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World Literature Expectations

Course Expectations

       Mrs. Karlyn Coleman English II: World Literature

       Office Hours: Periods 3 & 6 

       and by appointment before and after school. 



                                 I will tell you something about stories,

                                             [he said]

                                    They aren't just entertainment,

                                          Don't be fooled

                                    They are all we have, you see, 

                                       all we have to fight off

                                          illness and death.

                                      You don't have anything 

                                    if you don't have the stories...

                                       --Leslie Marmon Silko


Course Description:

Students will analyze literature from around the world, improve their writing skills, and become more globally aware.
Students begin by exploring myths and folktales. The course moves chronologically from ancient cultures around the
world to Greek and Roman writers, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation. It concludes with a modern
study of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. In addition to the readings, students will be exposed to the art and
culture of these various times and places. Students are expected to contribute a high degree of participation to the course,
both in class discussion and outside reading.

Furthermore, English II will provide students with the skills necessary to continue to advance through the succeeding
years in English. The course is designed to build upon and develop fundamental instruction in analytical writing and
reading, grammar, and vocabulary. Students will practice skills in close reading, prewriting, speaking, note taking, and
outlining. Emphasis will be placed on various types of essay writing, and students will gain confidence and independence
in their writing abilities. 


Course Objectives and Exit Goals: 

Students will: 

1. Work together as a community of learners to share insights and opinions about diverse pieces of literature.

2 Read with critical focus.

3. Organize critical findings around a central idea and write with increased depth, skill, and grace.

4. Uncover universal themes and truths in literature that will enrich and deepen their understanding of the human

5. Expand their experiences by entering various and diverse fictional worlds and lives. 

6. Strengthen their critical understanding and appreciation of literature.

7. Strengthen their vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation skills.

8. Improve their verbal and organizational skills to encourage discussion and sharing of ideas.

Required Texts:

World Literature , Revised Edition, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston

Cry, The Beloved Country , Alan Paton

Nectar in a Sieve , Kamala Markandaya

Night , Elie Wiesel

Vocabulary Workshop , Level E , Shostak

English Workshop , Fourth Course , Holt, Rinehart, and Winston

Bless Me, Ultima , Rudolpho Anaya ( Summer reading)

A Thousand Pieces of Gold - Ruthan Lum McCunn (Summer reading)

A Writer's Reference (Third Edition), Diane Hacker

Three subject notebook with folders inside

A notebook to be used for free-writes

Large box of colored pencils


The following responsibilities are listed as a guide to bring you success in this class and prepare you for your future: 

HOMEWORK: As Emerson once stated, "The reward of a thing well done is to have done it." Think of homework,
projects, and writing assignments as your friend. Homework rewards you if you do it. So do it. Organization is the key
to successfully completing homework. It is your responsibility to write down assignments and test dates. Write down the
phone number of at least two people in this class so you can call them if you are sick or unsure of a due date. NO LATE
HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. All assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of class on the date it is due.
Students excused for sports or field trips will make plans to hand in their work to the teacher before they leave campus.
Students with an excused absence must see the teacher on their return to arrange when homework is to be completed.
Failure to complete work by the due date will result in zero credit. A Webpage for this class is currently under
construction at the following address: Major due dates will be posted, but day to
day activities may not be available.

QUIZZES: Quizzes based on reading assignments may be given without notice at the beginning of class on the due date of
the assignment. 

FINAL EXAM: The final exams each semester comprise 10% of that semester’s grade. The exams are comprehensive and
may be composed partly or wholly of a writing component. 

PAPERS, PROJECTS, AND WRITING WORKSHOPS: All writing assignments will be neatly typed, proofread, and
checked for spelling. All final pieces of writing will be typed according to the MLA format. Points will be deducted for
not following manuscript format. Students not in class when a paper or project is due, whether for sports or for another
appointment, must arrange to have another student bring the paper to class or deliver the paper before class the day it is
due. Otherwise, papers/projects will ONLY be accepted one day late with a deduction of 10 percent of the final grade.
Save your papers on two disks and print out your paper periodically. The excuse, "My computer ate my paper," will not
be tolerated. 

