|English IV AP
Mrs. Guy email@example.com
892-1810 Ext. 396
Overview and Expectations:
Welcome to English IV AP. This course will be an intense, challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable exploration into the human condition as represented in a wide range of literature. The content of our course will reflect the requirements of the “AP English Literature and Composition” course description. As we fulfill those requirements, we hope to come to understand more deeply how good literature can validate our own membership in the human race. Much of our discussion will also entertain essential questions such as:
How do language and literature shape and reflect culture and thought?
How do a culture’s archetypes embody its values?
To what extent does literature bring about social change?
How do we distinguish between appearance and reality?
How do cultural expectations define gender roles?
Literature Component Goals
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
read critically and to ask pertinent questions about what they have read while recognizing and evaluating assumptions and implications.
read with understanding a range of literature that is rich in quality and representative of different literary forms and periods.
show an understanding of literature by analyzing specific literary texts in terms of plot, theme, point of view, characterization, setting, tone, mood, atmosphere and style.
read a literary text analytically to see relationships between form and content
complete close reading of a specific text to identify diction, syntax, figurative language, satire, irony, style, connotative meaning, and denotative meaning.
to describe how language contributes both literally and figuratively to the meaning of a work.
respond actively and imaginatively to a literary work by describing its stylistic features and evaluating those features in light of the themes
draw conclusions about the themes of a work.
think reflectively about what they have read and discussed and then to apply their findings to their own lives.
value literature as an imaginative representation of truth or reality.
Writing Component Goals
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
view writing as a developed discipline that includes collecting information, formulating ideas, and determining their relationships, drafting paragraphs and arranging them in an appropriate order with appropriate transitions between them, and revising what they have written.
write as a way of discovering and clarifying ideas.
write essays of literary analysis that discuss the salient features of a specific text and which have an effective thesis, appropriate and rich detail to insightfully support the thesis, and and which efficiently use appropriate diction and syntax.
respond directly and adeptly to literary questions in a timed essay format in which students quickly and clearly develop a major point and develop it fully
write appropriately for different occasions, audiences, and purposes (persuasion, interpretation, explanation)
use the conventions of standard written English with skill and assurance
maintain a consistent tone and appeal (emotional, logical, or ethical) through precise syntax, phrasing and diction)
summarize clearly and accurately the ideas of others
collect data from secondary sources, use it judiciously, and document it accurately
respond insightfully to quotations selected from literature studied
Our general organizational pattern will be to pursue a chronological discussion of the literature of the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Commonwealth nations (British literature), but we will also make frequent forays out of chronology and out of geographic area as particular themes or commonalities dictate. We will include one novel and one play from American literature. In-depth and rewarding discussion of literature will be the order of the day as we look closely to our texts to support our opinions and conclusions. Our class will be filled with give-and-take repartee, Socratic seminars, and a multitude of opportunities to reflect on literature through written responses. These responses will include (but are not limited to) theme papers, literary analyses, reaction pieces, expository pieces, and immediate responses (often timed) in-class-essays that afford participants the opportunity to interpret and/or evaluate literature under discussion.
You will be given the opportunity to conference with me and with your peers regularly about your writing. In discussing your writing, we will focus on elements such as effective word choice, sentence structure and syntax, essay organization, tone and voice, and most especially, the use of supporting detail. You will always be encouraged, and often required, to revise and resubmit the essays you create – for new and improved grades, of course!
Please be prepared to spend adequate time outside of class for the careful reading and writing that excellent work in this subject entails. We will always have at least two tasks on our hands at any time. One of them will be your independent study of a chronological era in British literature – Anglo-Saxon/Medieval Period, the Renaissance, the Restoration, the Romantic Period, the Victorian Period, and the Twentieth Century (Norton Anthology). You will read, note-take, formulate essential questions, and list essential conclusions on each of the literary pieces in these respective eras. You will be given a specific list of works to read within each time period. Meanwhile, we will be reading and discussing a major work from the corresponding time period in class or a thematically related piece . Assessments for the former will include an AP-type objective and essay exams; for the latter, a theme paper, analysis, reaction piece, or Socratic seminar will be required. Reading quizzes, announced or unannounced, may be given at any time.
