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Mr.

Texel 2018-2019 School Year


Email: robert.texel@plps.org Periods: 1 & 2
Classrooms: 21 & 22 mrtexel.com

Pompton Lakes High School


11th Grade Academic English Syllabus

Course Description: In 11th Grade Academic English, our study will be broken up into four major
units: (1) The Anglo-Saxons and Middle Ages, (2) The Renaissance/Tragedy and Comedy, (3)
dystopian literature, and (4) romantics to present. It's important to understand, however, that our studies
will not be limited to what is listed in this simple breakdown. Throughout the year we will explore texts
from the British canon, learn about the history of our language, and apply the lessons learned from each
work of literature in our own lives. This class will not only foster an appreciation of literature; it will
foster a further understanding of the purpose behind studying literature. Through this approach,
students will become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

Course Objectives: This class will focus primarily on British literature; this will be the only
“limitation.” We will encounter a variety of themes and concepts this year – centered on the units listed
above – each one teaching us something new about the relationship between life and art. During our
studies we will also reflect and expand upon our writing, our reading comprehension, our vocabulary,
and most importantly, our intellectual abilities.

Texts & Materials: All texts will be provided. The texts listed on the curriculum, in no particular
order, are:

Beowulf
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Le Morte d'Arthur
Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Various sonnets by William Shakespeare
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Brian Clark
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Dead by James Joyce
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Educating Rita by Willy Russell
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Collector by John Fowles
Poetry by Blake, Byron, Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelly.

Please note that texts may be added or dropped throughout the year. The only materials you will be
expected to bring are a notebook (at least a one-subject notebook, or a subject in another notebook), a
writing implement, a positive attitude and an open mind. You will also be provided with a folder for
your work. After all material is graded, it will be placed in these folders and you may review them at
any time. The folders can be taken home so long as you sign them out. You will review this work many
times throughout the year and perform self and peer assessments.

Assessment Breakdown:
Essays, close readings and projects (50-100 points each)
Quizzes, vocabulary or otherwise, assorted in-class work (25-50 points each)
Homework, including reading checks (5-25 points each)

Major Assignments: Each marking period you will write a minimum of three essays. At least two of
these essays will be take-home, while at least one will be a timed, in-class essay to prepare you for
exams and standardized tests. There will also be two major close readings. While essays are major
assignments designed to evaluate and help you improve your writing ability, close readings will be
major assignments designed to evaluate and help you improve your reading comprehension and literary
analysis techniques.

Grading and Lateness Policies: All assignments are given a point value noted at the top of the
assignment. Obviously, the larger the assignment, the higher the point value will be. All assignments
are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Homework is due on the due date or it is given a
ZERO. Exceptions to this are absences from class, but homework is expected the day of return to
school. If you are absent on the day of assigning, it is your job to make up the work on your own time.
Please check our digital resources or communicate with a peer to get caught up quickly. Do NOT ask
me right before or during class what you missed. You should arrive to class prepared.

Essay Lateness & Rewrite Policy:


On time – A guaranteed minimum of 65, provided the essay follows all submission rules.
One school day late – 10 points off, guaranteed minimum of 50.
Two school days late – 20 points off, guaranteed minimum of 50.
Three to ten school days late – Automatic 50.
Over ten school days late – Automatic 0; essay will not be accepted.

You may rewrite each paper once. If you would like to pursue a rewrite, you must meet with me after
school to go over your paper. You will have one week from the day of the meeting to rewrite the paper,
provided the marking period does not end within that week. The original and rewrite grades are
averaged together for a final grade.

Essay Format and Submission: All essays must be typed, double-spaced, and written in Times New
Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins; all pages should display your name and be numbered on the
right side of the header. Essays should have an interesting title, centered in bold at the top of the first
page; in the upper left hand corner of the page should appear your name, the title of the course, my
name, and the date. No separate title page is necessary. For your own protection, keep all rough drafts.
All essays must be handed in to me at the beginning of class on the due date. Papers and other
assignments will not be accepted digitally.

Policy on Academic Integrity: Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences. If a student
is found guilty of plagiarism, the essay will be given a zero, parents and guardians will be called, and
appropriate in-school discipline will be administered. Early in the year we will have a lesson on
plagiarism in order to get you up to speed. Please refer to the student handbook for more information.

Classroom Rules: Our class will be built on a foundation of safety, education, and fun. If any student
attempts to dismantle this foundation – even without intent – they will be corrected. Basic rules are as
follows:

 Have respect.
 Be prepared.
 Question everything.

Tips for Success:

 Discuss every day. Remember that in this classroom, there are no wrong answers – just shallow
ones. Make an observation or state an opinion and back it up with evidence. Be insightful, and
you will earn participation points.
 Come to me for help. I will stay after school every day until 3:15 PM unless otherwise noted. If
a student does not come for help I cannot guarantee I will be at my desk after 3:15 PM,
although I may be somewhere else in the school, as I often stay after to grade, work on lessons,
and assist with extracurricular activities. If you set up an appointment in advance, I will make
sure to stay after for you. Your education is my first priority.
 Do your homework. This one is simple. Do not use after-school activities as an excuse. Most of
your homework will consist of reading, which you can do on the bus to and from games, when
you are offstage during a rehearsal, or at home before you go to bed. There is always time to
read.
 Think outside the box. Question your own personal ideologies, and the ideologies of the society
at large in connection with the literature. Explore the limits of your mind – this is the only way
that you will discover that the power of your own intelligence is limitless.
 Keep a positive attitude. Always look for what you can “take away” from every experience. If
you find an experience to be negative, find something positive that you can learn and appreciate
from the negative experience.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi