11th grade British Literature
There are many many things that you will do in 11th grade English. You will read and write a lot. A lot. You will build upon the fundamentals in reading and writing laid down in your freshmen and sophomore years, and you will develop the complexity and nuance in your thinking, writing, and expression that will ready you for your senior year, the college classroom, and the world beyond. 11th grade Brit Lit is intended to provide you with a survey of British Literature from 449 to 1832. We will look at the Old English Period and the Medieval Period (449-1485) through Beowulf, “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” and Canterbury Tales; the English Renaissance (1485-1625) through Macbeth; poetry throughout these time periods; and the novels Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein. In addition, you will develop your knowledge of the English language through study of grammar and vocabulary. You will write a number of papers throughout the year to solidify your skills in literary analysis and argument construction. By the end of this course, you will have thorough knowledge of some widely-read and recognized literature, sound writing skills, and I hope that you will find ideas, lines, scenes, characters and symbols that will live with you for the rest of your lives.
The following will be useful for this course:
- 6-8 highlighters of different colors that you will use throughout the year
- An organization system for managing the sizeable number of handouts and assignments you will receive. I recommend the following sections for your system:
- Calendars and Logistics
- Grammar and DGP
- SAT Prep
- Old English Literature
- Medieval Literature
- Lord of the Flies
- Writing/Term Paper
The grading for this course will be a point system. Explained below are the different grade categories, the category’s estimated weight, and general point value assigned to each assignment. In the end, the weight of each category will be determined by the total number of points in that category.
Class work and Homework general point value per assignment: 10 points estimated weight: 45%
Class work and homework will be graded according to your thoughtfulness, accuracy, timeliness, and completion of the assignment. You are expected to complete homework before the beginning of the class period for which it is due—if the assignment is not completed on time, then it will be marked late. See below.
You are expected to turn in your work on time. Class work and homework are related, and they work together to enhance your understanding of class material. Thus, if you are missing either of those parts, you may have difficulties understanding class material and successfully completing the course. Work that is not completed at the beginning of the period it is due (not related to an EXCUSED absence) will received 60% of the credit earned on the assignment. Papers and projects will be assigned their own late policies and penalties. Late work will only be accepted up until three days before the unit test.
If you would like to request an extension for an assignment, then you must email me in advance of the due date AND RECEIVE AN AFFIRMATIVE RESPONSE FROM ME. If you email me and receive no response, then you have not been granted an extension. Do not assume the answer will always be yes. If you walk into class on the day it is due and ask for an extension, the answer may be no depending on the circumstance and documentation of your need.
1. Students are encouraged to make up work as soon as they can to avoid becoming behind in class. According to school policy, any work assigned before you left for your excused absence is due ON THE DAY YOU RETURN TO SCHOOL—this includes quizzes and tests. All homework and assessments are announced on the first day of that week; ergo, if you are present in class on the first day of the week,then all materials for the week have been assigned to you. According to school policy, any work assigned while you are on an excused absence will be given two days for completion.
- If your assignment is not turned in by during the allotted time, then it will be considered “late.”\
- If an assignment is made up from an absence, write ABSENT at the top of the page and include the DATE on which you were absent. If it is not so marked, then it may be marked it “late.”
- It is entirely your responsibility to find out what you missed during an absence. I will place a calendar and handouts in the “Absence File” with your name on it when you are absent. You must walk over to the “Absence File” and retrieve your materials.
- According to the PHS Handbook, “a student who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse will not be permitted to make up work assigned and/or covered during that period of absence” (29). If you skip class, you may not make up work from that class period—this includes quizzes and tests.
How to find out what you missed during an absence:
- Consult your class calendar. You are given a calendar at the beginning of each week—it will list the classwork and homework for each day. If you do not have a copy of the calendar yet, you may also find it on my website.
- See the “Absence File” for your handouts. When you are absent, I attach necessary handouts (unless they were provided to you previously in a handy-dandy packet) to a calendar and write your name on the calendar. Then, I place the items in the “Absence File.” When you return from your absence, go to your period’s file folder, get your handouts, read them, and ask Smith or a classmate for any clarification you may need.
Quizzes general point value per assignment: 10-25 points estimated weight: 20%
You will have quizzes in a number of areas, including vocabulary, grammar, literary terminology, and reading. They will be graded on accuracy.
Constructive Participation general point value per assessment: 50 estimated weight: 10%
This grade will reflect whether you are a constructive or destructive member of the classroom community: it will be an assessment of your attentiveness, timeliness, engagement, and respectfulness. This includes coming to class on time, listening while a peer or teacher is speaking, constructively participating in class discussions and activities, and maintaining academic integrity in your work.
Papers, Projects, and Exams general point value per assignment: 50+ points estimated weight: 25%**
The large assessment tools in this class will be primarily papers and exams. You should expect to write at least five 3-5 page papers for this course—some in-class and some out of class, and you should expect an exam after each literary unit. Most exams will take two days to complete and will generally be long answer and essay in format. You will not encounter a multiple choice exam until the end of the year.
**While the end product of a paper will fall into this grade category, please note that there are often a number of homework assignments that prepare a student for the final paper; consequently if a student does not complete a paper and its supporting homework/class work assignments, then s/he will see the effects in numerous parts of his or her grade.
Academic dishonesty on any assignment will result in a zero on that assignment and affect credit in “constructive participation.” The definitions and penalties for cheating are defined in the student handbook in the student planner and will be reviewed in another handout.
1. Think, think, think, think, and try your best.
2. Treat others and yourself with respect: avoid inflicting cruelties of any kind upon yourself, your peers, or your teacher; respectfully disagree with one another; do not gossip in class about your peers or teachers.
3. Treat my property and your peers’ property with respect.
4. Do not prevent others from having the opportunity to learn—this includes creating an environment that is hostile to learning.
5. Do not leave class without permission, or use a pass for something other than its specified purpose. This includes the “I’ll just slip out of the room before the bell rings and hope she doesn’t notice” routine. If you become a chronic pass user without an authenticated medical reason or a pass mis-user, then your pass privileges will be restricted. You must sign out of the room when you leave on a pass—include your name, destination, and times in and out. Failure to do so will result in a restriction of pass privileges. I am given one bathroom pass a semester; if it goes missing, then so do your bathroom privileges. DO NOT LOSE THE LAV PASS.
6. Do not touch your cell phone in class. As per school policy, it will be confiscated, and I am a master-spotter of texting in the purse, bookbag, sweatshirt pocket, far side of the desk, etc. The same for headphones.
7. Come to class on time and in possession of class materials.
How to contact Smith:
- Send me an email: email@example.com.
- Leave me a voicemail: (610) 351-5600 Extension 72223
- Drop a note in my main office mailbox (make sure the box is J Smith, not E).
- After school I may be found running around the building or in room B223.
- Set up an appointment with me before or after school, or during mutual study hall time.