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    Velma Jackson High School

    English III/Acc. English III Syllabus – 2019-2020

    Mrs. Susan S. Graben, Teacher

    sgraben@madison-schools.com

    Course Description

    This curriculum for English III describes what students are expected to know and do throughout the year to become confident users of the language. Emphasis is placed on the following: ACT Prep(English and Reading portions of the test), Scholarly Research(3rd9 weeks), reading as assigned, and writing (1 major essay per semester. This class is designed to provide students with the opportunity to become independent, articulate, and confident learners in the academic world.

    • Complex readingmust be done on time and usually prior to class.
    • Reading quizzeswill be given regularly to ensure timely reading and comprehension.
    • Critical response writingwill be done both inside and outside of class. All papers must be typed and conform to MLA standards. We will discuss how to locate this information.
    • Ten points per day will be taken off allassignments that are turned in late, and late assignments will only be accepted up to 5 days after the original due date. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
    • Assignments/projects that are given due dates of at least one week to complete cannot be submitted late. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
    • Mandatory book talks will be done first, second, and third nine weeks of novels selected by the teacher, and in addition, each student mustselect one novel per nine weeks from the book list to read and share pertinent information with the class.
    • Two major assignments will be given…a research paper and a PowerPoint presentation related to the research paper that will be presentedat the during the 4th 9 weeks.
    • MacBook must be brought to class each block unless otherwise stated because this class is 99.99% electronic. The textbook is online, the notebook is on your desktop, and the assignments are online through Canvas. Make sure MacBook is charged daily.
    • Punctual attendance is essential to passing this class. Attendance is taken daily. All tardy students are subject to the consequences outlined by school policy (3rdtardy - parent contact; 4thtardy - office referral).
    • Sleepingin class will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Students are expected to display proper classroom behavior at all
    • Class participationis one of the primary ways to receive the best grade. This is a discussion-based course; therefore, various voices, points of view, and sources of knowledge will enhance the experience.
    • Restroom privileges are limited. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the five minutes between classes to attend to such matters. 

    In addition, students will meet the following expectations:

    • Be on time and prepared for class each day
    • Follow directions the first time they are given
    • Check Canvas DAILYfor assignments especially when absent from school
    • Maintain a neat and organized desktop notebook
    • Read ALL assigned literary works
    • Be an active participant in class discussions
    • Complete and submit assignments on time

    Rules

    1. Come quietly into classroom and type the daily agenda
    2. Follow all school and district rules
    3. Bring MacBook to class charged, everyday
    4. Respect yourself, the teacher, your classmates, and anyone who enters the room
    5. Moving and talking is prohibited without permission (except for sharpening your pencil and throwing away trash)

    Consequences

    1st Offense – Verbal warning

    2nd Offense – Student/Teacher Conference

    3rd Offense – Office Referral

    4th Offense – Parent contact

     

    Note: Serious offenses (profanity, threats, fights, extreme disrespect, etc.) deem an immediate office referral.

     

    Online Textbook

    Prentice Hall Literature Common Core Edition Grade 12

    Grading Scale                      Grading Policies

    A – 90 - 100                          Test/Major Projects/Major Essays – 60%

    B – 80 - 89                            Classwork/Quizzes/Minor Projects/Minor Essays – 30%

    C – 70 - 79                            Homework – 10%

    D – 65 - 69                            Note: Rubrics will be used to grade essays as well as

    F – 0 - 64                                        some of the other assignments.

    Additional Assignments/Activities          Materials

    Résumé                                                        Earbuds                                                                         MacBook

    Reading Fair Storyboard                              Thumb Drive    

    Research Paper                                            Novels

    Research PowerPoint                                   *Note: Other materials may be requested for students to bring to class                        

    Student Incentives

    Listen to music using ear buds while working

     

    In addition, students will meet the following expectations:

    • Be on time and prepared for class each day
    • Follow directions the first time they are given
    • Maintain a neat and organized desktop notebook
    • Read ALL assigned literary works
    • Be an active participant in class discussions
    • Complete and submit assignments on time

     

    Course Outline

    1st Nine Weeks

    American Literature (1600-1900)

     

    Metamorphosis

    Additional shorter texts

    Paper

    ACT English Prep

    Paper #1: Compare and Contrast Essay

    Socratic Seminar – A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

    2nd Nine Weeks

    ACT READING TEST PREP

    American Literature (1901-1959)

    1. Harlem Renaissance
    2. The Great Gatsby

    Paper #2: Character Sketch Essay

     

     

    3rd Nine Weeks

    American Literature )1960-2000)

    1. Research Paper
    2. Research Paper PowerPoint

    ACT refreshers/reteach:  Final test preparation

     

     

    4th Nine Weeks

    American Literature  (1985 –to the present)

     

    Socratic Seminar: Julius Caesar Paper #4: Literary Analysis Essay

     

      

     

    Note: The teacher reserves the right to add, remove, or revise readings and/or assignments. Please refer to your syllabus often.

