• English 12 / MVCC EN 101 / Career Enrichment

    Course Syllabus


    Mrs. Macrina



    This year will consist of literary analysis as well as assignments geared towards college and career readiness.  A considerable amount of self- expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive writing will be completed.  Emphasis will be placed on the composition of clear, correct and effective prose required in a wide variety of professions and occupations.  In addition, as part of our new career enrichment program, you will also have the opportunity to explore career options, go on job shadowing experiences and perhaps even complete an internship.  Collaborative work in English 12 as well as in Government and Economics will be completed and showcased in a portfolio for this new program.  



    1.       A  series of journal entries will be written in a composition notebook.  This will account for 15% of each marking period grade.

    2.      Outside Reading, in addition to in class reading, will be mandatory.  Accountability for completion of the outside assignments will come in the form of a quiz or writing assignment.

    3.      Creative projects will also be assigned.

    4.      A notebook is required for this class.  It will account for 5% of each marking period grade.

    5.      We will be completing the (Level F) Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary book this year.

    6.      You must earn a minimum of 275 (out of 325) points on your Career Enrichment Portfolio for each marking period.  Your portfolio grade will count for 50% of your English 12 average for each marking period.


    Tentative Course Outline:

    Semester 1:

    First Six Weeks:

    ·         Vocabulary Skills will be emphasized and Literary Terminology will be reviewed

    ·        A class journal will be introduced and developed

    ·        A reflective essay / letter will be written

    ·        A 6-10 page (double spaced) research paper will be completed on a selected career

    ·        A resume with references, an application letter and a thank-you letter will be completed

    ·        A college essay (for the application process) will be completed

    Second Six Weeks:

    ·        A group project / presentation on Apartheid will be completed

    ·        Kaffir Boy will be read and analyzed

    ·        We will watch the movie:  Cry Freedom

    ·        We will cover the process for narrative writing and complete a narrative essay

    ·        Work on vocabulary and journal entries will continue

    Third Six Weeks:

    ·        Macbeth by William Shakespeare will be performed and analyzed

    ·        A collaborative puppet show will be performed for the elementary students

    ·        We will cover the process for argumentative / persuasive writing and complete an argumentative / persuasive essay

    ·        We will cover the process for comparative / contrast writing and complete a compare / contrast essay

    ·        Work on vocabulary and journal entries will continue


     Semester 2:

    Fourth Six Weeks: 

    ·         Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger will be read and analyzed.

    ·        We will cover the process of descriptive and exemplification writing and complete either a descriptive essay or an exemplification essay.

    ·        We will cover the process of extended definition in writing and complete an extended definition essay

    ·         Work on vocabulary and journal entries will continue

    Fifth Six Weeks:

    ·        Lord of the Flies by William Golding will be read and analyzed.

    ·        We will take an in depth look at process writing and complete a process essay

    ·        We will cover critical analysis in writing and complete a critical analysis essay

    ·        Work on vocabulary and journal entries will continue

    Sixth Six Weeks:

    ·         Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck will be read and analyzed

    ·        We will cover the process of cause and effect writing and a cause and effect essay will be written

    ·        Work on vocabulary and journal entries will continue

    According to the MVCC requirements, all of the essays listed above (with the exception of the resume, business letter, references and research paper) should be 3-5 pages in length (double spaced).  Each essay will be paired with at least one required reading.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    At the completion of the course, the student will:

    l.         Demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas purposefully in self-expressive, informative, argumentative/persuasive writing to particular audiences in specific contexts at a level generally expected for successful students.

    2.      Develop an understanding of ways in which the interactions of writers and readers require an exploration of human knowledge, values, ethics, language, and social institutions. 

    3.      Develop the intellectual independence and abilities to use language for the purposes of reading, learning, communicating and thinking critically.

    4.      Be introduced to the utilization of primary and secondary research sources.

    5.      Be introduced to a history and methodology of rhetoric and composition.

    6.      Attain a level of writing fluency adequate for success in college courses.

    7.      Demonstrate the application of clear writing skills in both professional and academic modes.

    8.  Demonstrate an understanding of proper documentation procedures to avoid Plagiarism. 

    Required Texts:  

    Bullock, Richard, Maureen Daly Goggin, and Francine Weinberg.  The Norton Field Guide

                to Writing with Readings and Handbook.  New York:  W.W. Norton & Company,

                2013.  Print.

    Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell.  Patterns for College Writing.  Boston:  Bedford /

                St. Martin’s, 2012.  Print.

    Materials Needed:

    ·                    A  3 inch, 3 ring notebook with 8-10 dividers.  This will be your class notebook

    ·                    1 pocket folder with your name on the front to be stored in class and serve as your writing folder

    ·                    A composition notebook to serve as your journal

    ·                    Loose leaf paper and black / blue pens are a must   


    Class Policies:

    Attendance- Attendance is the most important aspect of any course.  Students must arrive on time, stay for the full class, pay attention, and contribute.  Without regular attendance, there is no hope for an understanding of the material, or a good grade.  If you miss a class it is your responsibility to see the instructor for any handouts or information that may have been presented in that class.  However, you are highly encouraged not to miss any classes, as this will provide valuable time and information pertaining to your writings. (The attendance policy is up to the discretion of the professor)

    Class Participation- All students are required to attend class, complete all of the assignments on time, participate, and add to, the class discussions.  Participation is essential and it is not enough just to show up.  This requires that all students are present, prompt, polite, and prepared for class.  This means that students show up with their text, have read the material for the assigned class, and are ready to add to the class discussion.  The success of this class hinges on student participation.  The mandatory participation average of 25% is incorporated into your portfolio grade.  Points will be deducted accordingly.

