American Literature and Composition II
Course Syllabus -- Spring 2003
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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%
|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!|