American Literature and Composition 1x
Syllabus -- Fall 2004
This is the
first semester of a year course focusing on American Literature.
This semester we will focus on literature from 1500-1900. We will
use a variety of genres, including, but not limited to, poetry, drama,
autobiography, biography and novels to learn about literary movements
and conflicts. We will
develop a deeper understanding of literature through reading, writing
and speaking in a variety of contexts.
You will need:
Each student will be assigned a textbook during the second week of school that they will be responsible for during the school year.
Attendance is essential for you to do well in this class. The discussions and group work we do in class are important for your success.
The South High School policy regarding school absences and tardies will apply. Students with four or more unexcused absences will fail the nine weeks. Absences must be excused through the main office, and students are expected to make up any work they miss. Handouts and assignments will be placed in the extras folders. Students are responsible for picking up any work that they miss the previous class.
Tardies will be handled as outlined in the student handbook.
More importantly, we will do many group
projects throughout the semester, and it is important that you be here
so you can work with your group. If
absences become a problem, we will have a conference with your parents
and the counselor in order to brainstorm some solutions to the problem.
If you are absent IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU MISSED (ON YOUR OWN TIME). You may talk to someone in the class before you come to class, see me before or after school, or arrange to see me at lunch.
Your grade will be based on the following:
20%-Attendance and participation
Your notebooks will be collected periodically and should include the following:
40% Longer assignments, quizzes and testsPapers in this category should be typed and REVISED before they are turned in.
Projects should be done with pride and neatly presented.
If you get below a C on any of these projects, you will be expected to revise the assignment and turn it in again. We will discuss this further when you receive your first assignment.
We will be reading a vaiety of materials, including poetry, drama, essays, and novels. Among others, these may include:
A --- 93-100%
B --- 84-92%
C --- 72-83%
D --- 65-71%
things you should know:
I am here to help you! I am available before school, during lunch and during my planning periods. You may also contact my voice mail or e-mail me, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
You should expect to read, write, and discuss everyday in class!
I have read the syllabus and understand and agree to follow the guidelines outlined.
I have the following questions: