Course Syllabus English IV

Mrs. Rebecca Kruck

rdkruck@oneclay.net

Room: 300B

904-213-5175

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

Required Materials:

  • Student agenda
  • pens and pencils
  • Highlighters
  • 1”, 3-ring binder
  • 3 tab dividers
  • notebook paper
  • post-it notes (1 pad per student is enough)

Course Schedule:

*1st Semester:

– 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

*2nd Semester:

Macbeth by Shakespeare

– Novel – TBD

– Literary Analysis Essay Writing

– Research Paper

Class Policies

Classroom Rules:

  1. All school policies and rules printed in the Oakleaf High School Agenda will be enforced in the classroom (see p. 2 – 16).
  2. At all times, students and teachers will treat each other with mutual respect.
  3. 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.)

  1. Be prepared to learn – this means have your required materials, get plenty of rest and eliminate all distractions BEFORE class begins.
  2. No food or drink (except bottled water) allowed in class.
  3. 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.

Grading Scale:

A = 90 – 100

B = 80 – 89

C = 70 – 79

D = 60 – 69

F = 59 and below

Grade Weighting:

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.

LATE WORK

  • 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 STATEMENT

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.

 

Useful Websites:

  1. School Website: www.ohs.oneclay.net
  2. Focus: https://focus.oneclay.net/focus/
  3. View Florida Standards http://cpalms.org
  4. ACT testing info and registration: www.actstudent.org
  5. SAT testing info and restistration: https://sat.collegeboard.org

Course Syllabus English III Honors

Mrs. Rebecca Kruck

rdkruck@oneclay.net

Room: 300B

904-213-5175

Course Description: This 11th grade course in American Literature will provide an opportunity to read a wide-variety of genres from multiple time periods, beginning with the emergence of American Independence until the mid-20th century.

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 for English IV Honors (or other advanced level course) as well as college placement tests such as the ACT or SAT.

 

Textbook: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Florida Collections: Grade 11

 

Supplemental Materials: Florida Collections Close Reader and Performance Assessment workbooks

Required Materials:

  • Student agenda
  • pens and pencils
  • Highlighters
  • 1”, 3-ring binder
  • 3 tab dividers
  • notebook paper
  • post-it notes (1 pad per student is enough)

Course Schedule:

*1st Semester:

– Students will read both fiction and nonfiction text covering the exploration of North America through the development early America.

– Argumentative and Informative Essay Writing

*2nd Semester:

– Students will read and analyze 19th century American poetry

– Students will read and analyze The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

– Literary Analysis Essay Writing

– Speech Writing

Class Policies

Classroom Rules:

  1. All school policies and rules printed in the Oakleaf High School Agenda will be enforced in the classroom (see p. 2 – 16).
  2. At all times, students and teachers will treat each other with mutual respect.
  3. 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.)

  1. Be prepared to learn – this means have your required materials, get plenty of rest and eliminate all distractions BEFORE class begins.
  2. No food or drink (except bottled water) allowed in class.
  3. 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.

Grading Scale:

A = 90 – 100

B = 80 – 89

C = 70 – 79

D = 60 – 69

F = 59 and below

Grade Weighting:

GUM Lessons and Quizzes (Grammar, Usage and Mechanics) = 20%

Classwork = 30%

Assessments = 30%

Essays and Special Projects = 20%

Homework:

I do not assign nightly homework assignments, however any classwork not completed in class or makeup classwork will be done at home. In lieu of nightly homework assignments, students will be required to select 2 novels of their choice each quarter to read. The novels can be either fiction or non-fiction. For each novel they read they can either write a book review or a book report. Papers must be at least one-page (500 words) and can be either typed or hand-written. Both reports are due not later than 2 weeks before the end of the grading period (9/25/15, 12/4/15, 3/11/15, 5/20/15). These papers will go into the Essays and Special Projects category. Papers not turned in by the given due dates will be given a zero – NO EXCEPTIONS!

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.

 

LATE WORK

  • Assignments are due upon request as assigned; they will NOT be accepted late.

PLAGIARISM STATEMENT

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.

English IV – Extra Credit Project

ENGLISH IV

THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD

CHIVALRY AND COURTLY LOVE

 Due Date: Friday, December 12 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Introduction

Although it has been centuries since the rule of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, the way people interact has changed little. Just as we have school rules, class rules, social rules (laws), and different ways to define how we should treat each other, people used to have the Code of Chivalry and Courtly Love. These were a set of rules that showed people how to live honorably.

