Honors Expectations

Foundations/Unleveled Expectations

 

Class Overview:
Creative Writing, Honors and Foundation levels

 

Course Description
The class explores the individual creativity in poetry, short fiction and drama, and develops the power of the imagination. Students evaluate professional models, which serve as springboards for writing. Students keep a journal and a portfolio of their work. Excerpts from this portfolio will be used for reading, collaborative revision and assessment. This is a workshop process that requires practice of the various writing techniques, working on drafts, sharing them with others and evaluating critical feedback. This will fine tune creative-writing skills.

Materials
At the minimum you will need a notebook and writing implement for every class.

Levels
Honors Level – Honors-level classes are challenging courses of study which require extensive independent work outside of the classroom. Students who select honors classes should demonstrate highly developed critical thinking, reading, writing, listening, speaking, reasoning and study skills. In many courses, students will be required to carry out extensive independent research and produce research papers and projects.

Foundation Level – Foundation-level classes teach the fundamental standards for the subject matter and are designed to further develop and refine basic skills and concepts for students. Foundation level classes require some independent research beyond the classroom. Students will develop critical thinking, reading, writing, listening, speaking, reasoning and study skills.

Competencies
Students will read classical and contemporary short fiction, poetry and drama accurately and fluently with understanding and appreciation. 
Students will write effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences; writing will focus on effective short fiction, poetry and drama. Sub-genres and skills will be covered, such as mystery, comedy, dialogue, and thematic development.
Students will speak purposefully and demonstrate effective communication skills through discussion and presentation techniques in reference to works of short fiction, poetry and drama.
Students will utilize effective vocabulary and rhetorical skills in their reading, writing and oral communication regarding short fiction, poetry and drama.
Students will demonstrate self-management skills through conduct, class preparation and timely assignment follow through.

 

Academic Dishonesty
Scholastic dishonesty, which includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism from any source, or unauthorized collaboration with another person to prepare written work, will result in a student(s) receiving no credit for the assignment, possibly and/or, depending on the circumstances, suspension from school.
In addition, academic dishonesty will result in an immediate dismissal from the National Honor Society, Class Officer or Leadership position.

 

Class Expectations
Honors Creative Writing
Robert Greene

This is a high school class, a fact that allows me to make the following assumptions:
Students in this room can learn, want to learn, can work, want to work, will learn and will work.  If you don’t fit that paradigm, get with the program quickly or ready yourself for a rough ride.
◘ Students in this room can follow classroom and school rules.  I’ll remind you of them once—after that we’ll grab the school handbook and follow the established disciplinary policies.
◘ This is a process-based class, thus participation will play a huge part in your grade. You participate by bringing in your work on time, paying attention in class, helping your classmates, speaking up when appropriate and working hard.
◘ I expect you to work and contribute to the class to the best of your abilities. I expect you to conduct yourself as intelligent, responsible, courteous, ethical and interesting human beings.

Materials
At the bare minimum you will need a notebook and writing implement for every class. It would behoove you to have a folder or binder in which to collect class handouts, and a Google Documents account. Also useful would be a flash drive.

 

The Basics
Daily: Students will start each class with a 15-minute exercise in their writing notebooks, followed by a brief discussion and sharing of the results. Each morning there will be a word-of-the-day written on the board, which students will be expected to copy into their notebooks and memorize. These words will feature in quizzes and assignments. There will be reading from textbooks, poetry collections and handouts assigned for homework, as well as in-class reading and writing assignments.
Weekly: Students will write several pages of original work each week as homework, along with multiple in-class writing assignments. Students also will be responsible for finding new examples of writing styles and genres to introduce to their classmates. Most student writing will undergo a three-step revision process. Students will be expected to share their work regularly and offer constructive criticism to others. Students will contribute, each Friday, to the “Publish or Perish” blog. Students also will be required to join Crtique.org, which calls for the writing of weekly critiques and the submission of original work.
Short Story Unit: Students will be writing at least 40,000 words of new fiction in this unit. Students taking the class in the fall semester will be using these words to take part in National Novel Writing Month. Students also will be expected to submit at least one of their short stories to a literary magazine for potential publication.
Drama Unit: Students will be writing many, many pages of scripts. Depending on the semester, students will be taking part in Script Frenzy, a national event that requires its participants to write a 100-page screenplay, play or graphic novel in the month of April. Students should familiarize themselves with Scripped.com or Celtx.com
Poetry Unit: Students will explore assigned poetry forms and styles with an eye toward creating solo chap book at the end of the unit. Students also will be expected to submit at least one of their poems to a literary magazine for potential publication
Students will also take part in a public literary event. Seniors taking Creative Writing as a substitute for English IV will be required to do a research project.

