Introduction to Literature and Composition
"This one-semester language arts course is designed to develop and challenge student ability in reading, literary analysis, writing, and presenting at the high school level. Students develop strategic reading skills while investigating the literary genres of expository essay including historical documents, poetry, short story, and the novel. Extended reading and literary selections are taken from adopted texts and the recommended reading list for grade nine. Students produce writing in a variety of formats and genres including well-developed paragraphs, literary response items, expository essays, short stories (narrative), historical documents, and technical documents. Students continue to develop skills in the correct use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. This course is required for high school graduation."
Denver Public Schools course description
Please contact me at the phone number or e-mail listed in the top right corner. You can reach me at these times:
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.
All grades are cumulative (I dont 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:
Students will have homework at least once a week, especially reading assignments.
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.
I fail any student upon their tenth unexcused absence, unconditionally. Please ensure that you excuse your child for their legitimate absences, as excused absences carry no penalty.
It is the childs responsibility to ask for make-up work.
As stated in the school policy, five tardies equal an unexcused absence.
Rules and Discipline:
I follow South High School rules, regulations, and discipline policy, as stated in the student handbook.
textbooks, first semester:
In Introduction to Literature and Composition, the students will concentrate on reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. They will also learn note-taking, research, and presentation skills. Ive organized the class as follows:
I will distribute a list of assignments to the students at the start of each new grading period. A description of the first six-week period, during which they will read portions of The Odyssey, is attached.