The Task

During this activity, you will create a poster of the “New Code of Chivalry and Courtly Love for the 21st Century.”

 The Process

  1. Create a list of the following things:
  • 3 behaviors or manners that you find annoying about members of the opposite sex.
  • 3 things that you have found from personal experience that can ruin a friendship
  • 3 ways that adults make teenagers feel unappreciated.
  1. Visit the following websites, and write down all the rules that would help solve any of the annoying things about life that you listed above. You need to find at least ten rules that you think should be brought back to our society today.

WEBSITES:

http://marshall.freeshell.org/chivalry.html

https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/rules_of_love.html

http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-knights/code-of-chivalry.htm

  1. Using the information you have put together above, create a large decorative poster of your modern “21st Century Code of Chivalry and Courtly Love for Oakleaf High School”

How You Will Be Graded:

Your poster should:

  • Clearly state the historical material you researched in a logical manner
  • Be physically/aesthetically pleasing through the use of color, large text, decorative bordering, and additional images
  • Show attention to detail and exemplify the type of work you are capable of when you apply yourself.

English III – Extra Credit Project

Whitman/Dickinson Extra Credit Project

Due Date: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Points: This can add up to 15 points to your overall grade, depending on the neatness and amount of effort you put in to the project. All text should be easy to read images should be neatly arranged.

Materials:

  • Student textbook or online resource
  • Poster Board
  • Markers/ Colored Pencils
  • Paper/Pencil (or printer)
  • Magazines
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Directions:

In class, we read several poems by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. For each poem we discussed the theme. Remember that the theme is the central idea of the poem. For this project, choose one poem by either Whitman or Dickenson. The poem you choose does not necessarily have to be one that we read together. After you choose your poem, analyze it to determine its theme. Next, you will copy or print the poem you choose. On a poster board, you will paste this sheet of paper. Then, in big bold letters, you will write the theme (preferably somewhere at the top). Next, you will look through old magazines to search for images that represent this theme. You will cut these images out and paste them onto the poster board. If you have a printer then you may print them from online if no magazines are available. The more images – the better, however, try not to overlap the images, if possible, when pasting them onto the poster.

English IV – Dec. 1st Classwork

*Read the article and answer the questions – goes in your classwork tab.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

(ca. 1375-1400, by the Pearl Poet)

The name of the author is unknown, but he probably wrote the three religious poems that are in the same manuscript with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Pearl, Patience, and Purity. Because of that, and the religious tone of the poem, we assume that he was a cleric. Probably originating about 150 miles northwest of London, he wrote in a dialect that is very difficult for us today, and probably was difficult for Londoners in his own time. Chaucer probably would have had trouble understanding him, although the two were contemporaries. Will Langland, author of Piers Plowman, was writing about the same time, also.

Verse Form: The poem is a metrical romance (French influence), part of the Alliterative Revival, showing a renewed interest in the alliterative verse of the Old English period, but the rules are not nearly so rigid. Sir Gawain is written in a unique stanza form called “bob and wheel” that combines alliteration and rhyme. A verse paragraph of long alliterative lines is concluded by a two-syllable line (the bob) followed by a quatrain (the wheel). These last five lines rhyme ababa.

Three traditional plots are intertwined: (1) the beheading contest, (2) the temptation, and (3) the exchange game. The beheading and the temptation are ancient Celtic themes. The purpose of all three is to test the worth of the Christian knight. The poem is comic and satirical, a medieval comedy of manners, from a distinctly Christian viewpoint.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the product of three medieval institutions:

Feudalism. The poem is about 200 years archaic, deliberately. It looks back to the golden age of chivalry, now in a state of decay. (It is anachronistic, as well. Arthur lived before 449, if at all–a Celtic king fighting off Anglo-Saxon invaders, ironically, the ancestors of those who adopted Arthur as their hero). Sir Gawain exemplifies both the physical and non-physical ideals of knighthood:

Physical ideals of knighthood:

  1. Strength. Gawain has strength and endurance.
  2. Skill at arms. Gawain is ready to fight.
  3. Horsemanship.

Non-physical ideals of knighthood:

  1. Courage. Gawain is willing to accept the challenge.
  2. Humility. Gawain is “lowliest of knights,” shows shame after the test.
  3. Courtesy. Gawain is “father of courtesy.” Courtesy is partly good manners, partly a set of conventions related to courtly love.
  4. Loyalty. Loyalty is the keystone of the feudal system. Gawain is loyal to Arthur, to Bercilak, and to his own word. His failure is in loyalty.

