Mrs. Keskes’ 2011-2012
Contemporary Composition and Literature Syllabus
Materials Needed (provided by teacher, per request)
Access to computer outside of the classroom
USB Drive (highly recommended)
Format of Class
Within each unit, students can expect journal writing, language and vocabulary study, prewriting, multiple drafts, peer
editing, and reading, both for critical analysis and recreation. In addition, there will be mini lessons to provide tips and
suggestions for each unit.
Students should also expect to share their work with partners, in small groups, with the entire class, and with the teacher.
In most scenarios, sharing will be anonymous. Some of the units will include collaborative writing.
While time will be provided in class for reading and writing, some students may need additional time outside of the
Grades are cumulative. Marking periods are like progress reports letting you know how you’re doing so far.
Extra credit will be offered occasionally and always to the entire class.
Assessment (first semester only: second semester will follow the same format, but with different units of study)
10% Book Project
15% Writer’s Notebook
50% Units of Study
10% School Policy Persuasive Essay Unit
15% Night Literary Study Unit
15% ACT/MME Preparation Unit
10% Quality Research Unit
15% Midterm (online portfolio)
Assessment will include teacher, peer, and self-evaluation of writing through the use of rubrics.
The final exam will consist of an online writing portfolio. This portfolio will be crafted and expanded upon throughout the
entire semester with a final assessment at the end.
Classroom Grading Scale
95-100% = A 73-76% = C
90-94% = A- 70-72% = C-
87-89% = B+ 67-69% = D+
83-86% = B 63-66% = D
80-82% = B- 60-62% = D-
77-79% = C+ 0-59% = E
All cell phones must be put away and turned off before entering the classroom. A classroom telephone is available for
emergencies. At certain times, the teacher will allow cell phones for instructional use.
I-Pods may only be used during individual work time.
No profanity or use of derogatory terms.
No put-downs of any form towards staff or other students.
Cell phones will be confiscated and taken to the front office.
I-Pods will be confiscated and can be picked up by the teacher at the end of the school day.
For breaches of rules involving disrespect towards other students and staff, the following protocol will be followed:
1. Verbal Warning
2. Brief discussion with teacher after class
3. Contact home
4. Detention (served with the teacher)
5. Referral to assistant principal
If behavior is severe enough, steps 1-4 may be skipped.
Writing Content Policy:
Because this is a public high school, there are expectations for content in every piece of writing. Drug use, drinking, sex,
racial slurs, profanity or any other content which is derogatory in nature WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. What is considered
derogatory is solely up to the discretion of the teacher. When in doubt, DON’T. If a student feels strongly about a piece of
writing which demonstrates the negative effects of this type of content, the student needs to receive permission from the
teacher ahead of time. If this policy is not followed, the student will automatically receive half credit for the assignment
with no option of redoing the assignment and, depending on the severity of the content, may receive detention and/or
referral to the assistant principals.
Cheating will not be tolerated in this class. Allowing anyone to copy or plagiarize your work will ensure that BOTH of you
receive a zero. In addition, you will both be referred to the assistant principals and your parents/guardians will be
Make-up Work: If you have an excused absence, you will be allowed two days for every day that you missed up to one full
week to turn in any missing assignments. NO additional time will be given for any assignments, projects, papers, or tests
posted BEFORE an absence unless new material covered in class is missed. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out what you
have missed. Please check the class website which will be updated daily.
Late Work: The grade you earn on the late assignment will go down one letter grade for every day that the assignment is
turned in late up to one week. After one week, late work can not be turned in. Weekend days count. For example, if the
assignment is due Friday, but is turned in the following Monday, the assignment will go down three letter grades.
As cited in the Parent-Student Handbook, you are allowed up to nine unexcused absences and tardies per semester. You
are considered tardy if you show up after class has begun within the first six minutes without a valid pass. After the first six
minutes, it is considered an unexcused absence.
A pass to the bathroom will be granted only during the last ten minutes of class or in cases of emergency. The teacher
reserves the right to refuse a pass if the student has been abusing the privilege.
Food and Drink Policy:
Food and drink is allowed as long as students pick up after themselves.
Seating Chart Policy:
You may pick your own seat; HOWEVER, the teacher reserves the right to assign you a seat if you are not following rules.
Use of Classroom Facilities
Cupboard Materials: You are allowed access to the art materials in the cupboards. However, it is expected that you use
materials with care and appropriateness. We all have to share materials and we want them to last.
Bookshelf: You may peruse the books on the shelves before and after class, as well as during designated class time. If you
wish to borrow a book, please sign your name, the title of the book, and the date you are checking it out on the clipboard
above the bookshelf.
Furniture: You may sit on the furniture before class has begun and at DESIGNATED times during class. If you abuse the
privilege, you will lose the privilege.
Website: A classroom website will be an integral part of the class. It is important that you check it often as it will contain
daily lessons, class calendar, handouts, assignments, links, and extra credit opportunities. http://keskesm.weebly.com
If you ever need to reach me, the following information will be helpful:
Miranda Raye Keskes, Rm. 405, Classroom Office Phone: (810) 626-2285
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://keskesm.weebly.com/
Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/miranda_raye for class reminders, questions, and occasional extra credit
Hartland High School Responsibility Protocol: Hartland High School has an expectation that
students will take responsibility for their own learning. Communicating with teachers is key to student
success. If an issue or question arises pertaining to a particular class, the student should:
* first talk to the teacher in an attempt to resolve it. If the student feels further discussion is needed,
* then make an appointment with their counselor.
** It is important for students to follow this protocol.
If a parent feels that further discussion is needed, the teacher should then be contacted by the parent.
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