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Welcome to English III

The philosophy of English III is to give students access to the skills that will enable them to successfully complete English III and be fully prepared for the challenges of English IV. Students are expected to read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts and respond to those texts by composing a variety of written texts demonstrating a clear controlling idea, coherent organization and sufficient details. Students are expected to employ research skills in order to locate, evaluate and synthesis information. They are also expected to listen and respond respectfully to the ideas of others as well as contribute to the academic conversation themselves; therefore, oral and written language shall be appropriate to and productive for the exploration of academic thought. Lastly, this course focuses on four areas of concern: thinking skills, critical reading skills, recursive grammar skills, and the exploration of a variety of composition skills.
 

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Syllabus

English III Course Outline

First Semester

1st Six Weeks                                       DEFINING THE AMERICAN DREAM

Literature/Reading:            Poetry; primary source documents

Composition:                       Interpretation of a literary text; persuasive essay; poetry

Grammar:                              Correctly constructed sentences

Vocabulary:                         Latin and Greek roots and SAT vocabulary development

 

2nd Six Weeks                                      THE DREAM FALTERS

Literature/Reading:            Short text representing a variety of genre

Composition:                       Formal essay; analytical paragraph

Grammar:                              Clauses continued

Vocabulary:                         Latin and Greek roots and SAT vocabulary development

 

3rd Six Weeks                                      THE DREAM VS SOCIETY

Literature/Reading:            Drama and connected readings

Composition:                       Character analysis; argument

Grammar:                              Clauses and phrases

Vocabulary:                         Latin and Greek roots and SAT vocabulary development

 

Second Semester

4th Six Weeks                                      THE DREAM BECOMES A NIGHTMARE

Literature/Reading:            The Road novel study

Composition:                       Interpretive responses

Grammar:                              Syntax: Purpose and Structure

Vocabulary:                         Latin and Greek roots and SAT vocabulary development

 

5th Six Weeks:                                     THE DREAM – CAN IT SURVIVE?

Literature/Reading:            The Road novel study

Composition:                       Expository Writing; Interpretive Response

Grammar:                              Syntax: Purpose and Structure

Vocabulary:                         Latin and Greek roots and SAT vocabulary development

 

6th Six Weeks:                                     “OLD MEN DREAM DREAMS; YOUNG MEN SEE VISIONS.”

Literature                              Podcast

Composition:                       Argument/accurate and honest representation of divergent views/synthesis

Grammar:                              Conventions of punctuation and capitalization; Clauses and phrases

Vocabulary:                         Latin and Greek roots and SAT vocabulary development

 

(Please note that this course outline is subject to administrative and/or departmental changes as deemed necessary.)

 

 

Tutorials

Tutorials are offered at MegaLunch during B – block. If you wish to find me in the main hall during B – block on Tuesday or Thursday, I’ll still help you there.

 

Grading Information

Types of grades and their value:

  • DAILY or “Practice” Work includes reading or writing assignments that students may begin in class and finish that evening, study projects such as making 3X5 flash cards or a graphic organizer. “Process” grades refer to assignments that constitute a step in the writing or reading process rather than a final product.       Process grades may also include quizzes for vocabulary development and/or reading comprehension checks.  (50% of a student’s grade)
  • MAJOR or “product “ grades include timed writings referred to as ICE (In-Class Essay), final drafts of process papers, major tests over close reading skills, or cumulative projects that require research preparation. (50% of a student’s grade)

 

Late Work:

For any assignment that is not turned in by the end of the class day on the date it is due, points will be deducted in the following manner:

                1 calendar day late: 20 point deduction

                2 calendar days late: 30 point deduction

                3 calendar days late: maximum grade of 50 is assigned

**Always see me before choosing not to turn in an assignment due to the fact that it is late. Grace abounds.

 

Absences:

REMEMBER Student: It is YOUR responsibility to acquire any make-up work. . Check with me at MegaLunch or with your trustworthy class mate to find out about missing assignments, hand-outs, or any new due dates. In the event that you are absent on the day an extended assignment is due, the assignment will still need to turned in to me by the end of the school day, and you may email that assignment to me if needed. This year, all major writings are submitted to Turnitin.com so that your presence at school is not necessary to comply with due dates. Computer problems are not an acceptable excuse for a missing writing assignment since computers all over the building are available at MegaLunch. Please be aware that keeping current with your course work benefits us BOTH: your average and my sanity.

 

 

 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is an unacceptable compromising of the integrity of the student and his/her respect for the ideas and writings of others. Plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment. Furthermore, academic dishonesty on any other objective assignment will render the same result for BOTH the one who chooses to assist and the one who chooses to transgress. My general philosophy: When two people are “thinking” exactly alike, one of them is NOT thinking. In the latter case – neither are.

 

 

The following is adopted from an English Department Standard.

Formal, academic papers:

All headings on essays will be as follows (in the top left of the page):

Student Name

English III – class period

Date

 

The title will be centered on the next double-spaced line

The essay will begin on the following double-spaced line.

Papers will be formatted in this manner:

One inch margins-top, bottom, left and right.

Doubled-spaced

Times New Roman font style

12 point font size

NO bold, NO underline, No graphics unless specifically assigned.

 

If the program in which you are typing your essay will not allow you to meet these standards, you need to plan ahead and type your essay in the school computer lab or in the library.

 This year all typed essays will be submitted on TurnItIn.com, a program used by high school and higher education institutions to electronically store student work. The program checks for originality (plagiarism) between student papers and in relation to all online sources. Any paper which is plagiarized will receive a zero. Intellectual theft, plagiarism, includes both directly quoting and paraphrasing the ideas and thoughts of another person without their permission and presenting them as original to the plagiarist. Intellectual honesty is paramount in achieving academic excellence.

 

If you are absent the day an essay is due, your essay must still be turned in on TurnItIn.com by the time assigned on the due date.

 

 

Supplies

 

  1. Spiral notebook – a single large one or two small ones(one for each semester) as well as loose-leaf notebook paper
  2. 3 X 5 cards ( approximately one package for each six weeks)
  3. highlighters – at least four colors (including pink, yellow, blue, and green)
  4. Post-it notes – Lined ones preferred but are NOT required
  5. You will also need markers and/or colored pencils for visual projects
  6. A binder in which to keep paper, notes, current assignments
  7. PLEASE turn in at least one box of Kleenex for classroom usage.

 

 

Welcome

Welcome to English III. This handout will preface your “yellow pages” section of your notebook which will serve as the reference section of your 3-ring notebook and necessitates bringing your notebook to class with you every day. The yellow pages are designed to provide you with a ready reference for information and techniques designed to improve your close reading, grammar, and composition skills.

 

The philosophy of English III is to give students access to the skills that will enable them to successfully complete English III and be fully prepared for the challenges of English IV. Students are expected to read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts and respond to those texts by composing a variety of written texts demonstrating a clear controlling idea, coherent organization and sufficient details. Students are expected to employ research skills in order to locate, evaluate and synthesis information. They are also expected to listen and respond respectfully to the ideas of others as well as contribute to the academic conversation themselves; therefore, oral and written language shall be appropriate to and productive for the exploration of academic thought. Lastly, this course focuses on four areas of concern: thinking skills, critical reading skills, recursive grammar skills, and the exploration of a variety of composition skills.                   

 

 

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