Gawain’s adherence to the knightly ideals is symbolized in his emblem, the Pentangle. He is set up as a human example–not a Christ figure, not an ideal, but “The Human Possible.” The pride of the court is deflated, but Gawain remains admirable, even though he shows human weakness.

Courtly love. It developed partly out of the cult of Mary, which elevated women. The object of love was to be worshipped from afar as an ideal; love was supposed to be an ennobling influence, and only noble people were worthy of love. Several influences built up to acceptance of courtly love:

  1. Marriages of convenience in the 8th-16th centuries made adultery a way of life.
  2. Men had shorter life spans than women. Women could inherit and thus gain control of wealth.
  3. Men went to war, leaving women in control, as they went on Crusades to clear the holy land of infidels, starting in 1095.
  4. The belief that the lady should be treated as infinitely desirable was fostered by women and by poets. The way of life portrayed in metrical romances influenced real expectations and behavior.

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the behavior at court and the temptations scenes reflect on the courtly love tradition.

The Medieval Church. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight harks back to a simpler time 200 years before the poem was composed. The only religious figure is a chaplain. The church organization was not yet complex, opening the door for the corruption Chaucer portrays, although the poem was written about the same time as Canterbury Tales. The Holy Grail originally was just a Christian symbol created by the church in an effort to overcome the influence of courtly love. Sir Galahad was the only knight pure enough to find it. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight undermines the system of courtly love. It seems to be intended to offset the immorality of the courtly love tradition.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Pre-Reading Discussion Questions

1) Who wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

2) Why would Chaucer, a contemporary of the Gawain author, have had a hard time understanding the Gawain author?

3) What unique stanza form is Gawain written in? What is special about it?

4) RECALL: What is alliteration? What is rhyme?

5) What are the three traditional subplots intertwined in Gawain? What is their purpose?

6) What three medieval institutions produced Gawain?

7) Define anachronism (adjectival form: anachronistic) based on context clues provided in the reading.

8) How does Gawain display the physical and non-physical ideals of knighthood?

9) Under the Courtly Love heading, explain how #1 (Marriages of convenience…) conflicts with what we’ve learned previously about chivalry and courtly love.

10) #4 under Courtly Love says “The way of life portrayed in metrical romances influenced real expectations and behavior”. Do you feel that this holds true today? Do stories/movies/songs/shows influence the way we view romantic expectations? How so? Respond in a paragraph with anecdotal evidence.

11) Briefly summarize the role of the Medieval Church in the story of Gawain.

English IV – Dec. 1st Bell Ringer

*Copy these notes and put them in your classwork tab

Characteristics & Themes

Of Medieval Romance Literature

Characteristics of a Medieval Romance include:

 

  • Fantasy/Supernatural Elements and Actions
  • Chivalry- bravery, humility, honor, respect for king, respect for women, chastity
  • Dramatic Language- imagery, alliteration, etc.
  • Belief in the prophecy of dreams
  • Christian beliefs/references
  • A far-off setting
  • Adventure
  • Love

Common Themes found in legends:

  • Contests/Quests
  • Heroic Figures
  • Memorable Deeds
  • Events Grouped in 3’s

English IV – In case you missed Wednesday

Bell Work:

Relative pronouns are words like who, whom, whose, which and that. Sometimes the words what, when, where and why are also used like relative pronouns.

Rule 1. Who and sometimes that refer to people. That and which refer to groups or things.

Rule 2a. That introduces what is called an essential clause. Essential clauses add information that is vital to the point of the sentence.

Rule 2b. Which introduces a nonessential clause, which adds supplementary information.

Rule 3. If that has already appeared in a sentence, writers sometimes use which to introduce the next clause, whether it is essential or nonessential. This is done to avoid awkward formations.

 

Copy and complete the following sentences using appropriate relative pronouns (that, which or who)

  1. The thief _________ stole the bicycle has been caught.
  2. Show me the road __________leads to the railway station.
  3. The books _________ have red covers are new.
  4. My grandfather, _________ I loved, is dead.
  5. Coal, __________ is a very useful mineral, is found in  many parts of India.

Classwork

You will need to access a different textbook by going to Class Zone and entering the following

username: classkruck

password: OHS1415

Today we read the beginning of The Canterbury Tales on p. 140-145 and complete a character analysis chart on the Knight, Squire, Yeoman and Nun

Character Character’s Appearance Character’s Speech, Thoughts or Actions Narrator’s Direct Comments About the Character