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American Literature/Composition CP Course Syllabus 2013-2014 Mr. Jolley Dennis.Jolley@cherokee.k12.ga.us Mr. Jolley’s SCHEDULE: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

PLANNING American Lit American Lit Newspaper I, II, III Planning American Lit American Lit

Welcome to 11th grade Literature/Composition! I’m looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you, and I’m sure that we can all learn a great deal as this year unfolds. We’re going to work hard (I‘m sure we can all agree that good reading and writing is hard work), but we will have fun as well. That being said, what follows is a rundown of the course and its contents. Course Description: CCGPS—Georgia Department of Education Please refer to the following site for additional information: https://www.georgiastandards.org/CommonCore/Pages/ELA-9-12.aspx

Students in grades eleven and twelve are consolidating and internalizing the core skills of the CCGPS as they near the end of their high school careers, fulfilling the vision of a college- and career-ready individual with strong twenty-first century literacy skills and the ability to think critically. They undertake close, attentive reading of complex works of literature and informational texts, and are able to navigate confidently through significant amounts of information in a variety of formats. Eleventh and twelfth graders have developed a very broad vocabulary that includes content-specific and technical terms along with a fluent and sophisticated grasp of the English language. Their growing understanding of the nuances of language will aid them in analyzing an author’s point of view, recognizing the rhetorical elements of an argument, and in the development of tone and mood in works of literature. Students at this level of development will apply their critical thinking skills to the comparison and analysis of a variety of works in different artistic and digital mediums, and to the transformation of classical source works such as Shakespeare or Homer into modern pieces. By grade eleven students are able to identify and understand the interplay of more than one central idea within a single text, appreciating the way that ideas can build upon one another to achieve a complexity of thought. Students at this level can effectively evaluate primary and secondary source material from a variety of resources including digital resources and historic documents. Students can introduce and support arguments with valid reasoning, use accepted formatting and citation


styles with ease, and convey complex ideas effectively using appropriate structures. Sustained research projects should be common-place by grades eleven and twelve, and students are comfortable presenting findings to both large and small groups in multi-modal formats.

Throughout this year long course, students will have opportunities to develop and expand their knowledge of the American culture and its influence on the literature of modern times. Students will demonstrate mastery level of new learning through performance tasks and assessments.

To participate fully in society and the workplace in 2020, citizens will need powerful literacy abilities that until now have been achieved by only a small percentage of the population. Reference Literacy Statistics Reference Information National Council on Teachers of English Standards for the English Language Arts

Class Materials: -Blue or black ink pens. #2 Pencils. -BYLD—Bring your learning device (laptops, IPad’s, IPhone’s, etc.) -Some sort of binder or folder to hold work, notes, and handouts. This binder should only hold work for this class. -Loose leaf paper. -a flash drive for saving documents (suggested but not required) -your textbook and/or any other books or material in use. (BRING THESE TO CLASS EVERY DAY IF Assigned) -Glencoe American Literature Textbook, school issued, PRICE $62.97.

Reading and Literature Students will read, analyze, and apply their knowledge of the structures, themes, and elements of contemporary fiction and nonfiction as well as multimedia text such as film. They will deepen their understanding of media literacy by relating themes across genres to their contemporary context or political, social, or economic perspective. Through extensive reading, students will acquire new vocabulary specific to the study of contemporary literature and apply that knowledge in their writing. Reading Across the Curriculum To encourage students to become life long readers, the curriculum includes standards that address both academic and personal habits of reading. Students will read approximately one million words per year from a variety of subject disciplines including language arts. In the English language arts classroom, students will learn the vocabulary of literature, writing, and listening, speaking, and viewing. Writing Persuasive writing is the focus for eleventh grade; however, students will continue to produce a wide range of writings including polished narratives, expository pieces and technical documents. Students will practice both timed and process writing to develop compositions that demonstrate an understanding of tone, point of view, style, organization, author’s purpose, and audience.


