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    Department

    English

    AMERICAN LITERATURE A

    Instructor

    Dave Hossler

     

    Email Address

    dhossler@mvsc.k12.in.us

    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

    One Rule

    Respect yourself, and your time in this classroom. This means taking your schoolwork seriously, and treating your classmates and your teacher in a courteous manner.

     

    Your Grade

    20%  Homework & Participation

    72%  Asessments - Tests, Quizzes, Writing and Projects

    8% Required Independent Reading

     

    Homework, Journals, and Assignments

    Late work is accepted as follows:

    1 day late = subtract 10%

    2 days late = subtract 20%

    3 days late = subtract 30%

    4 days late = subtract 40%

    5 days late = subtract 50%

    6 days late = subtract 60%

    7 or more days late = subtract 70%

    Homework will be considered "on time" if it’s collected by 3:00 P.M. on the due date. Likewise, homework must be collected by 3:00 P.M. on the first late day, to be considered "1 day late" and so on.

    Notebooks will be collected twice a trimester, and along with  and other writing projects, will be part of your the overall 72% that is considered "Assessments."

    Assessments:

    Tests and quizzes, writing and projects will make up 72% of your grade. Tests will be announced at least a week in advance.

    Quizzes, however, may show up without warning or advance notice. Please keep up with your reading.

     

    OTHER CLASSROOM GUIDELINES 

    • Students are expected to follow all of the civility and dress code rules found in their student handbooks.  
    • Respecting yourself includes respecting your time in English class, and thus, treating your fellow students in a courteous manner. Students who cannot or will not treat their classmates or their teacher in a civil manner will meet with harsh consequences.
    • Wearing caps, heavy coats, revealing clothing, or having pants hanging below the rear end is not allowed anywhere at Merrillville High School, and is therefore not allowed in English class, either.
    • Repeated tardies will affect a student's participation grade negatively.  This is Merrillville High School's Policy, as well as the policy for English class          

                1) One Tardy = Warning

                2) Two Tardies = One after school detention

                3) Three Tardies = Two after school detentions

                4) Four Tardies = Student  receives one Friday school

                5) Five Tardies = Students receives two Friday schools

                6) Six Tardies = Withdrawn from the class with an F         

    • On the other hand, any student who finishes up a trimester with zero tardies will receive 25 extra credit points. 
    • Students can always re-submit their homework for a better grade, as long as they turned in their first attempt at least 75% complete, and on time. 
    • Students may retake quizzes and tests for a better grade. The grades of the two attempts will be averaged. 
    • Please be aware that it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure that quizzes and homework are made-up. We have too many students to keep track of everyone’s absences and make-up work

     

     

     

     

     

    Course Description

    AMERICAN LITERATURE                                                                                   

    American Literature, an integrated English course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts in Grade 11, is a skills-based study of American literature produced from the early Colonial period through the present day.  Students in this course will be exposed to a variety of genres, including the short story, poetry, drama, folk tales, and non-fiction pieces. Works by members of various cultural and ethnic minorities, including Native Americans and African-Americans, are included in the syllabus to provide a comprehensive study of the American experience through literature.  Written and oral exercises require students to analyze and explain how culture and literature are interconnected and distinctly American. Students write and deliver grade-appropriate multimedia presentations and access, analyze, and evaluate online information.

    ·         Recommended Grade Level:   11

    ·         Recommended Prerequisites: English 9 and English 10 or  teacher recommendation 

    ·         Credits: 2 trimester course for 2 credits

    ·         Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

    ·         A Career Academic Sequence or Flex Credit course

     
    1
    Week
    Standards
    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.
    Assessments
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    1 Indiana: 11.1.2, 11.2.1, 11.2.5, 11.6.1, 11.6.2, 11.6.3, 11.6.4 Classroom and Notebook Guidelines and Expectations, Identifying Archetypes, Native American Oral Tradition, Vocabulary SKILL OF THE WEEK: Recognizing Archetypes, Making Inferences    Various Get-To_Know You Activities, D.L.W. Activities on Page 6 & 10, Worksheets over Native American  Oral Tradition, Making inferences classwork 
     
    Diagnostic Quiz, Expository Diagnostic Prompt, Homework and Quiz over Native American Oral Tradition
     
    2
    Indiana: 11.1.2, 11.2.1, 11.2.5, 11.6.1, 11.6.2, 11.6.3, 11.6.4 Grammar, Edwards' "Sinners In the Hands of an Angry God," Introduction to the Crucible, Recognizing Figurative Language, Vocabulary, SKILLS OF THE WEEK: Identifying Logical Fallacies  
     
    Read Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," with Figurative Language Homework, D.L.W. pages 10-14
    Quiz over "Sinners . . .," Figurative Language Double Sided Journal over "Sinners..." Vocabulary Homework and Quiz, Descriptive and Personal Essay prompts  
    3
    Indiana: 11.1.2, 11.2.1, 11.2.5, 11.6.1, 11.6.2, 11.6.3, 11.6.4
    Grammar, The Crucible Acts I and II, Vocabulary, SKILLS OF THE WEEK: Identifying logical fallacies, and Understaning Characterization
    DWL Pages 14 & 18, Homework over Logical Fallacies, The Crucible Acts I & II, Classwork over Act I and Act II in The Crucible
    Quiz over Logical Fallacies, Quiz over The Crucible Act I. Interactive Reading Sticky Note Project, Speaking Skills, Classwork over The Crucible, Personal Narrative Prompts  
    4
    Indiana: 11.1.2, 11.2.1, 11.2.5, 11.6.1, 11.6.2, 11.6.3, 11.6.4
    Grammar, Symbolism, and Allegory in The Crucible, The Crucible Act II, Vocabulary, SKILL FOR THE WEEK: Recognizing Irony, Recognizing Figurative Language
    D.W.L. Pages 18 & 22, The Crucible Act II, Theme in-class activity, Vocabulary Homework
    Quiz over Act III, Classwork over Act II of The Crucible, Interactive Reading Sticky Note Project, Response to reading Prompts, Vocabulary Homework and Quiz
     
