American Literature and Composition 2

Syllabus -- Spring 2003

Mr. Mandelstam

Room 216

Overview: This second semester class will focus on 20th century American Literature, beginning with the expatriate writers of the Jazz Age, such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner. There will be a novel unit which includes The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald. The class will also study writers from the Harlem Renaissance such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Zora Neale Hurston. Depression era writers such as John Steinbeck will be read followed by a unit on the Beat writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, and William Burroughs. The class will conclude with a novel unit featuring The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The students will be expected to keep up with all reading and writing assignments, some of which will include poetry, short stories, collaborative projects and expository essay, not to mention class discussions.

Reading Materials: Elements of Literature 5th Course

The Great Gatsby
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Various other handouts

Homework Policy: Students may only receive full credit for an assignment turned in on the due date (unless excused). Late work will be accepted but the grades will reduce according to the tardiness of the assignment. Remember that it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed if you are absent. 

Office Hours: I can always be found in Room 216 at lunch except Fridays. I also have planning periods 2nd and 7th hour, and can also be found in the Reading and Writing Center (Room 257) during 4th hour.

Grading Policy: I adhere to the school's grading table which is as follows:

72-83:                  65-71:             
65 and below:  

Assesment Methods for this class will include in class and outside written assignments, group projects, quizzes, class participation, attendance, and a final exam at the end of the semester. 

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