“I have something to say to the world, and I have taken English 12 in order to say it well.”
- W.E.B. Du Bois
Important information about this course:
Grading Details (final letter grades are calculated based on Kentlake's grading scale)
Perceptive interpretation of literary, informational, and even visual texts (like the ones to the right), analyzing how authors use literary and rhetorical devices to shape the meanings of their works.
Effective composition in varied genres within expository, argumentative, and narrative modes, meeting the demands of the different genres and your audiences while demonstrating the conventions of standard English and utilizing rhetorical techniques to achieve your purpose as a writer.
Effective ability to present information and engage in collaborative academic discussions with diverse peers.
Students and teachers are the busiest people on the planet. If you need help with the above expectations or policies, please schedule an appointment so I can provide support and help you succeed. I am available before school and after school until 2:40 p.m.
Up to two summative assignments will be accepted for full credit per semester within 7 days of original due date. Formative assignments will not be accepted late. For emergencies preventing submission, please confer with me. If you have an excused absence, you will receive an appropriate amount of time to make up missed work.
Please have computers ready to use in class. Keep cell phones and headphones away except during tech breaks.
Please be punctual to class and be ready to learn bell to bell in order to maintain an effective learning environment.
Using the intellectual property of others without proper citation is not tolerated. This includes copying material from websites or printed sources, using another student's work, or downloading papers from the internet. Copying material and changing a few words is still plagiarism. In addition to the consequences stated above, assignments including plagiarized material will receive zero credit.
Since this is a skill driven class, it is imperative you make it a priority to be here during this period. Major family events/emergencies, occasional appointments, and illness that demand absence are understandable. Frequent absences for other reasons are not acceptable.
To maximize our pursuit of the course goals, it is expected that we view this period as power hour, remaining on task and focused from bell to bell. "But, I'm finished, Mr. Cleary." Then you can reread, revise your work, or do exercises on Englishgrammar101.com. Please do not have off-task content on your computer or have work for other classes out.
What we will be reading and writing
Junior American literature and composition is an intensive reading and writing course aimed at making you a more intentional writer and a more perceptive reader. Below are the readings and papers that will help you get there.
Anchor Texts and Writings
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
from Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
from Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Self-selected literature circle novel
The Grave by Katherine Anne Porter
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman