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English Syllabus 2015-2016

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Transcript of English Syllabus 2015-2016

Junior English Syllabus 2015-2016
Ms. Nixon

Course Description
This class is a course in reading, observing, writing, and reasoning. We will analyze a variety of poetry, essays, and novels from American literature. We will write critical essays examining the literary devices various writers employ. All written assignments demand mature and appropriate organization, style, and level of understanding appropriate for juniors in high school.
This course will require students to read deliberately and thoroughly. Students will analyze and consider the works we read not only for their literary merits, but also to deepen their understanding of the historical context during which the work was composed. Student writing will require students to develop and organize ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language.

Items of Interest
Topics/Themes that will be covered first semester
Items of Interest
Topics and themes to be covered second semtester
Basic Classroom
Rules

During the first day of school, we will establish rules as a class. When addressing cellphones and other electronics students will be held school policy. However, I do require two basic rules to be followed at all times:
1. Mutual respect between teachers and students.
2. Absolutely no bullying or inappropriate comments made between students. This is a zero-tolerance policy in my classroom.

Worry 'bout yourself &
Be Kind
No Arguing/Fighting and
keep your hands to yourself
use your manners
please.
Communication
Communication
As 11th graders, I encourage you to be self-advocates and communicate with me any issues you have before, or after class, as well as through email. Please allow me at least 24 hours to respond through email. If you leave a message on my school extension, please note that I will check messages before school, at lunch and after school. If you need to discuss an issue with me in person, I am happy to set up meetings before or after school.

As 11th graders, I encourage you to be self-advocates and communicate with me any issues you have before, or after class, as well as through email. Please allow me at least 24 hours to respond through email. If you leave a message on my school extension, please note that I will check messages before school, at lunch and after school. If you need to discuss an issue with me in person, I am happy to set up meetings before or after school.

Materials

Unless otherwise directed, the student is required to bring the following materials to class each day:

• A notebook used with a supply of clean notepaper
• Pencil, blue or black ink pen
• Highlighter

Personal laptop- fully charged

You are responsible for any material covered during an absence. That means that you must get the notes from someone in class first, and then meet with me. This must be done upon your return to school.

If you miss an in-class assignment, you must make it up within one week of your absence or make alternative arrangements with me.

I will be following Skyline’s guidelines for tardiness as stated in the school handbook. No exceptions will be made.


Absences/Tardiness
Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic integrity and the Mesa Public Schools code of student conduct. In short, plagiarism occurs when a student takes ideas and thoughts from others and represents them as their own. This behavior is unacceptable and will result in a failing grade for the assignment. For more information about plagiarism and the academic concerns associated with this practice, please visit this website:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/


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