AMERICAN LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
MRS. JENNIFER POWERS
TEXTBOOK and WORKBOOKS
1. McDougal, Littell The Language of Literature textbook
2. McDougal, Littell Wordskills workbook
3. McDougal, Littell Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics workbook
This course is designed for students working towards a college preparatory diploma.
Students will develop, improve, and apply reading, writing, listening, and critical thinking skills.
This course will offer a study of grammar/usage, composition, literary genres, vocabulary, and
communication skills. Units will include essays, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, drama, and
novels. Literature appreciation, grammar study, language usage and mechanics, vocabulary
development, speaking and listening skills, composition, as well as test taking skills, are all
important aspects of this course.
CLASS REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION
Students should come to class willing to contribute to a positive learning environment.
Students will be expected to come to class prepared with a blue or black pen, an organized
notebook with pocket dividers, paper, textbook, and workbooks. Students will be evaluated by
various methods including traditional assignments and tests, daily starter activities, group
activities, projects, oral presentations, research, as well as many other activities. Students are
expected to take an active role in the classroom with discussion and activities.
I have high expectations for you, and I sincerely hope that you will choose to meet them.
I expect you to do more than the minimum requirement for all assignments. I expect you to
exhibit respect for yourself, your classmates, and for me. I expect you to read on your own for
twenty minutes each day. I expect you to stay fully awake in my class. I expect you to accept
challenges with a great attitude and display honorable character. I expect you to ask questions
whenever you have them. I expect you to practice excellent attendance and timeliness to class.
Grades are using the following weights:
Daily grades 20%
Final Exam (End of Course Test) 15%
Three ring notebook with dividers that have pockets
Blue or black pens
Calendar (date book / planner) One can be used to record all due dates and homework
assignments for all of your classes this year.
Your notebook must be organized for cumulative monthly reviews and cumulative tests such as
the mid-term and final exam. It is your responsibility to keep all notes, returned tests,
vocabulary lessons and other assignments in your notebook until after the final exam.
THEMATIC UNITS OF STUDY
The American Dream
Quest for Identity
Illusion versus Reality
Allusions of Love
Rich with Variety
We will adhere to the policies of Carrollton High School found in the student handbook.
1. BE SEATED AND READY FOR WORK AS THE BELL RINGS.
2. WORK QUIETLY AND REMAIN SEATED UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION.
3. LISTEN CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
4. RESPECT OTHERS.
5. RESPECT SCHOOL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY.
If you choose to break a rule:
2. PARENT CONTACT AND LOSS OF 1 PASS (see procedures section on passes)
3. AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION (THURSDAYS 3:20-3:50 IN MY ROOM) & LOSS
OF 1 MORE PASS
4. PARENT CONFERENCE AT SCHOOL & LOSS OF LAST PASS
5. OFFICE REFERRAL
**(SEVERE DISPRUPTIONS WILL RESULT IN AN IMMEDIATE OFFICE REFERRAL)
STUDENTS WHO STILL HAVE ALL 3 PASSES AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER WILL
RECEIVE 50 BONUS POINTS in the TEST GRADE category.
I have read Mrs. Powers’ classroom discipline plan, syllabus, and class procedures; I understand
them and will honor them. I understand that it is my responsibility to record assignments and
due dates on my calendar.