|Department: English||Course: English 11||Teacher: Ms. Rehill|
Junior English 2020-2021, Mrs. Rehill
Please read these course requirements thoroughly as this is sure to be a very unique year. Below, you will find information you will need to know to be successful in my class this year. You will find both my behavioral and academic expectations. Should you follow these guidelines, you will see that your achievements are entirely in your hands. And I am always here to help should you have any questions because I want you to do well!
Please share this information with your parents or guardians so they understand what is expected of you as well.
I hope you had a great summer and that you are excited for this school year. While I know many of you may be anxious, I am excited that we will all be together. As we navigate this new world of hybrid and distance learning, it is imperative that we follow all school protocols to ensure our health and safety. I expect that you all come to class engaged each day and I will do my best to provide an education, fun, and safe place to learn. It may take a while to get used to the new school health and safety protocols, but I am sure it will become second nature after a while and we can focus on our learning and time together.
Junior year English is a study of American Literature that will include journal and formal essay writing, vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical analysis and research procedures, class discussions, and appreciation for what makes American Literature unique. We will be covering important works in American history by thematic units. All of this and more will aid you for your English Regents and SAT preparation.
SUPPLIES needed by Monday, September 14, 2020
iPad (always fully charged and ready to be used) - You need your iPad all day everyday. Please make sure you are never without a fully charged iPad.
A notebook or loose leaf binder dedicated ONLY to English. (Your iPad will be occupied with google classroom, apps, texts, etc. Your notebook will keep your class notes and work separate so you are organized and have space for English.)
Pens – Blue or Black
A folder just for English
Sufficient loose-leaf paper (this is your responsibility to keep replenished during the year)
Access to a computer with internet and a printer (It is the student’s responsibility to check daily assignments online, upload papers, and occasionally print their typed assignments.)
QUARTERLY ASSIGNMENTS AND APPROXIMATE GRADING SYSTEM:
Vocabulary/Grammar: Every other Friday is Vocabulary Homework Day. Vocabulary quizzes will be assigned per cohort. Worth100-150 points
Writing Assignments: You will have at least 2 writing assignments per quarter. They will be submitted via turnitin.com Worth 300-400 points
Tests: You will have unit tests based on your notes and the reading. They will include questions that test your knowledge of the reading as well as critical analysis writing. Worth 300-400 points
Classwork/Homework/Participation/Preparedness: Be prepared, have your homework, participate, and work hard during class. Worth 100 points a quarter. Everyone starts with 100. If you do not have homework, are unprepared, or contribute to the disruption of class, points will be deducted.
Socratic Seminars and group projects: You will have a Socratic Seminar for most major works. This is a class-run discussion where I evaluate the class based on your insights. You may also have a large group project. Worth 200-300 pts.
Independent Reading: You will be responsible for reading books outside of our syllabus. This will be assessed. Worth 100 points
· (Pearson e-textbook)
· Sadlier-Oxford’s Vocabulary Workshop: Level E (e-text)
· Reading selections from the Common Core curriculum
· Full-length works for discussion (This list may change during the year. You are responsible for purchasing the novels or borrowing them from the library. Some may appear in your textbook. I will give ample notice when they are due in class.)
The Catcher in the Rye The Secret Life of Bees The Crucible
The Death of a Salesman The Great Gatsby The Things They Carried The Scarlet Letter
Readings/Short Stories: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, ” “The Devil and Tom Walker,” The Minister’s Black Veil,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Killers” “A Clean Well-Lighted Place, ” Selections from Emerson and Thoreau.
Poems Bryant “To a Waterfowl, ” Dickinson: “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” “I heard a Fly Buzz” et al. Whitman “Song of My Self” “I Hear America Singing” “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” Pound “In a Station of the Metro, Williams: “The Red Wheelbarrow, ”Frost “Mending Wall,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Hughes ,“A Dream Deferred," “I, too...,” Gwendolyn Brooks “We Real Cool," James Dickey, “The Leap.”