     

     

    Velma Jackson High School

    English IV Syllabus – 2019-2020

    Mrs. Susan S. Graben, Teacher

    sgraben@madison-schools.com

    Course Description

    This curriculum for English IV describes what students are expected to know and do throughout the year to become confident users of the language. Emphasis is placed on scholarly research, reading, and writing. This class is designed to provide students with the opportunity to become independent, articulate, and confident learners in the academic world.

    • Complex readingmust be done on time and usually prior to class.
    • Reading quizzeswill be given regularly to ensure timely reading and comprehension.
    • Critical response writingwill be done inside and outside of class. All papers must be typed and conform to MLA standards.
    • Ten points per day will be taken off allassignments that are turned in late, and late assignments will only be accepted up to 5 days after the original due date. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
    • Assignments/projects that are given due dates of at least one week to complete cannot be submitted late. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
    • Mandatory book talks will be done first, second, and third nine weeks of novels selected by the teacher, and in addition, each student mustselect one novel per nine weeks from the book list to read and share pertinent information with the class.
    • Two major assignments will be given…a research paper and a PowerPoint presentation related to the research paper that will be presentedat the end of the school year. Four major essay assignments are required.
    • MacBooks and earbuds for Macbook must be brought to class each block unless otherwise stated because this class is 99.99% electronic. The textbook is online, the notebook is on your desktop, and the assignments are online through Canvas. Make sure MacBook is charged daily.
    • Punctual attendance is essential to passing this class. Attendance is taken daily. All tardy students are subject to the consequences outlined by school policy (3rdtardy - parent contact; 4thtardy - office referral).
    • Sleeping in class will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Students are expected to display proper classroom behavior at all
    • Class participationis one of the primary ways to receive the best grade. This is a discussion-based course; therefore, various voices, points of view, and sources of knowledge will enhance the experience.
    • Restroom privilegesare limited. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the five minutes between classes to attend to such matters. 

    In addition, students will meet the following expectations:

    • Be on time and prepared for class each day
    • Follow directions the first time they are given
    • Maintain a neat and organized desktop notebook
    • Bring MacBook and earbuds to school daily
    • Read ALL assigned literary works
    • Be an active participant in class discussions
    • Complete and submit assignments on time

    Rules

    • Come quietly into classroom and type the daily agenda into your notebooks
    • Follow all school and district rules
    • Bring MacBook to class charged, everyday
    • Respect yourself, the teacher, your classmates, and anyone who enters the room
    • Moving and talking is prohibited without permission (except for sharpening your pencil)

    Consequences

    1st Offense – Verbal warning

    2nd Offense – Student/Teacher Conference

    3rd Offense – Office Referral

    4th Offense – Parent contact

     

    Note: Serious offenses (profanity, threats, fights, extreme disrespect, etc.) deem an immediate office referral.

     

    Online Textbook

    Prentice Hall Literature Common Core Edition Grade 12

    Grading Scale                      Grading Policies

    A – 90 - 100                          Test/Major Projects/Major Essays – 60%

    B – 80 - 89                            Classwork/Quizzes/Minor Projects/Minor Essays – 30%

    C – 70 - 79                            Homework – 10%

    D – 65 - 69                            Note: Rubrics will be used to grade essays as well as

    F – 0 - 64                                        some of the other assignments.

    Additional Assignments/Activities          Materials

    Résumé                                                          MacBook

    Reading Fair Storyboard                                   Earbuds for Macbook (not your phone)

    Research Paper                                                Novels

    Research PowerPoint                                        Other materials may be requested upon need                                                                                                                                     

    Student Incentives

    Listen to music using ear buds while working

     

    In addition, students will meet the following expectations:

    • Be on time and prepared for class each day
    • Follow directions the first time they are given
    • Maintain a neat and organized desktop notebook
    • Read ALL assigned literary works
    • Be an active participant in class discussions
    • Complete and submit assignments on time

     

    Course Outline

    1st Nine Weeks

    The Anglo Saxons (449 – 1066)

    1. Beowulf

    Essay #1: Character Analysis Essay

    • Seafarer
    • The Wanderer
    • The Wife’s Lament 

    Essay #2: Compare and Contrast Essay

    Socratic Seminar – A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

    2nd Nine Weeks

    Middle Ages (1066 – 1485)

    Ballads

    1. Lord Randall
    2. Get Up and Bar the Door
    3. Edward, Edward

     

     The Canterbury Tales

    1. The Prologue
    2. The Pardoner’s Tale
    3. The Wife of Bath Tale
    4. Federigo’s Falcon
    5. King Arthur
    6. Le Morted’Arthur
    7. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 

    Essay #3: Character Sketch Ess

     

    3rd Nine Weeks

    End of the Year Projects

    1. Research Paper
    2. Research Paper PowerPoint

      

    4th Nine Weeks

    The Renaissance (1485 – 1660)

    1. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
    2. The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
    3. Sonnet 18 and 73
    4. A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning
    5. On My First Son
    6. Psalm 23 and 137
    7. Macbeth

    Paper #4: Literary Analysis Essay

    10. The Tragedy of Macbeth (Acts I – V)

     

     

    Note: The teacher reserves the right to add, remove, or revise readings and/or assignments. Please refer to your syllabus often.

     

    Fall 2018