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American lit comp

American Lit./Comp.

Course Description for

Brian Gallagher

[email protected]


  • The Glynn Academy English Department has a procedure for offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise


Objectives
Objectives: offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • The student will


The student will
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 1. write essays on a limited topic with references and direct quotations correctly documented in MLA form from the primary works under consideration.


The student will1
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 2. use standard language and mechanics in the composition of essays.


The student will2
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 3. apply a variety of grammatical constructions in writing.


The student will3
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 4. recall details, analyze and interpret themes, literary schemes and devices while drawing conclusions to reading selections.


The student will4
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 5. distinguish characteristics of the early written American literature of the Colonial (1600’s), Revolutionary (1700’s), and American Renaissance (mid-1800’s), Modern Period (early 1900’s), and Post Modern Period (after 1945).


The student will5
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 6. identify American writers and their purposes in major writings.


The student will6
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 7. define and apply literary terms to material covered.


The student will7
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 8. exhibit proficiency in expressing ideas verbally through analytical discussions of literature.


The student will8
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 9. demonstrate proficient and appropriate classroom listening, speaking, and note-taking skills.


The student will9
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 10. define and apply relevant vocabulary.


The student will10
The student will offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • 11. demonstrate mature classroom behavior.


Course content
Course Content offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • Evaluation


Early american literature
Early American Literature offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

  • No formal evaluation except on state tests i.e. GHSGT (Georgia High School Graduation Test) and EOCT (End of Course Test)


Call of the wild by jack london
Call of the Wild offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should ariseby Jack London

1 test (summer reading)

1 possible essay


Fahrenheit 451 by ray bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should ariseby Ray Bradbury

  • 1 test

  • 1 timed essay

  • (possible)


Catcher in the rye by j d salinger
Catcher in the Rye offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should ariseby J. D. Salinger

  • 1 test

  • (possible essay)


The crucible by arthur miller
The Crucible offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should ariseby Arthur Miller

  • 1 test

  • (possible essay)


The great gatsby f scott fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • 1 test

  • (possible essay)


The old man and the sea by ernest hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise by Ernest Hemingway

  • 1 test (1 possible essay)


Of mice and men john steinbeck
Of Mice and Men offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should ariseJohn Steinbeck

  • 1 test (1 possible essay)


Ordinary people by judith guest
Ordinary People offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should ariseby Judith Guest

  • 1 test


The chosen by chaim potok
The Chosen offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise by Chaim Potok

1 test


Poetry
Poetry offering alternate choices if a given text to be used for classroom study and discussion offends the individual sensibilities of a student or his or her family. Please don’t hesitate to notify your English teacher if such concern should arise

Modern Poetry

1 test or incorporated into final exam depending on time


Quizzes reading checks homework vocabulary class work informal writings etc
Quizzes: reading-checks, homework, vocabulary, class- work, informal writings etc.

  • approximately 5 to 10 grades per six-weeks


Extra credit
Extra Credit informal writings etc.

  • See parallel reading list.


Final
Final informal writings etc.

  • 1 test


Grading
Grading informal writings etc.

  • Homework/Class work: 25%

  • Tests/Quizzes: 30%

  • Projects/Writing: 30%

  • EOCT: 15%


  • This course is an integrated study of American literature, composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.


Safety precautions
Safety precautions: composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • No student should throw anything i.e. pencils, pens, books etc. for it could cause serious injury. No pushing or shoving (playful or confrontational). No running in halls. During a fire drill, students should exit the rear door of the science building and go to the dirt parking lot by Albany St. in a quick and orderly way. During a tornado warning or drill, students should go immediately outside the classroom and sit down in the hall.


Required class materials
Required class materials: composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • Students should always have a subject notebook in class. No particular kind is required, but one that easily organizes papers and handouts is advised. Always have a pen and pencil. Pens are preferred, but pencils are necessary for scantron tests.


Required class materials continued
Required class materials composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.continued…

  • Always have an ample supply of notebook paper. Because this course is novel-driven, the book we are studying should be with you in class every day.


Classroom behavior
Classroom behavior: composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • Students should arrive to class on time and have notebooks, pens, and books out and ready to begin class. Anticipating and predicting the class lesson is always appreciated. Talking after the bell has sounded is frowned upon. Students will always have something to do.


Classroom behavior continued
Classroom behavior continued… composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • The teacher having to call the class to attention at the beginning should not have to occur. Students should raise his/her hand (with attention to the appropriate timing) and wait to be called on before speaking. There are exceptions to this rule, but common sense comes into play here.


