CP American Lit:
This junior, college-preparatory level English Language Arts course uses non-fiction and fiction literary works to study the power of language and thought as it pertains to the American Dream. The course combines works from the American Literature canon with more recent literary non-fiction/fiction pieces to understand, appreciate, and apply rhetorical strategies while studying the unique American Experience. Assignments will include but are not limited to oral presentations, analytical essays, argumentative pieces, short and extended research projects, personal position statements and reflective essays. Reading/writing strategies and verbal skills instruction are designed for SAT preparation and college-level evaluations.
CP World Lit:
This sophomore, college-preparatory English Language Arts course uses non-fiction and fiction literary works to study the universal human condition in world cultures. The courses combine works from the World Literature canon with more recent literary non-fiction/fiction pieces and novels to understand the connections between world cultures, creating awareness of and empathy for world issues. Assignments will include but are not limited to oral presentations, analytical essays, argumentative pieces, short and extended research projects, personal position statements and reflective essay. Additionally, the reading and writing assignments have been designed for SAT and state test preparation, as well as college-level evaluations.
Classwork (formative assessments, collaborative activities, vocabulary practice, daily warm ups, etc)
Homework (summer reading)
Essays / Projects / Presentations
Homework is graded with either a check plus (100%), a check (85%), or a check minus (65%). This policy to ensure that is it graded in a timely manner and returned to students to use as a study guide. Any homework that is late automatically earns a 50%, but I will accept for a grade until the interim.
For any product assignments turned in late, it will be 10% off every day, up to 50% off. If it is not turned in after 5 days late, it will be a zero.
Rules & Procedures:
- Be on time.
- Come to class prepared to learn! (iPads charged, pencils sharpened, notebooks ready, etc.)
- Respect all property! (Your own, your neighbor’s, the school’s and mine. Vandalism will not be tolerated.)
- Respect anyone and everyone who enters our classroom.
- Respect all ideas given in class and do not criticize anybody’s thoughts or ideas.
- Do YOUR very best!
- “No Opt Out” Policy – Every student is expected to give their best answer when called on; you cannot opt out of class participation. If you are unsure of the correct answer, explain your thinking or make an educated guess.
- Students will remain seated during instructional time.
- No bathroom breaks until instruction is complete.
- Only one student may be out of the room for the bathroom/water at a time.
- If this privilege is abused, you will not be allowed to leave the classroom.
- If an issue requires immediate action (if you need to sharpen your pencil or borrow a pen), raise your pen, pencil or paper instead of your hand.
- Daily SAT/PSAT Warm Up – The warm-up will be on the board, and it is your responsibility to complete this assignment in the allotted time. You are required to keep your warm-ups together so they can be collected and graded bi-monthly. Occasionally, there will be quizzes given on this content.
- Collaborative Pairs / Group Work – We will be working with partners frequently throughout the year. The colored star on the desk you are sitting at will be your point of reference for your role in pair work and group work.