I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life

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Honors English III Syllabus 2015-2016

“I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby

Teacher: Ms. Whitten, Room 401

E-mail: cwhitten@madisonvillecisd.org

Phone: 936-348-2721

Conference: 4th Period

Course Description: Honors English III covers the major periods of American Literature from the Puritan era through the 21st century. The course is designed to illustrate how history, moral standards, societal norms, and philosophical ideas have influenced literary works throughout the course of American history. Students will improve their critical reading and thinking skills through in-depth literary analysis. Selected pieces of fiction and non-fiction will be used to practice reading for depth of understanding. Students will enhance their writing skills through in-class and assigned short answers, formal essays, and research.
Grading Policy:
Daily Assignments (warm-ups, homework, quizzes): 40%

Major Grades (tests, major essays, research paper): 60%
Late Work Policy:
Late work is unacceptable. Work not turned in when I call for it will be considered late work. Late work will receive a maximum grade of 70, IF TURNED IN BY THE END OF SCHOOL ON THE NEXT CALENDAR DAY. After the end of the following school day, late assignments will not be accepted.
***If you know you will miss class for a Dr.’s appointment or extracurricular activity, it is your responsibility to pick up your assignments BEFORE you leave. All work will be due when you return to school. ***
Extra Credit:
As a rule I do not give extra credit. You will have many opportunities for grades during each 9 weeks. I also have a “folder check” at the end of each 9 weeks that is an easy 100 (a major grade), if you have kept up with your handouts.
Classroom Expectations:

  1. Listen and follow directions.

  2. Use school appropriate language.

  3. Respect your classmates and your teacher.

  4. Keep, hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

Supplies Needed:

  1. A pen or pencil (you will need something to write with every day)

  2. A 2 inch binder

  3. Notebook paper or spiral notebook

  4. A manila folder

Tentative Schedule
I. The Puritan Era:

Students will read The Crucible, by Authur Miller and selected Puritan and early American writings.

Assignments include: The Crucible essay

Exam over The Crucible

Vocabulary and quizzes
II. The Age of Reason:

Students will read selected works by Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin.

Assignments include: BYOD Allusion Assignement

Essay and projects related to the American Revolution

Exam over the Age of Reason

Vocabulary and quizzes

III. Romanticism:

Students will read The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne and selected works by Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and James Fenimore Cooper.

Assignments include: Figurative language and poetry analysis

Literary analysis essay

Exam on The Scarlet Letter

Creative projects relating to Romanticism

Vocabulary and quizzes
IV. Transcendentalism/Anti-Transcendentalism:

Students will read works by various Transcendentalist/Anti-Transcendentalist writers including, but not limited to, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Herman Melville.

Assignments include: Projects related to Transcendentalism

Persuasive essay

Transcendentalism exam

Vocabulary and quizzes


V. Realism, Naturalism, and Regionalism:

Students will read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain and selected works by realist, naturalist, and regionalist writers, including Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, and William Faulkner, among others.

Assignments include: Exam over “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

Essays and projects relating to Realism, Naturalism, and Regionalism

Vocabulary and quizzes
VI. The Harlem Renaissance and Modernism:

Students will read The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck and selections from Langston Hughes and other significant Harlem and modernist writers.

Assignments include: The Great Gatsby literary analysis

Short writing prompts Of Mice and Men

Vocabulary and quizzes
VII. Contemporary American Literature

Students will read selected works by post-modern and present day authors. Authors include, but are not limited to, Stephen King, Flannery O’Conner, and Tim O’Brien.

Assignments include: Short story analysis

Analytical literary essay

Vocabulary and quizzes

VIII. Research Unit

Students will be expected to complete a 1000-1200 word research paper on an American author of their choice. The research paper will be assigned mid - February 2016 and due mid-March.

I have read Ms. Whitten’s Honors English III Syllabus. I understand that I am responsible for the information in the syllabus. I understand that disruptive behavior will not be tolerated in Ms. Whitten’s class. If I choose to be continually disruptive my parents will be notified, and I will receive a referral to the office.

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***This form must be returned by Friday, August 28, 2015***

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