Classroom behavior continued1
Classroom behavior continued… composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • Constant inane interruptions deter the lesson and rankle the teacher. Humor is appreciated, but it better be good. Debate is encouraged, but mean-spirited tone and insolence will not be tolerated. Remember the teacher is in charge and strives to be fair and consistent, but not every case is the same. If you have a complaint, please be courteous; talking in private, although not always possible and appropriate, many times is better in resolving issues.


Cheating and plagiarism
Cheating and Plagiarism: composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated and will bring serious consequences. Cheating includes copying answers from someone else’s quiz and test or discussing questions on tests or quizzes from a previous class or copying someone else’s homework or turning in someone else’s work or text-messaging questions and/or answers or using cheat sheets etc.


Cheating and plagiarism continued
Cheating and Plagiarism composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.continued…

  • Cheating will result in a zero for that assignment, a call to the parent, and a discipline referral documenting the dishonest behavior. Plagiarism is taking someone else’s writing or ideas and calling it your own. You must give credit to the source of the idea or the writing.


Cheating and plagiarism continued1
Cheating and Plagiarism composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.continued…

  • Even if you put something in your own words (summarizing or paraphrasing), you must document where you found that information. Otherwise, it too is plagiarizing. Copying something verbatim (direct quote) is an obvious plagiarism.


Cheating and plagiarism continued2
Cheating and Plagiarism composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.continued…

  • Pulling essays off the internet, turning in another student’s essay, copying, paraphrasing, summarizing parts of another’s essay or report are all cases of plagiarism. Plagiarism will be penalized severely, many times resulting in a zero for the assignment.


Grade scale and grade reports
Grade Scale and Grade Reports: composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • 90-100 = A; 80-89 = B; 70-79 = C; below 70 = F

  • Progress reports will be sent out every nine weeks. On the average, approximately one to three quiz grades will be given each week; one test each four weeks, and one essay per nine weeks. These are fairly accurate estimates.


Late work policy
Late Work Policy: composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • Turning in work late is permitted to a degree. Work that is one day late will receive a five point penalty; two days a ten point penalty; three days a fifteen point penalty. After three days, work will not be accepted and given a grade of zero except under extenuating circumstances, which will be decided by the teacher. The teacher will always try to by fair, consistent yet flexible.


Absence policy and make up work policy
Absence Policy and Make-up Work Policy: composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • Making up work in a timely fashion is imperative. Students will be given the same number of days missed to make up work with one grace day, that being the day of return. For example, if a student misses Monday, he/she will be expected to have the work made up by 4:00 on Wed.


Absence policy and make up work policy continued
Absence Policy and Make-up Work Policy continued: composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • If a student misses Monday and Wednesday, then the student would be expected to have made up and caught up with all work and assignments by 4:00 on the following Tuesday. Students may come to talk to a teacher (in private) if special consideration is needed, but this must be done before the expiration date.


Absence policy and make up work policy continued1
Absence Policy and Make-up Work Policy continued… composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to find out what has been missed. The teacher will try to remind, but a zero will be received if the student does not take on the responsibility of finding out what has been missed and must set up a time to make up the work. Once again, the teacher will be fair, firm, consistent (with exception of special cases), and reasonable with this policy.


Extra credit policy
Extra Credit Policy: composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • Extra credit is encouraged throughout each semester. The principal form of extra credit is earned through reading novels. A list of books is distributed to each student outlining the policy. Up to eight on a final grade may be earned per semester.


Extra credit policy continued
Extra Credit Policy composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.continued…

  • Also, students may make videos (about ten minutes) depicting excerpts from material covered in class. Points are awarded depending on such things as time spent, originality, technological applications, humor etc. This can be a fun project. Examples of past projects will be shown to evoke ideas.


Extra credit policy continued1
Extra Credit Policy composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.continued…

  • Also, extra grammar exercises, creative writings such as short stories, poems, songs may earn extra credit if they so deserve. The teacher is always open for suggestion in this area.


Contact information for brian gallagher
Contact Information for Brian Gallagher composition, and grammar. In addition to formal literature study, part of each semester, is devoted to developing paragraphs and essays based on the reading selections. English grammar instruction is incorporated with an emphasis on sentence structure, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and style. Content evaluation considers development, focus, clarity, effectiveness, organization, cohesion, and originality.

  • Planning period is 3B (12:20-1:40)

  • Phone (GA): 912-267-4210 ext. 3119

  • Email (GA): [email protected]

    Email (home): [email protected]


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