MAKEUP WORK AND TESTS: These are the responsibility of the student. All work missed due to legitimate absences
must be arranged with the teacher ON THE DATE OF RETURN TO CLASS. Please sign up for office hours, arrive
early, or stay after class to arrange makeup due dates. Failure to complete make-up work on time results in a zero.

That is why we must start class on time. Pencils, notebooks, paper, and books should be on your desk before class
starts. Quizzes, lectures, and writing activities are given at the start class, and class does not end until I excuse you. In
addition to the school consequences for tardies and absences, the following policies apply: 

                    1. Unexcused absences and tardies disqualify the student’s right to make up missed work. The
                    consequence to the student is a zero. 

                    2. When illness forces an absence of two or more days, the student should call the Attendance
                    office to request assignments. If extended illness precludes a student completing a major essay
                    or other major assignment, the parent should contact the teacher.

                    3. Excused absences qualify the student to make up missed work according to the MAKE-UP
                    POLICY explained above. Long term due dates are the exception. 

                    4. Any student on campus the day an assignment is due must hand that assignment to the teacher
                    personally, whether he/she attends class or not. 

                    5. Tardies cause the student to miss valuable class time which cannot be made up.

                    6. Each student will begin the semester with 100 participation points, three free tardies, and
                    eight free EXCUSED absences (this includes school excused absences). The following points
                    will be deducted:

                    --each tardy/absences over allotment 10 pts. Off

                    --each unprepared day (no book, no supplies) 5 pts. off

                    --each unexcused absence 20 pts. off

                    --each behavior or attitude problem 10 pts. Off

                    ( If all participation points are used, points will be deducted from the homework section of this

CHEATING: "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind" Ralph Waldo Emerson. Students adhering to
academic honesty do NOT:

           1.Copy the tests, quizzes, homework, or writing assignments of others. 
           2.Use cheat notes of any kind during a test or quiz 
           3.Look around during a test or quiz 
           4.Help other students by letting students look at a test or quiz 
           5.Allow other students to use their homework or compositions 
           6.Plagiarize from reference sources, including internet sources. 
           7.Copy answers word for word from a text without quotation marks 
           8.Use "borrowed" tests or quizzes 
           9.Read Cliff’s Notes or Monarch Notes rather than assigned reading 
          10.Tell quiz or test questions to students not in that hour or who were absent.

The consequences of cheating are found in your student handbook.

BEHAVIOR: This classroom serves as a place of learning which is built on a foundation of mutual respect. It is my
expectation that each member of this class will show respect for self and others. Any disrespectful behavior directed at
other students or me will not be tolerated. It takes just as much energy to achieve positive results as it does to achieve
negative results. Please do not choose failure when it is just as easy to choose success.


Students are given the opportunity to earn extra credit once each semester in the form of a written review of the fall play or
the spring musical. This assignment is explained in class and clear guidelines are given for its completion. No other extra
credit is given. 


All assignments are graded on a point basis. Homework will generally be worth between 5 and 20 points, quizzes
between 10 and 20 points, major tests and papers between 50 and 100 points. Each assignment is weighted separately,
approximately as follows:

Writing Assignments 25% Projects/ Classwork 20%

Test and Quizzes 20% Participation 10%

Homework 15% Final Exam 10%

Grade distribution is as follows:

A = 100-93 B+ = 89-87 C+ = 79-77 D+ = 69-67

A- = 92-90 B = 86-83 C = 76-73 D = 66-63

B- = 82-80 C- = 72-70 D- = 62-60

F = 59 & Below


One of the secrets of success is to ask questions. If you have questions about anything, please feel free to stop by and
ask. I am available periods 3 & 6 and by appointment. Please let me know that you are coming to see me by signing up
for office hours so that I can plan to be at my desk. 

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