Brit Lit II Info
Brit Lit 1 Course Description Mr. Greer
Office Hours: I am happy to meet with anyone needing help during a free period, during Organizational Period, or after school. See me for an appointment. My free periods are posted outside the drama office. Email for class business only: email@example.com. Assignments are available on the school’s website or on my homepage.
Evaluation: Quarter grades are typically calculated as follows: Tests 34%; Compositions 33%; Homework, quizzes, class participation 33%. Semester averages are calculated with these percentages: Qtr 1 (37.5%); Qtr 2 (37.5%); Exam (25%).
Course content: 3 periods in British literature: Romantic, Victorian, and Modernist.
Textbooks: Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors (6th or 7th ed.) You must also have your own copies of Handbook to Literature (grade 9) and MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (grade 10).
Supplies: Pencils, pens (blue or black only), loose-leaf notebook paper, notebook/folder.
These supplies and the Norton must be brought to every class. All materials involved in the previous evening’s homework must be brought to class, especially written work and textbooks. Bring only necessary materials to class; book bags and materials for other courses must be left outside the classroom. No assignments may be submitted on spiral-notebook paper or on scraps of paper. All essays must be submitted typed, unless they are timed classwork. (Remember, too, that all essays must be formatted in accordance with guidelines in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.) This course features a huge amount of handouts, so prepare to stay organized. Failure to bring necessary supplies to class will result in a zero daily grade for that day.
Late-Paper Policy: Homework exercises may not be submitted late. If not turned in when requested during class, each exercise will be given a zero and you will have to take home a note to be signed by your parents; failure to return the note the following day will result in another zero; each day the note is not returned, another zero will be added.
Essays may be submitted late with the following automatic penalties:
1 day late = -10 pts.; 2 days late = -20 pts.; 3 days late = zero. Bear in mind that your presence at school for even a fraction of a due date makes you responsible for submitting your paper on that date, even if you miss our class meeting; failure to turn in your paper will be counted as lateness. You are expected to complete Summer Reading as a requirement of this course. Essay-writing assignments and tests throughout the course will include material from these books. Failure to read these books will jeopardize your scores on such assignments.
Make-Up Policy: All work must be made up within the same number of days as the length of your absence. After the conclusion of such a make-up period, incomplete work will receive a zero. Some daily work must be completed for your own review but is not scored.
Classroom behavior: You are expected at all times to conduct yourself appropriately as a gentleman. Note also that you are expected to remain in each class for the entire 55 minutes; do not ask for permission to leave, except in emergencies. Restroom visits during class will incur a brief writing assignment.
Please observe the following guidelines for gentlemanly conduct:
1. Always stand when an adult enters the room.
2. Always give a speaker your complete attention.
3. Always raise your hand and wait to be recognized before speaking.
4. Always be respectful to fellow students, visitors and faculty members.
5. Always dress for class appropriately and strive for neatness.
6. Always respect the space, property and dignity of others.
7. Always practice good stewardship of the school’s reputation and your own.
8. Always participate with enthusiasm.
9. Always strive to do your best work.
10. Use personal control at all times.
Every student must abide by school policies (U Book) regarding deportment, appearance (e.g., dress code), and class preparation. The teacher reserves the right to eject from class any student out of compliance with such policies until they have been properly followed. The student will not be readmitted to class without both compliance with policy and a note from Mr. Ray acknowledging his awareness of the reason(s) for the student’s ejection.
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