Department: English Course: Poetry Teacher: Mr. Hafker


POETRY, English 12

Mr. Hafker

Spring, 2021

Required books and reading:

- The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart (poetry anthology)

- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

-  Plus many handouts!


A one subject notebook and a folder so you can keep handouts and returned assignments, pen, required book, and a passion for poetry, writing, and life itself (if you don't have the last item, I will get you one this semester!).

For virtual learning students:  Make sure your Ipad is fully charged the night before. 

Your google classroom code and meet link will be mailed Sunday night, 1/24/21.


While reading and discussing classic and contemporary poems on your own and together, you will learn much about the incredible art of creating and capturing intensely emotional experiences through imagery, metaphors, etc.  As a result, you will learn more about yourself and what it means to be human; what it means to dream, to fear, to yearn, to ponder, to hope, to persevere!  You will also never be afraid of a poem again.

You will improve your writing skills this year through weekly written reflections on the poems, in class and at home, and most importantly through the writing of several 100 pt. essays.


Reading the assigned poems is crucial for a good grade. Closely reviewing them again before an exam must be experienced in order to refresh your memory.  Your reflections/ideas will be recorded in your notebook on a regular basis and checked regularly.  You will be memorizing 2 poems this semester (1 each quarter).  I will explain how this will change your life for the better.  You will also be writing several of your own poems, ranging from haiku, to "confessional" poetry, to sonnets, to even co-writing a poem with the great master himself, Pablo Neruda.

If an assignment is not handed in within a cycle, it will receive a zero.  Late assignments will lose 10% a day.    If you are absent, it is your responsibility to check my Prep webpage, Prep email, and Google Classroom, and contact me about makeup exams/homework BEFORE you return to class.  A cut results in a zero on a quiz or exam if one is given that day; if not, 25 pts. will be deducted from your participation grade.  There are several opportunities for extra credit--those points will be added to your homework/participation grade.


Your quarterly grade will be your total average based on exams, quizzes, essays, a project, homework, two memorized poems (one with recitation the 2nd quarter), and participation.  Bringing the book we're working on to class is part of your 50 pt. participation grade and 5 pts. will be deducted each time you forget it.  There are two of these participation grades given--one at mid-quarter and one at the end of the quarter.

 Your camera must be on the entire class with your face fully visible or 5 points will be deducted each time from your participation grade.  You must be in uniform (Senior SFP polo) and you should be seated in a suitable place (not lying in bed/sofa, etc.).  Also, if you have your iPad on your desk during a lesson or you're on your cell phone, 5 pts will be deducted.

CHECK POWER SCHOOL ON A REGULAR BASIS IN ORDER TO BE AWARE OF YOUR GRADES AND PROGRESS.  Did I mention class participation and class behavior is an important part of your quarterly grades?  Pay attention, stay focused, make eye contact with whomever is speaking whether it is me or one of your fellow students. 

Class attendance at St. Francis Prep is a major priority. All students are required to complete all required work even if they are absent. Excessive absences will result in a loss of points on your h.w./participation grade.  Your semester grade is based on the average of your 2 quarter grades.  There is no final.


It is your responsibility to be on time. Repeated latenesses will result in points off. Absolutely no cell phone use or improper iPad use during a lesson, and 5 pts. will be deducted from your h.w./participation grade for each violation.  Also, the second time you're on your phone in class I have to write you up for detention.  Please don't let this happen. No food or drink is allowed in the classroom except water.  You must be in dress code at all times and wearing your ID lanyard.  Also, I will allow a couple minutes at the end of class for you to remove your mask.  If you do so, there is no talking allowed.

Finally, show respect for me, yourselves, and each other. Do not copy homework or cheat on tests.  Raise your hand if you wish to speak. Stay in your seats until the end-of-class bell and do not start packing up until I tell you to do so.  Never talk when another student or myself is speaking. Most importantly, always do your best!

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