The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
– Neil Gaiman
This year, we will approach our study of British Literature thematically and chronologically. We will explore some of the world’s greatest literature by reading, writing, and sharing. Betrayal/jealousy, alienation,relationships/community, and identity will be the main themes of the material we study, though there will be more we learn along the way. We will also find connections in our own lives with these four major themes, as well as with everything else we do on a daily basis. For every assignment, there is a larger purpose.
• To increase and solidify students’ knowledge of the rules and traits of good technical, research-based, and creative writing.
• To successfully navigate and understand fiction and non-fiction,short stories, novels, plays, and poetry for literal, interpretive, personal,and critical comprehension.
• To demonstrate comprehension of fiction and non-fiction, short stories, novels, poems, and plays through a variety of responses.
• To explore the nature of self and of humanity through close reading of texts.
• To contribute to class discussion by both speaking and listening.
• To move effectively through the stages of the writing process with careful attention to brainstorming, drafting, peer review, revising, editing,and publication.
• To apply correct conventions and grammar in written work; develop and appropriately use a wide ranging vocabulary.
• To learn and apply MLA format when researching and producing written work.
• To prepare students for the NC Final Exam English IV Common Core test.
• To prepare students for college, the workplace, and the world at large.
REQUIRED SUPPLIES (BRING THESE EVERY DAY):
• College-ruled notebook for English IV only. You must be able to leave this with me without a problem.
• 1.5-2” binder with college ruled loose-leaf notebook paper and dividers OR large divided notebook with tear-out paper.
• Pens and pencils
• A planner/your student agenda, which has space to write the weekly schedule and assignments.
• Any assigned reading and/or homework/other materials
• Beowulf by Unknown
• The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
• Macbeth by William Shakespeare
• Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
• Lord of the Flies by William Golding
• Essays, letters, speeches, articles, and other informational texts
• Short stories, poetry (Paradise Lost), and musical texts
WHAT WE WILL BE DOING IN CLASS:
• Small group discussions and projects
• Large group discussions and activities
• Individual work in class
2. Reading and Writing
• Reading, writing, and related assignments
• Vocabulary assignments
• Other quizzes and tests specific to class reading and writing assignments
• Essays (creative and technical), research papers, free journals, and resumes
• Research and other projects
• Creative and/or technology-based projects related to subject material
3. Speaking and Listening
• Small group and individual activities and presentations
• Class discussions
I try to avoid giving too much homework, as I believe we all benefit the most from working together in class. However, there will be times where I will have to give you assignments outside of class, such as when we are reading a novel, writing an essay, or preparing for a test/quiz. I expect these homework assignments to be turned in first thing the next day unless otherwise noted (ex., a project due at the end of the week).
There may be an occasion where I “flip the classroom.” This means I will assign you YouTube videos to watch of myself and other teachers instructing on a particular subject. When you come to class the next day, you will jump right into doing what would otherwise be homework, but with me and your peers as resources. In the case I flip the classroom for a unit or a section of a unit, you will be eternally behind if you do not do your homework!
Unless you were absent, you cannot turn in late homework assignments. As I rarely assign homework, I expect it to be done with no excuses.
For larger assignments, I will accept them at my discretion. However,know there will be a grade deduction of AT LEAST 5 points, IF NOT MORE, for every day you turn in the assignment late. How large the assignment is depends on how many points off per day late. If you are going to be absent the day something is due, and you have known about the due date in advance, you are expected to honor that due date. That means get it to me by any means possible:turn it in beforehand, deliver it via another party, or email me the finished product the day-of. If you have a valid reason for missing the due date, email me and tell me what’s going on. Don’t email me after the fact, as I am giving you the opportunity now to keep me in the loop. You have options; use them!
THERE IS A BLUE BOX ON THE TABLE BY THE DOOR WITH YOUR CLASS AND PERIOD ON IT. IF YOU MISSED A DAY, CHECK THE BOX FIRST. IT WILL HAVE ANY EXTRA HANDOUTS/OTHER MATERIAL FROM THE PREVIOUS DAY’S CLASS PERIOD.
You can also ask your classmates for missed assignments, notes, etc. I encourage this! If you still cannot find all of the information you need about the class period(s) you missed, then you may ask me to clarify.
The district’s policy is one I agree with, and I will be following it unless extenuating circumstances arise:one day absent = one day to make up the work for full credit.
In the case of make-up tests/quizzes: If I’m unavailable to stay after school/come in early to assist you in making up a test, I will not deduct points from your grade.However, if I am available and you choose not to show up, that is a different story…
If you know you will be absent and want to stay caught up, please let me know. I post our activities on the back whiteboard every day, and then I take a photo of it with my phone. I can email the image of the day’s activities to you and/or your parent/guardian in the case of an absence.
Percent of Grade
Unit and novel tests; other quizzes/tests; homework
Written work including the writing process, individual and group projects, presentations, and group work
Reading, speaking/listening, in-class work, and other various participation points
**Certain assignments may shift categories per teacher discretion.
Based on the number of points they receive, students will then be graded on the following scale:
93% - 100% = A (rare, superior work)
85% - 92% = B (excellent,clearly above average)
77% - 84% = C (average—fulfills all requirements)
70% - 76% = D (below average—lacking some requirements)
Below 69% = F (failing—inadequate work)
**The Final Exams for the course will be worth 20% of student grade per semester.
Any act of academic dishonesty will be treated very seriously. Copying the work of others, or allowing your work to be copied, will result in a zero for the assignment and a meeting with building administrators. This also includes copying from the Internet and trying to pass that work off as your own. If plagiarism persists, these actions could result in failure of the course.