American Literature Syllabus 2010-2011
Mira Mesa High School
Teacher: Debra M. Kruger
Contact: 858-922-9102; Room B-34
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30-3:30
Email for Communication/Work:
www.sandi.net/miramesa - click on teacher web pages
The students in American Literature analyze United States literature as it reflects social
perspective and historical significance by continuing to use language for expressive,
expository, argumentative and literary purposes. The emphasis of this course is critical
analysis of texts through reading, writing, speaking, listening and the use of
technology/media. It is important to note that students will be expected to express their
opinions about the hardships of American life throughout the course, but will be asked to
incorporate rhetorical justifications to support opinions. Additionally, we will
contemplate the relevance of these themes and literary texts as they connect with our life
The goals and objectives of this course align with the California State Content Standards
for grade eleven. These standards can be reviewed at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/.
This course develops and fosters the necessary skills for writing and reading at the
college level. Students will employ oral language skills effectively for a variety of
audiences. The use of critical thinking skills will be integrated in all works of literature
along with the building of vocabulary and grammar.
The required textbook for this course is The Language and Literature by McDougal
Littell. This book will be used throughout the year along with various novels/plays,
essays, poetry and short stories. Students are responsible for bringing the required text(s)
Additional core texts may include: The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, The Great Gatsby by
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. This list will encompass more
novels and is subject to change.
Each student is expected to bring all materials to class. These include
1. Binder or Notebook (to keep all materials together)
2. Blue or Black ink pens only / highlighter (any color)
3. Tabs or dividers
4. Journal/Composition Book
5. Independent reading
I expect all students to follow daily classroom procedures as follows:
Attend class. When you are absent you miss necessary lessons and content. It is
the student’s responsibility to access the class website for assignments and to
acquire notes from a fellow student or make arrangements with the teacher.
Excused absences will be allowed as many days as you were absent to make up
the assigned work. Tests, Quizzes can be made up per arrangements with teacher.
Unexcused absences will result in no credit.
Be on time. Students must be in the class when the bell rings. The first tardy will
be given a warning, then for every tardy a student receives, their citizenship will
be lowered one grade in addition to serving detention time. Un-served detentions
result in an automatic “U” in citizenship.
Come Prepared to work. School is your job! Students are expected to participate
daily in classroom discussions, class work, and group activities. Students should
take quality notes and consistently utilize class time toward class related
Be Respectful. Cooperate and respect teacher and fellow students. Wait your turn
to express your thoughts/opinions. Respect all property (class, personal, other’s).
Be respectful of others opinions, values and cultures- refrain from vulgar
language or inappropriate comments during class.
Infractions on any of these procedures will result in a
1. Teacher warning
2. Removal of classroom and teacher conference
3. Call home/notify counselor
4. Referral and or parent/counselor conference
5. Lowering of citizenship
Every student is expected to follow the MMHS citizenship policy. Citizenship grades are
determined upon the following criteria.
Classroom Participation- Actively engaged in class discussions, pays attention,
follows directions, and stays on task.
Follows Course Expectations- see above
Follows school rules- no electronics within the class (they will be confiscated and
returned to parents only).
No food, drinks or gum allowed in class. Water is permissible.
Grades are broken down into four categories, which are weighted by a percentage. Each
assignment is given a point value and the points reflect the difficulty of the assignment
and the quality of the work done. Completing an assignment does not automatically
guarantee full points. Parents will have access to the class grade link program and can
track their student’s progress.
Grades are cumulative Grade Categories
A 90-100 30% - Writing
B 80-89 30% - Classwork/Homework/Reading
C 70-79 25% - Tests/Quizzes
D 60-69 15% - Presentations/Projects
F 59 and below
Homework is due at the beginning of the class period. All other assignments are due
when posted and no late work will be accepted except for the excused absences. Reading
is required nightly. There will be an independent reading program for the entire year.
Emailing- assignments may be emailed when ill, or you know that you will be absent
from school. For daily assignments, it will be let known which assignments can be
emailed. Other projects, essays, research papers will also be emailed after in class
approval from instructor. Emails must be received in the teachers email box by 6 am on
the due date of the assignment. Please make sure you always print a hard copy in case I
do not receive your email or save it to a flash! No late emails will be accepted!
Cheating/Plagiarism is not allowed. Work that is not original will be given no credit.
Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.
There are too many people who think that the only thing
that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to
get caught. ~J.C. Watts
Class Syllabus Cover Letter
Mira Mesa High school
Course Title: 11th Grade- American Literature
Instructor: Mrs. Debra Kruger
Your child received a course syllabus and classroom expectations guideline for the 2010-2011
American Literature course. Both student and parent(s) should read this information thoroughly
in order to understand the course requirements, the objectives of this course of study, and
acceptable behavior requirements. Please be aware of the components which will form the basis
for evaluation and students will be held accountable for all components of the class syllabus!
I am looking forward to a great year and want to make sure that I have current information so that
I may communicate with you throughout the year. Please take a moment to fill out your
information. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I check my
email hourly! Thank you for your cooperation.
Please both student and parent/guardian sign below as an indication that you have thoroughly
read and understood the contents of the syllabus and the classroom expectations. Return this
signed letter to the instructor by Friday, September 10, 2010. Email confirmation is acceptable.
Student Name (printed)______________________________________________________
Student’s signature: _____________________________________________________
Phone Number(s) ________________________________________________________
Parent E-Mail Address___________________________________________________