English I

North Brunswick Township High School

CP English I: American Literature


Mrs. Marx


Course Description: CP English I is a genre approach to World Literature that concentrates on short stories, non-fiction, drama, the Greek epic, the novel, and poetry.  Students will be asked to demonstrate various levels of critical thinking. They will be asked to support ideas with specific information from the text, identify main ideas of selections, make comparisons and contrasts, and analyze literature on the basis of setting, plot, point of view, style, theme, tone, etc.  Students will identify familiar literary terms as well as learn new literary terms throughout the study of literature. Students will be required to write for various audiences in various modes and will be expected to use previously attained knowledge of grammar, spelling, usage, and punctuation. This knowledge will be reinforced and expanded throughout the year.  All students will complete a ninth grade research paper in MLA format. Students will continue the writing process with an emphasis on prewriting, editing, and publishing. Vocabulary units consist of words typically expected of college-bound students and will accompany the literature units that include verbal analogies, word derivations, etymology, roots, and affixes.  

Primary Learning Goals:

  • Analyze, compare and evaluate various works of literature – read between the lines.
  • Understand that effective authors of fiction, nonfiction and poetry carefully consider their stylistic choices as they pertain to purpose and audience.
  • Demonstrate serious engagement with the readings through close reading and analytical writing.
  • Participate in active class analytical discussions / seminars.
  • Apply steps of the writing process as they write.
  • Apply spelling, proofreading, basic grammatical and editing skills to improve their writing.
  • Continue to develop sophisticated sentence structures and syntax.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic design and types of multi-paragraph essays.
  • Improve vocabulary skills primarily in the context of the literature.
  • Develop and apply the study and research skills necessary for academic success.
  • Develop and apply oral and presentation skills.
  • Develop and apply listening skills.

 Course Materials:

  • Prentice Hall Literature
  • Vocabulary Workshop

  Required Reading

  • A Lesson Before Dying
  • Behind the Eyes
  • Romeo and Juliet

High school level literature often explores sophisticated issues (i.e., race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, politics, sexual violence, and violence). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or my supervisor, Ms. Morales/Mrs. VanLangen

Student Required Materials:

3-Ring Binder, lined notebook paper, highlighters, pens and/or pencils.

Student Requirements:

Arrive to class on time. Be attentive. Bring all your schoolwork and materials to class. Complete assignments on time and make up any missed work immediately.

Grading Policy:

  • Writing       35%
    Tests 25%
  • Quizzes      20%
  • Class Assignment/Homework   20%

Students are assessed on major assignments such as out of class papers, timed writings, student led discussions, grammar exercises, annotated readings, practice on multiple choice questions based on reading passages, reading test and quizzes, informal writings, oral presentations, online discussion responses, and class participation.

Participation: ALL students are required to participate. You may lose points each day for violating class policies and certain behaviors, such as being tardy or truant, having your head down/sleeping, doing work for other classes, having a side conversation, having your phone out (or using them while hidden), not having a book or other materials in class, and not being prepared following an absence (makeup work is the student’s responsibility and the student should consult the course webpage or assignment calendar when absent in order to be prepared upon return to school.)

Late Writing Assignments: All writing assignments will be deducted 10 points for each day that is late. If the assignment is more than 5 days late I will not accept it.

Note: all assignments are NOT graded for points. Many assignments are important for the development of your skills and are not necessary for individual assessment. Learning will be assessed as you apply these practiced skills on later assignments for credit.


Homework will not be given daily. Most assignments will be completed in class, however, classwork not completed will be homework. The nightly completion of homework provides you with the necessary information and skills ensuring optimal performance and minimizing anxiety.

Class Assignments

Journal, grammar and class assignments will be given daily. In order for you to receive credit you must complete all assignments by the end of the period.

  • Writing assignments: We will write literary analysis, letters, persuasive essays, short stories, open-ended responses, etc.

  • Grammar: We will focus on sentence structure, punctuation, etc. from Prentice Hall workbooks and other sources.

  • Vocabulary: We will continue the study of higher-level vocabulary. Vocabulary units will be assigned weekly. Exercises may or may not be checked for completion each week. Completing these exercises will help you learn the words and prepare for unit exams.

  • Reading Tests/ Quizzes: Most reading will be assigned to be completed outside of class and must be completed as assigned in order to be fully prepared for class and to be able to participate in assignments and discussions that stem from reading. You should expect quizzes and tests, scheduled and unscheduled, to assess that the reading was completed as well as test that assess comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of the reading.

  Copies are only made once. After that, it is up to you to get your copies. Anything that can be posted online will be made available on the Google class website.

Discipline and Rules (decide class rules)

Class Procedures

Lateness is NOT accepted. To be admitted to class you must have a valid late pass.

Attendance: ALL students are required to attend class. If you are absent you must speak to the teacher or a peer to make-up the class work and homework.

Students will receive a one-day extension to complete all work.

Absences/Make-up Work

It is YOUR responsibility to obtain any work due to absences. Make-up work should be completed and turned in promptly. Work and assignments can be found on Google Classroom. Class Code: 7945mp

Academic Integrity

You will be required to sign the preserving academic integrity contract in which you agree not to cheat in any way, shape, or form. Anytime you are caught cheating the following will happen:

  • Receive a 0 on the assignment, no matter the weight or category
  • Will not be allowed to make up the assignment
  • Depending on the severity, you may be referred for disciplinary action, frequently resulting in a suspension.

All writing assignments will be uploaded to turnitin.com to check for plagiarism.

Assignment Guidelines

  • First name and last name on all papers.
  • Papers with no name will NOT be graded.
  • Legible handwriting is important. If I can’t read it, I can’t grade it. The assignment will be returned and you will be asked to REDO the assignment.
  • Class work and homework MUST BE written in complete sentences.


Jay Gatsby

CP English II

Ms. Morales

Period 1

September 6th, 2018

Communication outside the classroom:

Should you have any question or concern or need to reach me outside the classroom for any reason in regards to this class, please feel free to send me an email at the address found at the top of this syllabus, as that is the best way to reach me. I will respond to student and parent emails as quickly as possible.

Make sure to visit our Google Classroom and download the application on your cell phone.


Students: Please read the course syllabus and share it with your parents. Then you and your parents should sign this sheet. Please return this portion of the syllabus no later than Friday, September 14th.

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