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					English IV Honors Ms. Barletta DPHDS 2009-2010
Required Texts: Literature McDougal Littell (Grade 12) Vocabulary Plus for the New SAT Book Four Daisy Miller by Henry James

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Bantam Classics, 2003)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown The Four Feathers by A.E.W Mason The Stranger by Albert Camus
Reading Assignments: Summer Reading Daisy Miller by Henry James

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Quarter 1 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Quarter 2 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (Handout/electronic copy) Quarter 3 Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney (Handout)

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Quarter 4 The Four Feathers by A.E.W Mason The Stranger by Albert Camus
In addition to the above list, students will also read a selection of short stories, essays, myths, poetry, and drama. Learning Composition: Objectives:    Students will learn how to read literature with an analytical eye and as a result, write thesis driven essays. Students will learn research skills to help support your arguments. Students will learn how to revise their writing through in-class discussions of new points to consider, therefore strengthening their writing skills. Students will learn how to use MLA format and write organized, informative, and challenging papers.


Expectations:  In class participation is an important element in this class. Students are expected to have read the assigned works and written the assigned essays, response papers, and longer papers. Written assignments should be proofread to the best of the student’s ability for spelling and grammar errors as well as sentence clarity. Written assignments should be written in a formal tone while maintaining student’s own style and voice. All out of class assignments should follow MLA format, be typed, double spaced, in black ink, and use a standard font and font size (Times New Roman 12pt. font). When using outside sources, or quoting from a text, students are expected to cite their sources and list them on a “Works Cited” page. Written assignments should demonstrate the student’s understanding of the text. The argument should be well thought out and include textual, and when required, outside resources to support and strengthen their argument.  Students must submit original work. Plagiarism is not tolerated and will result in a grade of “0.” Students must cite their sources and see me if unsure about how to do so. If you did not write it, cite who did in quotations.  Students must have cell phones, PDA’s, iPods, and other electronic devices turned off during class. Students should not have these devices out and should be kept in their backpacks. If necessary, I will take away the item and return it to the student at the end of the day. If this happens a second time, the student’s parent will have to come up to school to pick it up. Students are permitted to have laptops in class, but they are to be used for academic purposes only while in my class. Technology Component: We will be using Toshiba Tablet laptops and Dyknow software for class instruction. Therefore, technology will be used as a tool for education and will provide students with support materials for each of their classes. Students can log into Dyknow to review class notes and even play back class lessons. Using technology in the classroom will be part of class participation and will also be used for assessments. A typical day in class will consist of starting a session in Dyknow and answering 2-5 questions that will be on students’ screens. Students will then submit their answers and teachers will be able to assess students’ needs. We will then begin class discussions which will be posted through Dyknow and end class with a writing activity. Students will also create presentations and/or websites at the end of each term to enhance collaboration and active learning.

Testing Procedures: On test days, students must put their backpacks, purses, and other items in the back of the room. Students will only need a pen or pencil for their tests and will be provided with paper. Talking during a test or quiz will result in a 10 point deduction the first time, and will not be permitted to finish the exam if there is a second time. If the student is cheating during a test or quiz, they will receive a grade of “0.” Students with special needs must have documentation and will receive extended time for testing. Students with extended time must complete the test, without breaks and finish the test after class. (For example, if a student has my class “A” period, I would alert their “B” period teacher that they will be approximately 10-15 minutes late to class and they will be responsible for completing the assigned work they might have missed in class.


If a student is absent on a test or quiz day, they have three school days to make up the exam. Students must make up the test or quiz during their own time (before school, after school, break, or lunch). Students can not make up work during my class or any other class. Students are also responsible for making up all work missed during their absence. If there is a major paper or project due, the due date stands and must be submitted on time. Grammar Guide: Objective:  Students will learn correct usage of word phrases and grammatical mechanics. Preparation:  In class we will use Warriner’s Handbook as well as handouts which I will provide to teach students how to use grammar properly. Students will be asked to write in both active and passive voice, use parallel structure, and how to avoid writing run-on sentences.