    5
    Indiana: 11.2.1, 11.2.2, 11.2.6, 11.3.1, 11.3.2, 11.3.3, 11.3.4, 11.3.5, 11.3.8, 11.5.1, 11.5.2, 11.5.3, 11.5.6, 11.5.9, 11.6.1, 11.7.2

    Grammar, Literary Analysis, The Crucible Act III, Vocabulary, SKILLS FOR THE WEEK: Identifying Theme

    D.W.L. Pages 22 & 26,The Crucible Act III, Reconizing Irony in-class activity,
    Quiz over Act III, Classwork over Act III, Speaking Skills, Literary Analysis paper or project over The Crucible,  Active Reading Sticky Noe ProjectSticky Note Project
     
    6
    Indiana: 11.2.1, 11.2.2, 11.2.6, 11.3.1, 11.3.2, 11.3.3, 11.3.4, 11.3.5, 11.3.8, 11.5.1, 11.5.2, 11.5.3, 11.5.6, 11.5.9, 11.6.1, 11.7.2 Grammar, Understanding Figurative Language; The Crucible, Act IV, Vocabulary, SKILL OF THE WEEK: Understanding Figurative Language, Literary Analysis
    D.W.L. Pages 26 & 30, Read The Crucible - Act IV, SKILL OF THE WEEK: Understanding Figurative Language, Literary Analysis
    Midterm, Quiz over The Crucible Act IV, Vocabulary Homework and Quiz, Literary Analysis Paper or Project over Theme in The Crucible, Vocabulary Homework and Quiz
     
    7
    Indiana: 11.2.1, 11.2.2, 11.2.6, 11.3.1, 11.3.2, 11.3.3, 11.3.4, 11.3.5, 11.3.8, 11.5.1, 11.5.2, 11.5.3, 11.5.6, 11.5.9, 11.6.1, 11.7.2
    Grammar, Romantic Poets, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson Poems, Vocabulary, SKILL OF THE WEEK: Literary Analysis, Analyzing Poetry
    D.W.L. Pages 30 & 34, Sections on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, Writing Poetry.
    Poetry prompts, Poem to be revised, rehearsed, and read to the class
     
    8

    Indiana: 11.3.2, 11.3.3, 11.3.5, 11.3.4, 11.5.2, 11.5.3, 11.5.9, 11.6.1, 11.7.1

    Grammar, Writing a Reflective Essay. J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye Vocabulary,  SKILL OF THE WEEK:  Recognizing Plot Elements
    DWL P 34 & 38, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickenson Poems, Active reading post-it notes over the soty,
    Quiz over Poetry Analysis Reflective Essay, Homework over first couple of chapters in Catcher in the Rye, Vocabulary Homework and Quiz
     
    9
    Indiana:11.1.1-3, 11.2.3-411.3.1-4, 11.4.7, 11.4.9, 11.6.1-2
    Grammar,  J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Vocabulary,   SKILL OF THE WEEK:  Writing a Summary
    D.W.L. PP 38 & 42, Readings, Chapters 4-10 in Catcher in the Rye:Quizzes over readings, Summarizing in-class activity
    Quizzes over reading The Catcher in the Rye, Active reading post-it note project, Homework over chapter 4-10 in the reading  
    10
    Indiana: 11.1, 11.2

    Common Core:
    Grammar,  J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye Ch. 10-16, Vocabulary, SKILL OF THE WEEK: Recognizing Literary Point of View
    DWL 42 & 46, Readings, Introduction to A Streetcar Named Desire, Point of View in-class activities
    Quizzes over reading  The Catcher in the Rye, Homework over Chapters 10-16, Point of View In-class activity Vocabulary Homework and quiz,
     
    11
    Indiana:11.1.1-3, 11.2.3-4, 11.3.1-4, 11.4.7, 11.4.9, 11.6.1-2 Grammar, J.S. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Vocabulary Ch 17-21, SKILLS OF THE WEEK: Recognizing Foreshadowing, and Flashback 
    DWL 46 & 50, Streetcar Named Desire Sticky Notes Project,  Final Streetcar project, Graphic organizers over making predictions,
    Reading quizzes over Chapters 17-21, , Sticky Note project over Streetcar
     
    12
    Indiana: 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5, 11.6

    Common Core:

     

    Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Literary Analysis, Preparation for Final Exam
    DWL 50, Streetcar Named Desire Sticky Notes Project,  Final Streetcar project, Graphic organizers over making predictions, SKILL OF THE WEEK: Determining Main Idea
    Final Exam, Reading quizzes,"Moment of Truth" improvised scenes, Final Streetcar project, Sticky Note project over Streetcar
     
           
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