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.