Vocabulary Booster: Objectives:  Students will learn new words and be tested on a weekly basis which will come from the readings and the vocabulary text. Students must bring index cards to class on vocabulary days. Increasing students’ vocabulary will help to improve their comprehension skills in this class, their other classes, and on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams. Literary Aspect: Objectives:  Students will learn standard literary terms such as symbolism, tone, and imagery, and how to identify them in a text. Students will learn to uncover the different levels of meaning from a text. Students will learn about the history of the time period in which each work was written as well as whom the author was and how the author was viewed by society as well as how he/she viewed society. Grading: Tests: 25% Quizzes: 15% Papers/Presentations: 20% Class Participation: 10% Homework: 15% Portfolio: 15%


Class Preparation: Students must be prepared for class with all of their materials or they will have points taken off of their participation grade (5 points off of your grade for each day that they do not have their materials). Students should see me if you were unable to purchase their textbooks, or if they are on order. Part of being prepared for class includes having completed their homework. I will give pop quizzes on assigned readings, so students should be prepared. If students have questions about the reading, they should e-mail me, or come see me before school. Class Materials: Toshiba Tablet laptop (students in grades 11&12 may use alternate laptops but must install Dyknow software) Pens/Pencils Folder Vocabulary Book Index Cards for vocabulary (You must bring them to class on the days we are scheduled to begin a new vocabulary lesson.) Students may also choose to write their index cards electronically. Literature Book (bring according to the schedule) Novel(s) that we are currently reading (bring according to the schedule) Writing and Grammar Text (bring according to the schedule)

Late Work: All assignments must be submitted on time. One letter grade will be deducted for each day that passes without submission. (i.e., if the assignment is due on Monday, and the student turns it in on Tuesday, the highest possible grade they can earn is a “B.”) If a student is ill and is not able to be in school on the day an assignment is due, they must turn in their work once they return to school with a doctor’s note. Students may e-mail an assignment to me if they are unable to print or attend school.

Portfolio: For this class, students will be keeping an electronic binder with all of their written assignments. Students should create an English folder with subsections and include all assignments. These electronic portfolios will be checked once per quarter at which point students will receive feedback on all of their writing assignments. The purpose of the portfolio is to keep track of the lessons covered and for student, teacher, and parent review. At the end of each quarter, students will review their work and write a response concerning the changes they have noticed in their writing. In addition, students will keep error sheets which will help to identify grammar and spelling mistakes. Below is a description of the writing assignments students will be completing on a weekly basis: Skills Day Schedule: There are many elements that will be covered in this class. In order to cover all of these elements, we will be focusing on certain skills on designated days. The schedule may be slightly affected when there are shortened or missed days. The schedule will typically be as follows:


Monday: Vocabulary-Introduction of words and vocabulary short story Tuesday: Literature-Reading and Discussion Wednesday: Grammar and Writing Thursday: Literature Discussion Friday: Quiz/Test; Writing: responding to literature **Tuesdays and Fridays are scheduled test days for English. There will be vocabulary quizzes every Friday and there will be announced quizzes and tests on literature and grammar. Students must come to class prepared and be ready for pop quizzes on assigned reading materials.

English 12 Honors Tentative Schedule
(This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Students will be given fair warning regarding changes. The assignments, tests, and quizzes will be posted on Edline.) Week 1 (August 24th-28th) M: Introduction to the course; summer reading discussion HOMEWORK: Study for Summer Reading Test T: Summer Reading Test on Daisy Miller and The Picture of Dorian Gray HOMEWORK: Make sure you have all books and supplies; make sure you and one of your parents/guardians signs the class contract W: Discussion of Daisy Miller with special emphasis on themes, characters, and symbolism; signed class contract is due TH: Continue discussion on theme, characters, and symbolism; in-class writing assignment HOMEWORK: Finish writing assignment F: Discussion of The Picture of Dorian Gray; write a five paragraph essay on appearance versus reality in The Picture of Dorian Gray HOMEWORK: Finish writing essay

Week 2 (August 31st-September 4th) M: Introduction to Vocabulary Lesson 1; Write Vocabulary Short Story


HOMEWORK: Complete exercises 1-3 for Vocabulary Lesson 1 and finish writing your vocabulary short story T: Vocabulary Exercises and Short Story Due; discussion of plot, characters, and themes in The Picture of Dorian Gray HOMEWORK: Bring the College Writing Topics of your interest to class tomorrow W: Grammar/Writing: Writing a Resume and College Essay HOMEWORK: Finish writing exercise; study for vocabulary quiz; work on college essays TH: Discussion of characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray HOMEWORK: Study for vocabulary quiz; work on college essays F: Vocabulary Lesson 1 Quiz; in-class college writing workshop (bring college essays to class) HOMEWORK: Finish writing college essays Week 3 (September 7th-11th) M: Labor Day-No School T: Vocabulary Lesson 2 Introduction; work on college essays and revisions HOMEWORK: Complete exercises 1-3 for Vocabulary Lesson 2 and write your vocabulary short story; post college essays W: In-class SAT writing exercise HOMEWORK: Finish SAT writing assignment; turn in assignment using Dyknow TH: Class discussion on character archetypes in Daisy Miller and The Picture of Dorian Gray; in-class writing HOMEWORK: Study for vocabulary quiz; finish writing college essays F: Vocabulary Lesson 2 Quiz; college essays due; peer writing workshop