Grade Twelve Mr. Hane Course: Language Arts 12B Course Description: Language Arts 12B is designed to reinforce grammar usage in formal writing and speaking situations, to increase vocabulary, to improve reading comprehension, to expose students to British literature and to provide skills necessary to discuss, analyze and write about that literature. Text(s): British Literature, Holt Vocabulary Workshop, level G, Sadlier-Oxford (Through Unit 10) Several trade books (paperback novels) Core Works (* denotes that this work is a required work for ALL students at this grade level) WORKS (novels, excerpts, poems) Othello by Shakespeare Brave New World by Aldus Huxley* 1984 by George Orwell* Macbeth by Shakespeare* Pygmalion* Frankenstein by Mary Shelly Beowulf Prologue to Canterbury Tales by Chaucer Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Everyman Paradise Lost by Milton Pilgrim’s Progress Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge The Importance of Being Earnest Various poems/ poets (British Literature) Grammar/ Mechanics/ usage Focus Review previous sequence as needed ACT/SAT grammar practice Refine use of punctuation: commas, dashes, semi-colons, colons Core Writing Assignments Senior Memory Book (sometimes called “scrapbook”) o 6-8 writing assignments required Senior research paper o 5-7 pages o MLA formatting and documentation style Several responses to literature (analytical) Vocabulary Vocabulary Workshop, level G (goal for semester is 10 units of 20 words each) Vocabulary from literature selections Research/ Writing Focus MLA documentation style MLA style outline In-text parenthetical citations Works Cited Properly formatted and documented Graphs/ Charts/ Tables Components of a research paper: explanation, research, analysis, findings, conclusion Guidance Component Senior Exit Survey Standardized Test Practice Practice for reading/ English sections of SAT/ACT Course Requirements Students must come to class prepared with writing utensils, paper, textbooks and notebook. Homework assignments are designed for practicing skills or preparing for future class work. It is essential that students complete all homework on time. If late, it is the instructor’s option to give credit, partial credit, or no credit. Grading Scale Each assignment is given a point value. This is known as the possible points. Percentages will be converted to letter grades based on the 80/20 policy. Points may be deducted from all assignments for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors and for not following directions. At Green High School, grades are calculated in all classes based on the 80/20 Policy. As a result, a student’s grade is divided into 2 categories: Academic Achievement and Academic Practice. After a student has had sufficient instruction and practice on a topic, it is then reasonable to judge his/her mastery of the information or skills in the form of academic achievement assessments. The purpose is to evaluate how well a student has learned the material. Eighty percent of the total course grade comes from academic achievement and will consist of tests (oral, written and performance), some quizzes, some homework, writings, projects or presentations. Whenever a student learns new material he or she goes through a time of wrestling with the material before eventually mastering the information or skills. It is expected that a student will make some mistakes during this learning process. Work completed during this learning period is considered academic practice. Twenty percent of the total course grade comes from academic practice and will consist of some quizzes, homework, first drafts of writing, teacher questions during instruction, some worksheets, informal observations or pre-testing. Retesting Policy: There will be a maximum of 2 retests allowed during the school year. Retesting will be offered for Grammar Tests only. In order to be eligible for taking a retest, you must complete a Chapter Review assignment that will be due when you retake the test. All test retakes must be taken within 2 weeks of the day that graded tests have been returned to the class. If you retake the test, the grade that you earn on the retake will replace your original test grade. Cell Phones and other Electronic Devises: Cell phones and electronic devises are not permitted in this classroom at any time unless special permission is given. Students that use an electronic devise without permission will have the devise confiscated and will be referred to the office. Make-up work It is the students’ responsibility to secure any assignments missed due to class absences. Students are permitted as much time as they have missed to make up work. Make-up tests and quizzes should be arranged with the teacher. Discipline Any violation of the Green Student Code of Conduct will be dealt with appropriately by detentions, referral to office, conference with parents, or discussion with students. Behavior that is deemed unsafe by the teacher will result in the immediate removal of the student from the classroom. Disciplinary action will be taken at the teacher’s earliest convenience. General Rules Be in the classroom when the bell rings. No exceptions. No talking. If you would like to speak, raise your hand. All homework is due at the BEGINNING of the period. I do not accept late homework. No eating or drinking in class. You may drink water and chew gum; however, I do not want to see or hear the gum. You are responsible for all make-up work. No sleeping or having your head down in class. You are here to learn, not to socialize.