"Honors English II Syllabus"
English II Honors/Gifted 2012-2013 Mrs. Richardson Miami Beach Senior High School miamibeachhigh.schoolwires.com/ 2231 Prairie Ave. (305) 532-4515 x2356 Miami Beach, FL 33139 firstname.lastname@example.org August 20, 2012 Syllabus Welcome to Miami Beach Senior High School and the English II Gifted/Honors class. This class will help prepare you for the international Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum in the 11th and 12th grade, dual enrollment, or whatever advanced study you choose to pursue. Critical thinking, expression and understanding are expected from students in preparation for the advanced level classes. You will work to improve your reading, writing, thinking, listening, oral presentations, and study skills. You will do in-depth, critical studies of literature as well as learn new vocabulary, information competency, and technology skills. Each student will complete a major research paper. Course Objective: This course is designed for advanced-level college prep students. In this course you will participate in a challenging study of research (MLA) and writing with a concentration on technical writing, conventions of grammar and usage, reading and interpreting a variety of literary genres using critical thinking strategies, speaking and listening activities, and vocabulary. The integration of technology will play a role in instructional delivery and student performance. Course Essential Questions 1. Explain what it means to be human? 2. Contrast being right with having right. (or) What are human rights? 3. When you determine what is right, what do you do? (or) Judge why it is important to defend one’s right, and/or the rights of others? 4. How do we determine if a work of literature has merit? (or) How does literature reflect the human condition? (or) How does literature reflect universal themes? Text Books and Link: Elements of Literature – Fourth Course http://www.classzone.com/cz/get_home.htm?bid=10150&img=re_ml_lit_9_fl.gif&url=%2fbooks%2 fml_lit_gr09_fl%2fbook_home.htm&rt=T&state=FL&bn=McDougal+Littell+Literature%2c+Grade+ 9%2c+Florida Literary Selections: Short Stories: “The Book of Sand” by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni, Boys and Girls by Alice Munro, Harrison Bergeron, Oedipus, Antigone, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, 1984 by George Orwell, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, Fahrenheit 451 and other novels and short stories, poems and articles as announced. Course Supplies A 1" to 1-1/2" three-ring binder (preferably with a cover sleeve and page lifters) Composition Binder Notebook paper - Use college-ruled paper Blue or black ink pens are the preferred writing implements A USB flash drive, and/or email account to facilitate the transportation of writing drafts back and forth to school. Requirements Students will be required to do the following work: Write journal entries in which they respond to assigned journal prompts or Quick Writes; Read assigned texts (summer reading assignments, and Texts announced in class); Participate in class discussions; Complete assigned projects and essays; Do in-class exercises, quizzes, and other activities; Maintain regular, punctual attendance; Write semester examinations. Grading Course grades are maintained in the Electronic Gradebook through the student portal where both students and parents/guardians can inspect them at any time during the quarter. 90-100% A 80-89% B 70-79% C 60-69% D 0-59% F Course Expectations: We will be working through the curriculum at an accelerated pace and there are things you can do to insure your success. 1. Show respect and courtesy to all persons. Rudeness or derogatory remarks will NOT be tolerated. 2. Take responsibility for your own behavior, actions, decisions, and choices. Learning requires you to be an active participant in the process. Do not make excuses! 3. Think for yourself and go beyond the superficial to read between the lines and see beneath the surface. Practice critical thinking rather than blind acceptance. 4. Attend class daily in uniform; be in your seat when the late bell rings with all required materials. 5. We will make use of email, blog, online services such as http://www.turnitin.com, and internet research. All essays and projects are to be word processed and accompanied by all steps in the writing process (i.e. outlines, prewriting, notes, rough drafts, peer responses, final editing) Course Policies You are responsible for all material and assignments presented. Conscientious, thorough, responsible students make better grades than students who make choices that diminish these characteristics. Assignment deadlines Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period of the due date. Late assignments are NOT accepted. There are no exceptions. Excused absences Work missed because of an excused absence (usually confined only to absences resulting from illness, a medical/dental appointment, a death in the immediate family, family emergency or a school-sponsored trip) must be made up as promptly as is practical (within two days of the absence). Unexcused absences Daily work, quizzes and tests missed because of unexcused absences or tardiness cannot be made up and will be assigned a score of zero. Absences that are NOT considered excused include--but are not limited to--missing class because you slept in, having computer/printer problems, running an errand for another teacher, etc. Eating and drinking in classroom Beach High School provides a lunch period during which students may eat and drink. Please do NOT bring food or drinks (other than water) into the English classroom during class periods. Leaving classroom As the teacher is legally responsible for all students during class, no student is to leave the English classroom without permission once class has started. Plan so that you do NOT have to leave class. Take care of water fountain and bathroom needs before or after class so as to avoid distracting other students by unnecessary comings and goings during class. Electronic devices Cell phones, iPods, laptop computers, calculators, game toys, and other electronic devices are to be turned off and out of sight during English class unless the teacher has given specific permission for their use. Items disturbing the learning environment of the English classroom will be confiscated by the teacher and returned at the teacher's discretion and convenience. A repeat offence may mean that the confiscated device will be turned in to the parent resource office for return to the student (or parent) at the principal's discretion and convenience. (See the school cell phone policy) Academic Integrity Cheating is NOT tolerated. Students who choose to cheat may expect a variety of consequences, including but not limited to loss of grade. Failing to properly give credit for words [music, graphics, or other creative material] written by someone else is plagiarism. Using documents or parts of documents [or other files, such as music or graphics] found on the Internet or elsewhere without giving credit is plagiarism. Any attempt to pass off another person's work as your own is dishonest. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to: copying from a neighbor during a test, using an electronic device to retrieve resources not permitted in a learning situation, copying homework done by a classmate. To be safe--on all English class work--assume that you are to work individually. Exceptions will be clearly stated in the classroom. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please sign and return this Agreement by Monday, September 1, 2012, Course: English II Honors I have read, understand, and agree to the terms outlined in this syllabus. I agree to meet all due dates, attend class regularly, bring all necessary supplies daily and complete all assigned work to the best of my ability. 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