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Course Expectations

Course Expectations

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Mr. MoranLiterature & Composition Iwww.moranlitandcomp.blogspot.comCourse Expectations
OverviewIn this course students will work to develop: the skills and understandings needed torespond intelligently to imaginative literature, and the skills and understandings neededto effectively express their ideas in writing. Our primary texts will be
The Odyssey,Oedipus Rex, Romeo and Juliet,
Lord of the Flies
; but these main texts will besupplemented by short stories, poems and essays, and also by visual art, music and film.Most of the compositions students work on will be analytical, but they will also haveoccasion to do some personal and some creative writing.Punctuality and Classroom BehaviorStudents are expected to arrive to class on time and ready to work, with theirhomework, current English text, English binder, and a pen or a pencil.
Students are expected to be active and attentive participants in all class activities.Students are expected to behave respectfully and considerately towards one anotherand towards their teacher.Students are expected to be honest and honorable when it comes to completing theirown work, and to adhere to the LHS Honor Code.
Students are expected to remain in the classroom during the first and last ten minutesof each class, the times during which directions for the day are given and during whichthe lesson is brought to a close. If a student must use the rest room or get a drink of water, he or she should ask to go in between these two ten-minute periods.
Students are expected to keep their cell phones off and out of view. If a student violatesthis policy, his or her cell phone will be confiscated and delivered to the dean forcollection at the end of the day. Multiple violations will result in more severe disciplinaryconsequences.GradingStudents’ grades will be determined using the following weighting system:Homework: 35%Writing Assignments: 30% Tests, Quizzes, Projects, and Presentations: 25%Participation: 10%Within each category a point system will be used whereby a student’s grade isdetermined by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of possiblepoints. (Except for participation—see below.)HomeworkStudents can expect to receive homework assignments for nearly every class period. These assignments may include reading, answering comprehension questions,annotating texts, and completing worksheets. They may also include incremental workon longer-term projects and writing assignments, and review for quizzes and tests. If students are asked to produce something for homework, they can count on its beingchecked at the beginning of class, and on its being periodically collected. Studentsshould not expect to receive full credit for homework that is only partially complete, orthat consists of a bunch of one- or two-word responses to questions that call forsignificant thought.
 The regular completion of homework is absolutely essential to the development of theskills and understandings needed to succeed in this course. Therefore if a student doesnot complete a homework assignment, he or she will be required to come to room 167 at2:30 pm on either the day the assignment is missed, or on the very next day, in order tomake up the missing assignment and receive partial credit. This policy is known as ZAP,which is an acronym for Zeros Aren’t Permitted.Writing AssignmentsWriting assignments will be given at least one week in advance of their due date. Typically their completion will involve a number of steps, for example brainstorming,outlining, drafting, and revising. They will be assessed on the strength of their content,structure, and style. Students may expect to receive a rubric for each major writingassignment, which will communicate the relevant expectations and focus-areas. Tests, Quizzes, Projects, and Presentations There will occasionally be quizzes, both announced and unannounced, on vocabulary andreading. Less frequently there will be tests on vocabulary and reading, and these willalways be announced well in advance. There will be projects and presentations as well;students can expect that these will be assigned well in advance of their due date.ParticipationAt the end of each quarter each student will receive a participation grade, which willcount for ten percent of his or her quarter grade. Active, vocal contribution to the activityof the class is the most obvious component of successful participation. Other importantcomponents include diligent, respectful attention paid to classmates and the teacher;and consistently sound preparation for class. I will meet with all students at least onceover the course of each quarter to discuss participation, and all students will fill out aself-assessment at each quarter’s end that I will factor in when determining theparticipation grade.Absence and Make-up WorkAbsence from school is not an excuse for a lack of preparation for English. Students willreceive weekly calendars of assignments, and these calendars, along with relevant classmaterials, will be available on our course website. Additionally, students should makearrangements with at least one classmate whom, in the event of an absence, they knowthey can contact to find out what they missed.Students are expected to turn in outstanding homework due to an excused absence onthe day they return to school. They will be given one day of make-up time for each dayof absence. If a student is too ill to do work for an extended period of time, I ask thatparents or guardians inform me of this through email.If a student is absent without an excuse, he or she will receive a zero on work due on, orcompleted during, that day. This includes quizzes and tests.MaterialsBy Tuesday, September 8, students should have the following:
A composition book or single-subject spiral notebook that will be used as a journal andkept at school in room 167. Each day we will begin class by writing briefly in these journals, and the journal will be assessed as a major writing assignment at the end of each quarter.
A three-ring binder divided into three sections: homework/writing, vocabulary, and classnotes.
Extra HelpI strongly encourage students to come for extra help, particularly concerning writingassignments, which can cause a lot of anxiety and uncertainty, and which will get biggerand more complex as the year progresses. I am available after school each day in room167.ContactStudents and parents may email me with questions and concerns at:(bmoran@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us). Since we share classrooms at LHS I ask that you donot phone my personal extension. If communication is urgent, please contact the Englishdepartment secretary, Ms. Rooney, at 781-861-2320 (x-2183). She will get me themessage and I will return your call as soon as I can.

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