing concrete evidence from the text. We’ll examine how writers use pathos, logos, and ethos to create an effective argument and will identify modern examples of these persuasive techniques in use.

    This class is set up on a hybrid schedule, which means we will meet three days live and two days per week online via Blackboard. Blackboard activities will largely fall in to one of two categories:  Your assignment will be an activity (reading, video, reflection, etc) that will prepare you for our classwork the following day, OR your assignment will be an extension of what we did in class that day. Due dates will be clearly stated, but generally speaking, online work will be due no later than midnight on the due date.

    As always, come talk with me if you encounter problems or questions; if you have ideas about a particular assignment or something you’d like to try, let’s discuss it. I’ve set up a private Honors English III group on Facebook; you can send a friend request to Jen Presley (ECF English) and I will add you in! You can always contact me via text, phone call, or email – you can also make appointments before or after school.

    1.    Be on time, seated, and ready to work at the beginning of class. Being on time allows us to use the whole class period effectively. Take care of all restroom and vending machine business before class.

    2.    Class discussion requires everyone’s participation. During whole-class discussion one person speaks at a time; listening and asking thoughtful questions is a key component of participation. Respect for the person speaking is non-negotiable.

    3.    Deadlines are… DEADLINES. Work is due on the due date (hence the name – see how that works?). Late work will be accepted, but the highest grade you can earn is 75%. If you have unusual circumstances, please see me prior to the due date.

    4.    Supplies. You need notebook paper, a 1-1½  inch binder for class notes, and something to write with. Please let me know if you have trouble getting any of these supplies!

    5.    Grading. I grade on process – how well you participate in the activities of the class. I also grade on product – how well you do on the papers, projects, and essays that are part of the class. Grades are calculated as follows:
    20%   Participation and homework.  Participation involves coming to class prepared, being engaged, and doing quality work.
    30%   Quizzes, Dialectical Journal, and classroom group activities.
    50%   Papers, tests, projects
    Grading scale
    93-100 A:  Excellent work that exceeds expectations
    85-92 B:    Proficient work that meets expectations
    77-84 C:    Work that is partially proficient
    68-78 D:    Work that is barely proficient
    50-68 F:     Work that fails to demonstrate proficiency

    6.    The importance of honesty. It’s important that the work you turn in is your work – any ideas, sentences, or phrases you use from books, articles, websites, etc must be quoted and cited. I promise, I’d rather have your imperfect and partially complete thoughts than someone else’s words. Please review the consequences for plagiarism in your Student Handbook.

    7.    What to bring. Plan to bring your reading book and your dialectical journal to class each day. (You’ll choose books for independent reading early in the semester.) These are your two options for activities if you complete classwork early. Homework from other classes is not a good option in this class and will negatively affect your participation grade. Your literature textbook isn’t needed unless I tell you ahead of time.

Last Modified on January 8, 2012