• The following syllabus is handed to students on the first day of school.

    Course Description:

    This course is designed to push your reading and writing to college level.  We will focus on content and style as well as revising and editing.   Research, literature analysis, and vocabulary study are also essential elements in the curriculum.

    Texts:

    • Readings for Writers
    • How to Read Lit Like a Professor
    • Vocabulary for the College-Bound Senior
    • Various novels through small group selections
    • Othello

    Required Writing:

    • Portfolios will showcase various types of writing (narrative, process analysis, definition, causal analysis essays; classical, deductive, Rogerian arguments; reflections; poetry)
    • Research paper on social issue (part of senior project)
    • Various analysis papers on literature

    Attendance:

    If you are absent on the day of a test, you must make it up in a week or it will become a 0.  If there are extenuating circumstances, please see the instructor.  All major papers, projects are due on given date WHETHER YOU ARE HERE OR NOT. 

    Grading:

    • Late work is penalized with a deduction of %10 of the total. Essays and other longer papers are due by the end of the school day.  .
    • If you are absent a day before a major assignment is due, you are still responsible for turning it in as the due date would have been announced well in advance.
    • Senior speeches and research papers are mandatory. You cannot pass the course without its satisfactory completion.
    • Two F’s on the report card is an F for the year. You can’t fail half of a year and expect to pass.
    • Grading scale follows 90-100 A, etc.

     

    Plagiarism:

    Students are encouraged to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own learning experience. For this course, plagiarism is defined as “The unauthorized use of someone else’s material, which is then presented as being the result of the plagiarist’s own primary research, creative impulse or insight. Plagiarism technically encompasses the borrowing of ideas of others, as well as their exact words…” Laurie Henry, The Fiction Dictionary, 219.

                In short, plagiarism is taking someone else’s idea, thoughts, or words and attempting to pass them off as one’s own.

                The following actions will be taken regarding plagiarism:

    Violation

    Procedure

    Resulting Penalty

    First offense

    Teacher reports plagiarism to the assistant principal.

    The student’s parent(s)/guardian will be notified.

    The infraction will be included in student’s discipline record.

    The student will earn a zero for the work in question.

    The student’s letter grade will be lowered by 10% for the final nine week grade.

    A conference will be held with the assistant principal.

    The student will receive three (3) hours after school detention.

    Second offense

    Teacher reports the plagiarism to the assistant principal.

    The student’s parent(s)/guardian will be notified.

    The infraction will be included in student’s discipline record.

    The student will earn a failing grade for the semester.

    The student will receive two days (2) of out of school suspension.

    A conference will be held with the assistant principal.

     

Last Modified on September 14, 2017