Hard copies of all essays are due on the due date. Late submissions will be penalized according to English Department practice, which is 7 points per school day late. Because of the vagaries of life, students will be given one non-transferable and non-replaceable “sympathy pass” per semester to use for a submission one day late without penalty. Occasionally “printer problems” cause headaches. If you must submit an essay via email to show that it was completed on time, send it as text if you are not using Microsoft Word. Not all attachments are compatible with our system.
Unit exams will be a combination of objective and essay and will be constructed to resemble AP exams. College application essay practice will occur in September and October.
April and early May is AP exam preparation time. Expect many opportunities to take practice AP multiple choice tests and to write AP essays.
All essays will be assessed using an AP rubric which features a grading scale of 1-9, with 9 being the highest grade. That rubric is below. Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the contents of the rubric. You’ll want to keep the concepts in mind as you rewrite and edit your own work.
These are well-written papers which respond fully to the question
asked. The best papers show a full understanding of the issues and
support their points with appropriate textual evidence and
examples. Writers of these essays demonstrate stylistic maturity by
an effective command of sentence structure, diction, and
organization. The writing need not be without flaws, but it should
reveal the writer’s ability to choose from and control a wide range
of elements of effective writing.
These essays also respond correctly to the questions asked but do so
less fully or less effectively than the essays in the top range. Their
discussion may be less thorough and less specific. These essays are
well-written in an appropriate style but reveal less maturity than the
top papers. They do make use of textual evidence to support their
points. Some lapses in diction or syntax may appear, but the writing
demonstrates sufficient control over the elements of composition to
present the writer’s ideas clearly.
These essays respond to the question, but the comments may be
simplistic or imprecise; they may be overly generalized, vague, or
inadequately supported. These essays are adequately written, but
may demonstrate inconsistent control over the elements of
composition. Organization is attempted, but it may not be fully
realized or particularly effective.
These essays attempt to deal with the question, but do so either
inaccurately or without support or specific evidence. They may
show some misunderstanding or omit pertinent analysis. The writing
can convey the writer’s ideas, but it reveals weak control over
diction, syntax, organization. These essays may contain excessive
and distracting spelling and grammatical errors. Statements are
seldom supported with specific or persuasive evidence, or
inappropriately lengthy quotations may replace discussion and
These essays fail to respond adequately to the question. They may
reveal misunderstanding or may distort the interpretation. They
compound the problems of the Lower Score papers. Generally these
essays are unacceptably brief or poorly written. Although some
attempts to answer the question may be indicated, the writer’s view
has little clarity and only slight, if any, evidence in its support.
How do we translate the scoring rubric into the WHS numerical grading system?
8 = 95
7 = 90
6 = 85
5 = 80
4 = 75
3 = 70
2 = 60
1 = 50
We will have mini-lessons on issues of grammar and mechanics as your written work suggests the need.
Allusion cards – You will submit a minimum of twenty-five “allusion cards” each quarter. These allusions can be Biblical, historical, literary, mythological, or cultural. But each must be relevant to the literature we have read each term; Identify the allusion, tell where you found it, and interpret or describe its relevance. These cards should be 3 x 5 index cards and be written neatly in blue or black ink. Follow the format shown on the handout. No pencil is allowed. Due dates to be announced.
Essential Terms and Literary Device Assignment:
Because it is essential to have a command of the vocabulary necessary to discuss an author’s craft in poetry and prose, you will complete a two part assignment to assist you in developing the language of literary criticism. The first component, one of our first assignments, will be a group effort to complete a chart of term definitions. The second, like the allusion cards, will be an ongoing assignment in which you will find and record on index cards examples of particular literary devices. Twenty five of these will be due per quarter. Due dates (or modifcations)to be announced.
Twenty Questions - The following are questions to ask regarding the analysis of literature on a number of different levels. We will reference these questions abundantly. So try to become facile with their use over the course of the year:
1. How do you feel about this work? For example, what feelings did it evoke when you read it – pity, fear, surprise, suspense, joy, humor?
2. Does your attitude toward or understanding of the work change as you read it? What brings about or conditions that change? How many different ways can the work be read?
3. By manipulating such literary devices as tone and point of view, authors try to establish a relationship between their work and their readers. What relationship to the reader does his work (or author) assume? What elements of the work help establish this relationship?
