Literature and Language: Purple Level (English and World Literature) McDougal Littell.
Other Materials Needed:
- Jackrabbit Binder that contains plenty of paper, highlighters, pens and pencils (see additional tab/page).
- A composition notebook to be used for Cornell Notes, Vocabulary and Grammar.
- A separate portfolio folder to keep writing assignments throughout the year.
Senior English is a year-long course that integrates writing for a variety of purposes and audiences with literature study. Writing includes a focus on “real world” skills, including expository, communication, research, and analysis modes. Universal themes in literature are explored in a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama selections. Readings from a broad variety of authors (western civilization, world and English literature, multicultural literature, mythology, science fiction and fantasy literature) are surveyed. This is a required course that earns you one credit toward the graduation requirement of four credits in English. The ability to understand literature and the practice of writing and composition are life skills that each student will need in order to be successful in their future education and career.
Outline of Activities and Assignments:
There will be assigned readings and exercises from class texts, weekly vocabulary, weekly journals/responses, in-depth studies of novels and dramas, and related assessments and tests. Other activities include extended writing assignments (problem-solution, expository, research, argumentative, reflective, narrative, and analysis), presentations, speech, debate, workshops, discussion groups, grammar, critical thinking, and technology/media usage.
In-Class and Online Participation:
Students will receive a weekly grade for in-class participation. This includes arriving to class on time, completing journal entries, answering questions, sharing writing samples, participating in discussion, staying on task, and completing work on time.
Things to Know:
Students will have access to many helpful technological resources, such as: The MPS Portal, Mrs. Tracy’s LibGuide, & Remind101. If any parents/students are unsure how to access their grade portal, please contact me or someone in the Student Programming Center immediately. Students should check their grades each week. For instructional assistance, students can access the LibGuide either at home, on a smartphone, or in the school library. The website will feature assignments, Powerpoint presentations, and other helpful links and resources. Students should refer to the LibGuide frequently. Students will also be able to sign up for a free text-messaging reminder service called Remind101. When assignments are due, or major projects are coming up, mass texts will be sent to all Mrs. Tracy’s students to remind them of upcoming deadlines. This is an optional service that is free to anyone with free/unlimited text messaging services. The goal is to prepare students for college courses that are rich in technology-integration and involvement.
*Literature and Language: Purple Level (English and World Literature) McDougal Littell.
Les Miserables (Abridged; Fawcett Publications). Hugo, Victor
Anthem. Rand, Ayn
The Tragedy of Hamlet. Shakespeare, William
- A composition notebook to be used for Vocabulary, Grammar, & Journal Entries
- A loose-leaf notebook/folder (Jackrabbit Binder) that contains plenty of paper, highlighters, pens, pencils, and notecards.
Grades will be based on cumulative grades for all assignments completed as well as participation points. The number of points possible for each assignment will be determined by the length and difficulty of the work. At the end of each quarter, the total of the possible points will be converted to the following percentage scale for a grade (with the semester grades being the combined points/percentages of two quarters):
90-100 ………. A 70-79 ………. C 59 and below ……… F
80-89 …………B 60-69 ………. D
Class Rules & Expectations
We follow all Mesa Public Schools and Mesa High School established rules and guidelines in our classroom.
Your responsibilities in this class are:
to attend class regularly;
to be on time;
to be prepared for class (Jackrabbit Binder);
to meet deadlines;
to use your time wisely;
to actively participate in class & maintain learning posture;
to pay attention, listen, and not be disruptive;
to have personal integrity;
to be respectful to your school, your teacher, and your classmates;
to always give your personal best and strive to motivate others.
As Jackrabbits, we commit to being Mature, Ethical, Safe, and Accountable at all times.
Failure to comply with district guidelines, school policy and/or classroom expectations/rules/procedures may result in disciplinary action from me and/or administrators.
Any of the following discipline measures may be employed in my classroom:
1. Verbal warning
2. Student/Teacher conference
3. Parental conference
4. Administrative Referral (In-school discipline/Suspension or Expulsion)
Note: If a single infraction is a serious violation, a student can expect to be immediately referred to #4.
ALWAYS DRESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH MHS DRESS CODE
WATER IS THE ONLY BEVERAGE ALLOWED IN MY CLASSROOM
ALL FOOD MUST BE EATEN BEFORE ENTERING MY CLASS
ONLY APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE WILL BE USED AT ALL TIMES (Failure to maintain mature and ethical speech will result in immediate disciplinary action – remember: we are studying the art of language, not trying to destroy it!)
ELECTRONICS OF ANY KIND WILL ONLY BE USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES --
AND ONLY WHEN EXPLICITLY INSTRUCTED BY THE TEACHER. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Consequences for use of Electronics:
1. Verbal warning
2. Confiscation for the day
3. Confiscation until a parental conference
Students are responsible for completing all assignments on time. Homework & daily assignments will not be accepted after the due date. Any late projects or essays will be accepted for half-credit up to one week late. If a student has an excused absence and misses an assignment, their makeup work will be due Monday of the following week. Each student will receive one (2) homework passes and one (1) project pass per semester. The homework pass allows a student to turn in one homework assignment late (up to one week after the due date) for full credit. The project pass allows the student to turn in a major project up to one day late for full credit. Project passes do not apply to scheduled in-class presentations. Any student that fails to turn in a major project will be assigned lunch detention until the project is completed.
Each student will be given a total of four (4) bathroom passes each quarter. Any time you leave the room to get a drink, use the restroom, print an assignment, visit the registrar, call a parent, etc. you must give me one of these passes and sign out. Once you run out of passes, you run out of opportunities to use the restroom during class. Please do not use the restroom as an excuse to roam the hallways, visit friends, or use your phone. They are non-transferable!
Graded Papers and Handouts.
Keep all graded papers and handouts in your English folder for reference. At the end of each quarter, we will discard any unneeded papers.
My classroom is room 104. I have fifth hour prep and can be seen by appointment upon request. Success periods are reserved for students who schedule with me at least one day in advance. I do not have an A hour and can meet before school (7:30am), and I am often able to stay after school (usually until 4:00pm). I work with Student Council so my days and nights are busy, but I am here for you! Take advantage of all opportunities to succeed in this class. You or your parent may e-mail for lessons or for clarification/questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.