Welcome to Contemporary Lit !
The person who does not read good books has no advantage over the person who can't read them.
- Mark Twain
Weekly Schedule for the week of
Monday - Finish the Viet Nam documentary. Begin discussion for The Things They Carried. Homework: Read Ch. 1 for tomorrow.
Tuesday: Discuss Ch. 1 of the novel. Review symbolism and what the men carried. Homework: Ch. 2-3 for tomorrow.
Wednesday: Discuss 2-3 and verisimilitude. Homework: Read Ch. 4 for Friday.
Thursday: What are stories for? In class writing. Homework: Read ch. 4 for tomorrow.
Friday: Discuss CH. 4. hear from Tim O'Brien himself. Homework: Ch. 5-7 due Tuesday.
Monday: Discuss 13-14. Read symbolism article and do small group work. Homework: 15-17 due Wed.
Tuesday: Will Smith weighs in on Catcher. Reading time. Homework: Read 15-17 for tomorrow.
Wednesday: Small group discussion of the chapters. Homework: Read 18 for tomorrow.
Thursday: Finish small group share if needed. Begin poetry analysis of Rupert and Emily.
Friday: Finish anlaysis and share poems. Homework: 19-20 due Monday.
Monday: No school! Snuggle in and read a good book. Homework: Read Ch. 5-7 for Tuesday.
Tuesday: Discuss Ch. 5-7 MLA review and small group work in class. Homework: Read chapters 8-10 for Thursday.
Wednesday: Local color and imagery in action: Leave it to Beaver activity in class. Homework: Read 8-10. (Expect a quiz!)
Thursday: Reading Quiz! Symbolism discussion in class. Homework: Read 11-12 for tomorrow.
Friday: Symbolism actiivty in class. Homework: Read 13-14 for Monday.
Northfield High School
Mrs. Ellen Mucha - email@example.com
Welcome to Contemporary Literature! This one semester English elective will give you the opportunity to read some fantastic novels, poetry, and short stories. We will work on our critical analysis skills as we both discuss and write about literature.
Through critical analysis of literature, we will uncover what contemporary authors have to say about their worlds and themselves. In doing so we will perfect our reading and writing skills in order to be more capable of expressing ourselves with confidence and clarity.
Here's a little bit of what we'll do this year…
Read and analyze some great pieces of literature
Distinguish the features and conventions of literature
Listen and comprehend, evaluate and respond to literature
Produce writing that demonstrates a clear, purposeful response to literature
Perfect our use of grammar, usage, spelling, vocabulary, and voice
Participate in Socratic Seminar to give our personal understanding of literature
Participate in book clubs
Have a lovely time together
Two pocket folder or three ring binder
Pens and pencils
Memory Stick if unable to retrieve work done at home through e-mail
You are expected to have your novel and all your supplies with you every day.
If you were absent, check the "I was absent" binder for any work you need to make up. You are responsible for making up any work you miss. I will not seek you out. This is your responsibility. "I didn't know about it" is not a valid excuse. You have two days after returning to make up the work. Previously announced tests and papers are due immediately upon return to school. The attendance and tardy policy for the school will be strictly followed.
All late work will be marked down 50%. Please simply get your work in on time.
Evaluation of your work will be based on total points and then will be converted to percentages:
94-100% = A 80-83% = B- 67-69% = D+
90-93% = A- 77-79% = C+ 64-66% = D
87-89% = B+ 74-76% = C 60-63% = D-
84-86% = B 70-73% = C- 0-59% = F
I will be happy to discuss your progress with you at any time. Midquarter reports will be sent out to any student receiving a D+ or below. Final grades will be calculated based on the following:
15% Final exam
If you need any help, or want to discuss our class, please see me to have a chat.
Each of us has the power to make our class fun, comfortable, and a place where we can all learn.