4. Make an inventory of the key words, symbols, and images in the work by listing those that seem most significant to you. What “meanings” seem to be attached to these words, symbols, and images?
5. How do these words, symbols, and images help to provide unity or define the overall pattern or structure of the work?
6. Under what genre should the work be classified? What generic conventions are readily apparent? If the work is fiction or drama, what does each of the five structural elements – plot, character, setting, theme, and mood – contribute to the work? If it is poetry, how do meter, rhythm, rhyme, and figurative language contribute to your experience of the poem?
7. How does the work reflect the biographical or historical background of the author or the time during which it was written?
8. What are the principal themes of the work?
9. What moral statement, if any, does the work make? What philosophical view of life or the world does the work present?
10. What are the principal characteristics or defining traits of the protagonist or main character(s) in the work?
11. What psychological relationships exist between and among the characters? Try to determine which characters are stronger or weaker. What is the source of their strength or weakness?
12. Are there unconscious conflicts within or between characters? How are these conflicts portrayed in the work? Is the Freudian concept of id-ego-superego applicable?
13. Is sexuality or sexual imagery employed in the work? Does the work contain Freudian or psychoanalytic symbolism: for example, the Oedipus complex, the pleasure principle, wish fulfillment, or the Electra complex?
14. How do the principal characters view the world around them and the other characters in the work? Is that view accurate or trustworthy, or do you sense some distortion? If you do, what do you think causes that distortion?
15. Does the work contain mythic elements in plot, theme, or character? If not specific ancient myths or modern ones like the American Dream, are there recognizable mythic patterns such as rebirth/fertility, quest/journey, struggle/return of the hero?
16. Are there archetypal characters, images, or symbols, such as the great mother, the wise old man, the sea, or the seasons? How do these archetypal elements contribute to the work?
17. Do you find a pattern of growth or “individuation” such as C. G. Jung describes? Are certain characters identifiable as shadow, persona, or anima types?
18. What is the relationship between the work and the society it presents or grew out of? Does it address particular social issues either directly or indirectly—for example, race, sex, class, religion, politics?
19. What is the sex of the main character(s)? Does that affect your reading of the work? Does sexual identity affect the relationships among characters in the work?
20. Finally, does the story, poem or play lend itself to one of the various interpretive techniques more than to others?
from Literature and Interpretive Techniques, Guerin, Edward, et. al. (New York: Harper and Row, 1986)
And finally, the course timeline outlined below is subject to change as our schedules often do. The actual due dates of the requirements below will be set well in advance but are not indicated on this syllabus.
August – Preliminaries
Your summer break is filled with opportunities to begin our year’s work. Take advantage of your summer opportunities by reading the following works and completing the attendant work.
1) Beowulf – Seamus Heaney edition. This is England’s first great epic. This is the story of the hero Beowulf and his conquests. We will use this work as a starting point in the discussion of our first literary theme – the Hero. Please read and study Richard Wilbur’s poem “Beowulf” as well as the Time magazine article entitled “The Gospel of Superman”. Assessment: In September we will conduct a Socratic seminar to assess your knowledge and understanding of the concept of “isolation of the hero” as it applies to all three pieces. We will also discuss how Beowulf embodies the values of the culture from which it emerges. Complete the attached handouts.
2) Grendel by John Gardner This is a humorous retelling of the Beowulf story from the point of view of the monster, Grendel. After you read this novel, complete the attached handouts and write a three to four page essay in which you compare and contrast Beowulf and Grendel in terms of their purposes, the characters Beowulf, Grendel, Unferth, and Hrothgar. Consider tone and point of view. This essay and handouts will be due on the first day class meets.
3) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – This is a classic frame story, or story within a story. This is a short but intense novel packed with symbols and images. You will:
a) Make a list of 25 separate symbols/images/motifs in the novel. For example, a French gunboat firing cannon randomly into the jungle is noteworthy (hint). Or, perhaps you notice the potential of a bunch of rivets or a sunken steamer (hint, hint).
Write a 3 to 5 page essay on the significance of any ONE of your images or symbols. Develop a plausible and intelligent thesis to support with an insightful analysis that uses a number of significant textual citations. MLA format is expected.
