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  • English II - Pre-International Baccalaureate

    Mr. Bradley Room # 4-104

    Course Information Sheet

    International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

    The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a

    better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of

    international education and rigorous assessment.

    These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that

    other people, with their differences, can also be right.

    Course Objectives Increase students literary analytical abilities

    Enhance perception of motifs, language, figurative language, and other literary techniques

    Improve students writing, speaking, and listening skills

    Improve students vocabulary and analogy skills

    Reinforce study skills

    Fulfill the prescriptive program as set forth by the International Baccalaureate (IB) office

    Prepare students for nationwide, state, and IB testing

    Course Outline Students analyze features such as plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, figurative language and authors purpose and

    style when reading the following works:

    Semester I The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

    o Scribner, ISBN-13: 9780743273565

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Simon Armitage o Norton, ISBN-13: 9780393334159)

    Film Techniques and Analysis o Selected film clips, selections will be provided.

    Semester II Poetry and Sonnets

    o Selections will be provided to the students.

    Macbeth, William Shakespeare o Folger Shakespeare Library, Simon and Schuster ISBN-13: 9780743477109

    1984, George Orwell o Penguin, ISBN-13: 9780451524935


    Mythology, Edith Hamilton o Warner Books, ISBN-13: 9780446607254

    Writing Assignments All written work, including rough drafts, must be double spaced and written in blue or black ink on wide-ruled, loose-leaf

    paper. Final drafts of essays and journals MUST be typed on and printed from a word processor and double-spaced. Writing

    assignments will be graded to reflect the quality of the paper as a whole. Emphasis is placed on four areas: content - the

    originality of critical thought and insight into the literary work(s); style - diction, tone, voice, and variety of sentence

  • structure; structure - the organizational pattern of the paper; and mechanics - spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

    Dialectical Journals: Journals will contain personal responses to specific passages and questions related to the novels being

    read in class. These assignments help generate class discussion and serve as a springboard for essay writing. Therefore, it is

    imperative that they are completed thoroughly and with as much thought as possible. The grading of journals is based on

    completion, organization, and utilization of critical thinking and individual response. Specific instructions about these

    journals will follow.

    Required Material These materials must be with you in class on the days we meet.

    assigned literature book

    1 inch binder with pockets and 5 - 10 dividers

    composition notebook

    loose-leaf notebook paper

    pens with blue or black ink (work done in other colors will not be accepted)

    highlighters and/or colored pencils (for marking texts and commentaries)

    a red pen (for feedback and evaluation purposes)

    a small stapler with staples (recommended)

    small index cards and post-it notes

    #2 pencils

    a computer disk or portable USB drive for backing up and transporting typed assignments o Note: I highly recommend that my students sign up for a free cloud-based storage service such as iCloud, Google

    Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox. These are highly useful and accessible and help to guard against accidental data losses

    due to computer failures and the like.

    Grades The following assessments are used to generate grades:

    formal critical essays and commentaries; other forms of writing of varying lengths

    oral presentation, projects and discussions

    dialectical and reader response journals

    reading quizzes and vocabulary tests

    group work

    outside reading and research

    Please note the county grading scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 0-59 = F. Students are strongly encouraged to

    keep track of their own grades.

    If there is ever a grade discrepancy concerning a test, an appointment must be scheduled to discuss the matter within the two week

    period after the test is returned. Appointments may be made during the teacher prescription or coaching periods or after school. The

    same is true for extra-help sessions. If there is no discrepancy, but a student wants to review a test as a means of improvement, the

    student may come at any time since teacher help is not necessary. Students receiving a D or an F on any test are strongly encouraged

    to review their test.

    Report cards will be distributed at the end of every nine-week grading period. Grades are also posted in Focus.

    *A Note About Plagiarism and Cheating To plagiarize is to present another persons words or ideas as if they were your own. Cheating is the giving or receiving of

    test information before or during test administration. This includes A day students telling B day students test information.

    Both of these are serious offenses that will not be tolerated. Any violation of the class honor code will result in a zero on the

    assignment with no possibility of a makeup. Students may use reference material, but credit must be given to the referenced

    author. See your instructor if there are any questions regarding the documenting of sources. Note: Papers will randomly be

    submitted to a search engine that checks for plagiarism.

    Late Work Assignments must be completed prior to the class for which it is due for full credit. Each day (day, NOT session) that an

    assignment is late, one letter grade is deducted. After two late days, a zero is given. This policy is strictly enforced. Late work

    should be placed in to the Late Work Folder for your period with no disruption to the class in progress.

  • Tardies and Absences Students on-time arrival and consistent attendance are vital to academic success. These steps are taken in the event of

    tardies: 1st offense = warning, 2nd offense = loss of break privileges between periods, 3rd offense = 40 minute detention, 4th

    offense = office referral. Please be aware that if a student is in attendance at anytime during a class period, he or she is

    responsible for the work due or testing done during that period. If you know you will be late to class, have a written note

    from the person who detained you (even if they tell you that you dont need one).

    The IB and county absence policy is followed concerning absences. Five full absences may result in the failure of this course.

    Please note, if you return to class on the day an assignment is due, and that assignment was prior knowledge, you must turn in

    the work on that day. Likewise, if you return on a test day that was previously announced, you will be required to take the

    test. If there are extenuating circumstances, please see the instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternatives.

    Make-up Work If a student is absent or suspended, the arrangement for make-up work is the students responsibility. Make-up work may be

    scheduled at the teachers convenience during or after school. Students will normally have the number of days absent to

    make-up work except in extenuating circumstances.

    Teacher Absences As an instructor, I will be absent from class on some occasions. In the event that a substitute is teaching my class, all of the

    rules still apply, and instruction is not interrupted. We have very capable substitutes, and I expect them to be treated with the

    utmost respect.

    Passes to Leave Class Students should attempt to take care of all of their personal business in between classes, at lunch, during coaching, or outside

    of school hours. If a student has a medical problem and needs to leave the room frequently, please provide a doctors note;

    allowances will be made.

    Classroom Information English II in the IB program is a challenging course. Accept the challenge, and the rewards will be innumerable.

    I am here to help you develop as a student. If you have any questions regarding any writing, reading, or literary concepts,

    please dont hesitate to ask for assistance.

    It is imperative that you keep track of your grade at all times. Should you wish to discuss your grade, please schedule an

    appointment with me before or after school or during my prescription period.

    Classroom Rules -Follow all rules in the Students Code of Conduct. -Respect others and yourself.

    -Be IN your seat WHEN the bell rings. -Bring materials to class every day.

    -Work to your full potential.

    Positive Consequences: Negative Consequences: -positive comments on report card -verbal warning on 1st offense

    -respect from teacher and peers -phone call home on 2nd offense

    -phone call of praise to parents -office referral on 3rd offense.

    -decreased study time outside of class

    Final Note Academic success can more easily be achieved