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									                     ENGLISH II HONORS - 10TH GRADE
                          Studies in British Literature
                 COURSE SYLLABUS 2010-11: Mrs. Suzanne Rizzolo

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (summer reading)
Literature booklet - includes poetry, prose, and Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales
Shakespeare, Macbeth
G. Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion
George Orwell, 1984
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Merriam Webster’s Vocabulary Builder: includes the study of common PSAT/SAT
words and Latin/Greek roots
English Workshop (Fifth Course)

Course Requirements:
--The timely completion of all assignments in reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar.
You are required to type major assignments (double spaced). In general, please type your
homework as well (with the exception of grammar exercises which are done in the book).
--Occasional announced or UNANNOUNCED quizzes on the reading as well as regular
vocabulary/grammar quizzes. **VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR ARE ALWAYS
--Regular attendance and participation. You are responsible for bringing the appropriate
materials each day (please refer to the assignment sheet for particulars). Class begins
when the bell rings at which point your homework is due. At that point anyone not
seated with materials ready will be marked tardy. Our class relies upon your informed
discussion; therefore, it is imperative that you be prepared for class. Please do not ask me
if you can go to your locker or print out your assignments once the bell has rung.

**Appropriate participation also entails respect for your classmates and your
instructor. You should take notes during lectures and discussions. Good note
taking is an invaluable skill that will foster your success in this course.

Policies and Grading Procedures:
    1. Should you miss a class, you should get class notes, assignments, and other
        materials from another student. If you miss a quiz/test/in-class writing, please be
        courteous and send me an email on the same day to arrange a make-up. It is your
        responsibility to make such arrangements with me.
    2. School rules state that a student has the number of school days he or she was
        absent to turn in missed short-term work or take quizzes and tests (one day's
        absence = assignment due the day after a student's return to campus and so on). If
        your absence is unexcused, you will receive a zero for that exercise with no
        chance of making up this work. Usually, I will not offer make-ups for short
        “reading check” quizzes. You may miss one per quarter without penalty. Long-
        term assignments (such as essays completed over several weeks) that are due

      on a day you are absent should be emailed to me that same day. Usually a
      student making up a test will receive a different version. Also, I reserve the
      right to assign a paper in lieu of a make-up exam. **Please do not make a
      habit of being absent on the day of a test. Should I notice such a pattern, I
      will request a conference with you and/or your parents.
   3. If you are ill or have an emergency that will prevent you from preparing for an
      exam, you may email me to relay the problem before 8 p.m. on the evening before
      the test. Note: If you plan to be in class, you should expect to take the exam
      scheduled for that day. Please do not come with a note from home or an
      excuse. It is much better to stay home when you are ill.
   4. Homework submitted one day late receives 1/2 credit; homework two days late
      receives 1/4 credit. Homework three or more days late earns no credit. I will
      mark down a writing assignment a full letter grade for each day it is late and will
      not accept it after the fifth day (unless arranged in advance under special
   5. Plagiarized work will receive an automatic 0. Here is the MLA‟s definition of
      plagiarism: “Derived from the Latin word plagiarius („kidnapper‟), plagiarism
      refers to a form of cheating that has been defined as „the false assumption of
      authorship: the wrongful act of taking the product of another person‟s mind, and
      presenting it as one‟s own‟ (Alexander Lindey, Plagiarism and Originality). To
      use another person‟s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging
      the source is to plagiarize. Plagiarism, then, constitutes intellectual theft.”

   **The use of materials including but not limited to CliffsNotes, SparkNotes,
    MonkeyNotes, and other study aids, in print and on line, is forbidden on
   campus and strongly discouraged at any other time. We in the English
    Department wish you to develop habits of self-reliance and independent

   6. I will always consider a student‟s increased effort or commendable progress when
       computing final grades. You will receive a letter grade, corresponding to the
      percentage of points accumulated, based upon the following breakdown, which
      may vary each quarter: Exams: 30-40% Quizzes: 10-25%
               Homework/class participation/effort: 10-15%
               Papers and projects: 30-40%
               Final exam: 20% of semester grade

7. Extra help: Before seeking any other help, you should first schedule an appointment
with a tutor in the Writing Lab well before an assignment is due to allow sufficient time
for revision. If necessary, you may make an additional appointment with me or with the
Writing Lab tutor (again, NOT on the day the paper is due!).

