Instructor Information: Mrs. Constant
School Phone Number: 845.247.6650
- Three-ring binder to be used for English class only or a folder designated SOLEY for English.
- Loose leaf paper
- Pens – blue or black only
- USB flash drive
Focus on Student Learning
Including selected fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama from the literature book and from supplemental resources, the following is a representation of the texts students may encounter during the year:
- Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
- In addition, each student will be responsible for completing an independent study of any novel (student choice/teacher approved) per semester.
Additionally, vocabulary and grammar studies will be paired to complement the readings as will writing workshops in order for students to demonstrate their knowledge acquisition in various student-centered tasks.
- All assignments (aside from major papers which must be typed unless otherwise stated) must be written in blue or black ink.
- Please write an appropriate heading on the top of each assignment. This will include your name, the course, the class period, the date, and the assignment title.
- An assignment is considered on time if you submit it at the beginning of the class. You must have the work in hand when you cross the threshold of the classroom. If not, it is a considered LATE!
- Late major projects and major writings can be turned in one day late, but your grade on that project or writing will be penalized (maximum of 65%). After that day, late work will not be accepted for credit.
- If you will be missing class for school-related activities or pre-arranged absences, you must get your work ahead of time. It will be due upon your return to class. Depending upon the assignment, failure to do so will result in no credit or a late penalty.
You are responsible for everything in this syllabus and in the SHS Student Handbook, even if you choose not to read them. This includes leaving radios, CDs, DVDs, iPods, hats, and cell phones out of sight. There will be additions to these rules as we continue to grow as a class.
- Please arrive on time with all materials necessary for class.
- Please leave all electronic devices IN YOUR LOCKER, AT HOME, OUT OF SIGHT, ANYWHERE I CANNOT HEAR OR SEE THEM!!!!!! I will WITH PLEASURE CONFISCATE THESE ITEMS AND SUBMIT THESE TO MR. AVERILL!
- If you are absent from class, find out what you have missed. You will only have as many days as you were absent to make up any missed work. “WHAT DID I MISS?” after the bell rings does not cut it, folks! Go to your teacher’s website on the High School webpage. Everything we ever do in class will be posted there. Please see your instructor after school if you need an explanation regarding what you have missed. By the way, if you don’t find out what you’ve missed, you are out of luck. Your instructor will not chase you down.
- Homework will not be accepted more than one day late. This means, if you do not have your homework on the day it is due, it is late. If you do not have it the next day you are in class, it will not be accepted. If it is late, the highest grade you will receive is a 65%. Again, if you don’t hand it in, your instructor is not going to BEG you for it. You will be out of luck.
- If we cannot read an assignment, or if it does not have the proper heading, WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THE ASSIGNMENT. End of story.
- Please use appropriate language in the classroom. Anything else will not be tolerated.
- If you have issues, either with a grade or a particular assignment, make an appointment to speak to your instructor after class. WE WILL NOT discuss any issues during class time because it is not the right time to do so.
- And lastly, there will be more rules, as we cannot think of any more right now.
Absences and Make-up Work
It is the student’s responsibility to complete all work within the prescribed time. Students have the number of days absent to make up work—one day absent gives one day to complete work and/or arrange makeup quizzes or tests. Failure to complete an assignment within this timeframe will result in a zero for the assignment. First, please find out what it is that you have missed on the particular day(s) of absence. Second, see the teacher if you need to schedule makeup exams and quizzes. Failure to make up work will result in a zero for the assignment. This will be strictly enforced.
9/7 Intro to Course