Syllabus for American Literature and Composition
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Course Description: Welcome to 11th grade American Literature and Composition, a year-long reading and writing course that includes standards-based instruction centered on recurrent themes and genres in United States literature from the colonial period to the present and reflects on the diversity of American life. As a means of developing the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for the demands of college and work, students will engage in discussion to prepare oral and written arguments that provide all relevant perspectives and consider the validity and reliability of sources. In this course, there is a concentrated focus on writing. Students will apply and refine their command of the writing process and writing conventions to produce narrative, persuasive, expository, and descriptive texts.
Course Objectives: The primary objective is to prepare students to have the skills needed for 12th grade and beyond. The focus is on academic skills, writing, time management and inter-personal communication skills. Small and large group discussions are a part of classroom learning. All students are expected to participate in them. This course is reading and writing intensive. Participation will make up a majority of your grade.
By the end of this year, students will:
Required Text: My Perspectives: American Literature.
This class will focus on the major California Common Core Standards for English Language Arts as they pertain to grade-level reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as they pertain to informational and literary texts. For more information about the California Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, please visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp
Academic Vocabulary: In order to improve the learning and achievement of students in school and beyond, there will be a focus this year in the classroom on key words which students will become familiar with and use in an academic setting to further their English language development and critical thinking skills. These words are: analyze, cite, compare/contrast, elaborate, evaluate, illustrate, infer, justify, paraphrase, predict, summarize, synthesize. In addition, key terms to be learned and used related to grade-level rhetoric include claim, theme, thesis, argument, opinion, main idea, topic, supporting idea/detail, example, essay, persuade.
Grading System: Tests, quizzes, classwork, homework, and cooperation are based on points. Each student has the opportunity to earn points through work productivity and participation. The points are inputted into a computer and are averaged across all assignments. The percentage value of the assignments is as follows:
Classwork/Participation=50% Tests and Quizzes=30% Homework=20%
Students who attend regularly, are respectful, and take part in lessons, discussions and group and individual assignments and turn them in on time will learn as much as possible, and it will reflect positively in their grade. Grades are also based on academic abilities according to IEP goals, teacher and staff’s observations, assessments, and student skills.
Communication: Major assignments are posted online either through Google classroom, Schoology or on the teacher’s CCHS website: http://www.chatsworthhs.org/apps/staff/
Go to www.chatsworthhs.org view the ‘staff list’, look for ‘Ryan Hyatt’, then click on your class subject and period.
The best way for parents or students to contact Mr. Hyatt for any reason is by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to Mr. Hyatt’s page and click ‘send e-mail’.
Information about how parents will be able to access their student grades through the new Schoology system should be forthcoming.
I have provided all students with a folder and notebook to use for classwork, the graded contents of which are to remain in my class until the end of each 5-week grading period. Please ensure your student is prepared for class with his or her own pens and & pencils.
Grading Scale in Percentages:
54% or below=F
Contact Information: If there are any questions or concerns about student grades, behavioral issues, class requirements or anything else, email is the best way to reach me at email@example.com.
I look forward to working with your student this school year!
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