Gateway Regional High School
(856) 848-8200 extention 526
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This course will focus primarily on American literature—both fiction and nonfiction, novels as well as plays, short stories and essays, and even different types of film. As we read and view these different works, we will consider one overarching question—how does an individual develop their identity and how then does that individual interact with the world around them? I believe that this question—of essentially who you are—is supremely appropriate for a senior English class, since soon you will be taking your own identities from a community you are perhaps quite familiar with into a larger world filled with a variety of individuals to connect with and communities to inhabit.
With that transition into life beyond Gateway in mind, we will also be using this literature as a medium through which we can hone the skills you will need beyond this classroom: reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and, most importantly, critical thinking. These are the skills developed through the study of literature that help individuals fully engage with the society they are a part of. Thus the goal of our units will be two-fold: to understand how our identity is developed by the world around us and to perfect the skills all individuals need to be an active participant in that world.
Course Expectations and Assessments
Tests, Essays, Independent Projects
Quizzes, Short Assignments
Classwork, Class Participation
Who are you? Which of your experiences most strongly define you?
Analysis of Novel
How do you develop your own morality? How is that development shaped by the communities you inhabit as well as your own sense of personal freedom?
Expository Reading and Writing
How do we make important choices? In what way are those choices representative of our personal expression? In what way do they expose the limits we exist within?
What choices have we made regarding technology in our lives? How have those choices altered our understanding of ourselves, each other and the world?
Expository Reading, Film and Multimedia Sources
Analysis of reading
Analysis of Film
Analysis of Podcast
- Homework will be assigned in this class; these assignments will be brief and will be checked at the beginning of class on the day the homework is due.
- The grades assigned for these assignments will either be 100 (complete) or 0 (incomplete).
- The grades for these homework assignments will appear in PowerSchool. However, they will not count towards your class average.
- Nonetheless, my homework assignments are almost always linked to classwork. As a result, failure to complete a homework assignment often results in a zero for classwork, which does count towards your class average. Relatedly, homework cannot be made up.
- Additionally, if you receive a zero for any homework assignment within a unit of study, you cannot retake the primary assessment for that unit.
Primary Assessment Retake Policy
- If you ever wish to retake a primary assessment, please make an appointment with me to discuss the retake.
- A retake in my class can take many forms, depending on the particular assessment. I may ask you to revise a piece of writing for additional points, take a different timed assessment that measures the same skills, or complete a project in place of the original assessment. The form of your re-take depends on what skills the original assessment measured, and in what areas you find yourself struggling in. In our appointment, we will discuss together which form would be best for your individual re-take.
- Please note, you must complete any primary assessment retake prior to the next primary assessment given in the marking period.
- Also, please note that if you have a zero for any homework assignment within the unit the original primary assessment was given, you cannot complete a retake of that primary assessment.
Attendance/Lateness/Missing Work Policies
- Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. If a student is not in his/her assigned seat when the bell rings he/she will be marked absent.
- In order to leave the classroom, the student must request permission from the teacher. If permission is granted, the students should then fill out the hall pass (located at the front of the room) with the date, their name, time out, and destination code (found on pass). When the student returns to the room, he/she should record the time returned on the pass and place the pass back in its holder at the front of the room. Only one person will be allowed to leave the room at a time, and such breaks cannot be longer than 5 minutes
- Late long-term assignments (Essays, Projects, etc.) will lose 10 points each day they are late. No late long-terms assignments will be accepted one week after the original due date. Homework checks will not be accepted late.
- If you are absent it is your responsibility to make up all missed work. Missed work will be recorded as a “1” in the gradebook. If you do not make an appointment to reschedule an assignment or fail to make up any assignment within a week of the original due date your grade for missed work will become a zero.
- Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any form. If you plagiarize an assignment, you will receive a zero for that assignment—this zero cannot be made up.
- Please bring your Chromebook to class every day.
- You will need something to hold papers handed out in this class as well as any notes you take, which you should bring to class everyday. I would recommend either a three-ring notebook or a sturdy folder that you are comfortable bringing to class every day.
- If we are working with a specific book or packet of readings, please bring it to class everyday.
- I will be always available for extra help after school on Tuesdays until 3:30.
- If you cannot see me on Tuesdays, please feel free to email me or speak to me after class to set up an appointment after school on another day. I often stay after school on other days as well.
- If after school is difficult for you, please let me know and we can set up an appointment during the school day based on our mutual availability.
Classroom Behavioral Expectations
- Be prepared—All students must come to class with a Chromebook, a folder or binder for papers, a pen and/or pencil, and, if applicable, a book. Occasional surprise checks will be implemented to enforce this rule.
- Raise your hand—Hopefully everyone will have a lot to say in this class, but unfortunately everyone can’t say it all at once. If you wish to speak, by all means raise your hand—I’ll make sure your voice is heard.
- Attack ideas, not people—During our conversations, you’ll probably find yourself disagreeing with me or with a fellow student. That’s great, (most good ideas are born from disagreement), but remember your issue is with the idea, not the person and should be expressed as such.
All additional Gateway rules will be followed. Also, please note:
- Cell phones are not allowed out in class, with the exception of the “cell phone parking” power strip at the back of the room.
- Earbuds/Headphones will only be allowed in class when I give explicit permission.
Failure to follow classroom rules and other discipline guidelines will result in movement through the following process:
- In-class warning
- After-class conference
- Teacher detention
- Administrative referral
- Continuation of discipline process as defined by the Gateway Code of Conduct