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Introduction to Literature and Composition 1

Class Syllabus - Fall 2005

Mr. Mark Edward Barlock

South High School English Department
Room 217
*Telephone 720-423-6197
*Note: Please do not call between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Class is in session during this time.  Thank you.

Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday



Course Description:

This class is the first semester in a two-semester acceleratedcourse that is organized to study the literary genres of poetry, the short story, drama, non-fiction, epic poetry, and the novel.  In addition to the literature, the students will continue growth in spelling and vocabulary, as well as specified composition, grammar, oral communication, and research skills.  This course is required for graduation.

A college level dictionary and a thesaurus are required for this course.  Websterís and Rogetís are always good choices.

Other required materials are as follows: 

  • An ample supply of pencils

  • An ample supply of black or blue pens

  • An ample supply of loose-leaf notebook paper

  • A three-ring binder

  • 500 3X5 ruled index note cards   

  • Various books that will be detailed throughout the semester.

Grading Policy:

In accordance with the grading scale at South High School, Mr. Barlock uses the following percentages to determine student grades.  This class is based on a total point scale for each of the nine weeks grades and the final; then these three grades are used to determine the final semester grade.

A 93.00%-100%(+) First nine weeks grade is 40% of the semester grade.
B 84.00%-92.99% Second nine weeks grade is 45% of the semester grade.
C 72.00%-83.99% Final examination grade is 15% of the semester grade.
D 65.00%-71.99%
F 00.00%-64.99%
Homework Policy and Make-up Policy:

This policy was the most difficult to decide exactly what it would be in this class.  This course is a study of an extremely complex language with a very diverse literary tradition in a very accelerated and complex world; therefore, homework for this class will be a significant and necessary burden in the lives of students who are up to the challenge of this class.  However, I understand that the life of an adolescent is one that is full of turmoil and various commitments.  With these facts in mind, I have determined the following policy in regards to work in the class. 

No credit for work for an unexcused absence will be accepted.

A ten-percent grade deduction will be assessed to work turned in ONE class period late.

A twenty-percent grade deduction will be assessed to work turned in TWO or THREE class periods late.

A fifty-percent grade deduction will be assessed to work turned in FOUR or FIVE class periods late.

Work received later than five class periods will receive no credit.

Tardy and Attendance Policy:

I strictly adhere to South High Schoolís tardy and attendance policy.  If a student is late to my class, he or she must have a pass.  If a student is more than five minutes late to a mixed day class, or thirty minutes late to a purple or white day class, he or she will be considered to be an unexcused absence.

Office Hours:

This time is set aside for answering parent phone calls, returning parent phone calls, and meeting with parents and/or students.  Please contact me early and as necessary to get clarification or to help develop a plan for a struggling student.

Thank you and may this year go well for each and every student.

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