English 10(H) Disclosure
Dr. TaylorCourse Description:This course is designed to prepare students for success in AP Language and Literaturecourses taken in 11
grade and ultimately in the college classroom. Cultivatingcritical thinking, careful reading, and good writing habits are the major goals of the course,which will also introduce students to British literature from the 7
to the 20
century. Bylearning how to observe texts carefully, notice patterns, ask questions, and developtheories, students will create original arguments about the texts we read. They will alsoimprove their abilities to support those arguments with evidence and analysis, both in classdiscussion and in essays. Honors students will receive more challenging reading andwriting assignments, with a broader view of historical context, and will be expected to bringan enthusiasm for the challenge of these more difficult assignments. I also expect a higherquality of writing, annotation, and discussion from you as honors students.Our major texts for the upcoming Fall term:
, translated by Seamus Heaney
Selected poetry, essays, & short storiesAdditional course materials:Paper & binders: Please use a 3-ring binder for this class with at least 4 dividers and binderpaper for notes. Label your dividers with the following sections: class notes, handouts,quizzes, drafts & essays.Pen or pencil: You are expected to take notes in your books and on binder paper duringclass. I will periodically check your books and notebooks for annotations and notes.Computers in class:
e will occasionally be using your laptops to complete class work, so please bring themwith you to class, but they must stay closed until needed. If you must leave class to get yourlaptop after class has started, I will mark you tardy. Do not take your computers out oropen them unless directed or given permission to do so by me. Students who prefer to takenotes by computer must demonstrate responsible computer use (no chatting, no games) or Iwill deny them this privilege. Please contact me if you feel you need to take notes on yourcomputer rather than on paper.Late papers:Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date, including essays, which must besubmitted in hard copy form and stapled.
hen you have finished your paper, as a precaution youshould e-mail it to me as an attachment before class begins. Then print your paper and submit it at the beginning of class. If, for some unexpected reason, you cannot print it before class, I will not take points off if you have sent me an e-mail with the paper attached. In this case, for full credit youmust still print and submit a hard copy by 3:00 pm of the day it is due. Anything else is consideredlate. Essays not e-mailed or printed and submitted by the time class begins will be docked 5% perday late. Essays e-mailed but not printed and submitted in hard copy by 3:00 pm will be docked 5%per day not printed, including weekends. All late papers must be submitted in hard copy. If not submitted in printed form, your essay will continue to lose points. After five days, I will not accept the work except under special conditions to be agreed upon in conference with the student andparents. In case of emergency or extenuating circumstances please come talk with me and I willwork with you. Do not wait until the due date. Procrastination is not a reasonable excuse.