    Classroom Behavior- Proper behavior includes having respect for others in your class (including the instructor), conducting civil discussions and at least giving the appearance of being interested and intellectually engaged.  No talking out of turn.  Also, use the bathroom BEFORE class. Of course, I understand that emergencies arise, but as a rule you are expected to remain seated during class.  Finally, food is not allowed in the classroom. 

    Discipline Policy- All rules and policies in your school handbook will be strictly adhered to. You are expected to abide by all classroom procedures listed on the next page.  If you do not adhere or abide to the rules and procedures, then expect the following steps to take place:

    1.       Warning:  This may come in the form of the “teacher look”, a verbal comment, or by proximity.  (That means the teacher will come closer to you.)

    2.       Lunch detention or removal to ISS for the remainder of class or for a number of days thereafter.   I will contact your parents if this step is taken.

    3.       Student / Teacher / Principal / Parent Conference to determine the course of action.

    Homework Policy:

    ·         Homework is due on the date it is assigned for.  Failure to hand in homework on time will result in a zero for the assignment and 1 point off of your participation average that is already incorporated into your portfolio grade for the current marking period.  You will not be given an opportunity to make up zeroes for missing homework.

    ·         Essays and journals MUST be completed.  I will not allow you to skip out on either of these assignments.  I will accept your essays and journal after the due date, however, I will take 10 points off for each day they are late.

    ·         If a problem should arise, it is your responsibility to see me to determine whether or not more time will be allowed for the assignment.  I am always willing to work with you, but I cannot read your mind.

    ·         Always remember to put your name on all homework, essays, and journals.  Failure to do so could mean a zero for the assignment. (I am not an expert in handwriting analysis!)

    ·         Take pride in all of your work.  This means that all essays and homework assignments must be done in black or blue ink on loose leaf paper.  I will not accept any work in pencil or on paper with frilly notebook edged paper.  You are in 12th grade.  I will expect time and effort to be put into each and every assignment.

    ·         If it is obvious to me that you copied someone’s paper or allowed someone to copy your work, expect a zero for the assignment.  (Also, the person who allowed someone to copy their work will receive a zero too!)

    Cell Phones- No cell phone use is permitted during class—unless you’re using a smart phone to look up information online for a specific class question/topic. I will tell you when this is permissible. All cell phones should be turned off during class (this means off and not on vibrate).  Phones should be kept in a bag, pocket, etc. and not visible. 

    Plagiarism- Plagiarism (from the Latin word for “kidnapper”) is the presentation of someone else’s ideas or words as your own.  It is required that all work be both original and written by you for this class only.  Buying, downloading, or recycling papers constitutes plagiarism.  Including more than three words in a row taken from an outside source without using quotation marks and citing the source, also constitutes plagiarism. To avoid problems, please review the rules for proper MLA documentation covered in your text.  They are also available on line <www.mla.org.>.  (The consequences of plagiarizing are up to the discretion of the professor.)


    Grading-  Your average for each marking period will be based on the following percentages:

                 Career Enrichment Portfolio      50%                 Essays:                                       15%                  

                 Tests:                                       10%                 Homework / Quizzes:                   5%                
                  Journal:                                    15%                 An organized notebook                5%

    As a result of English 12 being a year long class, MP1 – MP6 each count once.  Additionally, your mid-term exam and final exam each count once.  All eight scores will be averaged together for your overall average.


    Classroom Procedures:

     Entering the Classroom:

    A.     Be on time for class.

    B.     Greet your teacher politely and respectfully at the door.

    C.     Enter quietly and go directly to your seat.

    D.     Be in your seat with ALL of your necessary materials before the bell.

    E.      At the sound of the bell, we will promptly start class. 

    Being Tardy to Class:

    A.     Show me your late pass from the office or from a teacher or aide from your last class.   If you do not have a pass, then take out your agenda book, and I will void out one or more of your monthly passesIf you do not have a pass or an agenda book, expect to receive a lunch detention.

    B.     Go quietly to your seat and take out all necessary materials.

    C.     Ask a student near you what you have missed and proceed to work on whatever it is that your class is working on at that time.

    D.     If you disrupt class due to a loud or comical entrance, expect a lunch detention.

    E.      YOU are RESPONSIBLE for making up all missed work.  I will expect you to see me during the break or after class

    During Class:

    A.       You are expected to pay attention during class at all times

    B.       Turn off cell phones and keep I-pods, MP3 players and such in your book bag or locker.  If I see any of these items being used in class, I will not hesitate to take them away and give them to Mr. Saxton for the day.  Also…no food or drinks (other than water).

    C.        Do not interrupt the teacher.  This means no talking or laughing to anyone.

    D.       Raise your hand and wait to be called upon to speak.

    E.        Do your work quietly

    F.         Do not ask to leave the room to go to your locker.  I will not let you go.  You are expected to have all of your necessary materials with you before you enter the room. 

    G.        You may go to the bathroom or the drinking fountain but with an agenda pass only.  If you do not have your book with available passes for the appropriate month…don’t plan on leaving the room.

    H.       Polite and respectful behavior is expected at all times to me as well as to your classmates.

    While Working in Small Groups:

    A.     Each group member is expected to pull his or her own weight. 

    B.     All group members must be respectful of and to one another.

    C.     All collaborative work will be completed quietly and completely.

    D.     If you have any questions or need assistance, please raise your hand, then quietly and patiently wait for my arrival to your group.


    A.     Do not pack up until seconds before the bell sounds.

    B.     Stay in your seat until I dismiss you.  This may be after the bell if I am not ready to release you.  NEVER cluster at the door. 

    C.     If you leave your seat before the bell rings, expect a lunch detention.