Outside tutors: I ask that you learn to formulate your own arguments, persevere
through the inevitable pains of the composition process, and develop your own
effective prose style. Consequently, please make full use of the Writing Laboratory
and classroom instruction before even considering the employment of a tutor.

Should you or your parents deem a tutor necessary, please make sure that you
adhere to appropriate guidelines. Under no circumstances should a tutor provide
you with ideas or phrasing/word choices that are not your own. Please remember
that I will be familiar with your writing and will notice if there is a sudden,
miraculous change. In that event, I will refer the matter to the Dean of Students.

8. For students who participate in extracurricular activities or who are enrolled in
Advanced Placement courses: Please note that it is your responsibility to plan ahead
when you have commitments--such as athletics, performing arts, or A.P. exams--that
compete with your English coursework. It is important that you strive to balance your
academic and extracurricular load without falling behind in any one area, and I will
expect you to complete your assignments as usual. However, if you have a major
conflict, you must make an arrangement with me IN ADVANCE.

If you miss class for a game, doctor’s appointment, field trip, or other activity,
school rules state that you must turn in work due that day and take any scheduled
assessment before you leave campus. If you know you will miss a test or quiz, you
should make an arrangement with me beforehand. Also, if you are sick on the day
of an exam or require special arrangements (because of extended time testing, for
example), it is YOUR responsibility to send me an email.

First Semester
QUARTER ONE: Bronte‟s Jane Eyre (summer reading)
Selections from the literature booklet to include Chaucer‟s The Canterbury Tales,
pastoral/carpe diem poetry, and Swift‟s “A Modest Proposal”
Paragraph structure and basic composition skills
PSAT prep and test-taking skills
Independent vs. subordinate clauses
Coordinate/subordinate conjunctions, conjunctive adverbs, and parallel structure
Fragments, comma splices, and run-ons
Subject/verb and pronoun agreement
Creative writing: self-portrayal in Chaucerian verse and a “modest proposal”

QUARTER TWO: Shakespeare's Macbeth
Dangling/misplaced modifiers
Active/passive voice and mood
Literary essay: Shakespeare‟s Macbeth
Oral presentation: analysis of a passage from Macbeth using literary criticism

Second Semester
QUARTER THREE: The Shakespearean sonnet
Shaw‟s Pygmalion
Annotated Works Consulted and Critical Review (how to read, evaluate, and incorporate
critical sources & MLA format)
Orwell's 1984
"Show and Tell": 1984

The phrase and the clause
Creative writing: the sonnet

QUARTER FOUR: Huxley's Brave New World
Introduction to visual literacy and media studies
Visual literacy essay
Poetry of the Romantic Period: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats
Poetry of the Victorian Era: Arnold, Browning, and Tennyson
Final vocabulary test

The honors course is designed for those who have demonstrated an aptitude for and a
special interest in the study of English. Thus, essays and in-class work will demand a
high level of commitment as well as an exploratory spirit from everyone.

               Guidelines for the Use of Technology in English II Honors

Please review these guidelines and also share them with your parents so that everyone is
clear on the proper use of technology in sophomore English honors.

1. In general, I prefer that you take notes by hand, and not on a laptop computer, so that
you can be an active participant in our discussions. If you have a personal reason for
needing to use a laptop, please see me. Instant messaging, use of email or cell phones,
internet surfing, and any other activity beyond word processing are absolutely forbidden
in class.
2. Occasionally, we will use an on-line discussion board so that you can share ideas with
your classmates.
3. You must be careful in your evaluation of on-line documents as they are not all of a
high quality. It is best to stick with university-sponsored or other well-reputed academic
4. Please do not consult the internet for assistance with homework, test preparation, or
essays unless specifically instructed to do so. I will provide all necessary materials to
ensure your success in the course. Also, remember that anything you find on the
internet I can locate as well and that the use of such material without due
acknowledgment is plagiarism.


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