2015-16 C.A.P. English
This course is aligned with the introductory courses that are offered
at NCCC. The course will be aligned to the Common Core State
Standards. The goals of this course, in the categories of reading,
writing, speaking & listening, language, and media and technology (as
adapted from the Common Core State Standards of NYS), are as follows:
- Prepare students for the demands of college-and career-level
reading by exposing them to a diverse array of classic and
- Progressively develop reading comprehension through the use
of various texts.
- Use research techniques to provide written analysis and
informational presentation of the findings.
- Participate in one-on-one, small- group, and whole-classroom
discussions, as well as formal and informal presentations.
- Reinforce the standards for conventions and language choice.
- Incorporate media and technology throughout the standards.
UNIT OF STUDY
I. College Essay
II. Into the Wild Unit
III. Persuasive Essay
IV. 1984 Unit
V. Expository Writing
VI. Beowulf Unit
VII. Hamlet Unit
VIII. Letter Writing
IX. Frankenstein Unit---possibly
X. View a film and a cinema analysis
XI. Final Portfolio entry
You will have many opportunities to earn points as you demonstrate
your knowledge of the various units we will cover in the course. All
grades are weighted on a point system. Here are examples of how many
points a typical assignment might carry:
Homework 10 to 20
Classwork 10 to 20
Quizzes 10 to 30
Writing 10 to 100
Tests 50 to 100
Regular attendance and class participation are important to succeeding
in this course. There will be a daily participation grade of two
points--- one point for being present and on task, the second point
being prepared with necessary materials (a blue/black pen, paper,
- If a student has a legal absence, he or she will have up to
a week to recover points through make-up work and staying during
office hours if necessary.
- If a student has an illegal absence, the student will
receive 0 unrecoverable points for the missed class.
- When a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to
seek out and obtain missing assignments, handouts, or notes. See me
for what you have missed prior to the beginning of class.
- If absent on the day an assignment is due, the student is
expected to turn in the assignment immediately upon his or her return
- If a student is absent on a day when a quiz or test is
taken, the student needs to make it up within three consecutive school
days during 10th period or during a study hall. Please see me upon
return to make any necessary arrangements.
- Homework will vary according to the unit.
- Some homework assignments will be collected and others will
be checked in class.
- Late homework will only be accepted the next day. If we go
over the assignment in class then the assignment cannot be turned in
late. There will be points off for late homework.
- White loose-leaf paper
- Black or blue ink pens; pencils for scantrons
CLASS RULES & POLICIES
1. Come to class on time. You must be inside the door when the
bell begins ringing to be counted on time.
2. Do not pack up materials or line up at the door prior to the
end of class.
3. I will not give out bathroom passes unless it is a true
emergency. Even if it is an emergency please ask at an appropriate
4. Do not use electronic devises during class. Please keep these
items off and out of sight. If I see them I will hold on to them.
5. Be prepared for class.
6. Cheating will result in a zero for both parties.
7. Written assignments will be turned in on turnitin.com. This
will help immensely in keeping portfolios of all writing assignments
for the class.
8. Show respect to everyone in the class.
9. Give your best effort at all times, and you will be
successful in this course!
Please share this syllabus with your parent or guardian. Please sign
below for a homework check tomorrow. Keep this syllabus so that you
can refer to it in the future.