Julianne Papetsas Full Year
10T English is a college preparatory literature course for international students. Students read novels, poetry, short stories, and drama, understand the fundamental components of each, and learn to describe an author's style and use of literary devices in his writing. Students learn to read closely and analytically and to express original ideas through writing and discussion. Heavy emphasis is placed on the five paragraph persuasive analytical essay, and the year is spent refining the students' power of argument, explanation, defense with proof, citation, and research, and development of original thesis statements. Students learn to think independently and critically about what they read and how it relates to the world around them.
-To Kill a Mockinbirdby Harper Lee
-The Epic of GilgameshHerbert Mason translation
-Fahrenheit 451by Ray Bradbury
-All Quiet on the Western Frontby Erich Maria Remarque
-Lord of the Fliesby William Golding
-Othelloby William Shakespeare
- composition notebook
- analytical close reading skills of both poetry and prose
- literary terminology, definition and application
- discussion skills
- persuasive, argumentative writing and original thesis development
- making connections between other literature, subjects, and own life
- vocabulary, grammar, speaking, and listening
- students must come to class everyday prepared with books (proper edition required)
- frequent absences are inexcusable
- polite, respectful and attentive attitude expected toward teacher and peers
- all home-work and class-work assignments must be completed to best of ability
- participation is a MUST!
- no cheating
Quizzes:25% of the semester's grade will be based on frequent reading comprehension and homework check quizzes. No make-ups. The lowest grade will be dropped per quarter.
Journals:25% will be based upon thoughtfully written open-responses to questions pertaining to the literature read in class in the student's composition notebook.
Midterm/Final:25% of the grade will be based on a midterm and a final, typically having to do with in-class analysis.
-Papers:25% of the grade will be based on persuasive, argumentative literary analyses written at the conclusion of each major work. Late papers lose 10 points each day.
- Homework, Participation, and Daily Preparation:Failure to fulfill these requirements will be a detriment to the final grade. Exceptional fulfillment will serve as a bonus.