• Grade 12 English Literature & Composition                                            Fall 2013 Syllabus

    Mrs. Revers      lrevers@wssd.org                                                   Email is for parental use only



    Course Contents:


    1. Essay writing: Literature response essays are thesis driven and must reflect MLA format. This is an ongoing unit of study throughout the course and it is expected that all written assignments reflect a clear adherence to its formatting (document, parenthetical expressions, etc).  Each dalliance from current MLA guidelines in major writing assignments will garner a two-point deduction. 


    1. Literature Units:

    Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl (strongly suggested summer reading book) 

    Macbeth by William Shakespeare

    Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare 
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1 of 2 required summer reading texts)
    The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (2 of 2 required summer reading texts)


    Topics of Study: bildungsroman, dystopian fiction, tragedy, logotherapy, fiction, drama



    General Course Guidelines

    1. Organization: Organization is extremely important. You will need to have a notebook readily available so that you can take notes, write journal entries/in-class essays, etc. Anything you do in the course should be readily retrievable. Yes, generally students can use the laptops that are available in the classroom; however, technology issues is not a valid excuse for lack of participation nor an inability to fulfill assessments. In other words, it may be a good idea to have a "low tech" plan B, as in bring your binder or folder, notebook, writing instrument, and the current text to class daily.
    2. INTEGRITY is not posed as a question. You are expected to have it. Unless an assignment is designated as a collaborative one, you are required to work on it individually. Using Cliff’s Notes, Sparks Notes, and other such summaries, including Wikipedia, is a dead end and much more likely to get you in trouble than help you. They are merely study aids; I do not want to see them in class. Moreover, they WILL NOT get you through this course. The use of these materials as sources in your writing is considered cheating.
    3. What are the keys to success in 12th Grade English? Schedule time to read (more often than not, the “daily homework” assignment will be reading about 1-2 hours a day).  Plan for extended/long term projects, including reading assignments and writing assignments.  Anticipate the time constraints that will occur during spring semester senior year (sports, college visits, etc). There are no extensions in this course*.   Actively think about and react to literature each day in class and in your own reading; in other words, TAKE NOTES while reading. Research is a part of active reading.  Investigate words, people, events, and places used in an author’s work.  Understanding the references and/or vocabulary is key to improving reading comprehension.  Learning from mistakes and successes will foster improvement in analytical thinking and writing. Additionally, basic skills in word processing, web searches, and presentation software are the necessary computer skills in order to achieve in the course.

    Student Expectations

    • Arrive on time fully prepared to participate in your own learning.
    • Obey the rules and regulations of Strath Haven High School and the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District.
    • Accept performance feedback.
    • Be courteous during class/meetings/discussions.
    • Use your resources while completing your assignments.
    1. What are the in class behavior expectations at SHHS? All members of the school community are expected to be respectful of each other. Negative comments about anyone’s race, nationality, religion, physical appearance or ability, intellectual capacity, gender identity, sexual orientation, work ethic, or character are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Students are encouraged to discuss any concerns with me or a preferred school official (i.e., counselor, dean, dean’s assistant, or administration). In short, treat others the way you want to be treated.


    Behaviors that are not conducive to student learning
    will result in disciplinary and academic consequences such as
    and not limited to loss of daily class work points, detention, and Saturday School:
    1. Disruptions through unnecessary commentary (sidebar conversations/unwanted jibes/etc.)
    2. Not participating in classroom activities
    3. Attendance, performance, and behavioral issues
    4. Sleeping in class
    5. Manipulating class materials
    6. Eating in class (refreshment policy)

    Types of Student Assessments and Evaluations

    1. Essays and position papers: 4 major papers about 3-4 pages in length
    2. Reading checks: quizzes (announced and unannounced ScanTron based)
    3. Mini-Group Activities including a possible digital presentation
    4. Class Participation: daily and ongoing
    5. Independent Readings and Research: ongoing and daily


    Teacher Communication, Grading Policy and Homework/Long Term Projects


    Semester/Marking Period grades are configured using total accumulated points.  Each semester/ marking period is 45% of the final grade with the remaining 10% reserved for the Final Exam.
    Generally, there is a daily homework assignment with interspersed long-term assignments.  While daily homework assignments are due the next class day, long-term assignments are due at the beginning of the block on the day assigned.  Assignments are due at the start of class time.  Remember, long-term assignments usually have a projected 7-day work schedule.  Any difficulty with technology should be rectified during that time and will not garner extended time.**
    Long-term assignments will be posted on the teacher webpage hosted by the District’s server.  Usually, the post will be made 48 hours prior to the due date.
    Major writing assignments must be submitted through turnitin.com.  It is not necessary to submit a hard copy (printed copy) of the paper unless specifically instructed.
    No late assignments will be accepted.  Assignments are considered late if not submitted to the teacher within the 1st 10 minutes of an instructional period or at the time when asked (ie: posted to turnitin.com by the due date and time.
    Long-term assignments have the expectation of return of two weeks (14 days) from submission.
    I am not responsible for making up your missed assignments.  You are!  Please make-up missed work in a timely fashion.  In accordance with Strath Haven’s attendance policy there will be a 1 day for a 1-day absence; 2 days for 2-day absence enforcement.
    Arrangements can be made with me for long-term absences upon return. As such, I do not communicate with students via email.  DO NOT EMAIL ME. Talk to me during class.
    While it may be permissible in some classes and with some instructors, DO NOT EMAIL ME.  There may be a time when I ask a student to email me a paper; however, all other emails to me should only come from parents.


    Arrangements can be made with me for long-term absences in excess of five days when you return to school.  While you are out, and if you can, please check the teacher webpage for any missed information and updates (course announcements).