Welcome to Senior English. My main goal this year is to engage you in a lifelong study of the relationship between writer, reader, content, and style—specifically, how a writer’s purpose and context, audience expectations, and rhetorical style all contribute to the meaning of a text. I would also like to expand your definition of English to the analysis of not only books, but also song lyrics, film, journalism, blogs, and all other forms of verbal communication.
Students in Senior English will be graded on the basis of class participation and online discussion, in-class quizzes and tests, in-class essays, papers, multimedia projects, and exams.
Norton Reader and Selected Texts
SENIOR ENGLISH ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Students in Senior English will be graded on the basis of class participation and online discussion, in-class quizzes and tests, in-class essays and multiple choice questions, research papers, and exams.
I. DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION
Students will be evaluated in ways that simulate real world experiences--problem solving, presenting, "pitching" ideas, debating, discussing, analyzing, synthesizing, and communicating information and ideas to their peers and instructor. Students may be asked to use movie-maker, power point, wikis, and other multi media programs to strengthen their presentations.
II. QUIZZES AND TESTS
Quizzes will be given on information from lectures, reading assignments, or class discussion. Tests on summer and semester reading will each count as 100% and range from essay evaluation to student presentation.
Students will be asked to complete several papers throughout the course of the year. Each of these papers should demonstrate the mastery of standard written English, be typed, and adhere to the MLA format. Students will be expected to write expository, analytical, and argumentative responses that incorporate complex, central ideas and ample development with clear, thorough, and appropriate evidence from primary and secondary sources including rhetorical and visual texts, research, and personal experience.
IV. SEMESTER EXAM
Exams will be given at the end of the first and second semesters in accordance to Berkeley's exam policy for seniors.
IV. GRADE DESCRIPTORS