• Course Syllabus

    Instructor:  Cynthia Brown (RM 113)                                                              Year: 2020-2021

          Lauren Hardy   (RM 108)

          Erika Orr            (RM 327)                                                 

          LaTrese Scott    (RM 115)



    Course Name and Title:     English IIII, American Literature


    Textbooks Used: HMH into Literature, American Literature 2020

     Cost: $114.00

    Course Description: During the course, the students will focus on vocabulary, writing, and various genres of literature, including drama, short stories, poetry, and novels.  The Henry Teaching and Learning Standards will guide all instruction.  Students will focus on reading literary and informational texts and writing argumentative, informational, and narrative essays.


    Course Outline and ContentWe will focus on American Literature from the beginning of the voyages to America through Contemporary Literature.  We will focus on style, usage, mechanics, and punctuation through writing samples.  SAT/ACT vocabulary will be taught as well as literary terms. MAP tests will be administered during Fall, Winter, and Spring to measure mastery of standards throughout the school year. Finally, students will write analytical essays to better understand the relationship between literature, history and culture, and themselves as we prepare for college and future endeavors. 


    Special Assignments and Projects: These will include formal writing assignments, presentations, videos, and special projects.

    Remote Learning Information

    • Students must be present each day, each period on Google Meet
    • Attendance will be taken each day and each period
    • Live sessions will be recorded and posted on Google Classroom by content area
    • Google Meet expectations for students
      • Say hello/wave when you enter and leave
      • Mute your microphone when entering the session
      • Student cameras should be on; be active and present in the session
      • Dress appropriately - wear attire that meets WHS dress code expectations
    • Late work policy - school wide
      • Work will be accepted up to three school days after the due date with no penalty
      • Four school days after the due date, the maximum grade that can be earned is a 75.
      • After ten school days (two weeks) the Missing converts to a zero and will not be graded


    Classroom Rules and Discipline Procedures:

    To ensure an optimum learning environment, please adhere to the following:

    • Students will be respectful to all adults and classmates.
    • Students will be seated in class when the bell rings and adhere to the 20/20 rule
    • Students will turn off and place cell phones in the designated charging station before the bell rings
    • Students will not display cell phones/electronic devices unless directed by a teacher to do so.
    • Students will not bring food to or eat food in the classroom.
    • Students will use computers/technology appropriately at all times.


    Make-up Work Policies:

    Absences will result in no grades awarded for the work given while absent.  Excused absences allow the students to make up the work in the equal amount of time they were absent.


    School-wide Grading Requirements as follows:



    Practice Work


    Assessment Tasks


    Semester Summative Assessment Tasks

    Class work, homework, formative assessments, diagnostic assessments, written reflections

    Will be graded for accuracy or completion

    Constructed response assessments, selected response assessments, reflective assessments, summative unit assessments, culminating performance tasks, projects

    Assesses the totality of standards for the course. An End of the Course (EOC) Test, the semester summative assessment will be the EOC at the completion of the full course.

    Counts 40% of the grade       


    Counts 40% of the grade

    Counts 20% of the grade


    *Grades for each 9 week grading period should include a minimum of the following: 3 tests in the summative assessment/Test category, 3 labs/quizzes in Lab/Quiz category and 9 Practice grades.


    Academic Integrity Policy:

    Academic integrity is a fundamental value of quality education; therefore, Woodland High School will not tolerate any acts of cheating, plagiarism, or falsification of school work.  Should it be determined that an academic integrity violation has taken place, the school reserves the right to assign a grade of a zero and submit a disciplinary referral to the appropriate Assistant Principal.  The school also reserves the right to remove or suspend enrollment in any Advanced Placement/Honors classes as well as Academic Honor Societies.



    Plagiarism Policy:

    The following will be considered plagiarism or cheating on any school work or tests, and will result in a grade of “0”:

    • Copying work or answers from other students in part or in whole
    • Copying word for word from a book or any source in part or in whole (without using proper MLA format for quoting and citing)
    • Allowing another student to “borrow” work and/or present other students’ work as his/her own in part or in whole. 
    • Using supplemental materials on a test or other school work. Supplemental materials might include but is not limited to cell phone communications of any sort, cheat notes of any kind from any type of source
    • All inappropriate supplemental sources (Cliff Notes, etc.) should not be brought to class
    • Working with others on projects that are meant to be done individually;
    • Removing test materials from the classroom to share with other students
    • Taking papers or information from other students, publications, or the internet.


    Department Late Work and Makeup Work Policy:

    1. Late practice work will not be accepted. This means classwork, homework, routine daily work that goes in the practice category.
    2. Late work will be accepted in the Tests/Essays/Projects category with a 20% deduction for each day late, up to four days (with a 20%/day reduction, the fifth day late would be zero).
    3. For absences, students will have the number of days equal to the number of days of the absence to turn in make-up work.  Work assigned prior to the absence—if due during the absence—will be due immediately upon return to school.  It is the student’s responsibility to ask for make-up work upon return from an absence.  If the student missed notes from a lecture, it is the student’s responsibility to copy the notes from a peer.


    Department Ink Policy:

    Blue or black business-type ink should be used for all assignments in all English classes with the exceptions of various worksheets and scanned answer documents. If a student turns in work written in pencil, the student will be asked to rewrite the assignment, and the work will be considered late and will be treated as late work with the appropriate deductions.

    Technology Information

    Parents and students are expected to check Infinite Campus frequently and Google Classroom daily for assignment details and student grades. The most efficient means of communication with your teachers is via email. Students are expected to follow school and county policies where the WIFI is concerned. Additionally, all students will be required to have a professional Gmail account; these will be created during the first weeks of school.  NOTE:  CELL PHONES ARE NOT PERMITTED DURING CLASS/INSTRUCTIONAL TIME.  IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY WHERE A STUDENT NEEDS TO BE CONTACTED, PLEASE CALL THE MAIN OFFICE.


    Materials Needed:



    • Composition Journal (black and white speckled, no rings)
    • Pens (Black or Blue)
    • #2 Pencils (for scanned assessments)
    • College-ruled Paper
    • Sticky Notes
    • Highlighters/5 colors


    • Index Cards (3x5 white) 100 count
    • Sandwich bag (1 for research project)
    • 1 Ream of white copy paper
    • 5 Subject dividers
    • One 1 or 2 inch binder






    I have read and understand all of the objectives, requirements, and expectations for:


     Mrs. Cynthia Brown, Mrs. Lauren Hardy, Ms. Erika Orr, and Mrs. LaTrese Scott.


    Student signature_________________________________________________________________ Date ________________


    Parent Signature___________________________________________________________________ Date________________



Last Modified on August 16, 2020