Course Overview

College Ready Literacy 2—Fall 2020

Mrs. Erin Meadows

erin.meadows@bcsemail.org

School cell: (828) 776-0569

Office Hours: 8:00-9:00 M-F and 2:00-4:00 MTWF (You can email, text, or call me during these times)

Synchronous Zoom Meeting Times:
9:00-9:30 -- 1st block
10:00-10:30  -- 2nd block
1:00-1:30 -- 4th block

Welcome to the new semester!  I look forward to getting to know you.  Please ensure you thoroughly read this syllabus so that you fully understand the expectations for this course.  I will be working under the assumption that this is the case.  College Ready Literacy 2 is an intensive course designed to prepare you for thinking, reading, writing, and researching at the college level.  What are the most important college-ready skills we will be working on?

 

              Reading:

  • Identifying main ideas, themes, and citing relevant evidence in complex fiction and nonfiction texts
  • Analyzing how an author constructs an argument through organization of supporting points and details
  • Identifying evidence of bias in an author’s point of view
  • Understanding nuance of word choice and how an author develops tone

              Writing:

  • Conducting research on a topic by selecting relevant and scholarly sources
  • Developing a thesis based on your findings
  • Selecting relevant evidence and ideas to support your thesis
  • Citing sources in MLA format
  • Communicating your ideas clearly and concisely using appropriate vocabulary and the grammar/conventions of Standard English

                  Speaking and Listening:

  • Presenting information in a professional manner to a target audience
  • Engaging in academic discussions in a respectful manner
  • Listening to other people’s points of view and expanding on their ideas

 

Units of Study

You will be issued a school copy of all books (anchor texts), so you don’t need to purchase your own unless you’d like to write/highlight in them. Supplemental texts will be available online or through Canvas. In addition to the final product for each unit, you will have many other smaller assignments designed to support your completion of the final product. These smaller assignments will be both practice and mastery grades. 

 

Identity, Privilege, and Power

Anchor Text: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

August 17th- September 25th

Essential Questions

Final Product

Supplemental Texts

Who am I? How has my culture shaped my identity? In what ways do I have privilege? In what ways do I lack privilege? Who gets to wield power in our society, and why?

 

“I Am” Multimedia Project

(Assessment/Mastery grade)

“Bibi” (Teaching Tolerance), “Borderlands” by Gloria Anzaldua, “The Bear that Wasn’t” by Frank Tashlin (Facing History), “Little Boxes” by Anthony Wright, “The F Word” by Firoozeh Dumas, “Ain’t I A Woman” by Sojourner Truth

 

Human Rights and Justice for All

Anchor Text: Night by Elie Wiesel

September 28th- November 6th

Essential Questions

Product

Supplemental Texts

What are human rights? What is the danger of a “single story”? How do people stand up for themselves when threatened with violence or oppression? How do we define community?

Literary Analysis Essay

(Assessment/Mastery grade)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr., Letters from Japanese American Internment (Smithsonian Institute)

 

Toward a Better World

Anchor Text: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Part 1) by Rebecca Skloot

November 9th- December 18th

Essential Questions

Product

Supplemental Texts

How do I advocate for myself? How do I advocate for others? What does equal access mean in our society? How is it achieved? What can I do to make a change I believe in?

MLA Research Paper and Presentation

(Assessment/Mastery grade)

“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Democracy: A Work in Progress” by Margot Stern Strom (Facing History), “What Drives Success?” by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

 

 

Policies and Procedures

GradingGrades will be earned according to the grading scale of Buncombe County Schools.

A: 100-90            B: 89-80              C: 79-70              D: 69-60              F: 59 and below

Student performance will be assessed through classwork assignments, writing, projects, and seminars.  These are grouped into the two categories below and weighted as follows:                             

Classwork/Practice: 40%                            Assessments/Mastery:  60%

You may turn in no more than two assignments late each 9 weeks (no more than 4 per semester). Any other late work won’t be eligible for credit toward you grade, though I will provide feedback to you.

I allow revisions on Assessment/Mastery assignments, such as an essay, project, or research paper.  I always encourage you to review mistakes or shortcomings in your work for the sake of learning and growth.  I'm also happy to work with you one-on-one to talk through some strategies that will help you on future assignments.  The level of effort and engagement you put into this course will have a direct correlation to how much you are enriched by it.     

Supplies:

  • School-issued laptop
  • Paper and pencil/pen
  • Text we’re currently reading
  • A notebook (optional)

Absences:

Per district policy, students can miss no more than five days in a semester-long course.  If you are absent, you are responsible for asking me about makeup work.  To receive credit for makeup work, you have an equal number of days to make up work as days you are absent (i.e. absent 2 days, work must be turned in within 2 days after returning to school).  Any work assigned before an absence must be submitted immediately on the day of return.  Exceptions to this rule will be considered in unique cases.

During remote learning, attendance will be taken in PowerSchool. All attendance policies of Buncombe County Schools remain in effect.  A student is considered present for daily attendance during a remote learning day when the following is met:

  • Student is present, with camera on and in view, for the duration of the synchronous learning class time via video conferencing, and
  • Student completes a work product (online or offline) for that class as directed by the teacher

Bottom line:  You are accountable for all course material regardless of attendance.  Be responsible and contact me for support in getting caught up after an absence.

Cell Phones:

Please refer to the student handbook.  Don’t have them out or use them during class (this includes charging them in the classroom).  If cell phone use during class is a consistent problem, your phone will be held in the office until the end of the day. During remote learning, please avoid using your phone during synchronous instruction (on Zoom or Google Meet).  

Food

Please refer to the student handbook.  Other than a water bottle, food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom.  This includes cups from the café. 

Homework:

I strive to maximize class time for working on all assignments.  At times, however, you will need to complete unfinished class work, reading, or writing/research at home.  Please note that if you are frequently off-task during class, you will frequently have homework.

Bathroom/Break Policy:

You will have a 3-minute break during class.  Please use this time for getting water or going to the restroom.  If it’s urgent and you need to leave the room before or after the break, please ask me at a time that will cause minimal disruption to class activities. During remote learning, please try to stay present at your computer for the 30 minutes of synchronous instruction (on Zoom or Google Meet).  

Canvas:

I use Canvas as the online platform for posting class assignments and files.  If you have technical difficulties with using Canvas to submit work, let me know ASAP, and in the meantime, send me an email with the assignment attached so you receive credit for completing it on time.  

Lastly:

I expect your best effort always, regardless of your skill level or abilities.  If you find yourself struggling for any reason, please reach out to me as soon as possible.  Never be afraid or unwilling to ask for help.  I am dedicated to helping you succeed and excel!