 

Self-Management
You make the decisions, you accept the consequences; it’s as simple as that. If you conduct yourself professionally, you shouldn’t have any problems. If you cannot manage yourself, I’ll be forced to assist you via the school’s disciplinary process.
Attendance: If you are absent from class, for any reason, it is your responsibility to seek out and complete any missed assignments, lecture notes, tests, quizzes, etc. Make-up sessions are held in room C2024, after school every Tuesday or by appointment. There will be no make-up time during school hours. Regardless of the reason behind your absence, you have five days to make up missed assignments. Students who miss class may be able to get the day’s assignments via SoylentGreene.us.
If you are not in class by the time the final bell rings—both feet in the door, you are late and will be marked as such. If an administrator or another teacher makes you late, get them to write you a pass. If you are late because you splashed water on yourself in the bathroom or got your arm caught in a locker, tell me and we’ll talk. 
Assignments: Assignments are expected in class on the day they are due, neat and complete. Late assignments will lose points every day they are late, and that includes weekends.
Homework due the day after it is assigned does not have to be typed. I understand students may have difficulty accessing computers with short notice, so neatly completed, hand-written (cursive) assignments are acceptable. If I can’t read it, I can’t—and won’t—grade it. Typed work is at all times preferable.
Long-term assignments, for which the deadline spans more than an overnight, MUST be typed. Problems with computers, disks, Internet connections, printers, copiers, monitors, flying monkeys, etc., are not acceptable excuses for missing or late work. Students must plan accordingly and get their work in for the deadline. If there is a real problem, like a family emergency, get me in the loop as fast as you can and we’ll talk.
The acceptable format for a typed assignment is Times New Roman font, at size 12, double-spaced. If I see more than four typos, grammar errors, or spelling mistakes on the first page, I will not accept the work. Instead, I will hand it back to you and you will make any needed corrections at home and turn it in the next day, at which time it will be marked late.
Participation: Students are required to participate, to the best of their ability, in each and every class. Participation, which includes attendance, on-time assignments, etc., will make up roughly 25 percent of your grade. Your attendance will factor into this, as you cannot participate if you are not here. Miss a block? Find a way to make up the time.
Respect: I will not tolerate a demonstrated lack of respect toward me or any student. We are here to learn from each other and, for that, we need a safe space in which to work. Comments, items, people and ideas are not to be described as “gay” or “retarded.” Words have specific meanings; choose the ones you use carefully.

Other stuff
Grading: I use a system called “total points.” Essentially each assignment has an assigned point value. The sum of points earned divided by the sum of points possible is your assignment average. Your self-management grade factors in the number of classes you have missed, regardless of reason, and your ability to make deadline.
The final assessment will be factored in as 25 percent of the whole.
Assignments, based on scope and complexity, may take a considerable amount of time to evaluate. Therefore, your patience will be necessary regarding the returning and posting of grades.
Restroom Pass: The restroom pass can only be used once per student per class. If you need it, get up quietly, grab the pass, sign out on the log and head to the nearest restroom. Put the pass back in its place, do whatever the pass policy instructs, and return to your seat. Only one student is allowed out of the room at a time.
Computers: Computers, Wi-Fi and the LAN in this room may not be used for anything other than legitimate classwork. Inappropriate use can result in a detention and loss of computer privileges. Computers will be taken care of and loved as if they were your own. Use of the computer lab for this class is a hard-fought privilege, which can be revoked. Do not switch mice, unplug peripherals, etc., without permission.
Furniture: The chairs are not rides; do not use them as such. Keep your feet off the desks and chairs.
General neatness: Leave the room at least as pretty and clean as you found it.
Technology and food: School-wide policies apply in here, too. Learn to love them.

 

Films used in this class may include:
“The Dead Poets Society”

 

Class Expectations
Creative Writing
Unleveled/Foundations

Robert Greene

You are in a high school class, which allows me to make the following assumptions:
Students in this room can learn, want to learn, can work, want to work, will learn and will work.  If you don’t fit that paradigm, get with the program quickly or ready yourself for a rough ride.
◘ Students in this room can follow classroom and school rules.  I’ll remind you of them once—after that we’ll grab the teachers’ handbook and follow the established disciplinary policies.
◘ This is a process-based class; participation will play a huge part in your grade. You participate by bringing in your work on time, paying attention in class, helping your classmates, speaking up when appropriate and working hard.
◘ I expect you to work and contribute to the class to the best of your abilities. I expect you to conduct yourself as intelligent, responsible, courteous, ethical and interesting human beings.

Materials
At the bare minimum you will need a notebook and writing implement for every class. You also should have a folder for handouts and a Google Documents (free) account. Also useful would be a flash drive.

