Welcome to English 3! In English 3 we focus on a survey of American literature and a study of significant American authors. We cover roughly three main units each semester.
Within each unit we will focus our study of American literature through discussion of the main events of each time period, discussions of the effect that the time period had on writers and people in general, discussions of common motifs or themes in various pieces of literature, and readings of various types of writing such as short stories, non-fiction, autobiographies, poetry, etc. Some of these will be through novels that students will check out from the school library; most other readings will be in the textbook (The Language of Literature: American Literature, McDougal Littell, 2006).
Students will complete extensive reading assignments both inside and outside of class. A variety of writing assignments (formal and informal) will be completed throughout the course. Students will also make oral presentations, both formal and informal, and will complete individual or group projects. Students will also complete SAT practice exercises to help prepare them for the required exam in April. Our focus will be on this essential question: How do American authors use literature to explore the events, emotions, values, and culture of America throughout various time periods?
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
When a student is absent on the day an assignment is due, it will be marked M (missing) in the gradebook. This happens regardless if the absence is excused or not. This is not to punish the student but it is used as a way to communicate and remind the student to turn it in on his/her return. Often times in the comment box on IC, it is marked as "ABSENT" as a reminder to me to NOT give it a late penalty when it comes in. I have found that if I do not flag an assignment as missing, the student will forget about it or forget to turn it in, and it will be a shock when it is suddenly flagged and may cause a drop in the grade.
As a reminder, any 1 day missed = 2 days to make up an assignment and turn it in. If a student misses a quiz or test, they will have a week to make it up in the test center. If a student has several days in a row missed, they can see me and we can set an appropriate deadline for work to be made up. (I understand that my class is not the only one they missed!)