Moorcroft High School English 11 -- 2014/2015 Teacher: Debra Harrison
Course Description: English 11 continues to expose students to a variety of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking skills. The class includes the study of a multitude of genres from various angles. The literature studied includes short stories, myths, poetry, plays, and novels from a variety of cultures and time periods. Literary terminology will be studied as a basis for discussing the texts. Students will learn to explain the significance of literature and to relate the text to their own lives. Students will also engage in a variety of class activities, including large and small group discussions, oral presentations, collaborative learning and a research process that culminates in a formal debate. Students will work on analytic papers as well as writing a persuasive and expository paper. Students are required to write, conference, and revise compositions. Students are expected to read at a mature level, simultaneously analyzing both context and form, and to write with clarity, precision, and sophistication about both literature and personal experiences.

Textbooks:
  • EMC Mirrors and Windows, American Tradition (c) 2011


Novels:
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Scarlett Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne

Academic Requirements:
  • Journals
  • Relevant Homework and Classwork
  • Reading of pertinent novels, short stories, essays, poems, expository prose, handouts
  • Quizzes
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Performances

Teacher's Academic Expectations/Objectives
  • Students are expected to connect ideas in the text to their own lives/personal experiences
  • Students are expected to learn more about themselves in relation to the conditions in which they reside by relating as best they can to the texts we read.
  • Students are expected to write personal journal entries/reflections about what they are reading. Mainly, to consider the significance of issues we find in the text.
  • Students are expected to write essays and eventually, their own creative stories.
  • Students are expected to think critically and analyze the texts we read.
  • Students are expected to ALWAYS try their best!

Classroom Methods for Learning
  • Lectures/Classroom discussion
  • Class reading/Home reading
  • Class participation/discussion
  • Group work
  • Writing based on models of critical works
  • Independent work
  • Listening
  • Public Speaking
  • Research Paper
  • Online discussion

Rules and Expectations
  • If you miss my class, it is your responsibility to find out the work you need to make up in class (website). Always check the website before talking to me. See me before or after school, at the end of class time permitting or another scheduled time. Students who are in danger of failure due to excessive zeros on classwork and homework assignments may earn half credit on those assignments in after school study hall with prior approval.
  • If your absence is UNEXCUSED you will not be able to make up the work you missed. This includes exams, essays, and projects.
  • Show respect for the teacher as well as the other students at all times.
  • Cheating is prohibited in my classroom. If you are caught cheating, you will automatically receive an F.
  • Plagiarism: Unless you are quoting another writer, make sure your writing is your own! Writing someone else's words and presenting them as your own (without quotation marks and a reference) is called plagiarism and is considered cheating.

Journals
Your journals will be graded randomly throughout each quarter. A student who comes to class regularly and takes their journal reflections seriously when writing them will receive excellent journal grades. Journal grades are not based on spelling, grammar, or other writing mechanics. Rather, journal grades are based on content and thoughtful reflection. Writing unreasonably large or using excess space between lettering and words will result in a loss of credit.

Essays
Throughout the year, we will be writing a variety of works. I am more concerned with your writing process (pre-drafting, drafting, revision and editing) than I am with one flawless copy the day an essay is due. I expect students to develop their writing mechanics throughout the writing process. Written assignments are to be handed in on time! In some cases students may turn in late assignments for a 15% deduction at one day late, or a 30% deduction for two days late but those must be discussed and approved by the teacher.

Grades and Percentages Individual quizzes, tests, homework, classroom discussion and other assignments are valued differently (and are graded by point value). However, your overall classroom grade will be based on the following percentages.
100%-97%..... A+
96%-93%.......A
92%-90%.......A-
89%-87%.......B+
86%-83%.......B
82%-80%.......B-
79%-77%.......C+
76%-73%.......C
72%-70%.......C-
69%-67%.......D+
66%-63%.......D
62%-60%.......D-
59% & below..F

Homework
All homework is due as assigned unless you have an excused absence for illness or made other arrangements with me in advance.
If gone for a school activity or another absence of any kind, all work is due BEFORE you leave. If it isn't turned in you will not receive credit.

End of Quarter Tests
At the end of each quarter there may be a comprehensive test given that covers concepts and vocabulary covered in class.

Semester Tests
At the end of each semester, students will be given a semester test according to school policy.