Sebring High School 2012-2013 ESE English Course Syllabus Instructor: Gloria Allegri Classroom: 908 Phone: 863-471-5500 ext.217 E-mail:[email protected] Course Description: The goal of this class is to help the students to appreciate literature, while improving reading and writing skills. The students will read short stories, poetry, and novels, and answer thought-provoking questions. This will prepare the students for the FCAT Writes and the FCAT in reading. Course Outline/Schedule: First Nine Weeks Week 1: Classroom procedures and class requirements Week 2: Short Story: “The Most Dangerous Game”, Writing assignment, Vocabulary lessons, Comprehension questions Week 3: Reading focus: Biographical approach Stories: “Letters to John Allan”, “Alone”, and “The Cask of Amontillado” Continue vocabulary activities Writing Assignments Week 4: FCAT writing essay Stories: “Letter about Edgar Allan Poe’s Death”, “The Gift of the Magi” Reading strategies: Main ideas, supporting details, and conclusions Week 5: Final draft- FCAT Writes Analytical essay on Edgar Allan Poe Week 6: Continue analytical essay on Edgar Allan Poe Week 7: Analytical essay on Edgar Allan Poe Week 8: Continue analytical essay on Edgar Allan Poe Week 9: Begin poetry unit Poems- “Women” and “The Courage That My Mother Had” Second Nine Weeks Week 1: Second FCAT Writes essay Reading- The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Discussion- Shakespeare’s Life Week 2: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Love Sonnets Week 3: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Week 4: Read like a Rock Star The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Act IV and V Week 5: Feedback on FCAT Writes essay The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet newspaper project Week 6: Final draft FCAT Writes essay Group presentation of Romeo and Juliet project Week 7: Read like a Rock Star ends this week Week 8: Grammar unit: Usage Glossary Exercises 1-10 Week 9: Informational Text Focus: Primary and Secondary Source FCAT Practice Questions Midterm exams- Written essays and multiple choice tests Third Nine Weeks Week 1: The Odyssey Unit Read the Introduction Go over Odyssey Group Project requirements and deadlines Week 2: The Odyssey Unit Group Project Presentation Note-taking assignment on lesson Week 3: DVD- O Brother, Where Art Thou? Students will analyze, evaluate, and develop a personal interpretation of the Odyssey and film. Week 4: Read like a Rock Star Book Assignments Non-fiction Unit- Martin Luther King Jr. Speech, Writing of Maya Angelou Comparing works of one author Meet the author Week 5: Read like a Rock Star Non-fiction Unit Week 6: Short Story Unit #2 English skills- Narrator, voice, tone, point of view Reading skills- Context clues Read “The Interloper” by Saki and “Initiation” by Plath Week 7: Short Story Unit First Person Narrative Read “Marigolds” Writing Focus Week 8: Read like a Rock Star PLARS Project Week 9: Grammar Unit: Phrases and Clauses, Parts of Sentences and/or Combining Sentences Fourth Nine Weeks Week 1: The Miracle Worker by Gibson Read, “Anne’s Formative Years (1866-1886) Distribute American Sign Language alphabet sheet Active Reading on plot FCAT procedures, test-taking skills, and practice exercises Week 2: Continue reading, The Miracle Worker FCAT procedures, test-taking skills, and practice exercises Week 3: This may be FCAT/EOC week Continue reading The Miracle Worker Active reading guide on drama plot Week 4: This may be FCAT/EOC week Continue reading The Miracle Worker Active reading guide on drama plot Week 5: Active reading drama plot DVD film of The Miracle Worker Project Unit review Test Week 6: Finalize all work related to The Miracle Worker Compile writings from the year on Prezi Week 7: Continue working on writing portfolio on Prezi Week 8: Finalize and present writing profolio on Prezi Week 9: Review for final exam Week 10: Final exam Expected Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing this course, the students will: 1. Demonstrate improved achievement in English as determined by the Common Core Standards. 2. Apply critical thinking, problem solving, and test-taking skills and strategies for assessment on standardized tests. 3. Demonstrate an appreciation of literature. Midterm and Final Exams: All students will be required to take a midterm and final exam in English. Midterm and final exams will be a combination of multiple choice questions and written essays. Course Requirements and Grading Scale: The students’ grades will be based on the point system. Requirements 20 50 5 25 Projects Classwork Homework Assignments Tests and Quizzes Grading Scale A B C D F 90-100 80-89 70-79 60-69 0-59 Behavioral Expectations and Repercussions: Classroom rules: 1. Be in class on time. 2. Enter the classroom quietly. 3. Start work immediately. 4. Listen to instructions. 5. Work bell-to-bell. 6. Complete assignments. 7. Stay on-task in the cooperative learning teams. 8. Only use computer sites designated by the teacher. 9. Respect the teacher. 10. Respect one another. 11. No food or drink allowed in the classroom. The only exception is bottled water. 12. Follow all school and district rules. Electronic devices must be turned off during school hours and be in your book bag, purse, or locker. If caught using any electronic device, it will be confiscated and given to your dean. A parent or guardian will have to pick it up from the office. 13. Expect your best and you will achieve it. Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior: 1st Offense: Warning 2nd Offense: Detention 3rd Offense: Call Home 4th Offense: Referral Note: If there is a severe disruption or danger to anyone in the classroom, the student will be sent to the office immediately. Make-up Policy: It is the responsibility of the student to ask for make-up work after an absence. The student will have 2 days to bring in an excuse from home. If the excuse is approved by the office, the student will then make up the work.