CONTEMPORARY FICTION & NONFICTION SYLLABUS HOFFMAN

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CONTEMPORARY FICTION & NONFICTION SYLLABUS HOFFMAN OVERVIEW:

This course will explore contemporary literature. Students will be expected to critically read, comprehend and respond to the literature in class discussion and written assignments. Although the main focus of the course is literature, speaking and writing skills will also be emphasized.

OUTCOMES:

• Read and react to varied literary genre including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama (selections may be from crime fiction, suspense, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, history, biography, memoir, travel, western, etc.) • Consider each work through discussion and writing assignments • Increase skill in writing about and talking about literature • Become familiar with a variety of literary treatments of a single theme or literary type • Develop skill in the interpretation and criticism of literature • Develop a variety of approaches to the study of literature • Become familiar with different genre • Develop stylistic maturity in writing including refined sentence structure, organization and rhetoric • Deepen understanding of literature in finding both meaning and pleasure • Explore the difference in purpose and effect between imaginative and informative literature • Become familiar with several major contemporary authors • Use literary terms with facility • Web-based book reviews/discussion • Literature circles • Refine thinking, writing, and communication skills

MATERIALS:

• Notebooks • Pen/pencil • USB flash drive (Recommended – NOT Required) • Email account • Schoolview account

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS/EXPECTATIONS:

• Effort/positive attitude/participation • Late work: 1 day late = 75%, 2 days = 50%, 3 days = 25%, 4 days late = 0. • If you are absent or tardy, YOU are responsible to find out what you missed and complete it within the allowed time • Grades will be posted by student I.D. #; you should know your grade! USE Schoolview! • All formal written assignments are to be word processed and completed to our mutual satisfaction

BEHAVIORAL REQUIREMENTS/EXPECTATIONS

: • Be on time. We follow school policy for absences and tardies. • Passes will be virtually non-existent this trimester - Accept it when you’re denied your request. Take a tardy if it’s that important! • No electronic devices. • Keep make-up confined to restrooms or home. • NO food or drink (from an open container) is to be consumed in this room.

GRADES:

• Assignments will be graded on a point system. (92%=A, 82%=B, 72%=C, 62%=D, 59%=F) •You must achieve at least 60% of all offered points to pass this class.

TEXTS:

Into The Wild

by John Krakauer

The Lovely Bones

, by Alice Sebold

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

, by Mark Haddon

Five People You Meet in Heaven

by Mitch Albom One piece of Contemporary Fiction or Non-Fiction – Student Choice – Read outside of class and subject matter for online Wiki Project.

OPTIONAL TEXTS:

Ishmael

by Daniel Quinn

First They Killed My Father

, by Loung Ung Selected contemporary short stories, articles, poetry, drama, memoirs, etc. with possible use of all or of excerpts from,

Interpreter of Maladies

by Jhumpa Lahiri,

Hiding in the Open

,

Tuesdays With Morrie

,

The Laramie Project

,

Noises Off

,

The Exonerated

,

Boy Gets Girl

,

Into Thin Air

, or others as time permits and as copies are available.

Tapestry: A Multicultural Anthology

edited by Alan C. Purves

REMEMBER THIS ALWAYS: IF IT IS NOT GOOD, IT IS NOT DONE!!! YOU, AND YOU ALONE, ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR EDUCATION. DON’T LAY THE BLAME, GUILT, ONUS ON SOMEONE ELSE WHEN YOU’RE THE ONE “NOT TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS!” WITH YOUR COOPERATION, WE WILL HAVE A PRODUCTIVE AND REWARDING TRIMESTER!

 

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