English 300 Junior English American Literature
Mr. Mohr He's a Real American Hero

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A Note on the Books for this class: The Vocabulary Workshop is a workbook.  It must be new. 

Description: Junior English 300 combines many facets of English Language study--literature, composition, grammar and vocabulary. The literature focuses on American Literature as it spans across the American timeline and landscape. These selections include a wide variety of the classics, more contemporary and popular literature, and some lesser known works and authors. Most works focus on the broader theme of American Hero as it evolves the literary and cultural thought. The composition component focuses on the refinement of the longer essay with particular focus on sentence variety and thesis development with an attention to the literary criticism. The main focus is on mastering the research paper with several smaller projects due throughout the semester. The grammar reinforces previous lessons and puts theory into practice as students apply their knowledge into longer, more complex and refined writing assignments. Vocabulary growth comes from weekly exercises found in the vocabulary textbooks and is related to college-bound, standardized testing. Short presentations and other creative assignments help students gain mastery of lessons included in this course.

Outcomes: Students will be able to...
- Identify literary devices and themes and writing strategies
- Demonstrate an understanding of literary terms and devices and distinguish their use in context
- Apply knowledge of literary terms and devices in critical analysis of stories, themes, characters and actions.
- Summarize literature selections and highlight major elements
- Analyze literature for theme, imagery, implied meanings, and analogies
- Identify various expository writing strategies
- Apply knowledge of writing strategies to paragraph and essay composition
- Construct essays using the writing process, which includes prewriting, peer editing and revisions
- Create effective thesis statements and formal outlines and expand upon themes in longer compositions
- Construct effective paragraphs applying knowledge of sentence constructions and grammatical rules
- Define and demonstrate and understanding of expanded vocabulary

Content: The literature elements follow thematic units that include several diverse selections and authors that span the time from the Pilgrims to the present. The units follow the progression of political, philosophical and literary thinking through early years of a developing nation to the fragmented and diverse society we live in today. Units generally consist of short stories, poetry and/or essays and other literature selections that are contained in the textbooks American Short Stories: Many Voices*; 101 Great American Poems*, and novels The Great Gatsby*, The Natural*, A Farewell to Arms*,  The Catcher in the Rye*, and several other short stories, poems, essays and excerpts. Vocabulary study and growth are generally associated with the literature study and from exercises found in Vocabulary Workshop. Paragraph and essay construction revolves around the thematic units and may include expository, descriptive and narrative writing along with critical responses to literature. Several short research assignments are included. Students must follow specific rubrics and guidelines in completing these research reports, including adhering to MLA documentation rules. Plagiarism will not be accepted. Grammar refines past lessons and applies the information to sentence and composition writing -- focusing on growth, variety and complexity. Any formal grammar study will be provided via supplemental material.

Students not bringing proper materials to class will make up time during Encore Period. Encore Period is designated as extended class time when necessary. Please use the Encore Period wisely.
There is little to no opportunity for extra credit for deficient grades. I also adhere to all school guidelines concerning dress code, attendance, behavior and ethics. Please read your Student Handbook for this information. See the accompanying expectations for more opportunities for success. Personal Detention periods will be used for students not displaying positive classroom behaviors.

Methods of Evaluation: The semester grade is based on three basic criteria -- test and quizzes, compositions and homework. Each variable is weighted roughly 1/3 toward the student's final grade. The component and how it is read on the Skyward grading system is listed below.
Tests/Quizzes: (read as "Quizzes" on Skyward) Point totals vary from five-point quizzes to the unit and chapter exams of 100 or more points. Unit tests normally include multiple choice, short answer, and essay portions. The final exam will count toward 10% of the overall grade and is listed separately on SKyward grade system.
Compositions: (read as "Essays" on Skyward) All submitted, written (by that I mean typed) compositions and projects. Normally students step through the writing process on all writing projects, rough draft work, composition, editing and revision as part of the assignment structure.
Homework/Participation: (read on Skyward as "Homework" and "Participation") Homework of some form is almost daily. If nothing else, students should be reading or reviewing their work/assignments every evening for discussions or simply preparing for the following day. Formal graded assignments must be recorded in their student planners and completed on time and to the student's best ability for full credit. Any student who completes homework in class or is found copying or allowing someone else to copy his homework will receive reduced points or no points at all. Late assignments will be accepted for reduced credit.

Student Requirements: Each day students must have the following:

* 1. Novels or reading materials (Literature books listed below),
* 2. Spiral notebook (preferably a five subject designated solely for English class)
* 3. Writing utensils
* 4. Student Planner/Organizer
* 5. Vocabulary Workshop Level F (must be a new copy)
6. Personal reading material (not classroom material)
7. Personal folder or three ring binder with loose-leaf paper
8. MLA Documentation Handbook (any edition)
9. Access to a good dictionary and thesaurus

Novels/Reading Materials:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Video accompaniment     

American Short Stories; Many Voices 1800-Present

101 Great American Poems
Selected other essays, short stories, texts, and poems from various authors (available either online or handout)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Vocabulary Workshop Level F (ed. by Eugene Shostak) must be new book, should be 2012