The due date is Wednesday, August 10, 2011. You may mail your essay and separate list of symbols to Beth Guy, Windham High School, 406 Gray Rd., Windham ME 04062. The envelope must be postmarked no later than midnight August 10, 2011. You may hand-deliver the envelope to the main office on or before the due date, in which case you must have a secretary or administrator sign the envelope or essay to verify its timely delivery.
4) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – This is a novel of dystopia that carries some important messages regarding government, gender, and a host of other topics.
OR (your choice)
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – This is an uplifting story of a young South African youth growing up in the years prior to World War II.
Assessment: You will keep a reader response journal on whichever of these novels you choose. Your journal should contain at least nine interesting and provocative quotations from the novel. You should react in depth to the quotation - explain its significance in terms of character, tone, point of view, theme, etc. Last (#10), include your personal response to the novel and what it means to you. This reader response journal should be word-processed. Note page numbers for quotations and editions of works you use. This reader response journal will be due on the first day class meets after Labor Day.
Please note: Plagiarism or failure to complete satisfactorily ALL of the summer reading requirements ON TIME will result in your removal from the course. No exceptions. Plan ahead.
Have a great summer and enjoy your adventures into some great literature!!
*Read Becket by Anouilh – This is the mesmerizing and partly fictitious story of the relationship between Henry II and Thomas Becket.
Assessment: You will write an in-class essay on the concepts of “passion and duty” or other central question as represented in this text. This essay will be peer-edited and available for revision and resubmission.
*Canterbury Tales - We will read together and discuss the entire prologue and select six individual tales from the Knight, Wife of Bath, Franklin, Oxford Cleric, Merchant, the Nun’s Priest, and Pardoner.
Assessment: You will be assigned one of the essay topics:
a. In a 3 – 5 page theme paper, discuss Chaucer’s and /or the medieval period’s attitudes
towards women and/or the institution of marriage as based on your interpretation of the
“marriage tales” that we read. Employ strong textual support.
b. In a 3 – 5 page theme paper, discuss the methods that Chaucer employs in the actual
tales themselves to support and reinforce your initial understanding or interpretation of specific characters as they were introduced in the prologue. Discuss a minimum of
three tales. Support your arguments.
c. Write a close analysis of how Chaucer creates a distinct character of the Squire in the
College essay – Your first draft of a college application essay is due this month. We will peer
edit this, and I will conference with each of you as well.
*Read the introduction to the Renaissance including a discussion of the Elizabethan, Jacobean,
and Puritan periods. Read the poetry of Wyatt, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, Herrick, Lovelace, Suckling, Herbert, Vaughan, and Milton. This is to be done outside
of class. We will reinforce your understanding with significant in-class discussion of the poetry
as we concentrate on the elements of theme, diction, syntax, and imagery. Assessment: Exam -including both objective responses and an essay.
*Macbeth – Let’s delve into the deepest recesses of the human soul and see how overabundant
ambition can ruin a man, a family, a nation. We wil look closely at Shakespeare’s use of images to support hid themed.. We will discuss: images of planting, sowing, and reaping; images of children and generations, birds purging and cleansing; light and dark, masking and clothing; and irony.
Assessment: In a 3 – 5 page theme paper, discuss one of the recurring image patterns in
Macbeth. Consider the author’s reasons for employing the element, its effectiveness, and how
the image/symbol/motif furthers your understanding of the characters and situations in the drama.
This essay will be subsequently revised and resubmitted.
*College essay – second (final) draft will be due.
The Return of the Native – The role of fate and reality vs. illusion will be themes for discussion and writing. Students will write an in-class essay on one of these topics and revise into a final draft.
*Read the assigned works (Norton Anthology) of the 17th and 18th C. As usual, your independent reading willbe followed by significant in-class discussion of the works. Remember to continue to focus on essential questions and conclusions.
a. In-class essay on Pope. From what you know of the conventions of epic poetry, point
out at least three incidents in “The Rape of the Lock” that parallel the action in
Beowulf or Paradise Lost, and explain what each of these allusions contributes to
Pope’s poem as a whole.
b. Objective and essay exam on the Restoration
*Hamlet – Shakespeare’s brilliant statement about hesitation and action is next. Some key points
to consider: madness (feigned or otherwise?); images of herbs, flowers, and weeds; disease; the
rhetorical and structural purposes of “foils.” We will read this together. Responses will occur in
Pride and Prejudice - We will discuss and write about this work as social satire. A theme paper will be crafted and revised on Austen’s satire of 18th C mores and customs.