 

The Basics
Daily: Students will start each class with a 15-minute exercise in their writing notebooks, followed by a brief discussion and sharing of the results. Each morning there will be a word-of-the-day written on the board, which students will be expected to copy into their notebooks and memorize. These words will feature in quizzes, tests and assignments. There will be reading from textbooks, poetry collections and handouts assigned for homework, as well as in-class reading and writing assignments.
Weekly: Students will write several pages of original work each week as homework, along with multiple in-class writing assignments. Students also will be responsible for finding new examples of writing styles and genres to introduce to their classmates. Most student writing will undergo a three-step revision process. Students will be expected to share their work regularly and offer constructive criticism to others. Students will contribute, each Friday, to the “Publish or Perish” blog. Students may be required to join Crtique.org, which calls for the writing of weekly critiques and the submission of original work.
Short Story Unit: Students will be writing at least 20,000 words of new fiction in this unit. Students taking the class in the fall semester will be using these words to take part in National Novel Writing Month. Students also will be expected to submit at least one of their short stories to a literary magazine for potential publication.
Drama Unit: Students will be writing many, many pages of scripts. Depending on the semester, students will be taking part in Script Frenzy, a national event that requires its participants to write a 100-page screenplay, play or graphic novel in the month of April. Students should familiarize themselves with Scripped.com or Celtx.com
Poetry Unit: Students will explore assigned poetry forms and styles with an eye toward creating solo chap book at the end of the unit. Students also will be expected to submit at least one of their poems to a literary magazine for potential publication
Students also be required to take part in an independent-reading unit, which runs throughout the course.

      1. Self-Management

You make the decisions, you accept the consequences; it’s as simple as that. If you conduct yourself professionally, you shouldn’t have any problems. If you cannot manage yourself, I’ll be forced to assist you via the school’s disciplinary process.
Attendance: If you are absent from class, for any reason, it is your responsibility to seek out and complete any missed assignments, lecture notes, tests, quizzes, etc. Make-up sessions are held in room C2024, after school every Tuesday or by appointment. There will be no make-up time during school hours. Regardless of the reason behind your absence, you have five days to make up the work. Students who miss class must get the day’s assignments via SoylentGreene.us, the class Twitter site, or Facebook group. Barring catastrophic Internet failure, there is no excuse for being oblivious about what went on in your absence.
If you are not in class by the time the final bell rings—both feet in the door, you are late and will be marked as such. If an administrator or another teacher makes you late, get them to write you a pass. If you are late because you splashed water on yourself in the bathroom or got your arm caught in a locker, tell me and we’ll talk.
Assignments: Assignments are expected in class on the day they are due, neat and complete. Late assignments will lose points every day they are late, and that includes weekends.
Homework due the day after it is assigned does not have to be typed. I understand students may have difficulty accessing computers with short notice, so neatly completed, hand-written (cursive) assignments are acceptable. If I can’t read it, I can’t—and won’t—grade it. Typed work is at all times preferable.
Long-term assignments, for which the deadline spans more than an overnight, MUST be typed. Problems with computers, disks, Internet connections, printers, copiers, monitors, flying monkeys, etc., are not acceptable excuses for missing or late work. Students must plan accordingly and get their work in for the deadline. If there is a real problem, like a family emergency, get me in the loop as fast as you can and we’ll talk.
The acceptable format for a typed assignment is Times New Roman font, at size 12, double-spaced. If I see more than three typos, syntax or style errors, or spelling mistakes on the first page, I will not accept the work. Instead, I will hand it back to you and you will make any needed corrections at home and turn the assignment back in the next day, at which time it will be marked late.
Participation: Students are required to participate, to the best of their ability, in each and every class. Your attendance will factor into this, as you cannot participate if you are not here. Miss a block? Find a way to make up the time.
Respect: I will not tolerate a demonstrated lack of respect toward me or any student. We are here to learn from each other and, for that, we need a safe space in which to work. Comments, items, people and ideas are not to be described as “gay” or “retarded.” Words have specific meanings; choose the ones you use carefully.

      1. Other stuff

Grading: I use a system called “category total points.” Essentially each assignment has an assigned point value, and assignments that require more work count more. The sum of points earned divided by the sum of points possible is your assignment average. The final assessment will be factored in as 25 percent of the whole.
Assignments, based on scope and complexity, may take a considerable amount of time to evaluate. Therefore, your patience will be necessary regarding the returning and posting of grades.
Restroom Pass: The restroom pass can only be used once per student per class. If you need it, get up quietly, grab the pass, sign out on the log and head to the nearest restroom. Put the pass back in its place, do whatever the pass policy instructs, and return to your seat. Only one student is allowed out of the room at a time.
Computers: Computers, Wi-Fi and the LAN in this room may not be used for anything other than legitimate classwork. Inappropriate use can result in a detention and loss of computer privileges. Computers will be taken care of and loved as if they were your own. Use of the computer lab for this class is a hard-fought privilege, which can be revoked. Do not switch mice, unplug peripherals, etc., without permission. Online dictionaries and thesauri are on the bad list; don’t use them.
Furniture: The chairs are not rides; do not use them as such. Keep your feet off the desks and chairs.
General neatness: Leave the room at least as pretty and clean as you found it.
Technology and food: School-wide policies apply in here, too. Learn to love them.

 

Films used in this class may include:
“The Dead Poets Society”