Communication Arts III - Course Syllabus - 2016 - 2017 Mrs. Hagens - Room 310 firstname.lastname@example.org 417-847-3137 Materials: One small package of highlighters One composition notebook Blue or black ink pens; pencils One small package of Post-It Notes One box of Kleenex Inexpensive earbuds (optional - for Chromebooks) Rationale Communication Arts III is a yearlong course in American literature, designed to stimulate students’ interest and understanding of literary concepts and to utilize critical analysis skills of literary works (poetry, short stories, non-fiction, plays, and novels). Students will also write a variety of essays (persuasive, narrative, analysis) and complete a research paper using MLA format. The curriculum is based upon the Missouri Course Level Expectations. Course Description This course will focus upon academic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Literature selections will vary but will be based on thematic and historical units in the textbook. By establishing a broad basis of literary knowledge and developing analytical skills, students will be empowered to critically assess themes, concepts, and terminology presented from a wide variety of styles. Key Learner OutcomesStudents will: 1. Establish a background knowledge base of literary themes throughout literature. 2. Identify similarities and differences between authors of literary periods. 3. Compose critical analyses of a variety of literary works, including poetry, drama, short stories, novels, non-fiction articles, historical documents, and essays. 4. Establish a relationship between the literary works studied and the world today. 5. Continue advancement of writing and analytical abilities. 6. Conduct and compile research into a paper using MLA format. Classroom Requirements 1. Participation – Active participation is vital in this course. You will take part in small group and whole class discussions. 2. Attendance – If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to talk to me about what you missed prior to the beginning of your next CA III class period. You will have one day for each day missed to complete and return missed assignments due to absence. 3. Projects, papers, and essays – You will have several challenging and interesting projects/papers/essays in this class. Failure to complete one or more of these assignments could result in a failing grade for the course. Discipline Disruption of class in any way or form will not be tolerated. Depending on the severity of the infraction, the student will get a warning; parents will be contacted if the problem keeps occurring. After parent contact, if the problem does not cease, the student will be sent to the office. If the problem is severe (disrespect to the teacher, profanity, fighting, etc.), the student will go directly to the office. Grading Scale - Lumen Book report - 35% - ALLreading and literary analysis activities, not just book reports. Journal - 35% - ALL writing activities, not just journal entries Class Participation - 20% - ALL listening and speaking activities Research - 10% - Research activities and reports Essential Learning Outcomes and Mastery Levels Students are expected to master the skills taught in class to become better readers, writers, and learners. In order to master the concepts taught, students need to maintain at least an 80% or higher grade in the class. Outside Reading Requirement Each student will read at least one (1) book per quarter, a total of four (4) per year. Two book projects must be completed outside of class, one per semester. Project is due before the end of each semester. In addition, you will be asked to give two book talks, one per semester. You will be given the requirements and due date later. Books should be of appropriate length for your grade level. You must bring your book to class every day. While some class time will be given for reading, much of the reading will be done outside of class. Make a plan to create time to read in your daily routine. Classroom Expectations 1. Respect your teacher, your classmates, and the personal property of others at all times. 2. Come to class prepared each day with your materials and a positive attitude. 3. Be in the classroom when the tardy bell begins to ring. 4. Do not bring food or drinks into the classroom. Outside food and drinks cannot be brought to school. 5. Do not bring backpacks to class; they are to be kept in your locker. 6. Keep cell phones and other electronic devices put away or on top of your desk unless I give specific permission to use them. One verbal warning will be given; after that, the unauthorized use of cell phones or electronic devices will result in an immediate confiscation of the device for the remainder of the day. Repeated infractions of this rule will result in a call to parents and/or an office referral. 7. Follow school rules and guidelines as stated in the student handbook. You are expected to take care of drinking fountain and restroom needs between classes. Library, restroom, and office passes will be signed at the teacher’s discretion.