Freshmen Preparatory English
What to expect from me
What to expect from the curriculum
You are expected to apply your ability to pursue a meaningful and ambitious course in learning English. Treating others as you would prefer to be treated yourself is the essential rule in our teacher/student relationship. Otherwise the standards identified in the student handbook for Brunswick High School are enforced. Students may only leave class for an emergency, students are expected to arrive to class on time and be seated when the bell rings, and students must know that one authority, the teacher, exceeds all other opinions in governing the class. Furthermore, no food or drink (water is permitted) is allowed in the classroom unless for specified health related circumstances.
STANDRAD ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POLICIES
LATE WORK POLICY- Any paper that is turned in late will receive a maximum grade of 50%. If a student misses a class he/she is responsible for getting homework and/or class work and submitting that work in on time. If a student misses a class due to absence, the assignment is expected to be turned in the next day that the student attends school in order to receive full credit. If a student does not attend class due to a field trip, all work is due as assigned.
PLAGERISM- Any work that is misrepresented as your effort will be assigned a zero and a conference will be arranged between the instructor student, parent/guardian and possibly an administrator.
MATERIALS- Students are expected to bring an English notebook, writing implement and the current reading text/assignment. Personal laptops and/or recorders certainly are permitted as well. Students should retain any handouts for a full semester before discarding.
Homework constitutes 10% of the student’s overall grade.
Quizzes constitute 10% of the student’s overall grade.
Tests constitute 20% of the student’s overall grade.
Notable student performance constitute 30% of the student’s overall grade.
Class participation constitutes 30% of the student’s overall grade.
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS- Students are provided with opportunities to volunteer to present to the class a discussion/lesson on a assigned topic at different intervals throughout the academic year. The facilitation is valued as a performance grade. The lesson may include any appropriate materials that will serve to support or enhance the learning experience (visuals, charts, recordings, speaker, etc…).
CRITERIA FOR FACILITATION ASSESSMENT-
Involve the audience 25%
Use of relevant supporting materials 25%
A list of the literature that is assigned in Freshmen Preparatory English this year is presented below. One of our goals in preparatory courses is to have students read duuring class in order to assess and guide with vocabulary and language recognition. The titles listed include contemporary options, recognized as strong literature. The list is provided for your benefit as well as approval. Please sign, in the space provided below, your signature to indicate that you are familiar with the expected reading for this course. In all likelihood not all of the titles listed will be assigned during the academic year.
Respectfully, Hugh Dwyer
Various Essays largely compiled from THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS OF THECENTURY and ADVENTURES IN APPRECIATION
THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien
LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold
A collection of short stories from various anthologies
THE LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy
Student selected independent novel