Students will continue to use research and technology to support reading and writing. A research paper is a requirement of the course. Conventions Students will demonstrate an understanding of proper English usage and control of grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, diction, and syntax. They will apply their knowledge of the conventions of language in reading, writing, and speaking and focus on the correct use of clauses, phrases, and the mechanics punctuation. Sentence construction and usage will continue to be a focus for twelfth grade. Students will apply their knowledge of the conventions of format when producing expository writing. Listening/Speaking/Viewing Students will continue to develop their critical listening skills. Through presentations and interactions with the teacher and other students, they will apply effective speaking techniques in small and large group settings. The viewing standards will enable students to develop media literacy skills through the careful examination of contemporary texts including television, radio, film productions, and electronic media. Makeup Policy: The makeup work policy follows the County Handbook, which allows up to 10 days after the excused absence for work to be made up. However, assignments are due on the due date, via friend or email if the assignment has been assigned for multiple days. Any other work missed during absence needs to be made up within the amount of days missed. For example, absent 2 days, assignment will be expected within 2 days of return. Grading: So here it is. The grade for this class will be decided on a number of factors. Here is a breakdown of the percentages. Writing and Research Tests (including midterm) Daily Work Vocabulary Class Participation Quarterly Exams

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**This course ends with a state mandated END OF COURSE TEST (EOCT). The above percentages will account for the grade that the student earns prior to the EOCT. The EOCT will then count 20% of the student’s final grade of the 2nd semester. To calculate the final average for 2nd semester, the state will take the grade earned for the course and make that worth 80%, and will then average in the EOCT score to count for 20%. An example looks like this: A student ends up with an 88% average according to the grading scale above, prior to the EOCT. That student then scores 84% on the EOCT. The grade is calculated as follows: the class score of 88 is multiplied by .85 with the resulting number being 74.8. The EOCT score of 84 is then multiplied by .15, resulting in the number 12.6. The two numbers are simply added together for a final overall average of 87.4%.


Progress Report and Report Card Dates: Progress Report and Report Card Dates: Progress report: 9 Weeks Wednesday, September 4, (Midterm of Semester 2013 1) 18 Weeks Wednesday, November 13, 2013 (End of Semester 1) 27 Weeks Friday, February 7, (Midterm of Semester 2014 2) 36 Weeks Monday, April 28, (End of Semester 2) 2014

End of Term:

Report Cards:

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday, January 10, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Will be mailed

Testing Dates: AP Exams: May 5-16, 2014 (AP English Language Exam - Friday, May 10, 2014) ACT at CHS* 10/26/13, 12/14/13, SAT at CHS* 10/5/13, 12/7/13, *See your guidance counselor for registration forms.

2/8/14, 3/8/14,

4/12/14 6/7/14

Grades: Many different kinds of grades will be given throughout the grading period. They will be grouped according to the categories above, and weighted average will be calculated to determine the grade. Missing assignments will be averaged as a zero. The final exam will be comprehensive. POLICIES: Please refer to the 2013-2014 Parent / Student Handbook for details 1.

Late work: Late work is NOT acceptable. Please see me if there are circumstances that need to be discussed. If a student is absent on the day that an assignment is due, the assignment will be accepted on the day the student returns to class. If a student is at school for any class on the day that an assignment is due, the assignment is due that day – students can bring assignments to me or put them in my box in the office. Computer related problems are not acceptable excuses. If you are absent on the date the assignment is due you MUST send it with a friend or email it to me. Otherwise, you WILL be deducted 10 points per day, up to 3 days. After that you will receive a ZERO.  If the student is at school for any part of the day and does not turn in the assignment that day, the student will receive a maximum 70 if they turn it in the following day.  Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. All assignments may be emailed to me if they are emailed on the due date.  ** Please note that computer problems do not constitute valid excuses for an extension. If your computer or printer begins to malfunction the night a paper is due, either email it to me or write it by hand. Also, the public library has several computers available, along with classroom computers and computers in our media center. Please do not wait until the last minute.

