Course Syllabus

English 32

 

Mr. Brazier  

Room 227

braziera@wellesleyps.org

 

 

Welcome to English 32!  The major objective of this course is to further develop your skills as a reader, writer, thinker, and communicator.  We will study  fantastic literature, looking at the texts in depth, while also using this literature to explore our world and identities.   To that end, you are expected to cooperate and communicate openly and honestly with your classmates and me, enabling us to grow and learn together.

 

 

Texts and Units by Term

 

Term 1 –

 

Macbeth – Shakespeare

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey

Short Story Unit

 

Term 2 -

 

Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison

Master Harold and the Boys – Athol Fugard

Poetry Unit

 

Term 3 -

 

All Souls – Michael Patrick MacDonald

Maus – Art Spiegelman

 

Unit 4 –

Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmund Rostand

The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut

 

Essential Questions

 

To help guide our exploration of these works and provide some framework for discussion and connection, we will be coming back to the following essential questions:

 

  1. To what extent are we bound by our identities? How do boundaries affect human potential?
  2. How do social conventions about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, health, religion, ability, age, and family structure shape practices and perceptions and define “normalcy”?
  3. How do authors use stylistic techniques and literary conventions to create complex layers of meaning in their work? What is the relationship among form, function, and larger commentary?

 

Classroom Policies and Procedures

 

Academic Expectations

 

            My expectations for you are quite simple.  Be to class on time and be prepared for each class.  This means you have completed the reading in its entirety and you’ve taken reading notes.  These notes can be as simple as a few questions you had about the reading.  I also expect that you do not resort to reading a summary of the text but take the time to immerse yourself in the reading and think carefully about it.  In terms of written assignments, the expectation is that you work diligently to strive to become a stronger, more confident writer.  I will require that each of you will seek me out for a writing conference at least once each term.  I intend to hold you to a very high standard, and I encourage you to do the same for me.

 

Major Assignments

 

            There will be 3-4 major assignments each quarter.  These assignments will consist of formal, critical analyses, exams, projects, presentations, personal essays, and creative writing.  The length of your essays and their worth toward your final grade will vary accordingly.

            I will give you a formatting guide that I expect you to follow with each writing assignment.  Also, please use the Writing Lab to help brainstorm, craft, and revise your essays. When you do visit the Lab, make sure you have some specific questions for the teacher there.

            I expect that major assignments will be handed in on time.  Once a quarter you can use a late day to give yourself more time to polish your work.  If you are late in handing in work, a full grade will be taken off for the first day and ½ grade for each day thereafter.

 

Class Participation

 

            Participation in our class discussions is an essential component of your grade for this course.  If you are normally a reserved person, I encourage you to strive to make your voice heard, but at the very least, show that you are paying attention and are engaged in our discussions.  If you love to speak up, I caution you to ensure that everyone in the class is afforded the opportunity to do so.  Please be respectful of others’ opinions, make your owe perspective heard, and consider other interpretations or viewpoints.

 

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