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Grade 11 English - The American Experience

Miss (Megan) Boyle, Room 208 {} Class Description Welcome to our yearlong study of the American Experience through literature! Each of you have a unique view of the world around you, and my goal is to teach you not just about books, but about yourself and the culture you are immersed in. Throughout the year, we will be figuring out what it means to be American in both the past and present. We will survey a plethora of social and cultural issues that have shaped the USA into the nation it is today. As the year progresses, we will move through the past of American literature and culture until we end up in the 21st century. The years studies will be divided into units of varying lengths, most of which will be centered around one or two novels. Each day, we will be reading and writing in class. We will also be exploring grammar and vocabulary, although these will not be our main focus. This is a rough sketch of the titles and themes we will be thinking about this year (that will probably be shuffled around, FYI): >Puritanism, The Crucible or The Scarlet Letter, A. Bradstreet, B. Franklin, T. Paine, etc. How did the environment, political structure, and religion of the earliest New England settlers influence the construction of American identity? >Romanticism, Into the Wild, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne What beliefs characterized romanticism in America? How do we relate to nature today? >Civil War, Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglass, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, slave narratives, slave songs, satire How did the Civil war influence American thought and identity? >Moderns, E. Pound, T.S. Eliot, E. Hemingway, W. Faulkner, The Great Gatsby What is the American Dream? Is it achievable for all? Have we redefined it today? >Poetry, a fine assortment of poetry (usually in February) What makes effective poetry? How are poetic devices used, and what are effective strategies for reading and writing poetry? >Contemporary, Catcher in the Rye, The Things They Carried What are issues of the 20th century that have led us to the American identity we recognize today? >Research Papers, more info on this later (hopefully in winter)

Class Requirements You will be expected to: 1. Come to class on time and PREPARED. 2. RESPECT what your classmates have to say. 3. READ all assigned texts. 4. Be prepared to SHARE ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE, THOUGHTS, OR IDEAS. Sharing will also occur daily. 5. Complete all HOMEWORK on time. This includes rough drafts. For final drafts of homework or projects, every day the paper/project is late, 10 points will be deducted from your grade. I will not accept late homework (except in the case of an absence). It is your responsibility to make up any missed assignments. 6. PARTICIPATE in free writes. Make sure you bring your journal every day for these. 7. PARTICIPATE in group work and draft workshops. 8. TAKE NOTES! Jot down things people say that make you think, information that I give you about an author, vocab words, or writing techniques that you may find helpful down the road. Classroom Rules 1. You must be in your seat when the bell rings. If you are more than 10 minutes late to class, you will be marked tardy (as per the NHS handbook). If forgetfulness becomes a habit, we will have to talk about a tardy policy. 2. NO. CHEATING. We will discuss academic honesty, plagiarism and misrepresentation. You will receive a ZERO on any work that you are found to have stolen from another classmate, Sparknotes, or any other source without giving credit where credit is due. 3. NO CELL PHONES. No texting, calling, snapchatting, etc. 4. Always show RESPECT to me and your classmates. Please dont talk over one another or while Im speaking. Also: disagreeing is fine, but criticizing or attacking will not be tolerated. 5. Any others youd like to contribute? Grading The grading in this class will be based on points rather than percentages (ie: Exams are worth 30% of your grade). For example: a major writing assignment may be worth 300 points, while a vocab quiz will be worth 60. Each assignment will be worth its weight in points, which you will see on the actual assignment, as well as the portal. NOTE: If you do not have access to the portal, see Mr. Pavlidis to get the information you need to make that happen. Emailing assignments is okay, but be aware of this: I always grade the hard copies first, and if there are internet problems (which you may or may not know happens often), I will still mark it as late. Heres the kind of assignments youll see this year: Major writing assignments [usually 2 per quarter, includes essay exams] Class participation [includes class discussions, in-class group work, free writes] Exams or Final Projects [one per quarter] Homework [includes grammar and vocab exercises] Vocab and Grammar Quizzes Reading Quizzes

Things you need every day: 1. Journal for free writes 2. Completed homework 3. The book we are reading as a class Vocabulary works on a three-day cycle here. On Day 1, I will assign the vocab unit and your homework will include creating sentences for each of the words. On Day 2, you will show up with your sentences and we will do some sort of activity involving the words. On Day 3, you will have your vocab quiz. We will also be working on SAT questions and writing prompts throughout the year in order to prepare you for the SATs. If you have anything youd like to go over for the SATs with me (separately or as a class) do not hesitate to ask me! I am open to suggestions and thoughts.

Dear Level 6 Students, I am so excited for this class! For the most part, our syllabus will be based on the one I am

using for my other American Literature classes. We will be reading a lot of the same books and essays, but there are some key differences that I would like to outline here. 1. Most classes will be discussion based, so be prepared to talk. This means that you need to be prepared to take more responsibility for your learning. I will be guiding and participating in these discussions, but know that I will be looking for thoughtful and intelligent contributions from each and every one of you each time we talk. I will be marking each time you add to the class discussion thoughtfully, and you will be receiving a class participation grade based on these tallies. 2. Twice this year, you will also be required to read a book of your choice and keep a double entry journal (we will go over this later). The book must be 1) Approved by me, 2) school and age appropriate, 3) of reasonable length. You will have at least 15 journal responses to each book, and you will hand in your journal to me after Christmas break and after April break. Each will be 200 points. (DONT PROCRASTINATE!) 3. Throughout the year, you will be writing a lot. Be prepared to write essays instead of taking tests or making posters. Get excited!