Other Class Info.

Advanced Placement Reading List January 2017  

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 

I hope to meet with those in the class at the beginning of the year to discuss readings and class content.

If you have enrolled for this class and have questions, please call or email me.

256 218-2068 school

256 599-8033 cell phone

besslinger@scottsboroschools.net

 


Class Expectations August 2017               

I believe that if you know what is expected of you that you will do your very best to meet expectations. To be successful in English, you should know these rules.

1. BE ON TIME! Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell "tones". I expect ALL talking to stop at the tone of the bell.

 

2. BE PREPARED! Bring books and all materials to class daily. POOR PREPARATION LEADS TO POOR PERFORMANCE.

 

3. PAY ATTENTION! I need your full and undivided attention in order for us to be successful. Please refrain from doing other work while you are in English. No cell phones are to be used without my permission. Getting enough sleep is terribly important, but I will not allow you to sleep in this class.

 

4. BE CONSIDERATE! I expect you to be courteous to me and to your classmates. IF A VISITOR SHOULD COME TO THIS CLASSROOM, YOU ARE TO REMAIN COMPLETELY SILENT UNTIL HE OR SHE LEAVES OR UNTIL YOU ARE GIVEN PERMISSION TO SPEAK. Seldom will I be out of the room when you arrive; however, if I am not in the room, I expect you to be in your seat and silent until I return.  Please honor my request.

5. BEWARE!!! Talking before and during a test is not allowed. Cheating should NEVER be an option.

6. BE INFORMED! You are welcome to bring WATER to class, but you may NOT bring ANY drink that contains sugar. Remember, WATER ONLY!!!! I will NOT allow you to eat or to sell candy or any other food in this class.

7. BE RESPECTFUL AND POLITE! Please do not talk while I am talking or exhibit any rude

behavior. I welcome your comments. What you have to say is important to me as long as it is not embarrassing or vulgar. This is English class. Use appropriate language.

8. BE IN CONTROL! Do not scribble or doodle on the desks.

9. BE ON TASK! An idle mind is the devil's workshop. Stay busy and productive. Do not waste time. Avoid asking to use restroom except in dire emergencies. Use the time between classes.

10. BE DISCIPLINED AND RESPONSIBLE! Good work habits are a MUST.

 

ALWAYS USE GOOD JUDGMENT!!!!


Class Overview for English 112  August 2017              

The following is a list of works that we will cover in class. 

English 112 Overview

NOVELS                                                                               DRAMA

Of Mice and Men                                                                   East of Eden

The Scarlet Letter                                                                 The Crucible

The Great Gatsby                                                                  Inherit the Wind                                            

Fahrenheit 451                                                                      Our Town

 

 

MEMORY WORK                                                                                       WRITING

"The Star-Spangled Banner"                                                  Paragraphs / Essays

"Thanatopsis"                                                                      Journal

Patrick Henry's Speech                                                          Creative

Other Selections                                                                   Social Notes

                                                                                         Business Letters

                                                                                         Resume

 

LITERATURE                                                                                          SPECIAL PROJECTS

Survey of American Literature                                                   The Photo Essay

  1600 to Present                                                                  Internet and website use

SELECTED VIDEO STUDIES                                          ACT: Make time to prepare

  

                   

                     

TESTS:  Tests will be mostly objective with at least one discussion or essay question per test.  If you have been absent and return on the day of the test, you will be expected to take the test.  If you are absent from school, it is very important that you keep up with your assignments.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP UP WITH CLASSWORK WHEN YOU ARE ABSENT.  Class will go on even if you are not here. 

  

  

 

  

Class Overview for English 113 (Honors) August 2017               

 The following is an overview of what we will cover in Honors English. 

NOVELS                                                                           DRAMA

Of Mice and Men                                                                   East of Eden

The Scarlet Letter                                                                 The Crucible

The Great Gatsby                                                                  Inherit the Wind

                                                                                         Our Town

Tuesdays with Morrrie                                                                                                                     

The Catcher in the Rye                                                                   

Fahrenheit 451    

                                                                                         

 

MEMORY WORK                                                                           WRITING

"The Star-Spangled Banner"                                               Paragraphs / Essays

"Thanatopsis"                                                                  Journal

Patrick Henry's Speech                                                       Creative

Other Selections                                                                 Social Notes

                                                                                       Business Letters

                                                                                       Resume

                                                                                        Critical Analysis

 

                                                                                               

LITERATURE                                                                          SPECIAL PROJECTS

Survey of American Literature                                       The Photo Essay

  1600 to Present                                                         Internet and website use

                                                                                  Symbolism Projects

                                                                                  Group Discussions

TESTS:  Tests will be mostly discussion or essay questions mixed with some objective questions.  If you have been absent and return on the day of the test, you will be expected to take the test.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP UP WITH CLASSWORK WHEN YOU ARE ABSENT AND BE PREPARED FOR CLASS WHEN YOU RETURN.  Class will go on even if you are not here. 


Journal Information 2017               

All classes will be required to keep a journal.  Your journal will be a paperback folder with pockets and brads.  These can be purchased at Walmart, KMart, and some grocery stores.  Please get a paper folder and not a plastic one.  Be sure the folder has brads and pockets.

You may decorate the outside of the folder to reflect something about you.  You may draw or cut out pictures from a magazine or you may use photographs.  Make a title page that includes the title of your journal, your name, Mrs. Esslinger, Junior English, and the date.  The information should be centered on the page.  On another page dedicate your journal to someone who has helped you along and been an inspiration in your life.  Give reasons for the dedication.

We will write in journals about 3 days a week.  Sometimes I will give you a promt and other times I will allow you to free write.  I often have you to write a reaction to novels that you have read in class.

You will log in all of your entries on a journal log sheet.  I have included one, but this sheet will be one of my handouts.  However if you lose your sheet, you may print it from here.

Journal Log Sheet

   Date assigned               Topic                                       Points Earned

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Materials List 2017   

Notebook with medium sized metal rings, straight-edge paper, and pencil case. This notebook should be for English assignments only and should contain all materials necessary for English class.

White straight-edge paper for homework, tests, or any work that is to be handed in. No paper torn from a spiral notebook will be accepted.

One blue or black pen for tests and assignments, one pencil for writing drafts, and a red pen for checking and emphasizing information in notes.

YELLOW hi-lighter for marking important notes.

Five subject dividers for organization. Label Tabs: class information, homework/classwork, writing/grammar, notes, novel study.

3x5 cards for flash cards and study notes.

1 Paperback folders with NO brads for writing activities and special projects.

1 Paperback folder WITH POCKETS AND BRADS for journal writing.

Composition Notebook (Cardboard cover not spiral) 

 

In order to assure your success and establish a good work ethic, these materials should be brought to class daily.

Notebook, paper, and subject dividers are needed as soon as possible!  

I like for you to write in black ink.  For some assignments you will need a pencil. 

It is really important for you to have your materials and be ready to go to work.  If you will stay organized and keep your work together, you will perform better in class.

I look forward to seeing you and your materials.


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