Mrs. Rebecca Kruck
Course Description: Students will read an overview of British Literature from the medieval period to the Modern, integrating a study of history to better supply a context for appreciation and understanding of the literature, with emphasis on a variety of prose and poetic genres. Students will also write in a variety of genres including argumentative essays and research writing.
Course Objectives: The purpose of this class is to raise reading and critical thinking skills, as well as writing and speaking skills. Students will read and write in a variety of genres. Successful completion of this course will prepare the learner college placement tests such as the ACT or SAT and entry into college or university.
Textbook: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Florida Collections: Grade 12
Supplemental Materials: Florida Collections Close Reader and Performance Assessment workbooks
- Student agenda
- pens and pencils
- 1”, 3-ring binder
- 3 tab dividers
- notebook paper
- post-it notes (1 pad per student is enough)
– Students will begin by reading information relating to school success and graduation, then we will dive into old English literature with works by Geoffrey Chaucer, who is considered to be the father of the English Language. We will follow with Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
– Argumentative and Informative Essay Writing
– Macbeth by Shakespeare
– Novel – TBD
– Literary Analysis Essay Writing
– Research Paper
- All school policies and rules printed in the Oakleaf High School Agenda will be enforced in the classroom (see p. 2 – 16).
- At all times, students and teachers will treat each other with mutual respect.
- Arrive to class on time. Need to be seated in desk by bell ring or considered tardy.
(1-3 tardies = warning, 4-5 tardies = 1 day detention, 6-9 tardies = 1 day ISS, 10+ tardies = 1 day of Saturday School. If you are tardy more than 3 times to 1st period you will lose your parking decal for 3 weeks and must purchase a new one again.)
- Be prepared to learn – this means have your required materials, get plenty of rest and eliminate all distractions BEFORE class begins.
- No food or drink (except bottled water) allowed in class.
- Passes to leave class will be written only for emergencies. Your hall pass is in your agenda. Bring it with you daily. No agenda=no pass.
A = 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 70 – 79
D = 60 – 69
F = 59 and below
GUM Lessons and Quizzes (Grammar, Usage and Mechanics) = 20%
Classwork = 30%
Assessments = 30%
Essays and Special Projects = 20%
Absences and Make-up Work
- All work must be made up in a timely manner. Failure to do so will result in a grade of “0” for the assignment(s).
- Any unexcused makeup work will be penalized by one letter grade.
- It is the student’s responsibility to get his/her missing assignment, complete the assignment(s), and turn them in. Credit will be given for make-up work according to published school policy.
- Students must also arrange a time to make up any excused missed tests and quizzes within 3 days after returning to school except in cases of extended absence. Make-ups must be scheduled with the instructor in advance. Make-up tests and/or quizzes will only be given when appointments are initiated and made by the student. Furthermore, it is not the instructor’s responsibility to remind individuals what they need to make up. Students may meet with the instructor before school or stay after school to make up missed tests and/or quizzes as long as they have made an appointment. ALL MAKE-UP WORK MUST BE COMPLETED TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE END OF THE SEMESTER.
- Assignments are due upon request as assigned; they will NOT be accepted late.
- Late penalties of 10 points per day will apply to papers and other special projects.
Plagiarism is the use of another’s words or ideas and the presentation of them as though they were entirely one’s own. Acts of plagiarism might include, but are not limited to:
- using words or ideas from a published source without proper documentation
- using the work of another student (e.g. copying homework, composition, or project)
- using excessive editing suggestions of another student, teacher, parent, or paid editor.
Students who willingly provide other students with access to their work are in violation of the Honor Code.