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School Year 2016-2017

Course Name

British Literature and Composition 12

Course Code


School Name

Stephenson High School

Teacher Name

Ms. C. Wyatt

School Phone
School Website


Teacher Email

Teacher Website

Course Description
This course focuses on the study of British literature, writing modes and genres, and essential conventions for
reading, writing, and speaking. The students develop an understanding of chronological context and the relevance
of period structures in British literature. The students develop an understanding of the ways the period of literature
affects its structure and how the chronology of a work affects its meaning. The students encounter a variety of
informational and literary texts and read texts in all genres and modes of discourse. Reading across the
curriculum develops the students academic and personal interests in different subjects. While the continued focus
is expository writing in British literature, the student will also demonstrate competency in a variety of writing
genres: narrative, persuasive, and technical. The students will engage in research, the impact that technology has
on writing, timed writing, and the writing process. Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context
of reading, writing, and speaking, rather than in isolation. The students demonstrate an understanding of listening,
speaking, and viewing skills for a variety of purposes. THIS COURSE MUST REFLECT THE ENGLISH
Curriculum Overview:
4.5 Weeks
Anglo Saxon/ Middle Ages
Literary Focus
I Extended text from British
7 Thematically Connected Short
Texts (4) from British Literature
(3) short Informational texts
including primary and secondary
source documents from British
ELAGSE11-12RI 1-10

12th Grade British Literature and Composition

4.5 Weeks
4.5 Weeks
17th & 18th Century British
Informational Focus
Literacy Focus
I Extended informational text
I Extended text from British
from British history
7 Thematically Connected Short
7 Thematically Connected Short
Texts (4) short texts from British
Texts (4) from British Literature
Literature (3) short Informational (3) short Informational texts
texts including primary and
including primary and secondary
secondary source documents from
source documents from British
British history*
ELAGSE11-12RI 1-10
Focus: Informative/Explanatory


Replacement Cost

ELAGSE11-12RI 1-10

4.5 Weeks
19th & 20th Century British
Informational Focus
I Extended informational text
from British history
7 Thematically Connected Short
Texts (4) short texts from British
Literature (3) short Informational
texts including primary and
secondary source documents from
British history*
ELAGSE11-12RI 1-10

Prentice Hall Literature: The British Tradition and

Writing and Grammar Communication in Action (Diamond Level)
0-13-131762-8 (The British Tradition)
0-13-037552-7 (Writing and Grammar)
$Current Value

GRADING SYSTEM: The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the
teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources
shall be used to deliver educational services and to maximize each students opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress, report
grades that represent the students academic achievement, and communicate official academic progress to students and parents in a timely manner
through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA.
1. Formative Assessments (Pre-Assessment) 0%
2. Assessment During Learning (Skills Assessment [warm-up], Quizzes, Performance) 25%

90 100
80 89
71 79
Below 70

3. Guided, Independent, or Group Practice (Classwork, Homework, Projects) 45%

4. Summative Assessment or Assessment of Learning (Formal Post-Assessment Test, Culminating Project,
Final Exam or Culminating Exam 30%
*English Learners (ELs) must not receive numerical or letter grades for the core content areas in elementary and middle school during their first year of
language development. A grade of CS or CU must be assigned. This rule may be extended beyond the first year with approval from the EL Studies
Program. English Learners must receive a grade for ESOL courses.





Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each
semester. The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently and plans shall be generated to remediate
deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of
the students. See Board Policy IH.
Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false
information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password.
See the Code of Student Conduct - Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development
Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of a classroom
experience. Homework is at all times an extension of the teaching/learning experience. It should be considered
the possession of the student and should be collected, evaluated and returned to the students. See Board Policy
When a student is absent because of a legal reason as defined by Georgia law or when the absence is
apparently beyond the control of the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to earn grade(s) for those
days absent. Make-up work must be completed within the designated time allotted. See Board Policy IHEA.

Students are expected to follow and adhere to class rules, school rules, and teacher expectations at
all times. Each student has the right to learn in an environment conducive for learning.

