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    Ms. Zepp  & Mrs. Bonifay      Room 423                   


    Email: kmzepp@wsfcs.k12.nc.us   


    Class Website: https://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Domain/9763                


    Students in English III analyze United States literature as it reflects social perspective and historical significance. The emphasis in English III is on critical analysis of texts through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and using media. Students advance their skills in research as well as opinion, informative, explanatory and narrative writing. In addition to reading and writing, we will complete grammar work and weekly vocabulary exercises. Students can expect to have weekly homework and reading assignments.


    ü Analyze and contextualize the evolution of American culture through literature reflective of American
    literary periods from the Puritan era through modern times

    ü Improve analytical skills by understanding rhetorical strategies: that form is related to function, that meaningful writing requires authors to choose the most effective voice and genre according to their purpose and audience
    ü Ascertain an author’s purpose and flesh out the specific strategies and techniques the author employs to achieve accomplishment, and understand that effective writing (including fiction) conveys an argument;
    ü Express maturity in their own writing through a variety of sentence structures and syntactical methods as well as through sophisticated diction 
    ü Demonstrate proficiency by meeting the writing, reading and literature standards outlined in the Common Core
    ü Contribute to a positive learning environment by engaging in dialogue and group conversations while working to strengthen speaking and listening skills


    üOne three-ring binder  (no smaller than one inch) with divider tabs

    üLoose- leaf, college-ruled paper
    üBox of tissues



    üBe exceptional! Do everything to the best of your ability. Strive to be creative and to push yourself. The more engaged you are, the better your grade will be in the class and the more you will get out of the course.

    üWe are in English class to strengthen our writing and critical thinking skills, not to practice our social skills. You are expected to keep conversations not relevant to class, outside of the classroom.
    üOnly friendly, positive & supportive behavior and actions are allowed in our classroom. Be kind.
    üUnderstand that you are accountable for your actions. Please behave like a responsible young adult. Please comply with all teacher requests promptly and politely.
    üBe in your seat and ready to start class when the bell rings.
    üBathroom passes are for emergencies only. The only time you may ask to leave the room is during individual or group work. Do not interrupt instruction or class discussion.
    üKeep your notebook organized, complete all assignments diligently and quietly, and come to class fully prepared to participate. Yes, you will have homework assignments.
    üDrinks are allowed, but need to be in a container with a lid.
    üFood is not allowed in our classroom. If you are eating in class, you will be asked to throw your food away.
    üAll classroom materials, furniture and property are to be treated with respect. 
    üKeep your hands to yourself. Horseplay and intentionally harmful behavior are treated the same way.
    üGuests in our classroom are always treated with respect. Please remain quiet during any announcements or when the phone rings.
    üPlease follow all school rules while in our class.
    üFailure to adhere to these rules will result in disciplinary action. For most offenses you will be given a friendly reminder of the rules before I make a call home to speak with a guardian. If you continue to violate classroom rules, or engage in any harmful or disrespectful behavior, you will be sent to the office with a disciplinary referral.



    üBeing present in class is extremely important. With the exception of emergencies or sickness, you are expected to be present each day. Please remember that you cannot pass the class with 10 or more absences.

    üIf you miss a class, it is your responsibility to see me before or after school to discuss makeup work assignments and time frames. Please do not approach me during or at the start of class to ask what you have missed.
    üI will accept missing and make-up work for excused absences only. You can expect to have one make-up day per missed class period. I will not accept missing or late work once we move on from a unit of study.



    You may not use or display your cell phone in our class. I expect that you will leave your phone on silent in your locker or backpack. I will give you one courtesy reminder about this rule before I collect your cell phone for the remainder of class. You will be responsible for both turning in and collecting your cell phone at the end of class. If there are times when I ask the class to bring or use personal devices for research or writing purposes, you must connect to the school Wi-Fi (as outlined in the BYOD policy). This is the only acceptable use of a cell phone in our class.


    Class Website/ Student Portal

    Our class website contains many helpful resources. Please familiarize yourself with the information that is available there, most significantly: the online textbook, the assignment page and the MLA formatting and research guidelines. You should also either download the PowerSchool App to your phone or learn how to access the portal from the school website. You are responsible for keeping track of your progress.

    School Email

    Please log on to your school email account within the first week of class. I will expect communication from you to come through this email account. You also have free access to the Microsoft Office Suite through your school email account J. Your email address is the first four letters of your first name, the first four letters of your last name, and the last four digits of your student number at wsfcsstudents.net (for example katizepp5678@wsfcsstudents.net). You will be prompted to create a password upon your first visit.


    You will turn in all major writing assignments on Turnitin.com. You will need to set up an account using the directions provided. Your class code is ___________________. Your access code is ___________________.

    Remind 101

    Please sign up for Remind 101 so that you can receive helpful reminders and announcements via text. Parents, you too can sign up for these free, anonymous text reminders from me. Simply text _______ to _______ in order to sign up.  I will send reminders about homework assignments, due dates, or important events.


    Dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.  Students who are found to be dishonest will receive academic and behavioral discipline, such as an “F” grade on the assignment, exam, and/or in the course or even suspension. We will review the guidelines for MLA formatting and citations and use turnitin.com for major assignments. It is expected that you turn in all major assignments using this format so as to avoid plagiarism. 


    Your grade in this class will be composed of the 1st and 2nd quarter averages and the final exam grade. I grade on a point scale. Major tests and projects will be worth 100 points. Classwork, quizzes, homework assignments and other minor grades can range anywhere from 10-50 points. You are encouraged to make use of office hours if you would like additional assistance and should utilize email as a method of communication with me when we are not in class. Extra credit will be given in special circumstances, but not to those who have missing assignments.



    Materials/ Class Activities

    Major Writing Tasks & Projects


    Course Introduction


    -          Overview of syllabus

    -          Introduction to MLA formatting and citation guidelines

    -          What is the American Dream?



    American Dream Poem


    The New World

    -          Native American Literature

    -          Puritan Literature

    -          The Crucible

    -          Seminal US Documents


    Argumentative Writing/Presentation

    Play Performance

    American Romanticism

    -          Essays and Poetry (Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman)

    -          American Gothic (Poe, Faulkner)

    -          Into the Wild


    Narrative/Creative Writing

    Conflict and Expansion

    -          Speeches and Accounts (Lincoln, Equiano, Douglass)

    -          Huckleberry Finn

    -          Women’s Voices (Chopin, Perkins-Gilman, Dickinson)

    -          Iron Jawed Angels



    Research Paper


    Emerging Modernism  and The American Dream revisited

    -          The Great Gatsby

    -          Voices from the Harlem Renaissance (Dunbar, Robinson, Hughes, Hurston)

    -          Short Stories (Salinger, Hemingway, Steinbeck)



    Memoir/Personal Narrative or project

    Art analysis