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