Students are expected to arrive to class on time and begin daily warm-up.
Students are expected to present their best person at all times. Additionally, all assignments
must be grade appropriate, written neatly and legibly. Assignments that are not typed must be
written in ink. Assignments written in pencil are not acceptable.(Note above item #2) Assignments not
written legibly and presented neatly will not be accepted.

Excessive, non-content related conversations during instructional time are prohibited. Students are to
maximize classroom instructional time from bell-to-bell.

Cell phones and other electronic devices are prohibited during classroom instructional time unless the
cell phone is being used as an instructional tool. (This is only per teacher permission.)

Students are expected to utilize the restroom during class changes.

20/20 Rule: Hall passes will not be issued the first and last twenty minutes of class. You are required
to sign the destination log prior to leaving and returning to the classroom. No exceptions.

No foods or drinks are allowed in class.

Required Heading for Assignments: The heading must be written in the top right hand corner of your paper.
Assignments: All assignments are due at the beginning of the period before the tardy bell rings unless
otherwise indicated by the teacher. No passes will be written to the Media Center to print assignments on the due
Attendance/Tardy: Students are expected to attend class daily and on time. Parents/Guardians will be notified of
excessive absences and tardiness to class. Excessive absences may jeopardize passing the course.

Electronic Devices: According to DeKalb County School District, students will not use any electronic
communication device, including but not limited to, pagers, cellular phones, smart phones, walkie-talkies, and
similar devices, during instructional time(except for approved instructional purposes) or on school buses. At all
other times, all devices must be turned off (not on vibrate) and put away. Students who violate this section will
have their device confiscated and returned only to the parent/guardian.
*In addition, those students who have visible electronic devices during any given assessment (class
assignment, test, quiz, essay, and/or teacher designated assignments) will receive a zero for that
In-School Suspension: Students in ISS are required to complete and return class work assigned during such
time period. Failure to return completed assignment(s) will result in grade of zero in the class work category.
Make-up Policy: Make-up work is for excused absences only. It must be completed within two to five days. It is
the students responsibility to secure make-up, from the teacher, upon return to school. The student must sign the
make-up work log in order to receive the work. Missed work will not be assigned or accepted weeks after it was
missed. Assignments, if announced prior to an absence, must be made up/turned in the day the student returns
to school. No make-up work will be given after a progress reporting periods has ended.
Plagiarism and Collusion: Plagiarism is the copying or paraphrasing of other peoples work or ideas into your
own work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed
or electronic form, is covered in this definition. Collusion is another form of plagiarism involving the unauthorized
collaboration of students (or others) in a piece of work. Students who plagiarize and/or commit collusion will
earn a grade of zero.
/Sign-Out Logs:
Students leaving the classroom will be expected to sign-in and out as required by administration. Students tardy
to class will be expected to sign the tardy log and present his or her tardy slip. Students remaining after school
will be expected to sign the tutorial log.
Use of Wikipedia: Wikipedia may be used as a quick reference; however, it may not be used when documenting
assignments, research papers, and essays. Students are to document using MLA (Modern Language


Class notebook (1-inch binder) containing the following sections: Vocabulary,

Composition/Grammar, Anglo Saxon/Middle Ages, Renaissance, 17th/18th Century, 19th/20th
Century. Loose-leaf paper is the standard paper of use for the course.
Students are required to write using (2) black or blue ink only. Assignments written in pencil or
pastel colored inks will not be accepted.
Finally, computer access is required for this course. Obtain a USB Flash-drive and maintain it in
your possession every day.
A 7 fl. oz. bottle of hand sanitizer and (1) box of Kleenex tissues


Afterschool Tutorials: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-3:45 P.M.


It is important for parents to be actively engaged in their childs education. Research has shown that students are
most successful when the school and the home are working together to adequately meet the needs of the
student. Therefore, I am requesting that all parents partner with me by staying involved throughout the semester.
All parents will have access to Infinite Campus to check student progress and grades. On my website
(, I have a class calendar that I regularly update with course content,
assignments, and schedule. Additionally, my contact information is listed above if you ever need to contact me
with questions or concerns.
*The teacher reserves the right to change or adjust this Course Syllabus at any time during the semester
(excluding the grading protocol) and upon notification of the DeKalb County School District to meet
more adequately the needs, abilities, and interests of the student.