A Junior American Literature

Accelerated American Literature 2012/2013

Course Description

Mr. Eng
Extra help hours:  2:30-3:00


Description: English 232 is a chronological study of American Literature extending from the Pilgrim period to Modernism. Readings will include The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Great Gatsby as well as short stories, non-fiction selections and poetry.  Students will write daily in their teacher distributed writer’s notebooks. Continued vocabulary study and writing skill development are fundamental elements of the course.                                      


Books:  The American Experience Prentice Hall, Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary Level F, Four Classic American Novels, Great Gatsby, Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar(from previous years)

Course Guidelines: Grading Policy

25% homework/overall effort

25% quizzes (un/announced)

25% tests

25% essays


Homework/ overall effort:

*Discussion Based Classes

All students must participate!  The only way to participate is by being prepared.  Students who are unprepared will not be able to effectively participate, therefore stunting their classmates’ growth as well as their own.

*Be Prepared with:
1. Completed homework

2. Notes (required for all reading)

Notes include: page numbers, author, title, setting, characters and their descriptions,

*favorite quote/why, motifs, interesting points, confusing points, questions

3. Books, notebooks, pen/pencil

4. You on time!

5. Essays on time!  Half letter grade off every day late. 

Homework/ overall effort will be based on students’ contributions to discussion, and preparation.


There will be a bi-weekly vocabulary quiz.

There will also be homework quizzes.  These will be both announced and unannounced.


The first test of the first quarter will be the summer reading test.

There will be a test at the end of each unit.

Cheaters on tests and quizzes receive zeroes.


Essays will be graded based on rubrics stemming from class work.

E-mail: Occasionally, due to absence or other circumstances, students choose to e-mail an assignment.  Students who do so should expect to receive a reply indicating that the assignment has been received; their “job” is not done until that reply is received.

If you are absent on the day a major assignment is due, it must be received by 3PM on the due date to receive full credit.

Plagiarism has serious consequences; school policies are found in the student handbook on pages 30-31and will be followed.

Classroom Rules
Positivity and Politeness

Any negativity or rude behavior will result in a detention.


Disrespect in any form will not be tolerated.  Students’ respect is not limited to the teacher.  Since this is a discussion-based class, students must respect one another’s ideas and comments, even when in disagreement.  An intelligent individual can argue with logic, evidence, an even temper and an open mind without disrespecting the opposing party.

No speaking out of turn.

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