Hamlet – Assessments:
a. Socratic seminar – Discuss the question of Hamlet’s madness. Don’t be discouraged as
this question has been pondered for 400 years without definitive closure. Hey, perhaps
now you folks will finally answer the question!!
b. Craft a 3 – 5 page theme paper on Hamlet. Here are some choices:
1. Discuss the concepts of delay and action in Hamlet.
2. Discus the concept of disease in Hamlet.
3. Discuss the function of flower/herb/weed images in the play.
4. Prove or disprove that Ophelia’s death was suicide or accident.
5. Discuss the function or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the play.
6. Discuss the “spy” motif.
7. Discuss reality vs. illusion
As always, support your premise with significant textual support This essay will be revised and
*Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – Our reading of Hamlet flawlessly flows into a
discussion of Tom Stoppard’s play and the Theater of the Absurd movement. We’ll begin with a
primer into theistic existentialism and atheistic existentialism, and away we’ll go. This play
BEGS to be read aloud and so we will. Don’t try to outthink the piece at first. Just let it happen!
We’ll conclude the Theater of the Absurd unit next month with another reading and an essay.
*Read the Romantic Period. Concentrate on Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and
Shelley. Finish over the vacation break. Discussion and assessments will follow in January.
An analytical essay will be assigned on comparing and contrasting two poems from the Romantic Period such as Keats’ and Wordsworth’s poems “To Sleep”.
Assessment: Objective and essay exam in AP style.
Wuthering Heights - We will discuss and write about this novel in terms of its images, symbols, and class consciousness. Psychological perspectives will also be discussed. We will also raise evaluative questions about this novel of intense passion. In Emily Bronte’s time, this novel was not especially well-received; however, it has withstood the test of time even though some critics have dismissed it as a sentimental novel without a didactic message. How should we critique the intent and artistry of this work? What standards and variables should we consider in judging the quality and value of this work? How would we frame an argument to justify (or not) its place in the canon? An in class essay will be the assessment. Students will then revise this essay into a refined essay.
We will read Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. This play leads into discussion of the American Dream and the experience of an African American family in pursuit of that dream. Cultural issues such as assimilation will also be discussed.
AP style essay assessment will be given.
*Read the Victorian Period. Concentrate especially on the works of Tennyson, Arnold,
Browning, Hopkins, Housman, and Hardy. Get familiar with the “dramatic monologue”
technique. What makes Tennyson so beloved? We will once again discuss these poets and
others at length following your independent reading.
a. In-class essay on Browning’s “My Last Duchess.” Browning the poet, of course, does not
speak in his own voice in this poem to deliver his judgment of the Duke. But what does
he make us infer about the Duke’s nature. What devices does Browning
employ to do so? How does he make you feel (tone) toward a man who can experience
nature and people only if he collect them as works of art?
b. Objective and essay exam on the Victorian Period.
*A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Here is a jump out of chronology as we tackle Joyce’s
autobiographical novel. In challenging stream of consciousness style ,Joyce portrays the growth and development of the mind, spirit, and persona of his “hero,” Stephen. It is because of this difficulty in reading, that we will actually read together chapter 1.Stephen’s recollection of his early childhood. Stephen is going through the growth and maturation process that we all experience. The novel is so filled with recognizable themes, and is colored with so many motifs and symbols that this is a phenomenal trip! You will read the remaining 4 chapters during winter break. Enjoy.
– Assessment: You are to write a 3 – 5 page analysis of the novel. We’ll
keep the parameters of this one wide open as your responses and reactions to the novel can be so
varied: Here are some suggested topics:
a. determine the relationship between the five part (chapter) structure of the novel and
theme/growth of the main character.
b. analyze any one of the prevalent motifs in the novel – the Latin language, prayers,
c. write originally and creatively on other topics such as– sexuality, religion, personal
d. evaluate Joyce’s epiphanies in the novel.
As always, support your thesis with significant textual citation. Happy writing. This essay may
be revised and resubmitted.
*The Importance of Being Earnest – This is Oscar Wilde’s tour de farce about Victorian mores, a
social comedy whose wittiness is as fun today as it was in production in 1895. Beneath its
apparently inane banter lies much commentary about society.
