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    2019-2020 School Year



     Dr. Darcy Jack



    School #

    (208) 350 – 4235

    Ext #


    Room #

    South 108

    School Hours

    7:00am – 4:00pm (approximate times) only A days


    Course Description

    This course provides students exposure to a wide variety of literature. Students will learn strategies to appreciate and respond to short stories, fantasy, biography, autobiography, science fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The goal of the course is to promote skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking, listening, and researching. In addition, students will learn to organize time effectively in order to optimize learning. The focus of the course is to empower students to expand their thinking and understandings of themselves, each other, and the world around them. Students will be encouraged to participate in the learning process.

    Course Outline:








    Course Topic:

    Common Struggles of the human experience

    Conceptual Lens:

    Humans and Nature


    Course Topic:

    Common Struggles of

    the human experience

    Conceptual Lens:

    Cultural Perspectives


    Course Topic:

    Common Struggles of

    The human experience

    Conceptual Lens:



    Course Topic:

    Common Struggles of

    the human experience

    Conceptual Lens:

    Imaginative Literature


    Course Objectives:


    This course will provide the needed content and instruction to elevate the standards skill level focused on each individual student’s reading and writing development. Strategies will include:

        • KWL: What do you know about the topic; what do you want to know; and what did you learn?

        • Anticipation and Reaction Guide: Agree/Disagree to a statement before and after reading in order to activate prior knowledge and to reassess opinions based on newly-acquired knowledge.
        • Graphic Organizers: A visual representation to help categorize and reinforce information in the text.
          • Story Map: characters, setting, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
          • Venn Diagram: compare and contrast
          • Problem-Solution
          • Concept Map
          • Character Wheel: list a character’s attributes based on literal and inferential information in the text.
    • Examine literary elements: plot, setting, characters, theme, conflict, symbolism,  foreshadowing

    • Literature responses: reflection journals, summaries, book talks, art, drama, music, video, discussion, literature circles

    • Identify types of figurative language: imagery, simile, metaphor, analogy, hyperbole

    • Examine themes in literature: i.e., survival, values, trust, alienation, bias

    • Building vocabulary skills: using context clues, dictionaries, word parts

    • Building writing skills: grammar, vocabulary, fluency, purpose, organization, clarity



    Based on a scale of 100, grades can be earned as follows:

    • A                 90-100

    • B                 80-89.99

    • C                 70-79.99

    • D                 60-69.99

    • F                   0-59.99


    Semester grades will be weighted as follows:

    • 60%     Essays/Research Project/Tests
    • 30%    Classroom Assignments/Journals/Reading Logs/Quizzes
    • 10%     Final

    Due Dates

    • Journals:  Fridays
    • Reading Logs: Fridays
    • Essays/Assignments (TBA)
    • Research Project: (TBA)



    Textbook:  Literature, Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, Prentiss-Hall Inc., 1999

    A classroom set of textbooks will be available each day for student use. Students may check books out but will be responsible for returning books in good condition.  If a book is not returned, students will be placed on the student fine list.


    Three Required Novels: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Animal Farm, The Princess Bride (or student’s choice of fantasy book)

    Student Choice Books: In addition to whole class readings, students are encouraged to read their own books tailored to their own interests and reading levels. (Students are required to bring their books to class.) Time may be allotted for students to read in class, but students should be reading at least 30-40 minutes a night at home. Students will keep a reading log that will be signed by parents and/or teachers. Students are required to have 4 hours of reading a week, which may include some assigned reading in school. Every two weeks (usually on Friday), reading logs will be checked and graded. (To receive maximum credit, students should have 8 hours of reading every two weeks.)


    Writing Utensil   

    Pencil or Blue/Black ink pen. (Only use multicolor for highlighting notes)

    Composition Book

    Hard bound, 5 ½ x 8 ½ with lined pages  


    Behavioral Guidelines

    It is my goal to create a supportive learning community based on mutual respect and positive attitudes.  The following rules are guidelines for creating an effective learning environment. As a class we will:

    1. Pursue student achievement by

    Being on time (see Tardy Policy for 18-19 School Year)

    Being responsible

    Being positive

    Being respectful to everyone

    2. Be in your seats, ready to begin class when the bell rings or you will be marked tardy. At the end of class, remain seated until the bell rings.

    3. Keep the room clean

    4. Be fair / Listen to others

    5. No eating or drinking in class

    6. No Using Cell Phones in Class:  “This is your warning!!”

        If you're caught text messaging, if it rings, or you pull it out to look at the time, it will be confiscated.

    7. Speak respectfully / No inappropriate language

    8. Remain seated until the bell rings



    Eagle High School Late Work Policy

    Late work grading/grade reduction rate:

    •      Due by the end of the unit
    •      All Late Work=60% of earned grade
    •      Sick=Work is due two class periods after return
    •      Research Papers: No Late Work Unless Absent on the Due Date
    •     Advanced Absence=Work due before absence 
    •     Peer Review: Students must be prepared at the beginning of class to have 3 typed copies of their essay to distribute to their colleagues for peer review. Students who are unprepared will receive a 0. No make-up for late papers.