Course Title: Freshman English Instructor: Andrew Joe Dotson B.A. (M.Ed in progress) Graduate Student of University of Arizona College of Education Texts (Tentative): Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare Selected Poems (Songs of Experience, Songs of Innocence) of William Blake Selected Poems of Lord Alfred Tennyson A Cup of Tea by Katherine Mansfield Araby by James Joyce Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson The End of Something by Ernest Hemingway An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane The Wife of His Youth by Charles W. Chestnutt The Destination by Wang Anyi Clarissa by Isabelle Allende Selected World Poetry Selected Poetry of Sylvia Plath The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card Course Description: The course during this semester is designed to develop the student's proficiency of the English language by examining literature through multicultural viewpoints. Students will be presented with short stories, poetry, and novels from American, British, and World literature, respectively. Additionally, a unit on science-fiction will be covered towards the end of the semester to ready the students for material they will encounter their sophomore year. Students will be able to read, analyze, and question literary themes in the global perspective. Students will also develop their writing skills and vocabulary in relation to the literature presented. Philosophy: I believe that we are all individual learners. Through examining literature, we can better understand the world around us, and in turn, ourselves. How many times have you attended a class and forgot everything you learned only a few weeks after the class ended? I hope for my students to remember what they have learned, and walk away from the class with an impression that learning extends far beyond the classroom. I intend for my students to question and develop a personal philosophy attainable through the understanding of linguistics, writing, and literature. Not only do I wish for my students to develop a better understanding of the English language, I wish for my students to develop their own ideas, to think for themselves, and to pursue answers for their own questions. Goals: 1. To identify and understand conventions, literary and rhetorical devices of the English language. 2. To acquire a global awareness through literature. 3. To question, develop, and evaluate standpoints on global literature. 4. To receive an all-around understanding of the English language through the diversity of global literature. 5. To develop writing skills in relation to global literature. 6. To develop vocabulary in relation to global literature. 7. To apply the understanding of literary themes, their meaning, and how they translate to the personal life of the student. 8. To develop effective reading and writing strategies from the analysis of literature. Grading Policy: Grading is based on the traditional point-value system. A=90-100% B=80-89% C=70-79% D=60-69% F=59% or below Extra credit will only be awarded on the basis that your grade is borderline, that is for example, if you have an 88% or a 79%. Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend class every day. Additionally, students will be awarded attendance points each day they are present in class. If students should have to miss school for health or personal reasons, please inform the school, as well as myself via email, of their absence. Also, because we will cover a lot of material this semester, please be sure to ask me what work you have missed and need to make up. My primary goal is not only for you to learn, but to walk away from this class with an understanding relevant to the real-world. I am always accessible before class for any questions and/or concerns you might have about your progress. Class Expectations: My main expectation for this class is RESPECT. Students will always be expected to treat their fellow students with understanding, kindness, and tolerance. This is very simple. Treat others kindly and fairly. Students will also be expected to turn in their work on time. Failure to do so will result in a deduction of one letter grade per day late without an excused absence. Most importantly, students will be expected to try their best, to believe in themselves, their skills, and abilities, and learn in an engaging, challenging, and nurturing environment. Use of electronics, including cell phones, mp3 players, hand held devices, etc. will not be permitted during class. In the case that you need to reference text via the internet from your phone during in-class reading, I will make an exception. Contact Information: I am available anytime before class, and during planning period. I am also available by appointment. You can reach me by email. I encourage parents to contact me anytime to discuss questions, concerns, and/or student progress. Hablo Español , Je parle français, Ek praat Afrikaans.