American Literature and Composition by ewa18516

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									                                                                               Baker            1
                       Colquitt County High School
                                   College Preparatory
                      American Literature and Composition 23.0510012
                               Syllabus Fall Semester 2008
                                       Bryan Baker
                               brbaker@colquitt.k12.ga.us

Course Overview:
        I. Description
        This course emphasizes developing skills for student success on college entrance
exams and college course work. By reading and analyzing American             Literature, students
trace the chronological/historical development of national literature and its relevance to
contemporary literature and life. Enhancement of listening, speaking, and viewing is coupled
to written responses and oral presentations. A major focus is the continued honing of writing
skills and the writing process. Vocabulary enhancement comes from reading a variety of genres
        and from regular vocabulary study.
        II. Vocabulary
                A. Shostak, Level F, Units 1-7
                B. SAT preparation, especially analogy and word in context skills
                C. Vocabulary in context from reading and viewing experiences.
        III. Writing
                A. Multi-paragraph essays with the emphasis on
                    persuasion/argumentation, expository/literary analysis, and creative
                    writing
                B. Thesis formulation, proof, and use of appropriate terminology and
                   textual evidence in analyzing works of American Literature
                C. Research Skills – MLA Style
                D. GHSGT practice essays
        IV. Literature and Reading Strategies
             A. Non-fiction, poetry, and short stories from the Colonial Period,
                The Revolutionary Period, the Romantic Period, and the
                American Renaissance
             B. Novel/Drama: The Crucible and Ethan Frome
             C. Choice Novels – 1 required this semester
                Students may choose to read as many novels as they want for optional
                assignments and bonus grades. Disclaimer: Some selections contain
                episodes that might be disturbing to adolescents.
                (Mature subject matter and language, parental guidance is suggested)
Course Evaluation:
        Your grade will be determined as follows:
             A. Formal Assessment to include vocabulary tests, literature tests,
                performance tasks, and other designated activities………………….45%
             B. Informal Assessments may include journals, quizzes, etc…………..30%
             C. Mid-term……………………………………………………………..10%
             D. Final ………………………………………………………………… 15%




Textbooks:
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       A.   Elements of Literature, 5 Course..............................................$63.00
       B.   Shostak Vocabulary Workshop Level F..................................... $ 7.50
       C.   The Crucible................................................................................. $ 5.00
       D.   Choice Book.......................................................................$10.00 or retail price
       E.   The Holt Reader…………………………………………….…..$10.00
       F.   Ethan Frome................................................................................$10.00

Georgia Performance Standards:
1. The student demonstrates comprehension by identifying evidence and main ideas in a
   variety of texts representative of different literary genre and by using this evidence as
    the basis for interpretation.
2. The student identifies, analyzes, and applies knowledge of various American themes.
3. The student relates an understanding of literary works to his contemporary, historical,
   and personal experience.
4. The student understands and acquires new vocabulary and uses it correctly in reading
   and writing.
5. The student employs a variety of strategies to decode text.
6. The student demonstrates competence in a variety of writing modes, applying the rules
   of English language conventions and grammar.
7. The student participates in student-to-teacher, student-to-student, and group verbal
   interaction.
8. The student formulates reasoned judgments about written and oral communication in
    various media and literary genre.
                                Classroom Rules and Expectations:
1. Observe the dress code.
2. No food or drinks in the classroom.
3. No talking without permission; raise your hand to be recognized.
4. No sleeping.
5. No grooming (hair, makeup, lotion).
6. No restroom passes. (See page 37 of the Student Handbook)
7. Arrive on time: after your 4th tardy, you will receive a disciplinary
   referral.
8. You must be in the classroom for at least 40 minutes to be counted present.
9. No blue slips after 2:45.
10. Bring all supplies, books, and due assignments with you to class. No locker passes.
11. Grade recovery – If you do not have assignments on the due date, you may recover
    that grade by attending after school detention. The recovered grade cannot be higher
    than a 70.
12. You must be seated if you are in the classroom unless you have permission to leave
    your desk.
13. See page 15 of the Student Handbook for the policy regarding make-up work.
14. See page 47 of the Student Handbook for the cheating policy.
15. Observe all school rules as outlined in the Student Handbook.
16. Grades are posted immediately to the grade book; however, the Parent Connect
    system only recognizes new grades on Tuesday evening, available Wednesday
    mornings.
17. Parent contact after 2nd warning on any offense; detention on 3rd offense; office
    referral on 4th offense.

								
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