World Literature and Composition 1

South High School -- Fall 2002

Ms. Margaret Ogilvie

Room 252
Voicemail: 764-3203 -- Mailbox 21467


Welcome Students and Parents:

Welcome to World Literature and Composition 1.  This course covers literature, thought, and philosophy from Biblical times to the present.  The emphasis is on understanding ideas of culturally-diverse origin, by comparing and contrasting universal themes across cultures.  Students will learn to recognize and analyze various literary genre, as well as the chronology and geography of world literature.

This is my second year at South High School.  Previously, I taught both high school and middle school language arts and journalism in Denver Public Schools as well as elsewhere in Colorado and California.  I've also worked as a human services counselor and as a professional journalist.  I especially enjoy teaching in the culturally-diverse environment at South.

My goal in teaching is to give students an idea of how literacy skills are related to each other, to other studies, and to everyday life.  These skills include reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Students will read assignments in class, but are welcome to take textbooks home if necessary. Each student has been assigned a specific copy of a NEW textbook: Elements of Literature. Literature of Britain with World Classics (Holt, Rinehart, Winston - copyright 2003).  I will also read to the class, and the students may read from supplementary paperback texts.  I will also use video interpretations of some material.

In this class, there will be at least one oral presentation, and students will be expected to discuss readings in both small and large groups.  Creative projects will be included.  Students will have the opportunities to earn extra credit, primarily by extending the required assignments.

I believe that good study skills are important and that homework is helpful in practicing and reinforcing new ideas. Therefore, students can expect assignments twice each week, though not usually over the weekends.  Some assignments will be long-term.

Writing is an important emphasis, and during this course students will demonstrate the ability to write both expository and persuasive essays based on literature studied.  Students will be expected to revise essays, because I believe that the process of writing is as important as the finished product.

Classroom expectations are:

1. Attend regularly and be on time. (Please review policies in student handbook.)  

South's tardy policy allows three unexcused tardies, at which time parents are notified.  The fourth tardy is unexcused regardless of circumstance, resulting in in-school suspension and parent conference. The fifth tardy results in out-of-school suspension and parent conference before readmission.

South's attendance policy requires a report to parents after the second unexcused absence and to the counselor after the third.  The fourth time results in in-school suspension and parent conference; the fifth time requires student and parent to appear before the appeal board to avoid failing the course.

2. Bring supplies every day.  These are:  Three-ring notebook with a section for English, and notebook paper; spiral notebook; dark ink pen.  (Don't use light ink.)

3.  Passes out of  room limited to three per semester. (Rest room only, except in emergencies)

4. No late homework allowed without written parental excuse.  Make-up work after absence: Due next class meeting after return, if one-day absence. (If longer, proportionate time will be given.)  There will be no credit for make-up work related to unexcused absences.

5. No food or drinks allowed in classroom, other than bottled water. (Gum only if not seen or heard.)

Referral ladder for violation of expectations:

1. Conference with teacher (warning, possibly written plan for student to improve)

2. Referral to counselor (may involve parent conference and/or in-school suspension

3. Referral to Dean of Students (teacher may go immediately to this level is the student must be removed from school immediately; automatic in-house suspension)

4. Out-of-school suspension (conferences with parents necessary)

Grading Scale (based on school-wide standard):

100-93   A
92-84     B
83-72     C
71-65     D
64-0       F

Basis for Grades: Generally one-third classwork, one-third homework, one-third quizzes and tests.  Participation is not a separate category, but positive attitude and effort always result in better performance.  Good attendance also is a very important factor.

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