• English Department Syllabus
    English IV
    Industrial High School
    2014-2015

    Welcome to English where you will learn all about the different literary elements, stylistic devices, modes of writing, and grammar and usage techniques.

    TEXTBOOKS
    Literature textbooks and or novels will be checked out to the student throughout the year. As always, the student is responsible for any school materials checked out to him/her. The student will be responsible for reimbursing the district for any lost or damaged items.

    INDEPENDENT READING = ACCELERATED READER & AR TESTS
    As part of the Industrial High School English Department Curriculum requirements, students are required to read and test over Accelerated Reader books to earn points. Each student is responsible for earning the number of points designated at the level for each grading period. In addition, all English students are required to test over non-fiction AR books during two of the grading periods. When non-fiction is required, the student is not responsible for having all AR points come from non-fiction sources. The student merely has to take and pass one test over a non-fiction AR book. Regardless of how many non-fiction tests the student takes, the total number of points must equal to the points required for the designated grade level. If the student has not passed a non-fiction test during the designated grading period, the highest grade attainable for that grading period will be a 70. A list of AR titles is available in the library. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS ASSIGNMENT. AR tests May be taken in the classroom, library, or English computer lab. Students must have a copy of the book being tested over with them in order to be able to take the test. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to take tests. The AR dates will be clearly posted in the classroom, as well as on their teacher’s website; the cutoff period for earning points will be at 3:40 pm on the day that the points are due. There are no late points accepted for this long term assignment. Do not procrastinate. If you are absent on the day that the points are due you are still responsible for having your points by the deadline. Extra AR points from one period will not carry over to the next period. Students must come to class prepared to read. Students will receive a major (60%) grade based on the total number of points earned and a daily (40%) grade based on the average of all of the AR tests taken for that grading period.

    AR Points required at each grade level:
    Freshmen 6              Juniors 10
    Sophomores 8          Seniors 12

    AR Extra Credit
    Students may earn 5 extra credit points (60%) if he or she earns all of their AR points by the AR early due date. Also, each time a students double the required number of points, they will receive an additional 5 (60%) extra credit points. However, the maximum number of AR extra credit points a student can earn per A.R. grading period is 10.


    GRADING POLICY
    60% grades = major grades May include (but are not limited to) such items as AR points, vocabulary exams, major projects, essays, journals, D.O.L. exams, and major compositions.

    40% grades = daily grades May include (but are not limited to) such items as daily work, reading quizzes, homework, writing evaluations, and literary term evaluations.

    Students will have at least 10 daily grades and 3 major grades each six weeks. At no time will extra credit (assignments or points) be allowed to raise a student’s average above a score of 100.


    Note: On various assignments students will have grading rubrics tailored to their weaknesses. Their grading criteria may differ from that of their peers. Students will be expected to revise assignments to meet TEKS requirements. The teacher may lower a student’s final score on an assignment one letter grade if appropriate corrections are not made by the assigned deadline.

    HOMEWORK
    Homework is a vital part of these courses. Each student is expected to complete all homework assignments. Incomplete homework will definitely be reflected in the student’s overall average.

    ABSENCES AND LATE WORK
    Please refer to the Student Handbook for district policy.

    CHEATING
    Cheating is not tolerated. If the instructor suspects cheating, the paper(s) will be taken up and the student(s) will choose: 1) take a zero, or 2) reschedule and complete an alternative assignment/exam/quiz within two school days of the infraction. If the instructor knows cheating is occurring, the grade will be a zero with no opportunity given for the student to make up the work. A parent call/conference and or an office referral will result for a repeated offense. Please be reminded that plagiarism is cheating.

    DISCIPLINE/CONDUCT
    - Always bring your supplies
    - Respect yourself and others
    - Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings
    - Follow directions the first time they are given

    High School students have been in the education system long enough to understand appropriate and inappropriate classroom behavior. If a student is disrespectful (such as class disruptions, foul language, discourteous or rude remarks the following actions will be used:
    First offense – verbal warning
    Second offense – lunch or after school detention
    Third offense – conference with the principal/parent

    If at any time inappropriate behavior is of a nature that requires the intervention of a third party in order for the class to continue with the least amount of disruption, the instructor reserves the right to remove the student via referral to the office.

    HALL PASSES
    English teachers will distribute hall passes each six weeks that are to be used when leaving the classroom. Students will not be allowed to leave the room without the pass unless it is an emergency. These hall passes allow students to leave the room four times during the six weeks. Students who have unused passes may turn them in for extra credit. One point (60%) will be awarded for each unused pass totaling up to 4 points per pass. Students may use these points to be included in any six weeks average, but they may not be used for semester and final exam averages.

    TEACHER CONTACT INFORMATION
    Teacher: Christy Deyton
    Email: cdeyton@iisd1.org
    Conference Period: (2nd) 8:53-9:42


    COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    - Read and respond to classic literature and current issues.
    - Write essays of various formats and genres.
    - Refine grammar and usage skills.
    - Complete a major research project.
    - Expand personal reading library through Accelerated Reader
    - Complete assignments in an organized manner.

    SUPPLIES

    Paper/pens/pencils
    1 composition book
    1 two-inch binder
    1 package of dividers
    1 blue folder with pockets and brads (if not already have one or it is full)
    1 one-subject spiral notebook

    In order to keep supply cost down, I am asking students to bring the supplies listed below for their class period.

    2nd Period- 1 box of Kleenex

    6th Period- 1 bottle or stick of Elmer's glue


    SIXWEEK/UNIT OUTLINE

    1st Six Weeks
    - The Anglo Saxon Period and The Medieval Period
    - Major Readings: Beowulf, The Iliad & selections from The Canterbury Tales
    - Major Assignments: British literature timeline, scholarship essay, interpretive essay
    - Grammar and Usage: Excerpting poetry, punctuating quotations

    2nd Six Weeks
    - The English Renaissance
    - Major Readings: Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Metaphysical and Cavalier Poets
    - Major Assignments: Script/docudrama
    - Grammar and Usage: Sentence structure, pronoun-antecedent agreement,

    3rd Six Weeks
    - The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
    - Major Readings: Excerpts from Defoe, Swift, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft
    - Major Assignments: Research paper, persuasive essay
    - Grammar and Usage: Correlative conjunctions, commas after introductory elements

    4th Six Weeks
    - Romanticism
    - Major Readings: Frankenstein, Excerpts/Poetry from Blake, Wadsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelly, Keats
    - Major Assignments: Poetry composition
    - Grammar and Usage: Adverbs and adverb phrases, punctuation items in a series

    5th Six Weeks
    - The Victorian Age
    - Major Readings: Excerpts/Poetry from Tennyson, Browning, Bronte, Dickens, Hardy
    - Major Assignments: Analytical essay
    - Grammar and Usage: Transitional expressions, Comma Splices

    6th Six Weeks
    - Modernism and Postmodernism
    - Major Readings: The Glory Field, Excerpts/Poetry from Eliot, Lawrence, Thomas, Yeats, Shaw, Orwell, Achebe
    - Major Assignments:
    - Grammar and Usage: Active versus passive construction, formal versus informal language,

    The outline above is tentative and may be changed or adjusted.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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