Ms. Hunter High School for Public Service
Rm. AG09-B 600 Kingston Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11201
firstname.lastname@example.org (718) 467-7400
Literature & Debate
“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”
Welcome to the grade 9/10 Argument and Debate class at HSPS! In this writing intensive course we will be honing our persuasive and argumentation skills by examining rhetoric, reading informational texts and learning how to conduct a formal debate.
Arguments are everywhere. Whenever you are turning on the television, reading a newspaper or magazine, talking to friends or family or engaging in a class debate, you encounter arguments. Because arguments are so prevalent, the better your argumentation skills, the better you will be able to function -- not just in school but also in the wider world. When you have a clear claim, convincing support, and effective refutation of opposing arguments, you establish your credibility and go a long way towards convincing others that you are someone worth listening to. This class will teach you the skills needed to problem-solve, work collaboratively, and use analytical thinking to make your voice heard.
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
Areas of Exploration:
- Rhetoric (identification and usage)
- Reading/annotating informational text
- Nonfiction lit circles
- Formal debate skills
- A notebook or binder section for this class ONLY
- A two pocket folder:
- One side for handouts
- One side for loose leaf paper
It is expected that you will arrive to class on time and fully prepared to engage with the work of the day, every day. To be successful in this class requires you to be responsible, organized, and ready to contribute. Discussion is an extremely important aspect of our classwork and everyone is expected to come ready to participate in class! Because of the nature of some of the discussion topics, this class also requires you to be kind, thoughtful and respectful of others. Any behavior that deviates from these expectations will result in significant consequences both for you AND your grade.
- Notebooks, timeliness, organization, etc.
- 25%- Homework and Classwork
- Homework, classwork and written assignments will be weighted depending on their length and/or level of difficulty. Please check PupilPath to see how much each assignment counts towards your overall average.
- Exams and quizzes will be given periodically throughout the marking periods. You will be told in advance about any upcoming exams or quizzes. You may NOT make up an exam or quiz unless you have an excused absence. Expect 1 - 3 per marking period, plus a final exam at the end of the course.
- 40%- Mastery Work (Essays, Projects, Presentations)
- Assessments include essays, projects and presentations. They will each have their own criteria, guidelines and rubrics which will be assigned and reviewed in class. All mastery work will be assigned well in advance and will require multiple steps to complete. There will be plenty of opportunity for revision throughout the mastery work process in order to show your highest level of mastery. Expect 2 - 3 Mastery Work projects over the course of the semester.
- You passed! The number grade represents the amount of credit you earned out of a possible 100% of the work assigned.
- This is a failing grade. Your work may be approaching standards, but does not meet them. You earned an actual number grade between 55 - 64.
- This is a failing grade. Your work is either extremely incomplete or fails to meets standards. You earned an actual number grade between 1- 55.
- This mark means that you have not been a member of our classroom community - your absence and lack of submitted work was so extreme that it is impossible to assess your mastery levels.
- NS = 45.
Late Work Policy:
- All assigned work is expected to be completed and submitted the day that it is due.
- Major assignments (including mastery and bigger classwork/homework assignments) will receive TWO grades, one for timeliness and the other for academic mastery.
- You will receive a score of 10 pts for handing in your work on time. Completing work on time is a key student skill.If your work is late, you will get a zero. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- You have a one-week “grace period” to submit all larger written assignments and mastery work.
- NO assignments will be accepted a week past the due date. NO EXCEPTIONS. This is a courtesy. If you make a habit of handing in late work, it will be taken away.
- If you are absent when work is assigned and/or due, you are responsible for figuring out what you missed. You may check the class website, phone a friend, or use Remind to message Ms. Hunter. Late work will be accepted within the week of an excused absence.
- Missing homework earns a 0, unless otherwise noted.
Accessing Your Grades:
How and when are my grades reported?
- You receive a report card at the end of Marking Period 1 and Marking Period 2.
- The grade you receive at the end of MP1 represents the work you’ve completed up to that point in the semester. During MP2 you also earn a grade representing the work that you’ve completed in that marking period, but the grade printed on the 2nd report card of the semester represents an AVERAGE of the two marking period grades. This is the grade that is recorded on your official high school transcript and which determines whether you have earned your credit towards graduation. You are eligible for one credit for every semester of ELA; you need 8 credits of high school ELA to graduate.
How do I know how I’m doing in this class?
- Your grades are available on PupilPath (www.pupilpath.com) at all times. They are updated on a regular basis. *You may also make an appointment with Ms. Hunter to conference about grades.
- In order to access PupilPath, you need to get your PupilPath registration code and create an account. If you are not sure how to access PupilPath, ask your advisor for help. Parents, you have your own access code to view Pupilpath.
**NOTE: Academic dishonesty is when you take someone else’s words and present them as your own and/or when you use information without giving appropriate credit to the original source. Any incidents of plagiarism will result in automatic failure of the assignment, a phone call home, a meeting with the principal and may include a suspension.
“Argument is the soul of an education”
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