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Course Information and Syllabus

TURNITIN.com class ID: 4888183, Password: Macy11
11th Grade World Literature is an upper-level English course dedicated to reading, writing, critical thinking, and verbal communication.  Studying texts from a variety of locations and time periods will shed light on a range of cultures and writing styles. Writing progress will be facilitated through direct instruction in grammar, effective writing, and the writing process.  Fluency and comprehension will be the focus points of reading instruction.  Students should expect rigor, challenge, tests, quizzes, daily reading assignments, and extensive writing assignments.  This will be a challenging class.

Basic Expectations:

  • Mutual Respect

  • Teamwork

  • Honest Communication

  • Hard Work


Required Supplies:

  • Organizational system, including day planner of choice

  • Book of choice, present on a daily basis

  • Class reading material and checklist present on a daily basis

  • Positive attitude

  • Poster/project materials, as needed, from time to time

  • Recommended: folder/3 ring and spiral just for this class

Helpful Supplies (do NOT purchase solely on account of this class):

  • Laptop

  • Earphones and/or earphone splitter

Class Blog:  www.macyworldlit.blogspot.com

Emailtmacy@jeffco.k12.co.us Email is the best way to contact me.

Voicemail: 303-982-5170

To access Blackboard for SafeAssign, go to http://blackboard.jeffco.k12.co.us/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp.  Please be sure to select ALL available plagiarism checks when submitting your paper.
Course survey linked here.

The course web site at www.drivenlearningandteaching.com will be used as a primary communication tool for content, calendar, and other important information.  Students and parents should be sure to view the "overview of the philosophy" vodcast at the home page on this site.

Semester 1 Units of Study
Unit 1: Essays and Their Thought Journeys through International Myths and Archetypes combined with MLA bootcamp
Unit 2: Contemporary Essay Blending Modes and Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
Unit 3: Civic Position Statements through International Women's Literature
Unit 4: Civic Position Statement with Hesse's Siddhartha and Middle Eastern Literature
Ongoing: Rise Up and Read through daily study of Book of Choice, Multiple Intelligences connections, and course interludes plus vocabulary work, reading skills, and grammar instruction

Points are available in the following categories:

41% of grade              Summative Assessments

                                     Includes tests, quizzes, projects, composite scores for papers (__/60),

                                     and other significant work

                                     (does not include Task portion of paper rubric)


25% of grade              Writing Standards

                                                      1.      Ideas and Content                                           

2.      Organization

3.      Voice

4.      Word Choice

5.      Sentence Fluency

6.      Conventions

                Deductions for Conventions section:

                          -1 per MLA/editing error for 12th grade

                           -.5 per MLA/editing error for 11th grade

10% of grade              Multiple Intelligences and Technology Standards

1.      Technology Standard                                           

2.      Multiple Intelligences Standard: Choice #1

3.      Multiple Intelligences Standard: Choice #3

*Multiple Intelligences choices include spatial, linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, intrapersonal, interpersonal, naturalistic, and existential.


20% of grade              Tasks (example: Task portion of paper rubric), homework, checklist

                                     work, and other minor assignments


4% of grade                Attendance

(minus 2% for an unexcused absence; excessive tardies also deduct at 5 tardies=1%)

Grades are based on overall percentage as follows:

A   100-90                         D         69-60

B   89-80                           F          59-0

C   79-70 

STANDARDS-BASED SCORES for Writing Standards, Reading Standards, and Multiple Intelligences and Technology Standards are entered individually into gradebook. If score on current assignment is higher than score in gradebook, score on current assignment becomes current score. If score on current assignment is lower than score in gradebook, score on current assignment is averaged with score in gradebook to get new score in gradebook.