American Literature and Composition II 

Course Syllabus -- Spring  2003

Mr. Glover

Room 215
Phone: (303) 689-6100 ext. 2215

Course description

This second semester of a year-long, required language arts course is focused on American Literature from 1900 to the present, with special emphasis on social and literary movements and conflicts throughout the period.  Representative works of poetry, prose (including essays), and drama will be considered through a variety of thematic considerations.  We will develop an understanding of the American literary tradition through ongoing emphasis upon strategic reading skills, balanced literacy, and higher-level critical thinking skills.


Blue or black pen
Spiral notebook for this class only
Student planner
Elements of Literature 5th Course: Literature of the United States textbook.


Students will come to class prepared to work with the required materials listed above.  Cell phones, pagers, CD players, and other similar electronic devices will not be permitted in class.  Soda and candy will not be permitted in class; however, bottled water will be allowed.  All South High School polices will be followed in class, and each student will be respectful to his or her self and others in the classroom.

Attendance and Tardy policy

Regular classroom attendance is required to be successful in this course.  Students who miss more than 3 days (excused or unexcused) per six week period will fail that period unless the attendance appeal board approves and excuses the absences.  Tardies will be handled as outlined in the student handbook.  Also, it is the student’s responsibility to find out what materials have been covered in class when an absence occurs.  Missed daily quizzes cannot be made up.  It would be advisable to get at least one classmate’s phone number in order to find out what material has been covered in class.


Homework will be assigned throughout the semester and will usually consist of writing and/or reading assignments.  All written homework will be completed and turned in the following class period unless otherwise indicated.  I will not accept homework later than one day from the due date, and homework turned in one day late will receive half credit.  In the case of excused absences, arrangements will be made to allow for make-up work.

We will also be reading three novels this semester, one per six-week period.  The novels will be read outside the classroom in addition to any reading assignments from the textbook.


Grades are based on performance on daily assignments, quizzes, tests, homework, and participation.  Make up work for periods of excused absences from school will be accepted for one week following the student’s return to school.  Grades will be based on percentages of possible points earned based upon the following scale:

A – 93-100%
B – 84-92%
C – 72-83%
D – 65-71%
F – 65% and below

Also, please remember that I am here to help you. I am available 30 minutes before school, during lunch and during my planning periods. You may also contact me via e-mail with any questions you may have and I will respond as soon possible. I want each and every one of you to be successful in this class!


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