Mr. Thiesmeyer’s English IV – British Literature
English IV – British Literature Syllabus
Conference 4th Period
Phone: (956) 254-5300 Ext. 1066
Course Description: The purpose of this course is twofold:
Literary Element – This course’s literary objective is to analyze and interpret a sampling of British literature ranging from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present in preparation for higher education and for personal enrichment.
Compositional Element – There will be a strong emphasis on effective composition in relation to the course’s literary objectives and for the purpose of exposing students to and preparing them for collegiate standards and expectations.
Attendance is necessary in that it is a graduation requirement. Aside from the threat of losing credit, students will be responsible for all work and notes that are missed in their absence. Be careful not to let yourself get too far behind; your education is ultimately your responsibility.
The tardy system is as follows:
The Student is tardy if not in class by the time the tardy bell rings. Students who receive 3 tardies will face lunch detention. Students who receive 6 tardies will face in-school suspension (ISS). Students who receive 9 or more tardies are subject to the following actions: out-of-school suspension (OSS), truancy fines (up to $300), and/or loss of credit.
In my class, the door will be locked at all times and will be closed at the tardy bell. Any students not in class by that time will be marked tardy unless otherwise excused.
Cell phones, PSPs, iPods, personal laptops and other electronic devices are prohibited unless otherwise noted. Devices will be confiscated.
NOTE ON BYOD
BYOD: Bring Your Own Device initiative: - to encourage the implementation of “smart” devices and laptops in the classroom. Student owned devices are welcome in the classroom for academic use. Students using their own devices must be connected to the school’s network and firewall. A charging station will be available in class (you must bring your own power supplies). Use of electronic devices outside of academic use is still prohibited.
You are responsible for your own devices.
Snacks and drinks will be allowed in my class under the following conditions:
This is a privilege, not a right. Abuse of these rules will result in suspension of food/drink allowance.
Daily Work = 50%
Test Grades = 50%
Mid Term & Final Exam = 20% of overall grade
Late work will be accepted, but penalized according to the nature of the assignment and the reason that assignment was not turned in by the due date. I reserve the right to reject seriously overdue assignments.
In-class exams will be given regularly to evaluate the students understanding of the material presented in class. As with all assignments, academic dishonesty* will not be tolerated: anyone caught cheating will immediately receive a score of zero and disciplinary action will be taken. In the event that the majority of the class demonstrates an unacceptable comprehension on an exam, re-teaching and/or re-testing may result. Make up tests will be given at my discretion at the earliest possible convenience. It is highly advised that you DO NOT MISS A TEST!!
All major essays will the typed and submitted following strict MLA guidelines (will be provided). Plagiarism* will not be tolerated. Any student caught plagiarizing will immediately receive a score of zero and disciplinary action will be taken.
Please be aware that in many colleges and universities, serious infractions of academic integrity will invariably result in academic probation or, ultimately, expulsion. **Students expelled from a major college or university will, more-than-likely, never be accepted into any other institution.
Journal entries will begin (usually) one week into the semester and will be a daily procedure on all weeks not occupied by state exams, benchmarks, and time allotted either to major projects or presentations. The first 10-15 minutes of each class day will be devoted to your journal entry. Your topic will either be written on the board, projected, or, on rare occasions, be presented in either video or audio format. Each entry will be a minimum of five (5) lines in your composition book or 70 sheet notebook and will be worth 20 points each, for a total of 100 points per week. Multiple entries per page are recommended, with the date posted beside each entry. Journals will be read by me, exclusively; however, please do not include overly personal, sensitive, or offensive issues or the blatant use of profanity. Journals will be graded the following week (i.e. week 3’s entries will be graded on week 4) and will be turned in on the completion of that day’s entry, in this fashion:
1st period – Monday
2nd period – Tuesday
3rd period – Thursday
5th period – Friday
Students who have a valid excuse will be exempt from days missed. Please write ABSENT accompanied by your reason for absence on the appropriate date. **Tardiness will result in missed entries and/or incur late penalties**
Once SAT vocabulary quizzes begin, they will be administered on Fridays, following that day’s journal entry. Content for that quiz will be presented on the Monday preceding the quiz. Quizzes over current classroom content can occur at any time and will be completed individually. All quizzes will be weighted as a daily grade.
The student is expected to keep a portfolio of all written works. This includes all essays (including drafts), journal entries, and short answer exercises. These are to be kept in chronological order, by category, and will be evaluated at the end of the term for a major test grade.
***YOU WILL NOT SLEEP IN MY CLASS ---- END OF STORY ****
Disregard of classroom rules and procedures can result in the following disciplinary action: verbal warnings, assigned seating, referrals, and/or parent-teacher conferences.
Note on zero-tolerance: Possession of any form of weapon (firearms, knives or sharp-edged devices [excluding scissors]), fire crackers and other explosives, illegal drugs, and un-prescribed/unreported pharmaceuticals or engaging in physical, verbal, or psychological abuse or terroristic threats will result in detention by campus and/or city, county, or state police and could lead to criminal charges. K9 units will visit this campus regularly and perform random classroom sweeps. All vehicles and property are subject to scrutiny.
8:30 – 10:00 (90 Mins)
10:05 – 10:55 (50 Mins)
3rd Period BC (Block)
3rd Period A
3rd Period C
3rd Period AB (Block)
10:55 – 11:25 (30 Mins)
11:30 – 1:05 (95 Mins)
11:00 – 11:45 (45 Mins)
11:45 – 12:15 (30 Mins)
12:20 – 1:05 (45 Mins)
11:00 – 12:35 (95 Mins)
12:35 – 1:05 (30 Mins)
1:10 – 2:40 (90 Mins)
2:45 – 4:15 (90 Mins)