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Literature and the Dynamics of Social Justice
Description: Literature and the Dynamics of Social Justice is an interdisciplinary English Class that deals with powerful and timely themes. We will look to fields of psychology, history, and the arts in an attempt to grapple with essential questions about intense human encounters, moral decision-making, and justice. Our literary journey will challenge us to confront complex moral dilemmas inherent in the study not only of racism, violence, and genocide but also of courage, caring, and compassion. This humanities course incorporates guest speakers, film, extensive reading and writing, and in-depth discussion to encourage a critical examination of human behavior and choice. Our journey begins with an examination of issues of identity and membership in society. How is our identity formed? How do our attitudes and beliefs influence our thinking and affect our actions? What is the influence of media? How are differences institutionalized? How do these real and perceived differences affect who defines and who receives justice and who is part of our universe of obligation? Our conversations deepen as we grapple with the consequences of discrimination, racism, and intolerance by holding up “the tarnished mirror of history” to violent times in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will explore how authority, propaganda, conformity, obedience, and fear impact human behavior and examine the responsibility of the individual when legal and moral justice does not match. We will discover that “people become brave by doing brave acts; people become compassionate by doing compassionate acts; people become good citizens by engaging in acts of good citizenship” (Aristotle). Objectives: Through reading, writing, and speaking/listening activities, students will be given opportunities to use and develop skills in alignment with California English-Language Arts Content Standards. In addition, lessons will promote Foothill’s Expected School
and participation grades will be linked to oral responses during class discussions. Accordingly. assignments are often completed in class. the writing must be made up even when all of the points possible have been lost due to late work. regardless of other points accrued which may total to a passing grade. speaking. Chronic absences for any reason will make successful performance unlikely. A focus will be placed on oral and written response to literature and class activities. Oral Participation: The success of this course. and controversial. (The English department requires a satisfactory submission according to assignment standards on all of the major writing assignments for each course in order for the students to have met the course requirements. In addition. is dependent upon active and prepared oral participation. it is imperative that students are present in class consistently. As a result. The course content is oftentimes serious. and parents should encourage students to record assignments consistently. In addition.Wide Learning Results (ESLRs). Grading: . Seniors are expected to have mastered proper mechanics usage and to apply it in all written assignments. which will be observed and formally assessed by the teacher. students will write at least four formal essays. Over the course of the year. in particular.) Assignments/Homework: Class and home assignments will be posted as part of the daily agenda on the board. homework will be worth a significant portion of the total points in a grading period: therefore. complicated. so preparation is vital. which place an emphasis on personal character development in concert with academic achievement. a student cannot earn a satisfactory grade without substantively contributing to class discussions. media. In order to complete the course requirements. Without a satisfactory submission of these writing assignments. Students will be familiarized with Content Standards and ESLRs so that learning objectives are clear. Cumulatively. the student will fail the course. consistent and thorough completion of homework is essential. Students must record all assignments in their organizers. a significant portion of each student’s reading. one of which will be a research paper (Students will master the basics of MLA citation). and discussion. A significant portion of the curriculum in presented through lecture.
that work missed due to unexcused absence(s) must be submitted for student to be eligible to earn full participation points for each grading period although no assignment points will be . Late work will not be accepted. Online Grades: An individual gradebook for each student is maintained electronically through Zangle. and projects will be assigned point values that will be allocated to one or more of the above categories. and pen/pencil to class each day.Grading will be aligned with Content Standards in order to provide teacher. Full disclosure of all assignments and scores is provided. Student Responsibilities: Materials .Students should bring book(s). All points are equally weighted. essays. students. In addition. test/quizzes. Reading Writing Speaking/Listening/Participation Total 30% 40% 30% 100% Assignments. paper. Grades will only be viewable at the end of grading periods (approximately once a month) although a updated hard copy is available at anytime upon request. Please note. however. A B C D F = = = = = 90% to 100% of total points 80% to 89% 70% to 79% 60% to 69% below 60% No extra credit is offered at the end of grading periods although a few opportunities may be available at the beginning of a semester to encourage proactive effort. students must maintain course-related papers and graded work in an organized manner. and parents with a meaningful measure of performance. Homework – Homework must be turned in class on the date due to be eligible for full credit.
students who are tardy on oral reading quiz days will not be allowed to make up any questions given before they are seated and ready. excessive tardiness on quiz days will result in total loss of quiz points. Participation accounts for approximately 10% of total points for each grading period. In addition. Students will lose 10 points for excessive tardiness (more than 3 per semester). and 5 to 20 points for inappropriate conduct. tolerance for opposing views must be expressed by all students. of another person’s words or ideas.” students must show respect and kindness to all persons and property.awarded. . is a serious offense. This course confronts issues that will place students on different sides. including attendance. Please note that participation points can be negative. In order to promote the strengthening of personal character. Students with excused absence(s) have the same number of days to submit missed assignments. in this case. both intentional and unintentional. Participation – Students must come to class on time and be ready to participate and obey all school policies. the unacknowledged use. participation would have more than a 10% negative impact on the overall grade. Absent students will not be allowed to make up reading quizzes. Furthermore. Finally. any interruptions will result in loss of participation points in addition to school discipline. and dress code rules. Students will be familiarized with the definition of plagiarism and school policy. ESLR “C. It is essential to learning that all persons feel comfortable and safe in the classroom environment. cell phone. Cell phones must be turned off and out of sight in class. an alternate assignment will be given. 20 points for unexcused absences. which has severe consequences. Students must take full responsibility to determine work missed when absent. plagiarism.
----------------------------------------------Please return page----------------------------------------------We have read the above course outline and requirements and agree to abide by the stated policy. Student Name: Student Signature: Parent(s) Name(s): Parent(s) Signature(s): Parent(s) E-mail(s): Thank you. Lisa Fulton (Please note that completing and returning this portion is worth 10 points) . Ms.