South High English - South High Clock Tower

American Literature and Composition
Course Syllabus - Fall 2003

Brian J. Buddenhagen
Teacher, English

Room 221

Course Description:

This course acquaints students with significant literature of the United States, making students aware of the continuing philosophical, moral, and social forces that have produced literature reflecting the American ways of life.  At the same time, using the literature as a basis for writing, students will review English grammar, will express ideas and attitudes effectively, and will promote critical thinking and composition.

Contacting me:

Please contact me at the phone number or e-mail listed in the top right corner. You can reach me at these times:

  • M: 7:15 – 8:15 a.m., 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • T and Th: 7:15 – 8:55 a.m., 2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
  • W and Fr: 7:15 – 7:30 a.m., 1:20 – 3:00 p.m.

If a student needs to speak to me regarding complaints or concerns, he or she should speak to me personally at these times, or before or after class. Students should not disrupt instruction time.

Grading Scale:

All grades are cumulative (I don’t average the six-week grades), so poor performance early in the semester can harm the final semester grade. Grades are awarded on the following scale:

  • 90 –100 = A
  • 80 – 89 = B
  • 70 – 79 = C
  • 60 – 69 = D
  • 59 - = F
Homework Policy:

Students will have homework at least once a week, especially reading assignments.

Make-up Work:

Students are allowed to turn in one assignment late without penalty; to do this, they should fill out the attached form and give it to me. This can be used for any assignment, excluding the final exam.

Otherwise, the scores on all late work are halved. Students have one week, from the due date, to turn in late assignments.


As stated in South High School policy, I will fail any student upon their fourth unexcused absence, unconditionally.  Please ensure that you excuse your child for their legitimate absences, as excused absences carry no penalty.

It is the child’s responsibility to ask for make-up work. 
Classroom Rules and Discipline:

I follow South High School rules, regulations, and discipline policy, as stated in the student handbook.

Required textbooks, first semester:

Elements of Literature, fifth course: Literature of the United Sates, Holt, Rinehart and Winston

Suggested/useful books:
  • A thesaurus

  • A dictionary

  • A writing/grammar handbook


Detach and redeem this pass to excuse a late assignment. You may use this once in a semester.

Name: Date:

Assignment: Assignment Due Date:



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