2. Make-Up Work: Following an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her teachers to arrange for make-up work. The contact must be made according to school policy. If the teacher is absent, contact should be made upon the first day of the teacher’s return.


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Assignments made prior to the absence, including test/quizzes scheduled for the day of return, are due upon the student’s return. Students who are present for any portion of the school day are expected to turn in all assignments due on that day in order to receive credit for the assignments. Reading quizzes meant to assess assigned reading may not be made up after a student has been present for the class discussion of that novel / work. An alternative quiz / assignment will be given so that all students are treated equally / fairly. Quizzes for each unit MUST be made up before the test on that unit is given or the quiz cannot be made up for credit. Students with unexcused absences will be allowed to make-up work, but will receive a 10% deduction.

3. Plagiarism: Students are neither to give nor receive help on written work. Students may use ideas shared in classroom discussions or writing conferences with the teacher, but otherwise, all ideas presented in a student’s paper should be his or her own or documented appropriately. I expect you to show integrity and pride in developing your own ideas. Plagiarism is the unacknowledged borrowing of another’s words or ideas. It will not be tolerated in this class. Plagiarism includes the undocumented use of Internet sources for research of “just ideas.” You must document any outside sources that you use. The penalty for plagiarism is a zero on the assignment, an honor code violation, a referral to an administrator, and the loss of trust in you by teachers, parents, and friends. Students are encouraged to express their ideas to others both in class and outside of the classroom. However, all written work should be a result of an individual’s personal understanding of the material. If you have any questions about plagiarism at any time, please see me. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO HELP YOU IN PROPERLY CITING ALL WORK. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_mla.html . 4. Attendance: Students absent from school must present a written excuse to the Attendance Office from a parent/guardian including reason, parent/guardian signature, and a daytime phone number within three (3) days of returning. Notes will not be accepted after three days. The State Department of Education recognizes the following reasons for granting an excused absence.  Personal illness  Personal medical or dental appointment  Severe illness or death in immediate family  Religious holidays  Attendance at a funeral  Serving as a page in the Georgia Legislature

5. Class Cuts: A class cut occurs when a student is absent from class for more than twenty (20) minutes without having permission from the teacher or authorization from the office or clinic. 6. Tardiness: The first tardy to any class for the current semester will receive a 30 minute detention from administration. Repeated tardiness to the same class during a quarter will result in the following consequences:  REFER TO SCHOOL RULES IN YOUR HANDBOOK 7. Class Expectations: No one may hinder the learning of anyone in this class. 1. Bring assigned book, notebook, paper, and pen to class every day. Bring a pencil to class for each scheduled test. 2. Be seated and ready to work when the tardy bell rings. If you are not in your seat at the time of the late bell, then you are LATE. There is a one-minute warning bell to assist with compliance to this request. 3. School Policy states that food, drink, and/or gum are not to be consumed in the classroom.


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Students may not leave class to  go to their locker  go to another classroom, lunchroom, gymnasium, or car to retrieve materials left behind Bathroom / Office passes: A steady stream of students needing to use the bathroom is a distraction. Bathroom issues should be handled before or after class. However, if there is a true emergency, please go without interruption. Do not abuse these privileges or strict individual rules will be imposed. Students gone longer than 10 minutes place themselves under the rules for cutting class. THERE WILL BE NO HEADS DOWN, SLEEPING, GIVING THE APPEARANCE OF SLEEPING IN CLASS (this is rude and shows a lack of respect for me, your classmates, and yourself) I encourage class discussion but unnecessary talking will not be tolerated. No cell phones or headphones are allowed in class for any reason. No foul language will be tolerated.

