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World Lit Syllabus H

World Lit Syllabus H

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C
ONESTOGA 
H
IGH
S
CHOOL 
:
 
 N
INTH
G
RADE
E
 NGLISH
P
ROGRAM
 
W
ORLD
L
ITERATURE
H
ONORS
 
Mrs. Tricia Ebarvia
E-mail:ebarviat@tesd.net 
 preferred 
W
HAT IS
W
ORLD
L
ITERATURE
?
 This year, we will read literature from many different countries around the world. In doing so, we will gain abetter understanding of other people, places, and cultures, and the important role that literature plays inhuman life. Our journey will include stops primarily in the
Middle East, East Asia, India, Africa, andLatin America
. Throughout the course, we will engage in learning activities that will give you theopportunity to experience literature in a variety of ways, including self-directed work, small groups, literaturecircles, reflection, debate, journal writing, and drama, among others. We will also read literature from many genres such as novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and other forms of prose. As we read, we will investigatehow literature acts as a mirror that reveals who we are, what we believe, and what we hope to become.Major texts include:Summer Reading Life of Pi by Yann MartelMiddle East Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi The Epic of Gilgamesh translated by Herbert Mason Japan The Harp of Burma by Michio TakeyamaChina Selected Stories by Lu Hsun; Excerpts from Spring Moon
 
, Bette Bao LordIndia Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
 
 Africa Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebePurple Hibiscus by Chimamanda AdichieCS America
Choice of 
 The Alchemist by Paolo Chielo, Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid, and The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
G
OALS
 
1.
 
 To improve and excel in our reading, writing, and speaking skills in accordance to the PennsylvaniaStandards for the Language Arts (separate handouts)2.
 
 To understand the connection between literature and the human experience3.
 
 To sharpen our critical thinking skills as we analyze a variety of texts
4.
 
 To learn from each other as members of a committed, open-minded community of scholars
 
L
EARNING
A
LWAYS
B
EGINS WITH
Q
UESTIONS
 
In all aspects of our lives, questions often motivate us to learn more about the world and ourselves, and thiscourse is no exception. As we read, write, and communicate with one another, the following questions willact as our guides as we study literature from around the world:
 
 What types of literature exist in the world and why?
 
 What role does literature play among different cultures and why?
 
How does world literature act as a cultural mirror (or not)?
 
How are values and beliefs both universal and specific to particular people and places?
 
How does our own cultural point-of-view affect the ways in which we read literature?
M
ATERIALS
 
Each student will be provided with an anthology as well as copies of the novels we will be reading and any other prose that is not included in your anthology. Do not lose your textbook, or you will be responsible forthe replacement fee of $35.
 
 Conestoga High School Department of English2008-09
 
In addition, you will receive any necessary worksheets, study guides, grading rubrics, or assignments. To besuccessful, you will need to be organized, so be sure you have a
separate notebook or binder (preferred)
for English class. If you choose to have a notebook, be sure you have a place to keep handouts from class.
A
SSIGNMENTS
 
Types
:
For each unit, you can expect to have a test, an extensive writing project, (pop) quizzes, reading response checks, vocabulary, and other writing assignments. You will find that you will be working on a writing assignment at all times during the year. You can also expect homework each night, including the weekends.
Format
:
Unless otherwise indicated,
all assignments must be typed and double-spaced
. Assignmentsthat do not follow the prescribed format will be penalized. I will not accept an assignment that ishandwritten.
Make-up Assignments
:
For each day that you are absent, you will be given two days to make up your work beginning on the day you return to school. Please remember that it is
 your 
responsibility to get the work that you have missed. You can schedule an appointment with me during or after school if necessary. You may only receive make-up credit for excused absences.
Late Assignments
:
 All assignments should be completed by the beginning of the period on the day that itis due or turned in by the designated time on turnitin.com (details to follow). Late assignments will beaccepted but will be penalized. After that, for each day that it is late, your grade will be reduced by 10%. Work not submitted within 10 days will receive a grade of 0.
GRADING
Each marking period, your grade will be calculated based on the total points you earn, associated with thefollowing categories:
Class Participation and Preparation
 You will have plenty of opportunities to participate in class on a regular basis, and I expect each of you to do so. You can participate in class in many different ways, including engaging in whole-classdiscussion, collaborating with your peers, working diligently on your own, and listening attentively toothers. A portion of your grade will also include completion and quality of your homework assignments.
Tests & Quizzes
 You will have several major tests that cover longer units in the curriculum. In addition, you will haveboth announced and un-announced quizzes and reading checks (at least once per week). Cumulative vocabulary quizzes will be given weekly.
Writing Assignments
 You will have at least 2-3 formal writing projects due per marking period as well as daily writing activities and other short essays. You will be expected to revise at least two major writing assignments, and I will give you the details of the revision process at that time.
Pinnacle Gradebook System
- Student grades can be accessed through the school Parent Internet Viewer(PIV) found online (technical questions regarding access should be directed to Student Services). Teachersupdate their gradebooks at least once every two weeks, although longer assignments such as papers orprojects may require more time. If you suspect there has been an error in a grade, it is your responsibility tosee your teacher as soon as possible.

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