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Welcome to American Literature! In this class, we will read, analyze, interpret, discuss, and write about novels, short stories, poetry, and drama by American writers. Since this course covers literature over a large span of American history, we will study historical backgrounds for the time periods in which the literature takes place. Furthermore, we will take a look at the lives of many American writers.
Texts: We are sharing our books with two other classes. You will receive each text as needed.
Required materials: Folder Notebook Pen or pencil Textbook Flash drive
Assessment: All work is graded on a total point scale. The English Department follows the Orange Guide grading system: A 95-100
Assignments/handouts: In addition to hard copies, I will provide electronic copies of assignments and handouts either in the N:
drive on my classroom web page: to access this page . . . http://www.plymouth.k12.wi.us> Teacher Home Pages>High School>Mr. Cleary . . . in the classroom, each computer has a shortcut directly to this web site.
You may find the electronic copies helpful if you lose your originals, leave them at home/school, or miss class.
Mr. Cleary – B237 [email protected] 920.893.6911 Ext. 1586
Word-Processed work: All assignments must be typed in 12-point arial, Calibri, or times new roman font and double-spaced with 1” margins unless otherwise approved. Essays and some other written assignments will require a submission to turnitin.com (Turnitin Class ID 2590558).
Content: Quizzes - expect a brief reading quiz when assigned outside of class reading Essays Presentations Discussions Group Work
Areas of study: Drama: A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams
Novels: Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Short stories: Rappacini’s Daughter – Nathaniel Hawthorne Dr. Heidegger's Experiment – Nathaniel Hawthorne The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe The Masque of the Red Death – Edgar Allan Poe Barn Burning – William Faulkner A Rose for Emily – William Faulkner The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber – Ernest Hemingway Hills Like White Elephants – Ernest Hemingway
The transcendentalists: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman
Absences and work policy: I expect you to turn in work the day it is due.
If you are absent, you must turn in work the day you return provided the assignment was made before your absence.
If an assignment is late, 10% of its earned grade will be deducted the first four days. After that, the assignment is worth half credit until the specified cutoff date at the end of the quarter.
- If you know you will be absent, your work is due before your absence. Please ask for work prior
to anticipated absences - If you are absent for any period of time, you must see me during homeroom, talk to a peer, or
check the N: drive or website the day you return! - For unanticipated excused absences, you have two days to make up work for each day you were
General expectations and rules: Follow all rules as outlined in the Orange Guide.
NO FOOD OR DRINK BY THE COMPUTERS IN THE CLASSROOM
You’ll be issued three passes at the beginning of each quarter; you may use these to excuse yourself from a tardy (within a reasonable amount of time), go to your locker, use the restroom or get a drink. Keep respect for each other, the classroom, the materials, the computers, all staff, and yourself.
You may talk during worktime, but you must raise your hand to speak during class discussions.
You may not work on material for other classes unless given permission.
Listen carefully to teachers and classmates.
You should use the restroom before you come to class. Do not come to class before the bell rings and ask to go to the restroom. If you are late to class, you MUST PROVIDE A PASS!
You must use appropriate language.
You may not bring radios or digital music, cassette, or CD players, or cell phones to class; if I see you with them, I will take them to the office, where you may pick up your belongings at the end of the school day.
Log off of the computers before leaving the room, and work until the bell rings.
Work or remain seated until the bell rings.