Ms. Pietryga: English 12
This course will consist, generally, of the following elements:
- Essay writing/ seminar-type discussion
- Literary analysis and appreciation
- Gothic genre conventions and departures therefrom
This class will look at how Gothic literature got its title and distinctive, stylistic conventions. Even though the origin of this genre is European, we will primarily look at American Gothic style and what changes it has undergone to become a part of popular culture today. Although the literature studied is of a specific genre, the basic analytical skills you are required to use will be an extension of those already studied in previous years.
CURRICULUM AND BOOK REQUIREMENT
LOG INTO THE GOOGLE CLASSROOM FOR YOUR PERIOD - IT SHOULD'VE BEEN EMAILED TO YOUR SCHOOL GMAIL ACCOUNT.
- The textbook for this class is American Gothic Tales, edited by Joyce Carol Oates (available in the bookstore, although much is available online these days).
- Novels will be announced in class; we shall, however, be using Caleb Carr’s The Alienist fairly early in the course, and it would be wise to purchase it soon.
- LASTLY, please remember that there are only TWO QUARTERS to this course...every test counts!
- Bring a sufficient supply of lined paper or a good sized notebook (no small notepads or scrap, single sheets of paper please). All notes, handouts and tests should be kept in neat order for the very simple function of providing easy study materials for you.
- As per school and DoH recommendations, a mask must be worn over both your mouth and nose at all times during class. I will try to take a few minutes out of each class for a very brief mask-break, but during those times, it is IMPERATIVE that you stay seated and do not talk (in order to facilitate the mitigation of droplets in the air).
- The desks WILL be sanitized between classes, but if you are more comfortable cleaning your own desk, you must bring your own wipes to do so.
- Most work and tests will be done digitally, as is feasible. A lot of what I want you to cover will be posted in Classroom.
- PLEASE BRING YOUR iPAD FULLY CHARGED EVERY DAY - I AM CURRENTLY NOT ALLOWED TO SHARE CHARGERS OR OUTLETS WITH YOU.
WHEN YOU ARE REMOTE -
- You must log into the Meet promptly and MUTE YOUR MIC (the sound feedback will be horrible otherwise!)
- If you cannot log in for any reason, you must call the Attendant's Office and send me a message through Classroom.
- I will stop every so often and look through the Chat boxes - if you have a question, please either type it, or type a ? into the Chat box and I'll get to you. Remember that I will see you in-person every other day, so if it's a more 'involved' question, hold onto it and ask me the following day. If you are Fully Remote, message me through Classroom and I'll either message you back, or arrange a private Meet to go over things with you.
- Please be respectful, and keep the Chat appropriate.
- Please be seated somewhere quiet, with few distractions (try not to move around a lot, for instance, and wear earbuds).
- Be in your school polo shirt, with your CAMERA ON. I need to SEE you to take accurate attendance.
- SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, CONTACT MS. MAY OR MS. DONOVAN. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE LINKS TO DAILY WORK ON THE CLASSROOM STREAM - IF YOU CANNOT LOG INTO THE MEET, LOOK AT THE STREAM AND DO THE ASSIGNED WORK FOUND THERE.
- This year will be unlike any other year, and many things will look and feel different, but rest-assured that we will be reading some great stories and learning just as much as we always have!
- Always treat both your classmates and me with respect.
- Never interrupt: raise your hand and draw my attention to you.
- Adhere to ALL deadlines. If you have any problems or concerns, then see me in plenty of time, BEFORE the deadline.
- Do all work to the best of your ability: always, always ensure it is your own work and research: plagiarism is dealt with very severely.
- Please note these conditions of ABSENTEEISM: it is your responsibility, not mine, to obtain any notes/ homework missed; ALL tests/quizzes must be made-up as soon as possible (two days is an appropriate timeframe) and a zero grade will be awarded to any work missed due to class cutting. AFTER 5 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES IN ANY QUARTER, YOU WILL HAVE A 5 POINT DEDUCTION FROM YOUR QUARTERLY GRADE.This is non-negotiable.
- This is a course which affords college credit to you, and as such, I expect a certain level of maturity, co-operation and understanding from every student. Put simply, I want to enjoy the class as much as you.
- A grade of 75+ is expected of all students and is a passing grade for this class.
- Please note that, as a college prep school, my job is to prepare you for the rigors of what's ahead... grading will be tough, but fair, so you will absolutely need to do a lot of reading and work to get through this with a decent grade...you have been warned!!
- Every quarter, taking the various points awarded to you, and dividing them by the total points available will calculate your grade.
- Points will be awarded for various essays, tests and online reading quizzes.
- Please note that there will be VERY LITTLE OR NO EXTRA-CREDIT in this class: my philosophy being that you should not require it, if you work to the best of your ability.
- Points are available for Class Participation - disruptive behavior, excessive lateness, coming unprepared and class cutting will all adversely affect this grade (as will sitting in silence for a year; no-one gets ill-treated for being wrong!)..
Should either you or your Parent/Guardian have any questions regarding the above information, then please contact me at St. Francis (718.423.8810 ext. 281), or mail me at [email protected]
I look forward to meeting you in English!