Ives, Room 852 Essential Questions: What does it mean to be an American? What is the American Dream? What do we need to know in order to become engaged observers and participants in the American experience? Course Overview American Literature is a college preparatory upper division course designed to provide students with a foundation in their American literary heritage. The scope of the course is broad, covering outstanding authors and representative works leading to an understanding of what it means to be an American and the role the American Dream plays in our values and beliefs. The course includes the study of novels, short stories, drama, poetry, and nonfiction, and will focus on the continued development of literacy skills: reading, writing, critical thinking and public speaking. Literature Our literary study will focus on diverse works, both fiction and non-fiction, poetry, plays, short stories and essays, chosen for their relevance to our essential question: The story of us: what does it mean to be an American? The American themes we will be exploring are: THE AMERICAN DREAM: (Foundational works, Tortilla Curtain, Death of a Salesman, The Great Gatsby) THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (The Grapes of Wrath, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, some works of Thoreau, John Muir, Annie Dillard) CHALLENGING AMERICA(The Things They Carried, Hemingway). We will continue to develop and improve our reading and analytical thinking skills. We will be using a Notebook to respond and reflect on our literary study. At times students will be asked to participate in a Supplemental Reading Program that allows and encourages students to read books of their own interests and for their own enjoyment.

Writing Most of our writing this year will be related (sometimes loosely) to the literature being studied. Writing assignments will cover the spectrum of styles and modes, from freewrites to polished process pieces. Students will be expected to share their writing, both formally and informally, in front of both small and large groups. We will continue to use the writing process (prewriting/brainstorming, drafting, responding, revising, editing, evaluating, publishing and conserving) for all published works. All written work, both in-class and as homework, must reflect and represent a student’s original thoughts and ideas on the given topic. In addition, we will continue to study grammar and vocabulary as necessary and relevant.

Reading Mondays Mondays will be devoted to reading and the development of reading strategies. Every Monday students will read from the text or be given a supplemental text (an essay, short story, poem, editorial, etc) to read, annotate and prepare for class discussions. Reading Mondays are an opportunity to flesh out our course themes as well as inspire original pieces of writing. Block Days American Literature reading and writing program is intended to prepare students for success in a comprehensive college English class as well as performance on the standardized tests and tasks in which most students will engage. On Block Days we will be discussing the literature, working on our writing skills, and developing projects. Activities will range from individual assignments to small group tasks to whole class seminars. All of these activities will be used to assess students knowledge acquisition as well as skill development. Assessment: Skill development, knowledge of content,, life skills, and growth and improvement are the core elements of your final grades. Your semester grade will reflect what knowledge you gained and what skills you have mastered. The identified Content Knowledge and Skill Progression are aligned with the Tam District Program Goals, the Common Core Standards and the 21st Century Skills Initiative. Eighty percent of your grade will be based on specifically targeted learning goals. The other twenty percent will be your “Life Skills” grade, which includes work habits, class participation, etc. You will maintain Learning Goals as a way to self-evaluate throughout the year.

Below  some  classroom  procedures  listed  on  my  syllabus:    

In  order  to  be  successful  in  my  class,  you  must  do  the  following:  
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Come  to  class  prepared,  with  required  materials  and  homework,  ready  to  learn;   Participate  in  all  class  activities,  including  homework,  classwork,  discussions,  group   projects,  lab  time;   Maintain  a  positive  and  respectful  attitude  towards  your  teacher,  the  class,  your  peers  and   yourself;   Make  an  effort  to  work  hard,  improve  and  grow  as  a  student  and  as  a  person.  

  Homework  is  assigned  for  a  number  of  reasons:  
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review  and  practice  of  what  we  covered  in  class   prepare  for  the  next  class   learn  to  use  resources  such  as  libraries,  reference  materials,  and  websites  to  find   information  about  a  subject   explore  subjects  more  fully  than  class  time  permits   extend  learning     integrate  and  apply  learning    

It is important that work is done on time in order to be prepared for each class. Doing and turning in work on time also insures that you don’t become overwhelmed by having to catch up on too much work at once. Late work and major assignments may be turned for potential full credit up to the last day of the each marking period. Any penalty will be a part of your “life skills” grade.  
ATTENDANCE   ABSENCES:   If   you   are   absent   check   Edmodo   to   review   what   you   missed   in   class.     A   powerpoint   will   be  posted  for  with  the  lesson  plan  for  each  class  period  as  well  as  all  assignments  will  be  posted.   This  is  your  responsibility.     TARDIES:  You  will  be  marked  tardy  if  you  are  tardy.    More  than  four  tardies  in  a  marking  period,  I   will  contact  your  parents  as  well  as  have  a  discussion  with  you  about  the  importance  of  getting  to   class  on  time.   A  CLEAN  CLASSROOM   This  classroom  belongs  to  you  and  your  classmates.    I  expect  it  to  be  kept  clean.       FOOD  AND  DRINK  RULES     No   food   and   drinks   are   allowed   during   class.     You   may   bring   water   to   class   in   a   bottle   (put   your   name   on   it)   so   you   won’t   need   to   ask   me   to   leave   to   get   a   drink   of   water.     Manage   your   time   so   that   you   are   fed   and   watered   before   you   come   to   class.     There   is   an   absolute   no   food   policy   in   this   classroom.    Put  away  all  food  before  coming  to  class.       BATHROOM  VISITS   You  may  use  the  bathroom  pass  to  use  the  bathroom  during  class  if  you  request  it  and  are  granted   permission.    No  bathroom  pass  requests  are  granted  for  the  first  fifteen  minutes  or  the  last  fifteen   minutes  of  class.     PHONES   Cell  phones  are  turned  off  during  class  and  put  away.    Phones  will  be  taken  from  students  who  have   them  out  and  are  using  them  during  class.    No  exceptions.    The  phones  will  be  returned  at  the  end  of   class.   CLASSROOM  BEHAVIOR     I  expect  you  to  respect  me,  the  classroom,  your  fellow  students,  other  teachers,  yourself,  and  the   environment  around  you.      I  will  ensure  that  we  have  a  safe  and  comfortable  class  environment   through  a  simple  series  of  behavior  consequences.    Your  rewards  for  good  behavior  are  good   grades  and  positive  relationships.    

Materials You must have the following materials each class day: · A spiral notebook · Binder or folder to store handouts and binder paper (can be shared with another class) · Assigned reading text

· Completed homework · Pen (blue or black) and pencil What Not to Bring/Use in class · NO Cell Phones (unless we are doing a “texting” activity) · NO I Pods/Digital gadgetry · No Food These items will be confiscated for the class period, no questions. Put them away as soon as you walk in the door. Contact Information School Phone: (415) 453-8770 xt4057 – Ms. Ives Let’s have a great year!!!!