All violations will result in the appropriate punishment for the offense. All information above is subject to change. I may be reached via e-mail at dennis.jolley@cherokee.k12.ga.us One of the best ways to keep up with your child’s daily activities in American Literature is to visit my blog at http://jolleylit.wordpress.com/

Bring Your Learning Device (BYLD):

(adapted from http://portal.cherokee.k12.ga.us/departments/technology/Documents/Bring%20Your%20Learning%20Device.pdf)

CCSD is committed to preparing all students and teachers to maximize learning by fully integrating relevant technology into academic content to acquire, share and evaluate information; to achieve media and technology literacy; and to maintain a safe and ethical environment. It is the purpose of the District to allow schools to implement a “Bring Your Learning Device” (BYLD) program which will enable students to bring their Web-enabled, mobile wireless devices to school. These devices have been used mainly for entertainment and communication purposes, but BYLD will allow parents and students to leverage their investment in these technologies for targeted academic purposes. The use of personal mobile devices should move the focus away from receiving information to finding valid information and away from isolated learning to collaborative learning. Access to the Internet will be provided through the District’s BYLD wireless network. The BYLD network will provide filtered, secured access to Web-based resources and is separate from the District’s primary network. Students who do not possess their own device will continue to have access to District-provided technology. CCSD is providing wireless connectivity, the BYLD network, whereby students are enabled to login from their personal devices with an authenticated username. Use of the CCSD wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user, and CCSD is not responsible for any loss of any information that may arise from the use of the wireless connection, or for any loss, injury or damages resulting from the use of the wireless connection. Students, staff or parents who do not accept the terms of service, will not be able to access the BYLD network. The terms of service prompt will post each time an outside user attempts to use this network. Once on the BYLD network, all users will have filtered Internet access, just as they would on a District-owned device.


Student Agreement: The use of personal technology to provide educational material is not a necessity but a privilege. A student does not have the right to use his or her laptop, cell phone or other electronic device while at school without express permission from the teacher. When abused, privileges will be taken away. When respected, privileges will benefit the learning environment. Students and parents/guardians participating in BYLD must adhere to all Board policies and the CCSD Internet Acceptable Use Policy. CCSD is excited about the new learning opportunities available through BYLD. It is our intention that students and teachers will collaborate in rich, engaging learning experiences using technology. In order to be a responsible electronic citizen in the CCSD, students are expected to follow these guidelines.  Students may use these devices in the classroom when the teacher determines it is appropriate for educational purposes. Students must learn when to use and not to use technology, including headphones. If they are not sure, students must ask for clarification.  All devices must remain silent or be put away unless being used within a lesson during class time. Personal technology cannot be used during campus, district or state testing.  Devices must have the ability to enhance the educational process and must be able to access the Internet.  Students are responsible for making sure devices are fully charged prior to use in class.  Technical support for personal devices will not be provided by teacher, staff or CCSD Technology Staff.  Personal devices will not be allowed to connect to the CCSD network; they will only access the BYLD network.  Students must comply with acceptable use terms for accessing the Internet while on school campus.  The device may not be used to cheat on assignments or tests or for noninstructional purposes during instructional time.  Personal technology with photographic or video capabilities may only be used with explicit permission from the classroom teacher or principal.  The device may not be used to record, transmit or post photographic images or video of a person, or persons on campus during school activities and/or hours unless assigned by the teacher as allowed by the CCSD Internet Acceptable Use Policy. 

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The device may only be used to access files or Internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum. Non-instructional games are not permitted. Students must comply with teachers’ requests to turn off the device. Students are responsible for ensuring that any computers or computing devices, diskettes, CDs, memory sticks, USB flash drives, or other forms of storage media that they bring in from outside the school are virus free and do not contain any unauthorized or inappropriate files. Students are NOT permitted to use their own computing devices to access the Internet via personal Wi-Fi accounts, “hot spots” or by any manner


other than connecting through the wireless connection provided by the school system. Students may not use devices during non-instructional times, such as passing periods, lunch and before/after school without express permission from the school’s administration. All devices should be clearly labeled with student’s full name. Password protection is recommended. Parents and students should discuss insurance, data plans and fees, as these are not the responsibility of CCSD faculty. Students are responsible for the security of their personal property brought to school and should keep personal items with themselves or in a locked space. Lost and found devices must be immediately reported and/or turned over to a teacher or administrator. Students take full responsibility for personal digital devices at all times. The school is not responsible for the security of the device.