Assessment: class discussion.
*Pygmalion – Bernard Shaw’s play was popular when it was first produced, and is popular today.
In fact, it is the Basis for the musical “My Fair Lady.” Its most elemental theme, like A Portrait,
is the growth of the individual, but its tack is totally different. One of the things the play is
known for, besides its massive entertainment value, is Shaw’s heavy-handed lobbying for two of
his pet topics – the need for a phonetic alphabet so that all people could learn to speak the
English language proficiently, and the basic, if artificial, differences between members of the
various social classes. This is social satire at its best.
Assessment: Write a 2 – 4 page response to one of the interpretive essay prompts I will give
Practice AP exams
- Orwell – We will discuss and write about Orwell’s concept of dystopia, the themes of totalitarianism, psychological manipulation, and control of information, and technology. What implications are there for our society?
Practice AP exams.
*Read The Twentieth Century. Concentrate specifically on the poetry of Yeats, Eliot, Lawrence,
Auden, Brooke, Thomas, Spender, Larkin, Hughes; and the prose of Woolf, Orwell, Atwood, and
Lawrence. After your independent reading, we will discuss selected pieces at length. Our key
thematic pursuit will be to address the relationship between politics and economics of the time
and the resultant literature. 1984 will inform our discussions.
Assessment: Objective and essay exam
THE AP EXAM. Good luck. You can do this. You ARE ready!!
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Major Authors – Greenblatt, Stephen, ed.
(New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2006)
Beowulf – Heaney, Seamus, translator
Heart of Darkness – Conrad, Joseph
The Power of One – Courtenay, Bryce
Grendel – Gardner, John
The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer, Geoffrey
Becket – Anouihl, Jean
Macbeth – Shakespeare, William
Hamlet – Shakespeare, William
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – Stoppard, Tom
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Joyce, James
The Return of the Native - Hardy, Thomas
Pride and Prejudice - Austen, Jane
Wuthering Heights - Bronte, Emily
1984 - Orwell, George
A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
The Importance of Being Earnest – Wilde, Oscar
Pygmalion – Shaw, George Bernard
Grades will be calculated with these percentage values which may be adjusted as necessary.
Reading quizzes 10%
Allusion and Essential Terms and Devices Cards 15 %
Informal responses and Socratic seminars 25%
Formal essays 50%
Late nights in Room 120: Monday and Tuesday or by appointment
1. All short-term assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Generally, they may not be turned in late for credit. Work that is late because of an excused absence should be passed in immediately upon your return to school, whether we have class on that day or not.
2. Long-term assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Work that is late will result in a deduction of seven points per school day. Long-term assignments include essays, literary analyses, projects, research papers, etc. Just because a class does not meet on a particular day, it does not mean you cannot turn in an assignment for that class. Each student will be issued one non-transferable “sympathy pass” per semester to use for 7 late points if needed. Lost passes get no sympathy.
3. Work that is to be passed in must be completed in blue or black ink, or can be word processed. All major essays must be word processed. Please note that pencil is NOT acceptable.
4. Please do not be late to class. “Late” means not in your seat when then bell rings. Three tardies will result in detention. Further detentions will be sent to administration. A tardy of more than twenty minutes is recorded as UA.
5. Do not leave texts in class or depend upon borrowing one in the
classroom. The text you sign out at the beginning of the year is the one you must turn in at the end of the year! We cannot be responsible for materials left in the room. Always also have a pen and notebook for handouts.
6. After an absence from class, you must be excused through the main office in order to make up work missed. You are expected to make up all work you have missed because of an EXCUSED absence. You should make sure you have a reliable attendance “buddy” with whom you can check when you return from an absence. Forms for attendance buddies to use are kept in the classroom. All work such as quizzes and tests must be made up within two weeks. All work missed as a result of an UNEXCUSED absence will result in a grade of zero and cannot be made up.
7. Please practice polite and respectful behavior at all times. This includes, but is not limited to, putting away cellphones, iPods, and hats. Please keep laptops closed unless we are using them for a class activity. Be engaged fully in our work, rather than doing other class work when you are here. To do otherwise is rude.
Questions? Please ask. The content and expectations of this class are to be college level. Please accept college level responsibility for yourself and your work. If you are inadequately challenged, please let me know.
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