Academy Park High School
Course Syllabus 2012-2013
English IV: British Literature
Credit Hour: 1.0
Name: Ms. Jetter
Marking Period: Fall 2012
Office Location: Room 108 C/223
Office Hours: M-Th 2:40-3:10
The manner in which we prepare students at Academy Park High School is informed by four attributes: (1) Dedicated faculty who will hold themselves to, at minimum, to the same standards as the students we teach; (2) Positive relationships developed and nurtured between and among adults and students; (3) A high level of rigor included in instructional practices via standards aligned and contextually driven instruction; and (4) Connecting positive relationships with effective instruction for positive academy RESULTS!
1420: English IV – College Prep, Grade 12 wt. 1.0 – 1 credit (prerequisite: English III)
The curriculum for twelfth grade College Prep English prepares the student for the rigors of post-high school learning and education. The focus of the class is a survey of English Literature from Beowulf to modern times. There is a concentration on drama and the novel, with additional time spent on a mixture of short stories, poetry, and essays. Students are required organize, complete, and present written and speaking assignments that are designed to meet the needs of the college-bound student. Writing college applications and research papers is also an area of concentration, along with sharpening grammatical, organizational, and speaking skills.
Course Textbook: Holt Elements of Literature Sixth Edition
Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives
Students who successfully complete English IV will be competent in the following areas:
● Students will be able to identify the historical, cultural, and social influences of authors in British history.
● Students will be able to evaluate the history of the English written language.
● Students will be able to comprehend and analyze major works in British literature.
● Students will be able to produce academic writing using proper research and documentation skills.
The grading system for English IV is as follows:
- Research Project (semester-long)
- Tests, Quizzes, Classwork
- Attendance & Class Participation
20% (school wide)
10% (school wide)
Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience. Academy Park High School expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students will accept full responsibility for ensuring their work does not suffer because of absences. All students are expected to attend every scheduled class on time. Exceptions may be made for illness and valid emergencies.
1. Students will come to class on-time
2. Students will complete all assignments, including homework, by all deadlines
3. All students will be silent and respectful while other students read aloud
4. The teachers and students will work together for a respectful, safe classroom
5. Participation in class discussions will enhance all students’ learning experiences
6. Students are expected to have all assigned readings completed; this will include annotations and reading to be completed outside of the classroom.
Additional Class Requirements
● All English IV students must complete and pass the research project to earn a passing grade in English IV.
● All students are responsible for having summer reading assignments completed. This counts as part of the 1st MP grade.
● All students are responsible for the care of borrowed materials (novels, textbooks, etc.) Fines will be administered for lost/stolen/damaged items.
Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort. Both are considered serious offenses and will significantly affect your course grade. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct booklet for additional information.
*Please see attached APHS Plagiarism Policy that must be signed by all students and parents/guardians
A combination of lecture, class discussion, presentations, videos, cooperative learning, and problem-based learning will be used in this course. Grades will be determined by the satisfactory and timely completion of assignments. The grade of each assignment is based on the prerequisite given for each assignment. Below is an overview of topic/ units and major assessments/assignments for this course. Please note dates/timeframes are subject to change and are an estimate.
REWRITE POLICY: Any written assignment that receives a less than desirable grade may be revised and rescored. Stipulations: assignment MUST have been initially submitted on time; rewrite can only occur AFTER a student-teacher conference about the work; assignments MUST be revised in a timely fashion (i.e., a few days after the initial due date.)
Late Work: will only be accepted ONE day after the due date for half credit. (This includes Saturdays! Send assignments via email!)
The Anglo-Saxon Period
Anglo Saxon poetry, Beowulf
Study guides, test, writing project
The Middle Ages
The Canterbury Tales, The Arthurian legend
Study guides, test, writing project, webquest
Study guide, quizzes, essay, webquest
variety of British novels
Journals, writing assignments, literary activities, research process assignments
The Victorian Period
Short stories, poetry
Study guides, quizzes