Inappropriate Use: Inappropriate use will generally fall into two categories; procedural and malicious. Procedural issues will be routinely handled within the classroom and common areas of the school without formal intervention. Examples of procedural issues would include having a device out at the wrong time or forgetting to set a phone to silent. More serious and malicious use will be reported to the office. Examples of these types of issues would include:  Using the personal technology for illegal purposes including; but, not limited to: cyberbullying, gambling, pornography and computer hacking.  Using photographic or video features in any restroom or locker room.  Purposefully opening, viewing, using or deleting files on another person’s personal technology without permission.  Electronically posting personal information about one’s self or others (i.e., addresses, phone numbers and pictures).  Downloading or plagiarizing copyrighted information without permission from the copyright holder.  Intentionally introducing a virus or other malicious programs onto another person’s personal technology device.  Electronically posting messages or accessing materials that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation or illegal. Special Note: Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is defined as the use of any Internet-connected device for the purpose of bullying, harassing or intimidating another student. This includes; but, may not be limited to:  Sending abusive text messages to cell phones, computers, or Internetconnected game consoles.  Posting abusive comments on someone’s blog or social networking site (e.g., MySpace or Facebook).  Creating a social networking site or Web page that masquerades as the victim’s personal site and using it to embarrass him or her.  Making it appear that the victim is posting malicious comments about friends to isolate him or her from friends.  Posting the victim’s personally identifiable information on a site to put them at greater risk of contact by predators.


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Sending abusive comments while playing interactive games. Taking videos or photos of anyone while on campus or at a school function-often using a cell phone camera--and posting them online, sometimes manipulating them to embarrass the target.

In the event the technology is used inappropriately, normal disciplinary consequences may occur. As described above, procedural and malicious situations will be handled differently. For those more serious situations, the following may occur:  Suspension of privilege to access the BYLD network on campus.  Appropriate disciplinary or legal action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and applicable laws including monetary damages.  Possible criminal action. If you wish your student to participate in the BYLD program for the 2013-2014 school year, please read, complete, and return (to Mr. Jolley) the attached “BYLD Student/Parent Agreement” form.


American Literature 2013-2014

Dear parents / guardians of CHS class of 2014 student: Passing American Literature is a requirement for graduation. Please read the following list and sign at the bottom. 

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Late work is not acceptable. If a student is in school for any time during the day (even if they are absent from English class), their work is due that day. In the event that a paper is submitted one day late, thirty percentage points will be deducted from the final grade. No papers will be accepted that are more than one day late. Please note that computer problems do not constitute valid excuses for an extension. If your computer or printer begins to malfunction the night a paper is due, either email it to me or write it by hand. My email address is Dennis.Jolley@cherokee.k12.ga.us If a student is absent on a test day, he/she will be expected to make up the test on the day he/she returns unless he/she has been absent prior to the test day. The student can only make up an exam for full credit by receiving an excused absence from the Attendance Office. If a student is absent the day before an exam, but was made aware of the exam prior to the absence, the student will be expected to take the exam. Quizzes for each unit MUST be made up before the test on that unit is given or the quiz cannot be made up for credit. Reading quizzes meant to assess assigned reading may not be made up after a student has been present for the class discussion of that novel / work. An alternative quiz / assignment will be given so that all students are treated equally / fairly. The responsibility of make up work (test and quizzes) rests with the student. He/she will not receive reminders from the teacher. Late policies are strictly enforced. Detention, computer problems, etc. are not valid excuses.

Juniors are responsible for keeping up with their work and turning in assignments on time as training for the world ahead. I have read and understand the requirements of American Literature. ___________________________ (printed student name) ___________________________ (student signature) I understand my child’s responsibilities for American Literature. By signing below, I acknowledge I have read a copy of the syllabus either printed form or online. ____________________________ (printed parent name) ____________________________ (parent signature) ____________________________ (parent work / home phone # ) ____________________________ (parent email address)


11th grade syllabus