You will also be exploring your own talents as a writer. We will be writing stories, sketches, poetry and journals, among other modes of discourse; and, of course, we will be writing many essays in preparation for the English Regents exam. At Chenango Forks High School, we are offering the NYS Regents exam for all juniors in January. Therefore, after an intensive review and preparation unit given the weeks preceding the exam; all students are required to take the Regents exam in January. In June, all juniors will sit for the Common Core Regents exam. This is a new assessment aligned with the NYS Common Core P-12 Learning Standards. Students will be prepared to demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing tasks aligned with those standards. For more information please go to http://www.engageny.org/common-core-curriculum-assessments.
Also, in eleventh grade English, because of the expansive nature of the Regents, we have a non-traditional final exam procedure. The final exam (5th) grade will be composed of the Regents exam grade (this year, the higher of the two test grades will be counted), a research paper grade, and a short comprehensive multiple choice exam covering material assigned throughout the year. If a student has an average of 90% or higher throughout the course; however, s/he may become exempt from the multiple choice test. Specific details will be provided to you as we progress throughout the year.
Our textbooks are designed with several excerpts from longer works and various short works which cover seven literary time periods. Other longer works will include:
The Crucible by Arthur Miller; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Mandatory writing projects will include: Regents prep essays; Synthesis essays; Text analysis
Research papers: Two 3-4 page papers will be written and included in the final exam portfolio. Students will write both an expository and a persuasive paper. These skills are essential to improve writing skills, reading comprehension ability, and navigation techniques for research in the 21st century.
Quarter grades will be tabulated on a point system; each quarter will consist of approximately 250-300 points (I reserve the right to give spot quizzes when needed). Students will have deadlines to meet for each assignment with no more than one week from the assigned date to hand in their work or make up a quiz or test. Any work handed in after the deadline will receive a five point deduction for each day the work is late; any work hand in after the week has expired will receive 0 points. Remedial is a great opportunity to come in to make up past assignments or receive assistance on projects or further prepare for exams. This American literature course is designed to examine the world around us through classic and contemporary works; therefore, participation is essential and extra credit will be awarded to those who exceed at class discussions, completed homework, and creativity in small group work.
Five week reports will be sent home each quarter for all students. I would truly appreciate parental involvement in these cases so that we may assist the student in becoming more successful in the course.
Finally, welcome to the class. Please complete and sign the following information and return to me. Please feel free to contact me at 648-7544 if you have any questions.