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TEXTS: 101 Great American Poems (Dover Publications)
Great American Short Stories (Dover Publications)

GOALS: To refine students' written and verbal expression; to develop students' creative and critical thing and reading skills; to continue to expose students to classic literature. Students will write literary essays based on class readings.
Due to the fact that
many assignments are long-termed, students must
be self-disciplined. This gives them the
opportunity to better prepare for college,
as as time management is paramount to success in college.
Writing assignments will concentrate on the
essay, various literary essays, including synthesis,
journal writing and research in conjunction with the
literature read.
In addition to the text books, students will read
the following:

The Crucible
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Fahrenheit 451
The Catcher in the Rye
The Great Gatsby

Lastly, students will become familiar with the authors, poets, and playwrights.

The mid-term exam and final will consist of both multiple choice questions and essays. Each quarter is worth 15% and both the mid-term and final are worth 20%. If a student has a 90% average at the end of the 4th quarter, he may be exempt from the final exam at my discretion.

Parents are encouraged to check Edline when it is updated to check on their son' progress. Grades are calculated by dividing the number of points earned by the number of points possible to earn in a given semester. A class participation grade will be calculated into the possible points. This will be based on both participation in class, group work and class preparation.

As stated in the class rules, students can not be expected to submit work that it missed either for absences or any reason when Edline is updated or at the end of the semester. If your son is missing work, he may need some guidance to ensure all assignments are complete in the future and to make sure he is studying for future exams.

Plagiarism and cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating in any way will receive a 0. If a student gives his work to someone to copy, both students will receive a 0.

Homework and exams will be posted on Edline.

Please refer to the rules of the class to know what is expected of your son in terms of behavior and daily preparation.

Feel free to contact me if you have any concerns. I can be reached at 632-0714 (ext. 320) or at

I look forward to working with you and your sons. I hope and expect this year to be a successful year for them.

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